Showing posts from March, 2018

Listen to these Microsoft #E2 Voxercasts

While at the Microsoft E2 Conference, I had a chance to chat with several folks about their projects. These were really quick interviews done.

Check out the Photo Album!
I wish I had enjoyed more time to meet and interview all the folks that presented (hmm, maybe that could be a requirement for next a video presentation of your poster session?).

Audio From Featured Speakers
Here are a few of the interviews:

Listen to opening recording. I'm impressed that the audio turned out so well. If I had any doubts about the iRig mic working on my Android phone, then this recording settled those! Audio came in great.Listen to one of the speakers share her journey from teacher to software engineer. "Fail fast, learn faster." Powerful story about perseverance, failure and Listen to Anthony Salcitoshare about E2 and what it is about. These are his opening remarks at the event.Check this tweet video for more.Listen to Anthony Salcito responds to the question, how does…

Eureka! Classic #GoogleSites Migration Tool

Eureka! At long last, you can now migrate classic Google Sites to the "new" Google Sites. Isn't that amazing news?

Note that this is only for personal Gmail-based Google Sites. This won't work on the Google Suites for Education just yet. And, there are some pages that just won't be transferable (e.g.

The folks at Steegle have a great tutorial and step by step. It would be a shame to re-create one since they did such a good job. Go check it out!

Trying It Out For my first effort, I decided to go big with my old Classic Sites ePortfolio site. It has TONS of content.

 Unfortunately, since I use Announcements feature (heck, most of my classic Sites do), I won't be able to take advantage of the migration tool right away.

But, wait I do have ONE Example! Fortunately, I did find one out of my many (tears streaming down my face) classic Sites that I can migrate:

After clicking the "Try It Now" link at the top of the page, I was transferred to this screen:

Exploring Joplin Note-Taking Tool

Now that I have Pop OS running on my personal Surfacebook (Gen 1), I've been digging a little deeper into the various programs available. Since OneNote doesn't work (except via the Web) on GNU/Linux, I thought I might try Joplin, a brand new free, open source note-taking tool I just found out about.

Features Joplin boasts a wealth of features. While I go into more details about the ones that I like in this blog entry, check out the list here:
Desktop, mobile and terminal applications.End To End Encryption (E2EE)Synchronisation with various services, including NextCloud, WebDAV and OneDrive. Dropbox is planned.Import Enex files (Evernote export format) and Markdown files.Export JEX files (Joplin Export format) and raw files.Support notes, to-dos, tags and notebooks.Sort notes by multiple criteria - title, updated time, etc.Support for alarms (notifications) in mobile and desktop applications.Offline first, so the entire data is always available on the device even without an inte…

The Road to E2 #road2e2

Update: Be sure to check Flipgrid info at the bottom of this post for live video, as well as a link to the Photo Album featuring the E2 Conference. Over the last few weeks, I've been pinching myself. I can't quite wrap my head around a simple fact. During the month of March, I'll be joining awesome educators in Singapore. Hang on, let me look back over that sentence and see what I just wrote.
A few years ago, I had the opportunity to present at a conference at the Downtown Campus of the University of Texas at San Antonio. One of the incredible takeaways was that teachers in Singapore were already learning about the ISTE NETS for teachers, readying themselves for teaching life in America. It blew my mind that educators so far away were preparing to teach in America.
Upcoming Event: Journey to Innovation: 2018 TCEA Microsoft AcademyThe Microsoft Academy will feature amazing educators sharing their best ideas for the use of MS tools in the classroom. Won’t you join …

Take Flight: Your First Interview

Earlier today, I chanced upon an email from someone going for their first interview:
I've been called for an interview for the instructional technology position. They didn't ask me to create a presentation or anything in particular. They did say I could bring whatever I would like to share. What are things you have taken to an interview for an educational/instructional technology position?
Having been interviewed many times myself, as well as interviewed candidates for instructional technologists, I took a stab at sharing my suggestions.

PUSH THE ENVELOPE IN EVERY RESPONSE When interviewing candidates, one question sometimes comes up AFTER the interview of a promising candidate. The question is, "How come they didn't show us, tell us all the great things they are doing?" When people sit in the hot seat, they forget they aren't there to just answer questions then be quiet. They're there to respond as a human being, bringing their full range of intellectual…

An Invitation

Over at Assorted Stuff, Tim makes his point about ambassadors and Ed Tech Boat Shows. The problem isn't that these shows bring people together, giving them the opportunity to connect and learn, but rather, that it juxtaposes vendors into one large hall. Wait, you don't see the problem?
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always felt my trips to ISTE were worth while, learning much during the time and always making or renewing some wonderful connections. And almost none of that came from visiting the “massive Expo Hall”. I expect that the same would be true if I was at the big events in London or Ontario right now.

But I find that it takes more and more work to find those professional benefits at these overly-large conferences. Considering the number of people I see spending hours in the vendor hall and flocking to the “Cracker Jack” sessions, along with the volume of social media posts about the “cool new” stuff, I’m not sure that’s happening at all for a large percentage of t…

Always Faithful

Upon reading of Wikispaces upcoming demise, I felt a bit of nostalgia. Although Wikispaces has graciously continued to host my content ( for YEARS (since at least 2006), I have been unfaithful to this old friend. New tools (e.g. old Google Sites, OneNote, new Google Sites) long ago convinced me to abandon it.
Wikispaces recently announced that it is closing shop in mid-2018 - at least for those of us who use the free service. I have used this tool for my workshop support materials and promoted its use to countless classroom teachers and librarians in those workshops for a dozen years or more. So it is sad to see an old and comfortable friend retire.Source: Doug Johnson, Blue Skunk Blog Wikispaces, unlike many of other Web 2.0 tools, remained faithful to educators. I never remember it seeking to monetize itself on the backs of educators. For that alone, Wikispaces remains one of the best Web 2.0 services.

Thank you, Wikispaces. Your faithfulness won't be for…

Blasphemy: Loading GNU/Linux on My Surfacebook

As much fun as I have exploring Microsoft Windows 10, I have to admit that I LOVE working in the GNU/Linux operating system. Yes, it can be frustrating knocking your head against the screen. Still, it often feels . , especially when it comes to writing. The minimalist approach, which I can achieve on Windows 10 when writing with the Hemingway Editor (which now has a program you can save to your Win/Mac computer), comes much easier on GNU/Linux.

In the past, I've tried to load GNU/Linux onto my Microsoft Surfacebook without success. I suppose, an early UEFI experience where I thought I'd lost the entire Windows partition scared me. In spite of that, I persevered (slowly, oh so slowly) and finally came to feel pretty comfortable with UEFI (and turning that stuff off).
"Drivers with very new systems have always and always will be an issue unless vendors change and start supporting Linux directly. Linux developers have to reverse engineer all drivers and that takes a while be…