Archive for November, 2008

It’s Amazing Who Reads Twitter

November 6, 2008

If you aren’t familiar with it, Twitter is a micro blogging site which lets you post small snippits about what you’re up to.  It seems useless at first, but it allows for the creation of quite a powerful network of individuals.  I have had a twitter account for over two years, but I only recently “drank the Kool-Aid” so to speak.  Hearing stories of how other educators have built transcontinental partnerships with like-minded educators really encouraged me to look further into the technology.

Each time a person posts, it is called a “tweet.”  You’re not expected to go running around to 100 different twitter profiles reading all their tweets.  Instead, you “follow” people who you are interested in, and all of the tweets of the people you folow are aggregated into one place:  your twitter home screen.  If people follow you back, you can have short, public discussions that others can join into.  A recent discussion I chimed in on was about school information systems.  I read this:

In response, responded with a note about our school information system:

Thinking that was that, I went to lunch.  Upon my return, I had a new friend following me on Twitter, and he had sent me a private note:

…so I clicked on his photo to find out who he was:

How cool!  You never know who is out there when you post a small, 140 character (max) micro-blog posting on Twitter.  If you have a need, interest, gripe, idea, or query, just tweet it.  You never know who’s going to reply!

If you have a twitter account, let me know and I’ll follow you!  My twitter name is moixland.

Podcasting Session at Henderson – Reflection

November 3, 2008

Dr. Patricia Weaver at Henderson State University had me do a 3 hour session on Podcasting and RSS tonight with one of her Ed Leadership classes.  This is the same class I talked to on October 20.  Having met with them once before made the session go smoother, but it was not without its bumps…

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Oracle Academy Announces Free “Introduction to Computer Science” Program

November 2, 2008

Great news today from the Oracle Academy!  Schools can now teach courses such as Database Design, Database Programming, and PL/SQL using Oracle Academy curriculum and instructor training FREE!  I attended Oracle Academy training in 2004 and 2005 and I’ve been very happy with their content and support ever since.

Here is the message I received from Oracle:

The Oracle Academy team is excited to announce membership for the 2009–2010 academic year will be FREE of charge for all institutions and instructors wishing to participate in the Oracle Academy “Introduction to Computer Science” program!

The new price applies to any Oracle Academy certified instructor wishing to renew their annual membership or any new instructor desiring to become a member of this innovative program!

Benefits of this program include:

  • Faculty professional development
  • Curriculum and technical support
  • Hosted curriculum and database environment
  • Training and certification discounts

To take advantage of this new pricing, registration for the 2009–2010 academic year will open on 17 November, 2008! Please visit academy.oracle.com or contact us at academy_us@oracle.com.

If you are an AP Computer Science AB school who is still smarting from College Board abandonment or you are just looking for a new course to add to your Computer Science or Business programs, give this a look.  When I went through the program, training was $2,500 and the renewal cost for each teacher per year was $500.  This is an excellent opportunity and it costs nothing.

PS:  Tell them Daniel Moix from the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts sent you!