Friday, August 20, 2010

Classroom 2.0 LIVE! Archived Link

If you missed the recent yolink search technology presentation on Classroom 2.0 LIVE! you may now listen to the archived session. The Saturday, August 7 presentation featuring Brian Cheek from TigerLogic and noted California-based educator, Ken Shelton, was well attended with many interested educators. Brian demonstrated the benefits of yolink as a valuable tool in education and Ken illustrated how he uses yolink to help teach research skills to his students. Brian also introduced the yolink API technology, which when implemented allows website visitors to use yolink to search, save, and share without downloading any software. One great example of our API widget is on the student search engine, SweetSearch, which provides qualified links for K-12 education that have been evaluated by research experts. Mark Moran from SweetSearch surprised attendees by joining the call and describing how the search engine with embedded yolink technology into the site side bar creates an even better research experience.

Other API examples Brian touched on were the Google Alerts feature from our yolink Labs section and Steve Hargadon’s blog. Here is more information on both the yolink API and the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! Saturday presentations.
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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Punahou Technology Lab School

A few weeks ago, the yolink education team had the special opportunity to visit Hawaii and participate in Punahou’s Technology Lab School. Punahou is a private K-12 1:1 school in Honolulu which hosts a technology workshop each summer for educators and technology directors from across the Hawaiian Islands.

Both the yolink team and Lucy Gray presented at the Lab School together with other presenters from Apple, the University of Hawaii, and FableVision. Our presentation focused on Google search tools and strategies and how yolink augments the time spent searching online. Lucy Gray also gave a presentation on Global Education and shared an upcoming Global Education Conference which she and Steve Hargadon are co-chairing this year November 15th through 19th. The two presentations from Punahou are available on SlideShare.

During our time at Punahou, we were thrilled to work with many great teachers and students in the Summer School Program. We demonstrated yolink and yolink + SweetSearch during a high school Social Studies class, a mixed middle school and high school Science class, and three high school English classes. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet with educators, see a 1:1 school in action, and experience firsthand technology integration in education.
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Monday, August 2, 2010

yolink returns to Classroom 2.0 on Saturday August 7th

Saturday, August 7 at 9 AM PT, be sure to clear your calendars as Brian Cheek gives an update on the recent events and improvements happening with yolink for Classroom 2.0 . yolink was previously featured by Classroom 2.0 back in May and that archived session can be heard here. Joining Brian will be Ken Shelton, a noted California-based educator, who will discuss the implications of using yolink in classrooms.

One of the biggest updates that Brian will share is the arrival of the yolink API. The API version of yolink will allow users and businesses to incorporate the yolink technology directly into their own websites and blogs. This allows all visitors of these pages to use yolink to search, save, and share without downloading any software. Be sure to tune in next Saturday as Brian shares information about the yolink API, improvements made to the yolink browser tool, and much more. For those who cannot attend check out the article on Mashable as it outlines some of the updates.

To log into the session click here.
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