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#iPad and #GoogleDocs Success - Documents to Go Premium

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When I called an old friend (Virgil Kirk) late this afternoon--I'd stayed late to catch up on emails--for advice on a hardware question, I had no idea he'd be answering a more profound one regarding iPads and GoogleDocs. As I've lamented quite often, most recently in this blog post, iPads and GoogleDocs/GoogleApps just don't play well together.

Simply, don't buy an iPad and expect it to work with GoogleApps well...UNLESS...you have Documents to Go Premium edition. 
Documents to Go Premium ($16.99 per iPad) integration with GoogleDocs. After buying it (what is the iPad but a black hole for app purchases! haha), I thought it might be a possible alternative to buying iWorks for each iPad ($30 per iPad) and running OwnCloud.
Basic Math: If you were deploying 500 iPads, imagine the cost difference between iWorks Suite ($30) and Documents to Go Premium($16.99). Let's see:iWorks Suite at $30 per iPad adds up to $15,000Documents to Go Premiumat $16.99 per iPad is $8495 Th…

Crucial Confrontations - End of Year SlideShows

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How are you handling YOUR "crucial confrontations?" One of my favorite books shares an approach. Before I jump into that, I'd like to share two instances where crucial confrontations skills come in handy. They are real life.
Disclaimer: I'm not an expert at crucial confrontations, just someone trying to get better at them. Having read plenty of "leadership" books on the subject, I'm pleased to have found something that works. That's rare amidst the sea of words on the subject of confrontations. Browsing my Facebook wall a few moments ago, I saw the following from a fellow educator:Brilliant. They left my kid out of the sixth grade slide show - AFTER I emailed them his pics AND verified that they'd been received! WTH?????? As you may not know, my daughter just graduated as a senior from high school. She was summa cum laude, received principal's award, and other honors. But, like my colleague, even though my daughter submitted the pictures in …

Remote Control Your Computer via Google Chrome

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In a stunning announcement (ok, not so much), the the Chrome Remote Desktop Beta appeared on my Google+ timeline! Wow, what a nifty product worth exploring:Chrome Remote Desktop BETA allows users to remotely access another computer through Chrome browser or a Chromebook. Computers can be made available on an short-term basis for scenarios such as ad hoc remote support, or on a more long-term basis for remote access to your applications and files. All connections are fully secured.
Chrome Remote Desktop BETA is fully cross-platform. Provide remote assistance to Windows, Mac and Linux users, or access your Windows (Vista and above) and Mac (OS X 10.6 and above) desktops at any time, all from the Chrome browser on virtually any device, including Chromebooks. Pretty awesome feature! One question I have is, will it work through school district firewalls? Hmm....
I've seen several products that allow remote control, including some that require payment. I'm looking forward to seei…

Sharing Documents from #iPad via WebDav @otixo

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Looking for an easy way to save documents to Dropbox, Box, SugarSync from webdav friendly apps on your iPad? Then take a hard look at Otixo, which has upped it's bandwidth usage from less than 300 megs a month to 2 gigs per month! That's a tremendous improvement that should have any iPad user who uses iWorks, etc. and wants to save their documents to cloud storage solutions sitting up and paying attention!
Find out more about how Otixo works online in this blog entry where I explored it in more detail (includes a short tutorial).

You can also earn free credits for anyone who signs into Otixo at your invitation, but it's via email invitation only, which is a bit of a pain. If Otixo really wanted to spread their product, they'd provide a link like Dropbox does so you can share it via Twitter, G+, etc. How about it, Otixo?

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Cleaning Old Windows

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One of the tough considerations any school district faces is, "What do you do about those old versions of Windows running on decrepit computers?" It's a question to ponder the response to, especially when you consider the following data:An IDC study commissioned by Microsoft discovered that supporting XP now costs companies and schools five times what it would cost them to support Windows 7...researchers discovered that on average 42% of business PCs are still running the aging OS. When Microsoft finally ends every vestige of support for XP a little under a year from now, 11% of PCs in business are likely to still be running what will then be a 13-year-old OS....some core IT tasks take nearly twice the time and energy when it comes to XP than to Windows 7. Security patching required 82% more time, mitigating malware took 90% more time, and help desk calls more 84% less time. IDC’s projections taken to an extreme for large businesses, 230 PCs running Windows XP rather tha…

Insightful #iPad Deployment Comment

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"Is the hassle of managing the iPad, realizing that GoogleDocs doesn't work well with this device, worth it?" So far, the answer appears to be "Yes!" among students and teachers involved in iPad projects. 

Having seen firsthand how fascinatingly frustrating planning an iPad deployment in K-12 schools can be--the whole problem is, they weren't made to be managed--I found the following account worth reading:
Purchasing the iPads was the easy part. Managing them is another matter.  Dean Shareski says that “iPads are meant to be owned, not managed.”  I think he is correct, but managing them still needs to be done for my grade one students.  Managing them is the nuts and bolts that makes our iPad classroom run. Truthfully, the management has turned out to be more work than I imagined. Setting up email on each device (gmail worked the best), syncing apps, updates to firmware, making (and re-making) folders and keeping the devices charged has kept me busy. My IT dep…

#TOR, #PDF Password Removal, #TrueCrypt --True Crack'd? Re-examining #Privacy

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Update 05/28/2014 - TrueCrypt is now defunct

Skimming through my Zite articles, I found myself bored stiff with the usual fare of pseudo-edtech reform for K-12. Let's see...what could be more engaging, enthralling than reflecting on the decline of modern education?

Ah yes, the stuff of spy novels and movies! Encryption, hidden browsing and privacy! A quick search on Zite, and in no time, I found myself reading shocking information. There, I stumbled across TOR Browser Bundle: The Tor software protects you by bouncing your communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world: it prevents somebody watching your Internet connection from learning what sites you visit, it prevents the sites you visit from learning your physical location, and it lets you access sites which are blocked.
The Tor Browser Bundle lets you use Tor on Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux without needing to install any software. It can run off a USB flash drive, comes with a pre-c…

Absolutely Awesome Typing Game #Ztype

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If you've ever despaired of getting your children, your students, yourself to practice their typing on the QWERTY keyboard, then you have reason for hope. I've played other games back in the old Apple //e days of games that helped you type better, but this game ratches it up a notch!

Give it a try!

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The Right Question - GoogleApps #gafe

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Scenario:
"Mom," began Melissa with fear rising up in her eyes. "I shared my GoogleDoc with Uncle Mark while he was helping me with my homework, and he wrote something...." she pauses, not wanting to say it aloud."He wrote you what, Carmelita?" asked her Mom. A moment later, they stood in front of the computer."Where is what he wrote you?""I closed it, I was scared.""What is a GoogleDoc?""It's where I do my homework for class...it has this built-in place where you can write back-n-forth with other people. Uncle Mark offered to help me out and...."
Ok, maybe that's an unlikely scenario (I think it is), but another scenario could just as easily involve two or more students who have shared a GoogleDocs. Whatever the scenario, are schools obligated to log all chats that occur in the context of school-sponsored tools, like GoogleDocs and GoogleChat available via Gmail? If you grant students access to these tools, s…