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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Think about this!

Did you think back in 1998 that three years later you would never take pictures on film again? In 1998 Kodak had 170,000 employees and sold 85% photo paper worldwide. Within just a few years their business model disappeared and they went bankrupt. What happened to Kodak will happen in a lot of industries in the next 10 years and, most people won't see it coming.

Yet digital cameras were invented in 1975. The first ones only had 10,000 pixels, but followed Moore's law. So as with all exponential technologies, it was a disappointment for a time, before it became way superior and became mainstream in only a few short years. It will now happen again with Artificial Intelligence, health, autonomous and electric cars, education, 3D printing, agriculture and jobs. Welcome to the 4th Industrial Revolution.


Welcome to the Exponential Age...
Software will disrupt most traditional industries in the next 5-10 years
Uber is just a software tool, they don't own any cars, and are now the biggest taxi company in the world.
Airbnb is now the biggest hotel company in the world, although they don't own any properties.
Artificial Intelligence: Computers become exponentially better in understanding the world. This year, a computer beat the best Go-player in the world, 10 years earlier than expected.
In the US , young lawyers already don't get jobs. Because of IBM's Watson you can get legal advice (so far for more or less basic stuff) within seconds. With 90% accuracy compared with 70% accuracy when done by humans So if you study law, stop immediately.  There will be 90% less lawyers in the future.  Only specialists will remain.
Watson already helps nurses diagnosing cancer, which is four times more accurate than human nurses.
Facebook now has a pattern recognition software that can recognize faces better than humans. In 2030 computers will become more intelligent than humans. (NEVER says Albert)


Autonomous cars: In 2018 the first self driving cars will appear for the public. Around 2020 the complete industry will start to be disrupted. You won't want to own a car anymore. You will call a car with your phone, it will show up at your location and drive you to your destination. You will not need to park it, you only pay for the driven distance and can be productive while being driven.
Our kids will never need to get a driver's license and will never own a car
It will change the cities, because we will need 90-95% less cars for that. We can transform former parking spaces into parks.
1.2 million people die each year in car accidents worldwide. We now have one accident every 60,000 miles (100,000 km), with autonomous driving that will drop to one accident in 6 million miles (10 million km). That will save a million lives each year.
Most car companies will probably become bankrupt. Traditional car companies try the evolutionary approach and just build a better car, while tech companies like Tesla, Apple, Google will do the revolutionary approach and build a computer on wheels.
Many engineers from Volkswagen and Audi are completely terrified of Tesla.
Insurance companies will have massive trouble because without accidents, the insurance will become 100x cheaper. Their car insurance business model will disappear.
Real Estate will change. Because if you can work while you commute, people will move further away to live in a more beautiful neighborhood.
Electric cars will become mainstream about 2020. Cities will be less noisy because all new cars will run on electricity.
Electricity will become incredibly cheap and clean. Solar production has been on an exponential curve for 30 years, but you can now see the burgeoning impact.
Last year, more solar energy was installed worldwide than fossil. Energy companies are desperately trying to limit access to the grid to prevent competition from home solar installations, but that can't last. Technology will take care of that strategy.
With cheap electricity comes cheap and abundant water. Desalination of salt water now only needs 2k Wh per cubic meter at 0.25 cents. We don't have scarce water in most places, we only have scarce drinking water. Imagine what will be possible if anyone can have as much clean water as he wants, for nearly no cost.

Health: The Tricorder X price will be announced this year. There are companies who will build a medical device (called the " Tricorder" from Star Trek) that works with your phone, which takes your retina scan, your blood sample and you simply breath into it.
It then analyses 54 bio-markers that will identify nearly any disease. It will be cheap, so in a few years everyone on this planet will have access to world class medical analysis, nearly for free. Goodbye medical establishments.


3 D printing: The price of the cheapest 3D printer came down from $18,000 to $400 within 10 years. In the same time, it became 100 times faster. All major shoe companies have already started 3D printing shoes.
Some spare airplane parts are already 3D printed in remote airports. The space station now has a printer that eliminates the need for the large amount of spare parts they used to have in the past.
At the end of this year, new smart phones will have 3D scanning possibilities. You can then 3D scan your feet and print your perfect shoe at home.
In China they have already 3D printed and built a complete 6 story office building. By 2027 10% of everything that's being produced will be 3D printed


Business Opportunities: If you think of a niche you want to go in, first ask yourself, "In the future, do I think we will have that?" If the answer is yes, how can you make that happen sooner? If it doesn't work with your phone, forget the idea. And any idea designed for success in the 20th century is doomed to failure in the 21st century.


Work: 70-80 % of jobs will disappear in the next 20 years. There will be a lot of new jobs, but it is not clear if there will be enough new jobs in such a short time. This will require a rethink on wealth distribution.


Agriculture: There will be a $100 agricultural robot in the future. Farmers in 3rd world countries can then become managers of their field instead of working all day on their fields


Aeroponics: Will need much less water. The first Petri dish produced veal, is now available and will be cheaper than cow produced veal in 2018. Right now, 30% of all agricultural surfaces is used for cows. Imagine if we don't need that space anymore.


EXCITING times huh?

