Saturday, October 20, 2012

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Saturday, October 13, 2012

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    • iPad and the functionality to allow for such a wide range of users. We have all seen and heard many tremendous examples of children at the age of 1- being amazingly fluent on an iPad.  We have also seen examples of those 100 years and beyond learning how to stay in contact with loved ones, learning and entertaining themselves with ease on their iPad. Today's schools represent an incredibly diverse set of users with very different needs. They need a tool that anyone with any range of skills and intellect can pick up and use naturally. There has never been a tool as capable as the iPad for providing meaningful, engaging content to that wide a range of users.

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

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Saturday, September 15, 2012

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  • "Students will be submitting a variety of files to their teachers throughout the year depending on the classroom and the assignments students must complete.  Below are links to specific pages that will outline the best ways to receive different types of assignments. "

    tags: ipads

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Saturday, September 08, 2012

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

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  • An interesting article, and certainly not without other opinions.

    tags: education

    • "The achievement gap between the U.S. and the world's top-performing countries can be said to be causing the equivalent of a permanent recession," Mr. Hanushek wrote for Education Next.

    • Today we lead the world only in how much we spend per pupil.
    • Far and away the most important factor in student learning is the quality of teachers. If we got rid of just the bottom 5 percent to 7 percent of teachers, that alone would lift our kids to Canadian levels, Mr. Hanushek calculates.

    • Our teachers "do not know anything," according to Terrence Moore, who teaches history at Hillsdale College. That's largely because most have degrees in education rather than in the subjects they teach.

    • "Future teachers are better served by getting good grounding in academic subject matter."
    • Ed schools seem to think knowing stuff isn't important.

    • "If you confront [teachers] with the fact that they, just as their students, can tell you nothing about the first 10 presidents or the use of the gerund, they will blithely respond that it is not so important for them to know things as to know 'how to know things,' " said Mr. Moore.

    • The reform needed is to remove state "certification" requirements. The reason for them, we're told, is to guarantee that only the qualified teach. Their real purpose is to keep the knowledgeable out of the classroom.

    • "Yet these education schools," Mr. Moore points out, "not only do not impart real knowledge of academic subjects; they are actively hostile to it."
    • If instead of being forced to hire the certified, schools were free to hire the qualified, colleges of education would wither away -- and learning would blossom.

         

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

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A Change to an old philosophy?

There was a great quote being bantered around a while back that I really liked - STILL like. It went something like this, "Nobody buys a drill because they need a drill." The unspoken portion implies, of course, that the reason we buy a drill is because we have a need for a hole. We've got a problem in need of a solution.

But, from my experiences with teachers in several school districts, it appears that many times this philosophy gets thrown out the window when it comes to purchasing ipads.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

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  • We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.

    tags: politics

  • A great livebinder for ipad resources

    tags: ipad livebinder

  • Fast Follow. Anyone in the US can receive Tweets on their phone even if they haven’t signed up for Twitter. This is a simple way for people to get information they care about in real-time. For example, let’s say you want to get Tweets from New York City’s office of emergency management (@NotifyNYC). Just text ‘follow NotifyNYC’ to 40404 in the US.

    tags: twitter

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Adding Lino It bookmarklet to ipad browser

I really like the lino app for the ipad. I think it's a fun way for kids to contribute resources or ideas to their "wall." At the very least, it's an easy way for the teacher to add resources and images to his/her wall. And, Linoit.com offers a nice bookmarklet that one can drag into the Bookmarks Toolbar on your laptop's browser. It makes it VERY easy to post web discoveries to any one of your Lino walls.

But, I didn't see that it was available for the Safari browser on the ipad or other tablet device. I had seen this done with other sites, so I tried it with Lino and it worked perfectly. Now, I am aware that this method may not be the most practical way to install this on a class set of ipads, but if you're going 1:1 with ipads at the middle or high school level, I think they could handle this process. With some help, of course. :)

First, install the Lino bookmarklet in your browser on your desktop or laptop. For most browsers it's a simple drag and drop process.

Next, once it's installed, right click on it and choose Edit. (In the Chrome browser, at least. I forget what it is in the others.)

Now, copy the script that you see in the URL field. It begins with javascript. Triple-click anywhere in that field to select the entire field, then copy.

