Environmental Sustainability

The Digital Immersion Grade 8’s and I are building a Environmental Sustainability Project in partnership with the City of Vancouver, Apple Canada, and Cisco Systems.

We are very excited about the technology, but beyond the technology and the new tools (iPads) is the very real and fulfilling work of making a difference. This is how we should be teaching our students and helping them explore potential careers and interests through meaningful work. The City of Vancouver has an excellent reputation around the world as a green city. What we aim to do is either take something that already exist and make it better or better yet invent something new that we can call our own. Possibly an initiative that can be realized with a little time and a lot of hard work.

So far, I am loving the new cart (Thanks Charlie Tang @ Apple Canada!), but getting apps on to 30 iPads is proving to be quite a labour intensive and time consuming task. I think Apple can do better with an Education version of iTunes or perhaps a third-party plugin that will allow for mass simultaneous syncs.

As a side note,  I love the Find My iPhone app. I can track every iPad and the cart through GPS and a map. If iPads go missing or is misplaced, I can track it and send a message and/or lock it out and/or wipe the data. This feature is available through MobileMe Free Account and is available for iPhones, iPod Touch, and iPads. I am going to invent a game for this feature. Now all the iPads need is a camera so I can use QR Codes.

Environmental Sustainability Project

The Digital Immersion Grade 8’s and I are building a Environmental Sustainability Project in partnership with the City of Vancouver, Apple Canada, and Cisco Systems.

We are very excited about the technology, but beyond the technology and the new tools (iPads) is the very real and fulfilling work of making a difference. This is how we should be teaching our students and helping them explore potential careers and interests through meaningful work. The City of Vancouver has an excellent reputation around the world as a green city. What we aim to do is either take something that already exist and make it better or better yet invent something new that we can call our own. Possibly an initiative that can be realized with a little time and a lot of hard work.

So far, I am loving the new cart, but getting apps on to 30 iPads is proving to be quite a labour intensive and time consuming task. I think Apple can do better with an Education version of iTunes or perhaps a third-party plugin that will allow for mass simultaneous syncs.

As a side note,  I love the Find My iPhone app. I can track every iPad through GPS and a map. If iPads go missing or is misplaced, I can track it and send a message and/or lock it out and/or wipe the data. This feature is available through MobileMe Free Account and is available for iPhones, iPod Touch, and iPads. I am going to invent a game for this feature. Now all the iPads need is a camera so I can use QR Codes.

Environmental Sustainability

The iPads are here and we are getting ready to begin our Environmental Sustainability project in partnership with Apple Canada, Cisco, and the City of Vancouver. The project will be an action research project with multiple facets and outcomes.

We are aiming to make a difference and we are challenging our young learners to exact change through their research and ideas. By empowering our students with 30 iPads, the aim is to leverage information communicative technology and mobile computing to gather information, track trends, and provide areas where we can improve to further Vancouver’s reputation as a Green City.

DP 11/12 Low Visibility

My view in HDR with sun in the distance.

Trying to get some good shots from the top, but the visibility is still very low. I am hoping for some sunshine as it is absolutely amazing on a clear day.

Download this pan.zip file to your desktop and unzip it by double clicking it.

Start Photoshop. Click File > Click Automate > Browse files and play with the rest. Try Auto first and then experiment with the other options. Crop When finished.

Note: it may take a while to render – be patient!