Friday, June 23, 2017

Storybird



Storybird is a unique language arts tool. They use illustrations to inspire students to write stories: picture books for K-5, longform chapter books for Grades 5-9, and poetry for everything in-between.
In a learning scenario, “starting with pictures” is powerful: it stirs the emotions while it engages the brain and jumpstarts students into their text, avoiding the blank-page syndrome. And it's effective. Schools have seen as much as 3-grade level jumps in literacy when using Storybird throughout the year.
Today, more than 5 million students and 400,000 educators use Storybird. They've published 15 million stories, and read them for several billion minutes. Storybird is free to use—and even helps schools raise funds.
This looks really great.  Try it out by going to the link below!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Chrome QRCode Generator


Create QR Codes for any website with "QRCode" the QR Code generator extension in Google Chrome. It is FREE. There are no registration and no limitations for its use.

With the posting of a QR (Quick Response) code, you can lead students to information by just using a computer's or mobile device's camera. Following are just some suggestions for QR code use in education from Four Ways QR Codes Could Revolutionize Education by Liz Dwyer:

1. Digital portfolios for students. Imagine if all students were assigned a QR code at the beginning of the school year—or even the start of their educational career? Every year, instead of putting that student's assignments or projects into a manila file folder that gets sent home (and oftentimes chucked in the trash) the teacher could upload a few examples of papers, projects, tests and quizzes to the QR code. The code could also include links to student videos, blog posts or other multimedia projects. That QR code-portfolio could then be printed on the student's report card, so that the grade becomes about more than just one single letter.
2. Connecting with parents. Teachers could create their own individual QR code that includes links to classroom goals, behavior expectations and other pertinent information, and send the code home with students. The teacher could even include sample questions the parent might want to ask their child about the class, thus equipping the parent with the knowledge she needs to have a conversation with their child about what they're doing in school. On back-to-school night or during open house, teachers could post QR codes throughout the classroom. Once a parent scans the code, they'd be digitally whisked to explanations of the curricula being used or of student work displayed in the classroom. Sure, the teacher could accomplish all of this with print-outs, but scanning with a QR code is definitely more eco-friendly.
3. Engaging students. Many K-12 schools ban smartphones, but as their potential as a learning tool starts to be better understood, they could end up working well with QR codes. At both the K-12 and college level, the number of textbooks featuring QR codes is sure to grow. And teachers and professors could hand out an assignment or study guide with a QR code printed on it. Once students scan it, they could be taken to additional resources or activities.
4. Easing the transition to college. This year the University of Illinois jumped on the QR code bandwagon and started using them to help acclimate incoming freshman. QR codes are scattered throughout the campus, and when a student scans one, they're taken to campus maps, videos, and other resources. The codes also connected students to the school's Facebook and Twitter feeds—a smart move since connected students are less likely to drop out.
I love QR codes!!!!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Encyclopedia Britannica is coming to New York - it's online and it's free!


Beginning July 1, 2017, the New York State Library is adding Encyclopedia Britannica to the New York Online Virtual Electronic Library (NOVELNY) offerings. The Encyclopedia Britannica e-resources that will be freely available to all New Yorkers include:
  • Britannica School: the go-to site for learning more about any subject for all grades Pre-K-12 and all reading abilities. Click here to watch a brief introduction video to Britannica School. 
  • Britannica Academic: delivers fast and easy access to high-quality, comprehensive information, combining Encyclopedia Britannica with the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, magazines and periodicals, and many other research tools. Click here to watch a brief introduction video to Britannica Academic.  
  • Britannica Escolar: the leading knowledge-building resource that is universally trusted for accurate and age-appropriate content in Spanish. Click here to watch a brief introduction video to Britannica Escolar.
For more information please contact your school librarian or the NOVELNY Help Desk at NYSLNOVEL@nysed.gov. Provided by the New York State Library, NOVELNY is a Statewide Internet Library connecting New Yorkers to 21st century information.  NOVELNY is supported with temporary federal Library Services and Technology Act funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Friday, April 28, 2017

The Creative Educator Website


Started in 2007, Creative Educator focuses on effective ideas and strategies to foster creativity and engage students in the curriculum. Articles are designed to provide you with an informed and diverse view of today’s educational technology field, including fresh ideas about project-based learning, classroom management, and creativity. The classroom stories illustrate how educators are already utilizing creativity tools in their classrooms and the lesson plans provide specific ideas, resources, and directions that make implementing creative work with technology even easier. Check out the Topics and Lessons links at the top of the page!

Check it out by clicking this link!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Free Technology Webinars!


The NYS Teacher Centers Technology Committee is pleased to present the Smart Schools Bond Act Support Series II

In 2014, New York State enacted the Smart Schools Bond Act, which allocated funds for New York schools to purchase technology and strengthen infrastructure.This Act gave NYS educators access to new technology with no guidance on how to implement it effectively into instruction. NYS Teacher Centers are offering over fifty professional development webinars in the Spring of 2017 to showcase exemplary technological resources available, and the best practices for using these resources to increase student achievement

All webinars are open to administrators, teachers, and paraprofessionals in New York State. Participants may take as few or as many webinars as they wish. CTLE professional development certificates are available with subsequent work
and small registration fee. 



Questions? 

Contact Carol Weintraub, Director, InterCounty Teacher Center
intercountytc@gmail.com 














Thursday, April 6, 2017

Connecting music to reading, math, and science!









At this site, Phil shares a large number of free music activities and arts integration lessons that connect music to reading, math, and science.  In addition, he posts information on his latest music education products.  There are many links to all of his free arts integration resources, multimedia activities, and homemade instrument projects.  
It's not just for music teachers so check it out!

Click here to check out this cool site!