Email it to yourself! Unless you know of a better way to get some text from your laptop to your ipad, just email it to yourself. We need to get access to it on the ipad.

On the ipad, open the email and copy the script that you just received. (This ends the easy part.) :)

Open Safari, visit linoit.com, and Bookmark it to the Bookmarks Bar.

Next, Click Edit in the top right corner of the Bookmarks Bar window. Then, click the arrow next to Lino it
I renamed this bookmark to Lino it, as I recall. I believe it came in as Lino.com... something. I suggest you rename it to Lino it, as well. It'll save room, if nothing else.

Now, remove the URL in this bookmark and PASTE the code you recently copied from your email.

Click the Bookmarks Bar link in the top left to return to the list, then click Done in the top right corner.

You're ready to Lino! (I don't think Lino is a verb, but maybe I just made it such.)

Let's try it. (This assumes you've already got at least one Lino wall.) Visit a site that you wish to add to your Lino wall. Click the Lino it Bookmark that you just made. You'll see this:
If you've used the Lino it Bookmarklet in you laptop's browser before, you're already familiar with this. If not, it's pretty intuitive. I would just remind you to BE SURE to select the Canvas you wish to use for this post.

There. Relatively simple, yes? Enjoy.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

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  • Build a body. It worked great in Chrome. I didn't try it with any other browser. Shared today on Twitter)

    tags: biology anatomy

  • The curriculum is designed to be interactive, discussion filled and allow students to learn through hands-on and scenario activities. Each workshop contains a resource booklet for both educators and students that can be downloaded in PDF form, presentations to accompany the lesson and animated videos to help frame the conversation.

    tags: safety

    • The curriculum is designed to be interactive, discussion filled and allow students to learn through hands-on and scenario activities. Each workshop contains a resource booklet for both educators and students that can be downloaded in PDF form, presentations to accompany the lesson and animated videos to help frame the conversation.

       

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Saturday, March 31, 2012

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Saturday, March 17, 2012

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Saturday, March 10, 2012

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  • "Simply type the speech for each slide, instead of recording it, and HelloSlide automagically generates the audio. (Not a bad voice, either, IMHO)

    It gives more exposure to your presentations, making them searchable, editable, and available in 20 different languages."

    tags: presentation slideshow

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Saturday, March 03, 2012

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Saturday, February 11, 2012

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  • Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.

    tags: pinterest socialmedia

  • Just saw this tweeted today. Enter a keyword, hashtag, or user name to build a history of their tweets

    tags: twitter

  • @jgates513 Wildlife cams woven into interactive narrative - digital storytelling from our neighbors up north http://t.co/GtkYr5A5

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Saturday, February 04, 2012

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  • Microsoft offers free tools to help engage students in a variety of subject areas—from movie-making to collaboration to science and beyond. Teachers can download these tools for free, the majority of which require no special training.

    tags: Microsoft tools

  • resourcesforhistoryteachers is maintained by teachers and students who are part of the History Teacher Education Program in the School of Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

    tags: history resources

  • "In 2005 I wrote a similar article and have had requests to write an update. Technology has changed a great deal in the last 5-6 years. Although, realistically, you would not use all of these technologies, you should be knowledgeable in what each of the following technology is and how it could be/might be used in a classroom.
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    tags: skills

  • "iPiccy makes your photo awesome with many easy to use photo tools. Edit pictures, apply beautiful photo effects,
    add text and even paint! Enjoy free photo editing online and show your creativity with iPiccy editor!"

    tags: editing photo_editor photos

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

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  • "The time is finally here for my annual list of favorite sites of the year. This year I decided to up my post to the top 100 instead of 25 because of the number of sites that I reviewed and the popularity of the post. I tried to cover a wide range of sites, from flash-card creators to digital storytelling, and of course social networks, which really stood out in 2011. I hope everybody enjoys the list and has as much fun reading it as I did creating it."

    tags: techlearning

  • A social Learning platform built for education.

    tags: education

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Scam - Part II

It's only been about 24 hours since I heard about this scam, so we're not far into the process. Those scammers downloaded EVERYTHING off his computer. Everything. There good news, if there IS any to be found in this mess, is that he didn't have a quicken or Excel file anywhere that would have contained his important information. But, if they have his password to his email - which is the same password he has for everything - then they have access to WAY too much information.

