March 20, 2010

Multimodal Fluency -- What does it mean?

The four literacies: visual, multicultural, media, and digital.

This 43-slide show wraps up neatly and concisely what a 21st century classroom should like, and why.
Multimodal Fluency: Classroom to the Cloud
View more presentations from Sean Cordes.
Sean Cordes is an Assistant Professor of Western Illinois University.
Thanks to Bobbi Newman of Librarian by Day, who shared this on her Libraries and Transliteracy page.
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March 13, 2010

danah boyd, on (1) Privacy on the Internet and (2) Why Teens Like to Hang Out on Social Networking Sites

(1) I always tell my students that privacy is never guaranteed on the Internet.

I still believe that, but cultural anthropologist Dr. danah boyd (yes, her name has no caps), considered by many to be the "high priestess" of social media, says that everyone expects privacy on the Internet and that they are entitled to it. She gives examples of how Facebook, Google, and other developers can work toward insuring that privacy.

Privacy is Not Dead: Danah Boyd Talks about Privacy at SXSW (a ReadWriteWeb.com article)

(2) Here's a fascinating 14-min. video interview on Discover Magazine where danah (I'm hoping that it's okay to refer to her as danah, but she's a Dr. ala UC Berkeley) gives us a historical/sociological view of why teens like to "hang out" on social network sites. She provides excellent insight to educators.

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P. S. She was the keynote speaker at the opening ceremonies of the 14th National AASL Conference in Charlotte, NC, in November, 2009. What a treat it was to hear her speak!

March 07, 2010

Google Fiber for Maui?


Think Big with a Gig


What if Google Fiber picks Maui for its experimental fiber network that's 100 times faster than the present Internet connection? It would mean a jump-start for businesses, high-speed global educational interactions, and speedier working of our government.

Hawaii tested 48 among the 50 states for Internet speed. You can test your Internet connection at Speed Matters. Google Fiber could bring us up to speed (pun intended), and then some.

Here's an overview of what the project would mean, according to Google: Public Overview of the Project

To get involved, you can fill out an application if you're a Maui resident.

The deadline is March 26, 2010, so action is needed now. Please let me know if you'd like to HELP garner support for this initiative.

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What People are Saying about This:

Kim Abrahamson
: "This could really help our community in attracting high-tech jobs to our island. Our location as a bridge between the East and the West could position us as the Silicon Valley of the Pacific!"

Denise Lionetti
: "Who, in our community WOULDN'T want to help do something to leave our painfully slow internet in the past??"

Casey Asato: "I just nominated Maui and promoted SH. I briefly talked about our engineering projects, and the innovations of SH and Schools of the Future."

Ned Simonds: "I'm in as a nominator too."

Roberta Hodara: "I think it would be wonderful if Seabury becomes an integral part of this initiative! What a wonderful opportunity."

Mark Mayeda ('03): "I think it would be amazing to use Maui as a pilot model for high speed internet in a rural setting. Not only is Maui a mid-Pacific technology base, but it's also no ka oi!!"

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