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Look Before Leaping - iPad Deployment

Terice Schneider wishes she had trained students to use email appropriately BEFORE deploying iPads to 735 middle school students. Some of the comments argue that you shouldn't have to train students to use email, but rather, that students will learn to use email appropriately while using it.
In response to the blog entry by Terice Schneider, high school student Aida writes the following...what are your thoughts?
I think you are covering this, but just in case, you might find it helpful to give them a basic three part subject line, for example, whether it is personal or professional, which class it pertains to and what assignment or situation (if it is professional or personal, depending, and this may mean for personal, the name of a fellow student or professional, the name of the assignment)
We do this with our Creative Writers at my school when they submit for a variety of things, and it aids separating everything up. We also utilize gmail (every incoming student must create a gmai…

TxDLA - Presentation on Instructure Canvas LMS

St. Phillip's College has been transitioning from Blackboard/WebCT to Instructure Canvas. A small group reviewed Instructure, made a presentation to the Board, and the Board approved purchase in October. They hope to have a training in Spring, and by Spring 2013, they will be fully converted to the new LMS.
Estelita Young (Instructure, Director of Sales) started in February, 2011 with Instructure. She's worked for WebCT, Wimba and has been teaching online. Instructure Canvas came on the horizon and she shares how she struggled with "the friction of what has to happen when you want to deliver content online." Instructure Canvas has been awarded a contract with UT Austin. Estelita Young
6415 South 3000 East
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Salt Lake City, UT 84121 Two graduate students were given an assignment by their professor...they were to look for whatever wasn't working. After 7 months of feedback, making changes, adjustments, they sa…

The Learning Chronicles

This past week (Thanksgiving in the U.S.), I found myself enjoying time in front of the couch, exercising on the elliptical (my treadmill broke, but a friend graciously gave me an elliptical), catching up on movies I'd missed, and wondering, shouldn't I be blogging or something
I'm sure I had a few insights that were worth sharing. Although I spent a lot of time just goofing around, I did take time to clip a few things to, as well as bookmark stuff. Why didn't I take time to share it? 
Richard Byrne (Free Technology for Teachers) makes a point that many of us who have been blogging for quite awhile find true (I know I've said this myself before, too): One of the reasons I sometimes hear people give for not blogging, Tweeting, or otherwise participating in sharing their ideas online is, "I don't have anything to say." To that I often reply, "yes, you do." The great thing about sharing online is that you never know who is going to …

Video Editing on Netbooks

At the risk of pushing people out of their comfort zone, especially those in schools who expect to use a low-cost machine with high-end video-editing software, I'd like to make a radical suggestion.

The suggestion comes as a result of this forum post: I’d like your thoughts on notebooks or netbooks for classroom use.  These would primarily be used for typing documents, internet research, developing presentations using online sites and MS Moviemaker. Nothing would be saved to the notebook as students would save to the network or straight to the online site.  There would be playback of video but not any large files. 
As I reflected on the various responses to this--how to deal with an lousy Moviemaker that crashes periodically and can barely work on netbooks running Windows--it occurred to me that GNU/Linux users had access to a nice video editor (FINALLY!) known as Openshot Video Editor.

To help things along, I sent the following response to the person after trying it out on a Dell…

DRM'd ePub ebooks on Ubuntu Linux netbooks

In response to this blog entry, Dorothy from Australia asks the following:
Kia oraI am hoping you might be able to help us. We are using an Ubuntu OS on our ASUS eeePC netbooks at our school in Auckland, New Zealand. We really need an eBook reader for our netbooks - especially one that handles DRM for books loaned from our school library system.
Do you have any suggestions of software we should try? I wasn't sure whether to contact you via your blog or the GCT forum, so apologise if there was a better way to ask. I did think that if anyone would have a good suggestion it would be you :)I'm guessing Dorothy is asking about what to do with Overdrive books available via libraries, which was in a bit of controversy back in March, 2011. Overdrive uses Adobe Digital Editions as their primary tool to handle DRM'd ePub books: Adobe® Digital Editions is a free application used to read EPUB eBooks. Additionally, Adobe Digital Editions support eBooks in the PDF format, but results have …

MyNotes - Story of libraries looks grim

Despite $10M allocation, story of HISD libraries looks grim
Updated 09:49 p.m., Sunday, November 20, 2011
Houston ISD libraries have slipped into further disrepair, despite a $10 million investment over the last three years. More than 80 percent of HISD libraries fail to meet state guidelines for staffing and book collections, and an additional 20 percent of the district's 289 schools don't even have functioning libraries, according to Houston Independent School District data."It's incredibly disheartening when the largest district in Texas has librarians at less than half of its campuses," said Gloria Meraz, Texas Library Association spokeswoman.

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Rabbits with Cleavers - Awesome game @wolfire

It's been forever since I took a look at Overgrowth, the successor to one of the greatest games I've ever played--Lugaru. My son and I pre-ordered Overgrowth June 2, feels like an eternity waiting for it. You can read about Lugaru (which is worth buying, too) here:

Be the Ninja-RabbitNinja-Rabbit Foiled by Pirates

That wait aside, wow, what an amazing thing it is to see the game in action. Check out these videos via YouTube from the Wolfire Games Blog. I encourage you to check out the game and order your copy of OverGrowth, as well as Lugaru, the original! It's fantastic! You can also follow progress via the Wolfire Games Blog.

Even if you're not a gamer, you have to admit that these videos portray incredible game play and staggering vistas:


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eHow References Around the Corner

It's kinda neat to be referenced online, such as eHow. The article--whose title appears above as How to Convert iCal to CSV--references a blog entry I wrote some time ago. Here's the lead from that blog entry: "Is there a good way to export all events in an iCal to a list or spreadsheet?" Chris Webb tweeted earlier tonight, clarifying with this follow up tweet, "I'd like to export an iCal as another format such as .csv, in order to be able to create a list of the events."
Remembering I'd done this once before when juggling a whole slew of dates for our Room Scheduler Calendar (from BrownBear Software), I set out to remember how.Read my original blog entry and/or the eHow version.
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Cloud Napped - Dark Skies in the iCloud @sugarsync @dropbox

It's curious to see how social media is used to influence opinion. For me, it all started with an exasperated email from a friend who'd had her documents "cloud-napped" by Apple's new iCloud. We've also seen GoogleMusic, Amazon and others offer their cloud storage solutions, putting solutions like, and SugarSync on the defensive.

A colleague who is an avid iPad/iPhone user sent me an email, and then whined plaintively via a Skype call:
iCloud has swallowed up all my documents. How do I get them back? Of course, if this is what my colleague had wanted of Apple's iCloud, that would be one thing. But that it happened one day when her device was connected to iTunes, automatically, is another. I immediately sent my colleague some helpful information that I scrounged: Some upset as iCloud wipes out docs from iWork apps Now, it's been curious to see different responses to the iCloud issues (and how quickly they get resolved). SugarSync…