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Minding My Privacy - GoogleApps for Education turns off Ads and Scanning

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Earlier this year (last month in fact), I encountered advertisements in GoogleApps for Education--something that wasn't supposed to happen, especially since ads were switched off in the Google Admin panel.

Although the ads are now gone, this remained a "perception" issue for Google. Should it be scanning information in GAFE, accessing potentially sensitive information to provide better ads to its non-GAFE users? The answer is NO.

Today's announcement from Google confirms that and directly addresses the perception issue. Will it be enough to resolve fears people have? Probably not unless you're a dedicated GAFE user.


We’ve permanently removed the “enable/disable” toggle for ads in the Apps for Education Administrator console. This means ads in Apps for Education services are turned off and administrators no longer have the option or ability to turn ads in these services on.We’ve permanently removed all ads scanning in Gmail for Apps for Education, which means Googl…

Internet Explorer Vulnerability - Affects more than WinXP

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Here's a copy of the memo I sent out to my colleagues about Internet Explorer vulnerability...what would you adjust/change?

Thank you for your attention to this email and the recommendations to NOT use Internet Explorer. This affects all Internet Explorer users. ALL Windows users--including any computers, tablets, laptops you may own personally--should take note of the Internet Explorer vulnerability, as mentioned in this article below:

"An attacker could host a specially crafted website that is designed to exploit this vulnerability through Internet Explorer and then convince a user to view the website.”Internet Explorer 6 through 11 are all at risk, on all current versions of Windows from Vista to 8 and Windows Server 2003 to 2012 R2. The bug is understood to be present in IE on Windows XP, although that operating system is no longer supported. (Source) WARNINGS AND WHAT TO DO NEXT
Windows XP Warning - DO NOT use Internet Explorer on a Windows XP computer; this bug will go unr…

7 Advantages You Probably Don’t Know About Switching From Mac/Win to Linux

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7 Advantages You Probably Don’t Know About Switching From Mac/Win to Linux
by Miguel Guhlin - CreativeCommons Copyright Sharealike-Attribution April 27, 2014


Introduction
The idea of transitioning from Mac/Windows to GNU/Linux is a common temptation--free operating system that works on various types of computers, feature-rich applications, few (if any) antivirus/malware concerns, drop-dead easy. Many folks haven't made the jump because they figure they'll have to dump software they've paid for or investments in Windows/Mac-friendly peripherals. And, there's the concern of file format compatibility. Cloud-based technologies, great peripheral support, ubiquitous access to online, how-to support via YouTube and Google make these challenges more of a myth than reality. Here are some interesting reasons why a switch might be a phenomenal idea to move ahead on now:


1. The Operating System Got a Lot Better
Linux Mint, Ubuntu, and PeppermintOS.com--all different flavors of GNU/Li…

SchoolCIO - The Crucial Difference

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Thanks to SchoolCIO's Ellen Ullman for posting this version of The Crucial DifferenceBe sure to read the article on their web site!







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TLT Continuum

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This past week, highly-esteemed colleague Jonathan "DataMan" Hulbert dropped by the office for a chat. It was a wide-ranging conversation focused on Jonathan's interests for bringing about transformative change in schools. The main problem that held our attention was how to scaffold educators' learning--both in classrooms and offices--from teaching practices of yesteryear (which endure today, unfortunately) to more learner-centered empowered efforts. As you can imagine, this conversation could have best been held on a front porch after breakfast by two oldsters who just knew they had the solution. One of the connections I found interesting is how Krashen's Second Language Acquisition Theory--which I know has nothing to do with technology except that it's fun to use as a way of examining how little teachers change--might be adapted. You may recall, I did this in an earlier blog post.  I attempted to help Jonathan understand what were the best ways technology …

Ingenious "Temporary" Permanent Solutions

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At a baptismal celebration earlier today, I had the opportunity to step into one of my favorite Mexican restaurants in San Antonio, Perico's at 281 and Sonterra. The food, the tea, the service are consistently wonderful and I would venture that I've gained a few pounds working my way through their Perico's Queso. As I sat at the long table in the back room--you know, one of those that's closed unless you're attending a party, I happened to look up at the chandelier...and this is what I saw:


If you look closely, you'll see what ingenious temporary solution is holding the digital projector in place, away from the chandelier's structure--styrofoam cups.

