Here’s What You Missed…September 2011

Here are links to much of what we talked about at the Sept. NJECC meeting.  Most of the links here came about from a discussion on what new technology(ies)  districts were using. Some of the links were in response to the increased use of software ‘in the cloud’ replacing purchasing and updating software.   The descriptions below the links are, for the most part, copied from the web page associated with the link and are just intended to give you an idea of what the web page is all about.  Feel free to add comments with items that might have been omitted.

Moodle – Welcome to the Moodle community! –
Moodle is a Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning Management System (LMS) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It is a Free web application that educators can use to create effective online learning sites.

Rubicon Atlas – Curriculum Mapping –
Atlas has the first educational facility dedicated to curriculum mapping.
We are committed to assisting schools and educational leaders to affect change in the new technical educational arena. We understand how technology might facilitate curriculum management to allow teachers more time in the classroom, and how the use of technology can bring vital information into the hands of all curriculum decisions makers.

Google for Education –
Free email and collaboration tools for schools

Libreoffice –
LibreOffice is the power-packed free, libre and open source personal productivity suite for Windows, Macintosh and GNU/Linux, that gives you six feature-rich applications for all your document production and data processing needs: Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Math and Base. Support and documentation is free from our large, dedicated community of users, contributors and developers. You, too, can get involved!

Open Office – 3 is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.

Neo Office –
NeoOffice is a full-featured set of office applications for Mac OS X. Created in 2003 when there was no Mac OS X version of available, Patrick Luby and Ed Peterlin have devoted their decades of Mac software engineering experience to create an office suite that is adapted to the unique needs of Mac users.

Gimp –
GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages. (more…)

NYTimes – In Classroom of Future, Stagnant Scores
Grading the Digital School –

Schools, technology, test scores, and the New York Times – respose to the above article from Dangerously!irrelevant –

Quote “If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow.”
John Dewey
Education & Technology Quotes –


AND … to quote Samantha Morra – “At today’s meeting, Craig Kapp will explore various educational uses of augmented reality. Seriously cool topic” And a seriously cool presentation!!  Craig Kapp’s List of Resources for Augmented Reality –  Also check out Augmented Reality: 5 Ways it Can Change Your World .  We hope so see/hear more from Craig in the future!
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