Showing posts from November, 2014

Securing Your Passwords: Chromebook

In previous blog entries, I've shared how much I appreciate the wonderful work the free, open source password protection/tracking solution community has done for Keepass. I literally work on Android, GNU/Linux, iOS, and Mac every day (occasionally Windows), and being able to access my passwords across all those platforms is a fantastic!

Unfortunately, I was finding myself spending a lot of time on a Chromebook, so I needed a quick way to access my passwords via the Chromebook. Since you can't install Windows/Mac/Linux software on a Chromebook--I've installed GNU/Linux OS on Chromebook, but switched back to ChromeOS--I needed something to interface with Keepass.

The solution I ran across is "BrowsePass," which was developed in 2013 and is still under development. You can install it in any Chrome browser, but it also works fine on Chromebooks (get it as an add-on).
BrowsePass reads KeePass ( password database file (only version 2). It can open bo…

MyNotes: 5 Social Media Tips for School District Communications

"Social media gives us tremendous power, but not everyone chooses to use that power for good."Source: via @deannamascle A few years ago, I wrote an article, Reaching for the Heart: 5 Tips for School District Communications, which focused on the use social media. At the end of this blog entry, I re-share the 5 Tips again for schools.

In that article, I share the following:
...time and again, school districts step back from encouraging their staff, students and parents from using social media. Failure to embrace these tools leaves school districts open to attacks, but times are changing--parents are fighting back using social media. "Activist parents now have," points out Dr. Scott McLeod, "a bevy of new tools and strategies to help facilitate their agendas and they are not afraid to use them. School organizations are going to have to get used to this new state of affairs in which parent activism and criticism are more public, permanent, and f…

Going 1 to 1 with...Something

After reading this Gartner report summary...
"IT leaders can spend half a million dollars to buy and support 1,000 enterprise-owned tablets, while they can support 2,745 user-owned tablets with that same budget," said Federica Troni, research director at Gartner. "Without a stipend, direct costs of user-owned tablets are 64 per cent lower. When organizations have several users who want a tablet as a device of convenience, offering a BYOD option is the best alternative to limit cost and broaden access." Source:CBROnline ...a question popped into my mind. The question is, what's the cost of going 1 to 1 in a local district given these numbers:

Staff: 1,233Students: 9,820, which breaks out in this way:PreK-3: 3,038Grades 4-5: 1,457Grades 6-8: 2,293Grades 9-12: 3,032 Some "givens" we can work from:

100% wireless access everywhere in schools, so no infrastructure to go build up.Staff and students can bring their own devices (e.g. tablets, smartphones, comput…

Sharing WebLinks with Pocket,, and GoogleDrive (Updated 11/19/14)

As I was reading about Google updating the Chrome browser on Mac to 64-bit, reading about other stuff that would be great for my team at work to have access to, I wondered how I could get the information to them. There are lots of ways to "tag" work or save it for others and I've played around with those (e.g. RSS).

For fun, though, I wondered what would happen if I had save anything tagged "2ecto" to a GoogleSheet saved in GoogleDrive. I went that route because I already had my personal Gmail set up as a channel; IFTTT only allows you to have one email per Gmail channel. I didn't want to have to change that since I use it for other recipes.

By creating an IFTTT channel based on GoogleDrive, I could use my GoogleApps account to save stuff then auto-share it on a web site.

What Success Looks Like
So, here's what success looks like: (scroll down to see the list of articles)

As you can see from the image, I have a sprea…

CTOsRole: District Technology Report Card

After reviewing this excellent post by Lisa Nielsen, Considerations for EdTech Purchases, I felt inspired to take a stab at a "technology report card." Unfortunately, it is but a quick stab that doesn't mention libraries, voice over IP (VOIP), etc. In fact, it is quite deficient.

Still, it does serve as a list to score technology efforts and identify areas that need to be included...have fun ripping it apart!

You can actually edit the GoogleDoc if you prefer.

District Technology Planning Report Card
Key Element Ideal Score (0=No, 1=Yes) Electrical wiring Ample electricity enables almost unlimited # of devices to be connected.
Wireless access 40-60 devices can connect per classroom and meeting area with WPA2 Enterprise or better for network+internet, while guests can connect with any device.
Wired access 6 network drops in every classroom
Easy WiFi Logon Each user has an account and password; Guests and parents have WiFi access as well.