In your work, how many times have you seen a temporary, ingenious solution become a long-term strategy? In fact, ask yourself, How many times have I put this kind of solution in place because it just works? The problem with these kinds of solutions is that they work well enough for today, for tomorrow, but in t…

A Few of My Favorite Android Apps

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Two nights ago, I decided to try out a new app--Clean Master--on my Android phone. It allows you to selectively turn android programs off. Next thing I knew, I had to reset my Samsung Galaxy S4 back to factory settings and then reload it. So, I won't be doing that again. Of course, I had to revisit my list of favorite Android apps.

Here are 27 essential apps (in my opinion) I loaded on it:
AccuWeather - Great for getting that morning weather forecast!Aldiko - Allows me to read all my ePub books, as well as view other file formats.ASTRO File Manager - Never know when you'll need an easy way to poke around the innards of your Android phone's file system, or FTP files, or share content to Dropbox, Drive, etc.Battery Doctor - A wonderful battery saver that works great! Lots of nice features.Blogger - In case I need to blog (or more likely, correct) from my phone, this does the job.Bloove Agent - I've already written about Bloove, but think of it as a bulk SMS tool for send…

Unexpected Message

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Powerful message well worth heeding.

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Just One Thing - The Learner's Question

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In response to my blog entry, Learning Evolves, faithful Around the Corner reader David Phillips shares the following story:
Regarding your post “Learning Evolves: From Cook to Chef in Today’s Classroom,” I was [convinced] a couple of years ago that I needed to stop [chucking] websites, apps and other resources at teachers in workshops.  I’ve been working on building sessions where I design learning using some of the best current tools for teachers to actually do in the session.  I did this with Google Drive/Docs last November at my TCEA Area...conference, and the teachers really enjoyed creating, collaborating and sharing their work.  I used this video as a basis for a response piece on effective teaching and learning:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdxEAt91D7k

Of course, I can’t cover as much ground, but most teachers benefit much more from this approach, especially when my goal is for them to “learn about learning.” Again, the approach you take is determined by the goals of your …

Making Feedback on Writing Easy - Poetica.com

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Earlier today, I received an email from Poetica.com's Anna regarding a beta service for offering feedback on online student writing.

What's fascinating is the approach they take to accomplishing the feedback, which give the online feedback a "paper" approach. Here's an excerpt from the email Anna Maybank, co-founder, sent me:
We've created an editing experience that closely resembles scribbling notes over a physical piece of paper - something we think that's ideal for grading, giving student feedback and peer-to-peer support.
We're still in private beta and we have a limited number of invitations to give away to any students (and professors!) who would like to try out the service.   This link should be good for 50 accounts:https://poetica.com/invites/ga0l88s3 The feedback Poetica enables more finely grained controls that what you see in GoogleDocs, which is what Poetica.com looked like to me when I first saw it. However, it quickly differentiates …

Lab of Netbooks

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"How many of you have created a lab of netbooks?" When I first ran across a lab of netbooks, the network cables looked like blue concertina wire strung in between devices too small to handle the cabling. I promptly snapped a picture of it and sent it to my supervisor at the time. She was appalled as I was and a crew of technicians was sent to make the lab "more permanent." Still, no surprise when campus teachers led by a principal with a "Make It Happen!" attitude do just that.
In the meantime, we have lots of portable computers that are put into fixed labs and spend a frightening amount of time as a replacement for paper/pencil multiple choice tests.
There are stacks of clicker systems mostly in closets except when pulled out to use for a few minutes as a “fun” way to practice for standardized tests. (Source: Assorted Stuff) As I read Tim's entry, that image of blue wire strung between netbooks keeps coming to mind. We're scrambling, as a Nation,…