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Pointing Out the Fly in Pearson's Soup #ok #oklahoma @pearson

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Has Pearson told anyone else that they need to put a windows firewall exception in a firewall service that is turned off?  Seems to me that if the firewall is OFF then the service should not block anything. (Source: Email from Technology Director in Oklahoma)
Oklahoma Technology Directors are fuming about Pearson's responses to testing. It's not unusual to hear these kinds of complaints from Technology Directors in Texas, but Oklahoma folks are also finding the experience problematic.

Some might ask, Why share this? The answer is simple and straightforward--if we fail to point out how large companies are unresponsive, or slow to answer, questions for behemoth, enterprise level assessment systems State Education Agencies are purchasing, we do the people ultimately served by these tests a profound dis-service. If one believes high-stakes tests are a fad that should be ended, one still has to acknowledge that failing to share stories of success and failure in using services like Pe…

GoogleApps Guide @ianaddison

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Check out this GoogleApps Guide by Ian Addisonhttp://www.bit.ly/googleappsguide

Funny enough, it's available in Word DOCx format! Ian writes the following in his introduction:
For me there are two main reasons for using Google Apps within school. One is collaboration and the other is cost. Google allows users to collaborate on a document or share a calendar with just a few clicks. This means that a whole group of users could be uploading data to a spread sheet or creating a website together with ease. Google Apps is relatively cost-free. The only cost will be for the domain name and web hosting...There is of course the time ‘cost’ but this guide will hopefully remove some of that. Bear in mind, whichever VLE or online tool you use, you will have a very similar time element to contend with!I often wish that more Texas school districts had taken advantage of GoogleApps for Education, especially against the backdrop of economic wildfires raging in the State. Fear, uncertainty and do…

Protecting Your Privacy Online

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In the face of identity theft for 1.3 million educators made possible by Texas government under Republican control, protecting your privacy by installing a Chrome add-on seems a small step to take...some would say, insignificant. As some point out, privacy is an illusion when you trust online services like Facebook, but perhaps even more so when you consider what's going on with TRS employee records....
 When you share private information on any online service, you are trusting that service to keep your information private. The catch is that these companies are run by people; people who make mistakes with your data or people who change their minds about how much of their service should be private or public. There are plenty of examples of online services that have been hacked or employees who carry your private data on unsecured devices where your private data has been compromised...The real problem is when people think their data is more private than it is. (Source: Online Privacy…

MyNotes - Governor's Tech Fund Needs More Transparency #txlege

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Time for more accountability? Why are funds being siphoned off from critical needs areas--like education--to companies (some of which are going/gone bankrupt), as is implied in the actions described below and in the original article? Time for greater critical judgements by Texas voters:
Auditor: Perry's tech fund needs more transparency | AP Texas News | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle chron.com
Gov. Rick Perry's technology fund that awards money to start-up companies and universities needs "significant improvements to promote greater transparency and accountability," the state auditor said in a report released Thursday.   The fund, administered by the governor's office, was created by the Legislature at his request in 2005. About $370 million has been awarded through the fund so far. In the report, State Auditor John Keel said decision making related to the fund and fund recipients isn't open to the public. He also said there isn't enough monitoring of how …

iMoot 2011 Winner Roundup

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Thanks to Julian "MoodleMan" Ridden and Joseph Thibault for making 8 tickets to attend the virtual iMoot2011 Conference taking place this weekend! What a thrill to be able to join in and see what's happening and bring in folks from MoodleMayhem.org group (Facebook Group and Email list)!!
Here's the complete list of winners: Diana BennerDamian DonnellyJason NeifferDarren WilsonDamaris VelazquezDrew MortensenAdrianne StoneKristy VincentCongrats to all the winners! We had 13 participants total!
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iMoot2011 Winner #8 Announcement - Kristy Vincent @kristy_vincent

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Continuing the iMoot 2011 Conference Registration Giveaway
Our next winner is....
I used the Teachmeet Victim Selector to randomly make the selection!
Instructions on how to "claim your prize"--free iMoot2011 registration--will be sent via email. Congratulations!
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iMoot2011 Winner #7 Announcement - Adrianne Stone @adrianneelayne

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Continuing the iMoot 2011 Conference Registration Giveaway
Our next winner is....
I used the Teachmeet Victim Selector to randomly make the selection!
Instructions on how to "claim your prize"--free iMoot2011 registration--will be sent via email. Congratulations!
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iMoot2011 Winner #6 Announcement - Drew Mortensen @drewmortensen

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Continuing the iMoot 2011 Conference Registration Giveaway
Our next winner is....
I used the Teachmeet Victim Selector to randomly make the selection!
Instructions on how to "claim your prize"--free iMoot2011 registration--will be sent via email. Congratulations!
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