So, the first thing he did was unplug the computer. (Closing the barn door after the horses have all left.)

Next, he called his Credit Union to report it and to stop his cards. For some reason it sounded to me like they only stopped his check card and not his Visa, so I encouraged him to call them back tomorrow to be sure they canceled both.

Next, he called the FBI to report it. The thinking was that they would then be on the alert for activity on his Social Security number. Wrong. They suggested he visit www.ic3.gov and file a report. Of course he can't do that on his computer, so he'll have to do it from work .

He will also be paying a company their $10/month fee to watch over and protect his SS#. An identity theft protection company. So, he's now got $120/yr added expense.

And he'll be coming over to my place on Sunday? Why? Well, I, being the closest thing to tech support that he can find, will spend much of Sunday reinstalling Windows XP. We'll format c: and start fresh. Of course, his CD is six years old, so the number of updates will be mind blowing, I'm sure. I'd rather chew razor blades than to sit and fuss with Windows all day, but that's what's going to happen. It's a full day's work. I KNOW why tech folks charge at least $200 to do it. It would be SO much easier if he could somehow spring for a new laptop, but I know that to be out of the question, as well.

Once again, PLEASE send an email to everyone in your address book and warn them against this scam. This isn't over by a long shot. It's going to get more costly as it moves forward. Costly both in terms of money AND time.

The Scam - Part I

My friend is no dummy. It's just that the timing of this scam couldn't have been better - for the scammers, that is. Couldn't have been worse for my friend.

His 6 year old Windows XP machine is probably loaded with spyware. I say that because it takes about 15-20 minutes to boot. Sometimes even longer. There were multiple hangs and freezes, and each one accompanied by the notice that asked if this error should be reported. He always said yes, figuring that it would keep the Microsoft folks employed.

Re-imaging a windows machine is no job for a novice, and paying someone else to do it was out of the question. The computer just wasn't worth the $200 that it would no doubt cost. I showed him how to put it into Hibernate mode instead of shutting it down, and that helped him tolerate this slow machine a while longer. In retrospect, that turned out not to be such a favor.

One evening he received a phone call from a very pleasant sounding woman who identified herself as an employee of Microsoft. She claimed to have been noticing an abnormal number of error messages (I think she called them error codes), and she was offering to fix them. How? Just allow her access to his computer and she'd take care of it.

Now, you and I know better, right? Microsoft doesn't employ people to call the homes of users, even if they DID somehow know your phone number, and volunteer to fix your computer. But, she even gave him a phone number and suggested that they hang up and he could call her back after he confirmed everything.  But, after all, there WERE a lot of error codes coming from his computer. Still... it smelled fishy. But yet, she was SO helpful over the phone. You can almost see the little angel on one shoulder and the devil on the other, can't you?

Long story short, he DID allow this woman to have complete control of his machine. She said it would take quite a while, so he left it on and went to bed. Somewhere around 2:30AM he heard it reboot. That sick feeling in his stomach hadn't left. He just wasn't sure about this, but it was too late now. By the time I found out about it the next day it had been over 12 hours since she took control of his machine.

In the interest of reading comfort I'm going to stop this post here. I'll continue with Part II to let you know what he's gone through since then. In the meantime, PLEASE tell ALL your friends about this scam. It's SO easy for it to work, because if you've got a windows computer in the house, chances are it's running poorly and throwing errors. It's the perfect scam.
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  • A nice list to get new twitter users started.

    tags: twitter hashtags

  • Record from the computer and it will generate a qrcode that will point users to the recorded message.

    tags: QRcode

  • We are proud to announce the Operational release of "Reverb", the next generation metadata and service discovery tool. Reverb has been developed utilizing modern web development technologies and presents you with a fresh new look and interface for discovering Earth Science data. We invite you to give it a try and let us know what you think. Reverb will be continually updated on a monthly basis taking into account your user feedback and other enhancements which are currently planned. Your feedback will be critical in us ensuring that you are able to find and access the data you need in the best way possible.

    tags: earth science nasa

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