Canadian Educational Blogs

I have been awarded 2nd place in the educational category of the Canadian Blog Awards. I’m taking that designation with a grain of salt as there are many excellent Canadian educational blogs that weren’t even mentioned in the process. Thus, I’d like to start a list of active, longer-term, Canadian educational blogs. Here are the ones I know from memory, listed in no particular order. I will likely start a wikied list in the near future.

Canadian Edublog Award - 2nd Place

Mrs. Cassidy’s Classroom Blog – Kathy Cassidy
Make it Interesting – Chris Harbeck
Webbed Feat – Sylvia Currie
Clint Lalonde dot net – Clint Lalonde
samlab – Doug Symington
A Difference – Darren Kuropatwa
Half an Hour – Stephen Downes
OLDaily – Stephen Downes
Blog of Proximal Development – Konrad Glogowski
Musings – Just Learning – Sharon Peters
Ideas and Thoughts – Dean Shareski
McToonish – Heather Ross
Open Monologue – Rob Wall
Educational Discourse – Kelly Christopherson
Light in the Woods – Kyle Lichtenwald
Remote Access – Clarence Fisher
The Teaching Life – Cyril Kesten
Rick’s Café Canadien – Rick Schwier
Classroom Tech Tips – Donna Desroches
D’Arcy Norman dot net – D’Arcy Norman
Abject Learning – Brian Lamb
EdTechPost – Scott Leslie
elearnspace – George Siemens
Dave’s Educational Blog – Dave Cormier
Michael’s English Usage – Michael Lyons
Pair-a-Dimes – David Truss
Gnuosphere – Peter Rock
42/1 – Cyprien Lomas
Adventures in Instructional Support - Jim Sibley
Beyond Operant Conditioning and Bells – Stephanie Chu
Bird’s Eye View – Christopher Brooks
ehabitus – Norm Friesen
Michelle’s Online Learning Freakout Party Zone – Michelle Lamberson
Terry Anderson Blog – Terry Anderson
Free Resources for (Special) Education – Paul Hamilton

Allright. Who am I missing?

Update: I’ve created a wiki link. You’ll need to join the wikispace to add or edit the list. It would be great if we could categorize these as well.

History of Educational Technology (Dr. Richard Schwier)

We were very fortunate to have had Dr. Richard Schwier present to the students of EC & I 831 on the History of Educational Technology. Rick is a professor of educational technology and media at the University of Saskatchewan and he’s been one of the most influential individuals in my educational life. And as far as credibility goes, you need only to look at his long list of publications and awards to realize that the man knows what he is talking about.

The session was done in Elluminate and with Rick’s permission, I have provided several pieces below. The slides have been uploaded to Slideshare.net. I attempted to synchronize audio with the slides, but Slideshare just wouldn’t take the audio. I have also included a link to the Elluminate session. Finally, I have provided a video link hosted by blip.tv.

Slides at Slideshare:

Blip.tv Version:

Elluminate session and wiki page.

Regarding the Blip.tv Version:
I wanted a rich copy of the presentation in something other than Elluminate. Brian Lamb suggest blip.tv a while back and I have been hoping for a chance to try it out. I am sure there are many easier ways of doing the same thing on a Mac, but this was the process I used to complete the blip.tv version.

    1) I ran the Elluminate version, and isolated the part of the screen I wanted recorded. For some reason I wasn’t able to record the audio and video together, so:
    2) I recorded the video using Quicktime Pro (not free) pointed at Camtwist (free).
    3) I recorded the audio using Wiretap Studio (not free), a GREAT audio tool for the Mac.
    4) I combined video and audio in iMovie ’08, and exported as a (default) .m4v file.
    5) I uploaded this raw file (217MB) to blip.tv. It took less than 1.5 minutes to upload, and no conversion was necessary. I am incredibly impressed by this service!

If anyone runs into problems with the huge blip.tv version, let me know. I am in ideal conditions, as it is after 1am and I have the University network all to myself. I’d like to see how it performs for the rest of the world, I assume not very well.