There is a blog I have been following for a while called Akimbo. It is authored by Seth Godin, a marketing professional who has moved into the advice/education sphere and he provides great insights into human behavior. He provides ways of thinking about how we do things so that we can improve our selves, our sphere of influence and ultimately, our world.
One of his more recent blogs is called 'The spirit of the game.' It is about a half an hour and is well worth the listen. The rest of his blog posts are also worth delving in to, but this one hit home with me and I wanted to share it out with you.
Last summer I had the opportunity to sign up for an online course called “Spreading the Word about Assistive Technology and Universal Design for Learning: Tools and Strategies for ALL students.” The Education Cooperative (TEC) and The Reading Institute (TRI) provided two blended thirty-hour professional development courses in Eastern and Western Massachusetts to help educators explore their own use of technology and use technology more effectively in the classroom. The course included 2.5 face-to-face days and monthly online sessions and it was facilitated by two professional instructors, Jennifer Edge-Savage and Mike Marotta.
I took the opportunity to take this class with the sponsorship of the Windham Central Supervisory Union and Special Education Department. In this course, we have been studying and exploring different teaching strategies for Assistive Technology (AT) and Universal Design for Learning as well as assisting and peer-to-peer collaboration on many individual and group…
Say Goodbye to That Green "Secure" Lock on Google ChromeCNET | Google is phasing out the green lock icon and "Secure" label next to URLs on Chrome — pointing out that safe websites should be the norm on the internet. Right now, all HTTPS websites show that lock and label if you're visiting the page on Google's Chrome browser — telling you that you're visiting a secure page that's encrypted and protected from cyber attacks. Google's goal is to make sure 100 percent of the internet is HTTPS, and it's getting pretty close. Why Linux Apps on Chromebooks Are a Really Big Deal (Really!)Computerworld | Though it wasn't in the keynote, a massive new development did sneak its way into Chrome OS during Google's I/O conference last week: the quietly announced ability for Chromebooks to run Linux apps as if they were native applications. "Linux apps," you're probably thinking. "Yawn. What's next — support for OS/2 programs,…
phone system. Unfortunately, the owner of the telephone system is responsible for toll charges, not the provider. Why do these activities occur? Telephone hackers can infiltrate vulnerable PBX systems to make international and long distance calls, listen to voicemail or monitor conversations. Victims of hacked PBX systems ...
Apr 6, 2011 - But it's not all business inside a chip fab, as these microscope photos reveal. In fact, the designers of microchips frequently hide tiny cartoons, drawings and even messages alongside the super-tiny circuits and semiconductors they create. Chipworks, a company that analyzes microchips by peeling them ...
Mar 1, 2002 - To fit as much of a MIPS R4000 chip as possible into a single photograph, he set his high-powered Nikon FX/L optical microscope at a relatively low magnification, between 25X and 100X. Then, to make the circuitry "pop" for a more richly detailed photo, he lit large areas of the chip with a tungsten-halogen ...
5 Calendar Hacks to Save 5 Hours Every WeekInc. | You only have so much bandwidth and brain capacity every week, so you need to plan accordingly. Here are a few simple practices you can use in your calendar to help alleviate stress and make the most of your time without getting burned out.
Security Check Time
There has been a recent attempt to defraud Leland and Gray out of $40,000.00 using a bit of information hacked from our systems. It seems this was a result of a breach of accounts and someone who had a bit of understanding of how the ordering systems work in an educational system.
Luckily we have really good people who are looking at the invoices very closely before they are paid out. (Thank you, Teri Fletcher)
This event brings the need to remind you to check your account security.
Please take the time to visit this Google Site to check on your recent activity.
The page will have a brief slideshow overview to click through and then it will present a series of categories to view and take care of any issues that may compromise your account. This includes last devices and locations you have logged in to recently.
If there is activity on this list you do not recognize (logging in from Tanzania, for example), please follow the recommendations...primarily, change your …
Google Launches Hangouts Chat, Its Slack Competitor, For All G Suite UsersVentureBeat | After nearly a year in beta, Google is rolling out its Slack-competing Hangouts Chat platform for all G Suite users. Hangouts Chat features threaded conversations, search, and bots that help automate tasks, while virtual chat spaces can be used for specific teams or projects. More G Suite news: Over the next few months, Google said that Calendar will be updated to use artificial intelligence (AI) and suggest available rooms and spaces for you to reserve in your workplace. It also announced that it’s expanding its Google Drive “Quick Access” feature to Docs.
