Showing posts from July, 2010

Unetbootin on Mac (Updated)

Update: Here's my screenshot walkthrough

Although Unetbootin (or's the USB Universal Installer, which is great) isn't available on Mac, this article with tips on how to use DD to achieve a similar effect--including an overview of Unetbootin and other utilities--is great! Here's an overview of Unetbootin from the article cited above:
UNetbootin allows you to create bootable Live USB drives for a variety of Linux distributions from Windows or Linux, without requiring you to burn a CD. You can either let it download one of the many distributions supported out-of-the-box for you, or supply your own Linux .iso file if you've already downloaded one or your preferred distribution isn't on the list.

Using Diskutil (Mac OS X only)Download the desired .img fileOpen a Terminal (under Utilities)Run diskutil list to get the current list of devices Insert your flash mediaRun diskutil list again and determine the device node assigned to your flash media (e.g. /…

5 Steps to Digitizing the Writing Workshop

"If you can write what people will read by choice," shares Vicki Spandel, author of Six Traits Writing, "the world is your's" (Source: Over 400 million bloggers experience the truth of this statement daily. If their writing fails to engage, no one reads their work. Yet other bloggers experience that the world is their's every time they publish a piece online.  As human beings writing about our passions, many of us have a deep desire to be heard and the past, the experience required the rigamarole of having an editor read your work. Now, like everything else, the Internet enables us to skip the intermediaries and go straight to the audience. Of course, if what you write doesn't sparkle in the eye of your readers, you will lack for readers.

Expecting students to write in our classrooms for hit-or-miss praise is criminal. Their nimble fingers can text an entire piece of writing via their mobile device to a relevant au…

Abydos Graduation (New Jersey Writing Project)

My certificate for completion of Abydos Learning
What a thrill to graduate from the Abydos Learning Writing Institute! Although there is a lot to "unpack" in terms of ideas and concepts, especially when reconceptualizing with technology, the experience of the Institute itself was pretty wonderful! Kudos to the organizers!

Here are a few photos...the one immediately below features the Reading/ELA Senior Coordinator and I posing for a picture with the Abydos Learning Trained Teacher sign. What a lot of fun to participate and be welcomed to a community of writers like the teachers that I had the good fortune to read and share writing with!

Here's the little sign teachers will post outside their door (my apologies for its blurriness):

Here I am (left) with Senior Executive Director of Curriculum & Instruction (right)
And, finally, a class picture:
Viewing the picture, I appear 2-3 people left of center

In the future, I'll be posting a few more reflections on Abydos, but…

Changes - Guest Blogger: Jennifer Emerson

Note from Miguel Guhlin: This is a guest blog post by author Jennifer Emerson. My thanks to Jennifer for her willingness to publish her writing here.  You can get back to this blog entry by using a short URL of . Follow Plurks here, and Twitter traffic about this post here (please use hashtag of "#jechanges" without quotes).

by Jennifer Emerson (

Looking at myself in the mirror, I try to see those wrinkles, lines, and spots that are suddenly erupting.  My fingers pull and poke at the skin around my eyes, and I think, “Do I look like a Grandma?”  You see, four months ago, my seventeen-year-old daughter informed me that, yes indeed; I was going to be a grandma. When she told me, I was at a workshop to learn about read alouds.  During the course of this workshop, I had received nine buzzing text messages from her.  Thinking that this was one of her “fake emergencies”, you know the kind that start with, “OMG!   I need twe…

Change in Copyright Law - DMCA

Wow, what a stunner of a change! From CrunchGear with profound implications for educators:

The six “classes” now exempt from prosecution under the DMCA are:1. Defeating a lawfully obtained DVD’s encryption for the sole purpose of short, fair use in an educational setting or for criticism2. Computer programs that allow you to run lawfully obtained software on your phone that you otherwise would not be able to run aka Jailbreaking to use Google Voice on your iPhone3. Computer programs that allow you to use your phone on a different network aka Jailbreaking to use your iPhone on T-Mobile4. Circumventing video game encryption (DRM) for the purposes of legitimate security testing or investigation5. Cracking computer programs protected by dongles when the dongles become obsolete or are no longer being manufactured6. Having an ebook be read aloud (ie for the blind) even if that book has controls built into it to prevent that sort of thing.
Great changes. Source

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MyNotes - Virtuals Teams in eLearning

Interesting points considering the value of virtual teams in online learning environments.
JOLT - Journal of Online Learning and Teaching

Understanding Students’ Online Learning Experiences in Virtual Teams
Jennifer Loh
School of Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Sciences
The University of New England, Australia
Armidale, NSW AU

Robyn Smyth

School of Rural Medicine
The University of New England, Australia
Armidale, NSW AU
Proponents of group work contend that students can learn valuable lessons such as communication and problem solving skills which are transferable to the real work environment (Becker & Dwyer, 1998, Black, 2002, Haythornthwaite, 2006).
Social facilitation is the tendency that people often perform better in the presence of others than alone (Cook, 2001)
A virtual team is a group of individuals who used information technologies to work across time, space, and organisational boundaries to achieve organisational goals.
Virtual teams are fast becomin…