Dear Ed Tech Writers,
Don’t tell me an app is “free” if the cool stuff you liked about the app and wrote about and put pictures up about, is an in app purchase. That is not free. If I have to pay for something, then it is not free. Thank you.
- Tim Holt
I know that it is a somewhat leap of faith to start following a blogger, and hoping that they will continue to give you useful information. Let me tell you a little about myself, so you can know where I am coming from:
I am the Director of Instructional Technology in the El Paso Independent School District in El Paso Texas USA. I have had that position for 8 years, although when I blog, I blog as a private citizen and not as a representative of my job.
I have been blogging since 2003. My first blog was called “Byte Speed” but after 2 years, I had to take it down because there was some company by the same name and my blog was getting more traffic than their website. That apparently pissed them off enough to sick a lawyer on me. They gave me a cheap-ass gray-market no-name laptop from Asia that weighed 15 pounds if I gave up the name so I did because they had lawyers and I didn’t.
I then started a blog called Intended Consequences, and it lasted all the way until Apple pulled the support of iWeb, which was the platform I was blogging on. (iWeb +Mobile Me.) You can still Google Tim Holt Intended Consequences to see all the re-blogged articles that were created at that site.
When that died, I moved here to Tumblr because Will Richardson had just moved here, and he is a guy I respect, and frankly, it looked like a pretty easy place to blog on. I like technology, but I really like easy technology that just does what it is supposed to do without biting me. MAybe that is why I like Apple so much…
Anyway, back to the point:
I want to thank you for following me. If you haven’t figured it out by now, this Tumblr is a combo Self reflective blog and place where I like to put a lot of web links to to things that interest me. I use the site as sort of my online filing cabinet that I share with the world. As long as Tumblr is up and running, I plan on adding material. I hope you find it useful.
So that is what makes this Tumblr site. Thanks for sticking with me, thanks for following me, and if you have a chance once in a while, tell someone about my site. I am not one of the “big boys” in ed tech, so I don’t do a lot of keynotes where I can promote my site and myself, so any hits to the site are appreciated.
My RSS choices have kind of grown long-in-the-tooth, as my feeds look the same now as they did a few years ago. So, I need your help. What blogs are you reading? Why are you reading them? What new blogs have you discovered?
Thanks for sharing with me!
I have been enjoying reading Joel Adkin’s blog posts as he travels the width and breadth off the SxSW Festival in Austin. Really, who wouldn’t want to be there? I am totally jealous. (And how did he convince his bosses that he needed 2 weeks off to go there? I want that gig!)
Anyway, Joel’s blog is a very nice mix of “Gee, Come see what I am seeing!” and practical tips that he is picking up along the way.
Of particular interest to me is his blog on educators as curators. New ideas are great to have swimming around in my head. This one is pretty cool.
Read it. Follow it. Enjoy it.
Lead on Joel. We are following!
Miguel Guhlin, no shrinking violet when it comes to asking hard questions on his blog, started a neat little discussion revolving around the idea that apps, specifically apps purchased for iPads in schools might one day be considered as “consumable products,” meaning those that are purchased with the knowledge that they will be handed out, used and then thrown away or taken home with the student.
Science teachers are well versed with the idea of consumable instructional materials. For instance, paper cups can be purchased that might be used in a lab to mix different solutions of sugar water. In this case, the sugar would also be a “consumable” because at the end of the lab, both the sugar and the paper cups are disposed of.
One dictionary defines a consumable as: a commodity that is intended to be used up relatively quickly: drugs and other medical consumables.
So the idea of a consumable in a classroom is something that is going to be used up quickly, then discarded. Any food stuff for instance, is a consumable. In the old days. it was almost the idea that really inexpensive stuff is a consumable: paper clips, pens, pieces of paper.
But over the years, the amount of money spent on these “consumables,” and the price of consumables themselves, has made many look at perhaps the whole idea of what is “something to be used and quickly discarded” needs to be reevaluated.
If you are an education blogger, please take a moment or two to respond to this Voicethread: Why Do you blog?