There are an ever-growing variety of Internet tools, programs, and technologies that pose great potential for professional development opportunities to take place either on a local or global scale. Over the last week or so, I have taken a look at the following:
- the 3rd Annual Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference [a global conference in Second Life]
- Edutopia [funded by the George Lucas Educational Foundation]
- TEDxTalks [independently organized TED events]
In my last post I talked about about the VWBPE Conference in Second Life and how that led me to some professional learning about augmented reality. I began to contemplate and consider how augmented reality is already becoming a prominent part of our digital world, especially with GPS tools, smart phones, and iTools like iPads, iPhones, and iTouches. This led me to some reflection about augmented reality in the classrooms and some thoughts about the iSchool initiative.
The next on-line PD resource that got my brainwave moving was TEDxTalks. As most tech savy educators, I’ve been a fan of TED talks for a while. Many of these lectures are quite exceptional, and I’ve often played TED talk videos in my classroom. My favourite TED talks are lectures by visual artist and activist Chris Jordan, Al Gore, and by Sir Ken Robinson. Will Richardson posted an early morning ‘brain dump’ after a mind jolting experience at TEDxNYED in New York. As a fan of TED, I was already interested, and then Will’s list of speakers really had me intrigued: Michael Wesch, Lawrence Lessig, George Siemens, Chris Lehman, and many, many others. What is this TEDxNYED? I followed his link, and then another, and another, and I ended up on YouTube’s TEDx channel. I was blown away by the number of very high quality lectures, and really just the very concept of TEDx.
TED has always been an excellent resource for professional development. There are just so many great lectures on TED, and TEDx is a very welcome addition. I browsed through, and quickly found a series of TED lectures from NASA. After a few short lectures, I am now much more knowledgeable about the happenings on Mars, and about our advancement in the engineering science of robotics. I haven’t managed to find any of the New York ED video here yet. If you know where I can view them, let me know. I’d like to see another lecture from Michael Wesch.
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