IRS Warns of Spike in W-2 Phishing Emails Dark Reading | The IRS reports an increase in reports of phishing emails asking for W-2 information. It says cybercriminals are aiming for mass data theft in addition to targeting individual taxpayers. Their most common tactic is impersonating an executive with a compromised email, which is sent to a human resource professional within the same business to request W-2 information.
Nine Tips & Tricks to Master Google KeepAndroidGuys | Besides Evernote, the other most popular note-taking application for Android devices is Google Keep. Here's a look at some of the best tips and tricks to take full advantage of Google Keep.
What makes project-based learning effective?
Project-based-learning assignments should include six basic qualities -- intellectual challenge and accomplishment, authenticity, public product, collaboration, project management and reflection -- according to a framework released by the Buck Institute for Education. Executive Director Bob Lenz says "intellectual challenge" often is a missing element in PBL projects. KQED-TV/FM (San Francisco) (2/22)
How does student fitness affect brain function?
Students at a Wisconsin school have access to physical activity throughout the day, and the trend may be catching on in other states. Northeastern University kinesiology professor Charles Hillman, who is taking part in the US Department of Health and Human Services revised recommendations for physical fitness, says research shows there's a strong connection between fitness and brain function. The Hechinger Report (2/21)
Students make devices to boost campus safety
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Some students are taking school safety into their own hands by designing devices to secure classrooms. A high-school student in Wisconsin has designed a heavy-duty door lock, which was then purchased by schools in his district and other neighboring districts. Quartz (2/20)
Google’s Chrome Ad Blocking Arrives Today and This Is How It WorksThe Verge | Google is enabling its built-in ad blocker for Chrome today. Chrome’s ad filtering is designed to weed out some of the web’s most annoying ads and push website owners to stop using them. Full page ads, ads with autoplaying sound and video, and flashing ads will be targeted by Chrome’s ad filtering, which will hopefully result in less of these annoying ads on the web.
How to Share Video Using Google SitesTechRepublic | The new Google Sites not only lets you share video from Google-owned sources but other video services, too. And the new Sites now supports more private pages. Here are three things you need to know.
Crime scene kicks off teacher's biomedicine class
A Texas high-school teacher is engaging students in his principles of biomedicine class in the study of forensics and disease. The course -- taught by Chet Cooper, a former Odessa College professor -- begins with a crime scene and includes the study of a person's death. Odessa American (Texas) (2/3)
Revolutionizing education begins on the ground
Rather than waiting for policymakers to take the lead, work should begin at the grassroots level to revolutionize education, Sir Ken Robinson said during his keynote address at Future of Education Technology Conference. His vision for the future of education includes one in which academics are paired with a focus on social connection, collaboration and emotions. SmartBrief/Education (2/6)
Last Fall the State of Vermont adopted the updated ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) Tech standards. This is very exciting news for it helps us develop a framework for how we can fit the goals of Tech education into our curriculum.
Almost 20 years ago there were Tech standards adopted, but the emphasis was different. At that time, the emphasis was on getting our students introduced to and comfortable with these new machines. And 10 years ago the personalization began with laptop carts and higher speed Internet providing more access to technology.
Now the emphasis is on what we can do to change, enhance and collaborate in our content areas because the hardware to access content and knowledge is easy to use and inexpensive. Now we can teach the students how to communicate and collaborate with others all around the world. How to share ideas and tell stories in new and exciting ways.
We have come a long way in the last 20 years, and have a long way to go. In fact, …
By now you may have heard the pseudonyms of Meltdown and Spectre being passed around in the news.
These newfound computer ghouls are putting your information at risk.
The one thing that is most frightening about these latest anomalies is that they are affecting every single computer built in the last 5-10 years that have an Intel processor in them.
The main thing you need to do in response to this threat is to be sure to update your computer. All of those pop-ups, yellow shields, and shut-downs in the middle of doing something important that are a pain, are the things that are going to preserve your privacy and the privacy of your students. Updating your machine is the equivalent of taking your car to the shop for oil changes, tire rotation, or inspection. We do this so the car will be sure to carry us where we expect it to when we expect it to. Why not do this with your computer? If you are unsure of how to update your machine, please consult with your nearest IT person.
Changes to Google Calendar
This is a quick note to alert you to the changes coming to Google Calendar.
For more detailed information, please visit Google's product page here, or here at their support page.
The basic functions are all the same, wrapped in a much cleaner format that is now fully mobile ready.
There is a button at the top of your calendar prompting you to switch. If you choose to not switch, this will happen automatically in the very near future.
This is just a heads up so you are not startled by the change and wondering if you hit something by accident.