Showing posts from August, 2012

Internet Browser Security - Biased Claims

Recently a colleague asked, Which is the most secure web browser available?

The question resulted from something the InfoTechnology side of the house had shared, that only Internet Explorer was the most secure of Chrome and Firefox, which is why the two would not be allowed in a K-12 setting. Having encountered this foolishness in other K-12 districts, I was quick to respond.

But then, I started to wonder--what research did I have to back up my claim that the IT folks were lying?

A recent Accuvant study--commissioned by Google--revealed that Chrome (the second most popular browser) ranks as the most secure web browser when compared to Internet Explorer (the most popular) and Firefox. (Source)Ok, everything out there seems to refer to the Accuvant study. Sigh.Protected Mode in the beta version of IE 10 running on Windows 8 is close to gaining parity with the current Chrome sandbox.   (Source)Internet Explorer 9, Geier writes, offers the most basic password storage. Unlike the other …

BFTP: Struggle for Diversity

Blast from the Past: An old blog entry that, for me, connects to Tim Holt's expectation for racial equality among ISTE Edubloggercon.  BTW, thanks to Doug Johnson for the use of his "Blast from the Past" title denoting an old blog entry.

While blogging is so much about reflection, it is rare that I do take the opportunity to reflect on what I've written in the past...not the recent past, but long past. However, I took a moment to do so because a conversation about writing for social justice  made me remember a quote I heard from the founder of AVID.

I had the opportunity to hear Mary Catherine Swanson speak at an AVID Conference in Austin a few years's an excerpt of what she said, and I think it has applications to conversations we have every day:
“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.”
–Frederick Douglass Power concedes nothing without demand–never has, never will. As we …

50 Reasons Your Students Don't Need to Print #iPad

Note: Title of blog entry inspired by this conversation between Rusty Meyners and Kristy Vincent, not to mention a chat with Apple rep Jennifer Spille who said, "A superintendent I know added up how much their district was saving on paper costs by going 1 to 1 with iPads." Hmm...seen The Story of Stuff video (smile)? The advent of new technologies sometimes eliminate other less effective, cumbersome technologies. In this case, iPad cuts paper out of the equation. Although you CAN print from an iPad, why would you want to? That's one of the workflows you have to change when considering tablets, or iPads.
According to a Citigroup-Environmental Defense study, the actual cost of printing is 13 to 31 times the purchase price of the paper used, or somewhere between $.06 and $.13 per page. At the low end of that range,  the average employee’s printing costs the company $600 per year and at the high end $1,300.  A substantial portion of this cost goes to pages employees never ev…

Remove Facebook Ads, etc. (Updated)

One of the annoying things about Facebook is the ads. Using Firefox browser, GreaseMonkey add-on, and F.B. Purity script, you can eliminate those!

Update: Looks like FB Purity is available for other browsers too and GreaseMonkey isn't needed anymore! Great!

Download it at the link below AFTER you've installed GreaseMonkey.
Link to F.B. Purity install site 
Firefox|Google Chrome|Safari|Opera Click the Green Button to Install F.B. Purity for Mozilla FirefoxInstall F.B. Purity - Extension
Alternatively you can install the Greasemonkey script version of FBP

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Hasta la vista, GoogleChrome!

Some time ago, I shared that I was experiencing problems with GoogleChrome...problems that were not linked to just one operating system, but across all the ones I use (e.g. Linux, Mac, Windows). As a result, I stopped using Google Chrome browser--which I absolutely loved--and switched back to Firefox, especially when embedding images that I uploaded or added via URL.

Unfortunately, those problems have returned. Google Chrome browser continues to choke on my machines, and it's too much of a pain to deal with. Then, earlier this week, I encountered the same issue with editing a Google Sites wiki.

When I shared the problem with a colleague, she made a suggestion I hadn't wanted to consider...after all, Google Sites and Google Chrome should play nice with each other right? The suggestion was to use Firefox, a browser that was long ago dethroned by Google Chrome.

Sure enough, everything worked just fine on Firefox. As a result, I've setup Firefox Sync and will be using that ac…

4 Easy Ways to Host Video for Sharing via Edmodo

Recently, a high school teacher sent me the following question via Edmodo:

Hey Miguel :) Can you tell me where to look to share a Youtube clip with my Lang &GovEco edmodo students? I found one I'd like to post for the first week. Thanks for all you are doing to help us utilize technology more effectively.  At first, I thought the response might be pretty easy but then realized there were several ways to get this done. This blog entry illustrates 4 of those approaches on how to add video to Edmodo.

Pick the one that works best for your workflow. A caveat: In many school districts Approaches 1-3 will probably only work for faculty and staff, not students. Using Edmodo to link or embed content does NOT bypass school district content filtering. However, cloud storage solutions (e.g. YouTube, Dropbox, may be appropriate for faculty and staff professional learning situations.

Approach #4 will work with students, especially if using the GoogleApps…

Remember ALL The Details

For the last few months, I've felt what many of my colleagues at my second job posting felt when a young pup (me) pointed out to them, "We all get the same amount of time in the day! Let's make it happen!" Of course, they would roll their eyes, and plod along with me, as I zipped around them doing some technology related workshop. What took me moments, took forever for them.
The list of encoded memories is so dense [for new experiences], reading them back gives you a feeling that they must have taken forever. But that's an illusion. "It's a construction of the brain," says Eagleman. "The more memory you have of something, you think, 'Wow, that really took a long time!' (Source: NPR)
While folks have often complimented me on my energy level, all good things must come to an end. When I slip into the Zone, that magical moment of nirvana that every writer craves, time magically disappears. But, when reality returns, I find I've writ…

And? @timholt2007

Check out Tim Holt's (Holt Think) slidedeck...I thoroughly enjoyed it. How are you answering that question at work? At home?

AND? Keynote from Tim Holt
Psstt...Tim, check slide 23 for "wiling" which should be "willing." And, where can we find the links that go with the videos?

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The Lost Art of Instructional Design - Remembering Dr. Judi Harris' Activity Structures #samr

Update:Is SAMR a scam?
In a workshop last week (I seem to be doing more of those these days), I found myself pining for the old days. You know, when gopher, ftp, pine, lynx were common terms used by teachers involved in the Texas Education Network (TENET). As a TENET Master Trainer (how wonderful it was to have that title as a young educator, but now only brings back warm memories of the people I had the chance to work with), I was always reading my copy of ISTE's Learning and Leading with Technology.
One of the articles introduced me to Dr. Judi Harris', a person I'm still in a bit of awe some 15+ years later. Her awesome contribution to the conversation of learning at a distance involved the formulation of activity structures (1997 !!!). Believe it or not, I found myself reflecting on the applicability of activity structures (e.g. parallel problem-solving) as I had teachers working to solve problems, and was myself making connections to various types of projects.