Saturday, April 21, 2007

We had a very productive software meeting online yesterday with JB and folks from Wales (by way of NZ) Canada and Scotland (we could call it the Commonwealth Club, but that name is taken). The Bay Area was also well represented, i hasten to add. Email me if you'd like to review the video ( I'm trying to find time to edit the video, but you can select and skip about even now).

I was playing around with a visual map of JB's work at http://www.1-900-870-6235.com/
by artist Ron Wild. I zoomed in a portion and realized it got me to WWW content, in this case JB Scientific American articles (all of some and the 1st part of other with link to rest) http://www.1-900-870-6235.com/Connections.html

No doubt there are other treasures to be found on the map as well.

Saturday, April 14, 2007


It's been a hectic "break" between quarters since i've been working on an NEH grant, as well as one for PBS, which entailed a trip to DC. We've having a videoconference for technical folks this Friday. More to follow for other teams when the new beta is up. I just got this email from Chris Imhof, a teacher in CO who's been doing great work on K-Web:

"...We also are going to a great Ben Franklin exhibit at the Denver History Museum in the next couple of weeks - so I'm breaking from the traditional worksheet and using the [K-web] card game as a way for students to work through the exhibit... I've been doing talks at a number of schools around Denver -- to indpendent and public schools who want to begin moving in the direction of capturing 21st century skills - the new buzz word - along with global education -- but I really have come to the conclusion that one of the biggest skills now is seeing or identifying innovation for the future. The k-web is the best place to teach student to see patterns in the past to wire them to see those hidden patterns in the

Case in point - we went on a field trip to the National Renewable Energy Center in Golden a week ago - and I had 2 11-year-old girls arguing with a couple of federal scientists that the next big energy leap is going to be solar - not wind - based on a pattern they saw with steam and then with petroleum. It's a long story, but they saw the continued development of computer chip (silicon) with solar research along with material engineering -- the next big breakthrough in the next 20 years. We just completed our Sustainable Futures Fair (replaced science fair) where students do reasearch of current global problems, current work in the area and make predictions or imagine solutions for the next 20-50 years. Anyway thyese kids see us wearing solar collecting clothes and highways and parking lots as enormous solar collectors.

To get to the point -- this is where I can see the use for the Kweb -- that
answers the big "so what" - it hits a big skill needed in the future and is a tool that people will be using alongside many others in the classroom of the future -- hopefully in mine very soon. :)
Best regards, Chris