Wednesday, January 7, 2009

What is a newspaper for?

So what is a newspaper for?

Son, 13: "Funnies."

Daughter, 11: "Funnies."

Daughter, 15: "Communicate things." But why do you read it? "I don't know."

(This was after our usual fight for the funnies in the morning.)

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Dallas Article on Teacher Tube, Army of 1

Good article in the Dallas Morning News on TeacherTube today. It evidently has 1 full-time employee and over 800,000 videos/month viewed...and from the outside has nearly no business model with perhaps one ad shown on the front page.

So how can this asset thrive and survive?

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Ah, The Holidays with Wii and Sci Fi Curses

We are blessed to have Christmas, Hanukkah, and my son's 13th birthday in the same few weeks. So we are Wii-abundant. We already had succumbed to the Wii and Wii Fit, as well as Wii Kart months ago, after spending a lot of time haunting Circuit City. The kids, in fact, earned the money for all but the Wii Fit. The Wii Fit was my indulgence. I'm not sure it is when I step back on the scale each time and it nags at me...but that's another post.

So with the recent birthday, we just enjoyed both Wii Skii and Wii Star Wars Lightsaber...whatever it is called. Wii Skiing is a bit of patting head and rubbing stomach, but all three kids have spent the weekend re-learning to ski the Wii Ski way. And the trash talking around the lightsaber duels has given me new instruction in Sci Fi swearing. Frack and Frell have come back from BSG and Farscape. (Note: BBC has swear word dictionaries online: http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/farscape/swearing/clip0.shtml)

New wonders have opened up now that we have hooked with Wii to our wi-fi in the house. Now the kids have begun creating Isaac Newton, Ben Franklin, and little bald piggies to share on the Mii function. I've had dreams already of little Mii people coming out at night and taking over the house. I wonder....can that be done as a humorous web video?

Of the lovely quips so far, besides the sci fi curse words, has been the following quote at dinner, "Hey, now I can really be 13 on the Internet!" Ah, what we are teaching our children...

Ah, and school starts back up tomorrow morning. I'll miss them. Really. I mean it.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Amazing Resources from UGC for Connected Ed

I'm working on putting together resources for parents and interested schools on what is out there in connected media for the classroom and home. The challenge is THERE IS A LOT OUT THERE. Lots of user-highlighted stuff. To me, this is an interesting world of User Generated Materials (blogs, videos, podcasts) because there is a need for these voices and not a good "professional" source to bring this all together that doesn't cost an arm and a leg as a service...or that isn't trying to create a walled garden and own the space all by themselves.

This space, which is a blend of Edublogging and self-publishing, needs something like BlogHer to monetize it so teachers and parents aren't creating these content spaces out of the goodness of their hearts.

More to follow. Ping back with thoughts.