Showing posts from October, 2017

The Less Curious Educator @aaronhogan

Skimming my twitter feed this evening after an awesome nap, I ran across Aaron Hogan's mention of George Couros' statement. The statement is about students, but it made me wonder, what if we changed it to be about teachers?

The Couros Quote

Wow, that's a powerful quote, right? It makes me ask, "What's the connection between curiosity and achievement?"

What's the Connection "Curiosity is the engine of achievement," says Ken Robinson. Science Daily shares a journal article, published in the Association for Psychological Science, that points out the following:
"Curiosity is basically a hunger for exploration," von Stumm says. "If you're intellectually curious, you'll go home, you'll read the books. If you're perceptually curious, you might go traveling to foreign countries and try different foods." The researchers performed a meta-analysis, gathering the data from about 200 studies with a total of about 50,000 st…

So You Wanna Be a STEM Director? #TynkerChat

Earlier this summer, I had the opportunity to speak with two fantastic individuals. I posed to them a simple situation:
Congratulations! You've been selected as the new director for STEM, CTE, and Advanced Academics. You will be meeting soon with district leaders to outline your 90-day plan to ensure success for students.   Your plan, leaders anticipate, will explain your vision for STEM, college readiness, potential partnerships, and blend technology into the program. Regrettably, everyone is on a tight schedule so you will have approximately 10 minutes to amaze.  As part of the fun, I wrote a blog entry and will be moderating a #TynkerChat at 6:00pm Central time. I hope you will join in the conversation.

Check back to catch my audio reflections on the #TynkerChat tomorrow!

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Protecting Myself Against Data Breach #equifax

Yesterday, my wife received a letter from Equifax. Although we had thought she had not been affected, it appears she is now one of the affected. Check this paragraph out of the letter:
On September 7, 2017 Equifax notified U.S. consumers of the data security incident, including that approximately 143 million U.S. consumers were impacted. On October 2, 2017, following the completion of the forensic portion of the investigation of the incident, Equifax announced that the review determined that approximately 2.5 million additional U.S. consumers were potentially impacted.   To minimize confusion, you are receiving this letter because you are one of the 2.5 million additionally potentially impacted U.S. consumers. Source: Letter received 10/21, mailed 10/13/17, "Notice of Data Breach" from Equifax. Consider those tidbits. 143 million were impacted (I was included in that batch). Then, 2.5 million MORE people were potentially impacted.

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Virtual Encryption Fun

Earlier this month, I found myself wondering, "Just what is the password for my encrypted hard drives?" I remember encrypting the drives, but then after putting them away, forgot.

VMWare Workstation Player
The problem? I had been spending too much time on my Surface Book, exploring Windows 10, etc. Dual booting Win10 and UbuntuLinux on a Surface Book has eluded me. Yes, while there are a few tutorials out there, I'm not quite ready to jump in and give it a shot. Fortunately, I was able to get VMware Workstation Player (available for free for noncommercial use, thank you!) and load up Lubuntu Linux, which I figured would run light on resources on my 8gig Surface Book. Thank goodness that was true.
Workstation Player is perfect for students, faculty, businesses and corporate users who need a small sandbox environment for testing or control. A simple user interface provides a streamlined approach and enables more focused use cases.  I'm actually writing this via the Oper…