Showing posts from December, 2012

Districts Lift YouTube Ban

On Saturday, school districts briefly lifted the age-old ban on YouTube, spurred by the widely distributed Meet the YouTube Next EDU Gurus presented as a trailer for YouTube channels. It was decried in many places around the world as blasphemous towards education since everyone knows that YouTube is evil creation, blending educational content with inappropriate, titillating content to corrupt the youth of...well,everywhere. "After months of criticism of the ban, school districts decided to allow students and staff to have access to YouTube again, saying steps had been taken to ensure that offensive content would not be visible through YouTube for Schools. But those efforts failed spectacularly, and the authorities quickly backslid," writes No One Cares Anymore epublication. "Quickly" is right: access to YouTube was apparently open for just 3 divine minutes, which seems about right;  it shouldn't take longer than 3 breaths to discover things on the site to whic…

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School Leaders Use Controversial Brain Surgery to Cure Ed-Tech Reform Addiction

A small handful of superintendents and principals around the globe are going to extremes to rid people of ed-tech addiction. As a last resort against unsustainable technology investments and ed-tech reform, these administrators are attempting to obliterate tech-gadget-desirability by excising a part of their teacher's brain. And they are doing it in the face of worldwide condemnation, and, in the name of educational leadership research.

"We can no longer support," shares John Woetechnazi, "spending countless billions of taxpayer dollars on edtech-guided experimentation in our schools. Children are suffering." The procedure involves using micro-lasers to lance the skulls of teachers, assistant principals, district technology specialists, inserting powerful electrodes which erode the part of the brain called the nucleus accumbens.

This area, often referred to as the "pleasure center" of the brain, is the major center of the brain's techno-lust circui…

Google Drive - Student ePortfolios

TCEA's Monica Martinez was kind enough to allow me to submit the following presentation:

Blending GoogleApps and iPad to Achieve Collaborative Learning
In this apps-on session, participants will have the opportunity to explore how to best take advantage of GoogleApps for Education on the Apple iPad. The fundamental question this session helps you answer is, "What is the workflow that makes interacting with GoogleDocs, GoogleDrive easy on an iPad?" That workflow--GoogleDocs/Drive on the iPad--is a moving target given the latest innovations from Google!

Given Google's updates to the Drive app, it may be that by February, 2013, getting access to your GoogleDocs on the iPad will be a moot point--it just works. This is critical for those of us involved in BYOD, as well as iPad deployments with students. Consider David Phillips' experience with his high school students, in response to my blog entry, One Drive to Rule Them All:

I’m using Drive for a student portfolio and …

Creative Human - Redundant? #iPad vs #Chromebook, not #Nexus 7

“Teachers’ experience so far, because there aren’t instructionally validated applications, is that cellphones and the like are only a distraction," says Robert Spielvogel, the chief technology officer and director of applied research and innovation at the Newton, Mass.-based Education Development Center (Source: Education Week). What a silly perspective. The fact is, schools need to revamp their curriculum efforts because technology and schools are like oil and water unless changes are made. In spite of that disconnect (e.g. creativity vs high stakes testing prep), technology is finding its way into the classroom in the form of mobile devices.

The iPad Mini has come out, I've held one in my hands, and "Wow!" Yes, I'm impressed by the light, easy to handle iPad Mini. The only drawback is, as you might have guessed, the price tag. Still, the real competition for the iPad in schools isn't the Google Nexus 7 Android tablet, a wonderful device that represents less…

No Windows 8 or PC Hardware for Me

Scott Laleman shared his sour experience with Windows 8 piece of equipment:
I spent about 30 minutes playing around with my mom's new Asus laptop with Win8. I was more frustrated after 10 minutes than I've been with any technology as of late. Microsoft certainly hasn't made it easy to get around their new OS, and thinking of it as a mobile device didn't help, either. It is hands down the most radical change to Windows since Win95 came out, and not in a good way, IMHO.I don't know about you, but I hate it when a software vendor tells me, "You can't run any operating system on hardware except our's." Huh?
...the manner in which Microsoft has restricted the Surface from loading non-signed software / binaries by implementing UEFI SecureBoot. Microsoft has loaded on the ARM based tablet its private key instead of the 'Microsoft Windows UEFI Driver Publisher' key, which is needed to sign non-Microsoft software like Linux distributions or loaders. …

Sideloading Content - Hooking Up Nexus 7 to LubuntuLinux

Wondering how to quickly side-load content (e.g. ebooks, movies) onto the Nexus 7 tablet, I set out to connect my LubuntuLinux machine to the Nexus 7.

Playing around with LubuntuLinux and a Nexus 7 tablet, it wasn't too hard to find the path others had followed to allow one access to the file system. It was pretty simple to type in a few commands and then, in without a problem.

This approach worked perfectly!
Set up a UDEV rule via the terminal by opening the rules file

Code: [Select] sudo nano -w /etc/udev/rules.d/51-android.rules
And entering the following line at the end of the file (be sure to use your user name at the end!):

Code: [Select] SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="04e8", ATTR{idProduct}=="6860", MODE="0600", OWNER=""
Now install the tools and set a mount point by entering the following commands one line at a time

Code: [Select] sudo apt-get install mtpfs sudo mkdir /media/GNexus sudo chmod 775 /media/GNexus
Plug your Gala…

$5 #Packt #eBooks (Expires 01/03/13) #Moodle

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We hope you had a good rest over the Holidays.

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Playing with Precise Puppy Linux

Don't expect this post to be incredibly informative!

I found myself playing with PuppyLinux (Precise Puppy 5.3.4 derived from ubuntu) and absolutely having so much fun. Why? The simple reason is that I can install Precise Puppy Linux on my 16 gig flash drive formatted for FAT32, create a pupsave file with all my personal program favorites and settings, and continue to use my 16gig drive since it's compatible with other OSs (e.g. Windows, Mac).

Installing software on Puppy is an exercise in frustration, no sudo apt-get install at the command line, but it wasn't long before I had everything installed. I'd forgotten what fun it could be playing with PuppyLinux.

Yes, that's it. Not much useful here.

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