Reader's Digest has a nice set of activities to do with your Dad. This set of pictures and paragraphs would make an interesting conversation with students. You could show the slide and text and discuss each option or use them as a creative writing starter.
Readwriteweb has a fan-boy-ish overview of Apple's announcements on Monday. It is worth a read no matter your feelings about Apple. They remain the "king of the hill" in technology even in a post-jobs era -- for now.
If you want to understand why online and virtual experiments are so attractive to science teachers, read this article about how a mistaken identity of a chemical caused the evacuation of an entire high school. In fact, this is one complaint I've heard from science teachers about thee iPad -- many of these online experiments are in flash and have yet to be converted to updated non-flash formatss.
I read problogger and Zenhabits so this post about letting go of goals intrigued me. I think, however, it isn't necessarily letting go of goals, it is about letting go of the traditional view of success. I agree that truly getting in touch with what you want out of life is essential. Read this post and think but realize that there may be a few semantic issues here that may cause you to want to debate. Get past the semantics into the real meaning and look at your life. Summertime is an important time to reset for teachers.
Stephen Downes pointed to this article from his blog and noted that the conference was well organized. We use Blackboard Collaborate as the underpinning of our Flat Classroom projects as a key essential tool. It is stable and pretty simple to administer after receiving a little training. This best practices article is a must read for anyone working to organized global conferences. From the Association for learning technology.
"App store" and other words are in contention. If you like language or even current events, there are some fascinating discussions from this New York Times column about the English language. They state their opinion that Apple doesn't have much hope in protecting the term "app store" but I guess the courts will decide. I do, however, think it is absurd that Facebook claimed the word "poke." I distinctly recall poking the fire when I was a kid on campouts. ;-)
Union politics heat up in Chicago where the teachers, upset over increased hours without increased pay, may strike. Expect such tensions to increase. Unfortunately all such things take our eye off of students where they should be.
Collaborating on mobile devices is going to be an essential part of connecting students. We've only begun to understand collaboration but those of us who are doing it now know the challenges inherent in connecting with schools in Africa. If we're going to do it, we'll have to resist "bandwidth" and "device" snobbery and have ubiquitous access for the platforms where we connect. Everything used in collaborating globally will need to be mobile friendly.
This week I'm doing Kidzblast for my church. Here's an example of a storify for those of you who work with nonprofit, school, or church events and want to see an example of how social media can be used but also how you can use events to educate people about social media. Events are a great way to get people's attention and educate them. I used storify - it is a great service because it notifies people when you are done that they are quoted in the article.