Sunday, October 1, 2017

Educating Yourself on Education

A miscellany of education related stories:


Employee Training

https://www.inc.com/comcast/tech-training-tools-that-can-really-help-small-businesses.html?utm_campaign=Feed%3A+home%2Fupdates+%28Inc.com%29&utm_medium=feed&utm_source=feedburner


https://hbr.org/2017/09/how-to-teach-employees-skills-they-dont-know-they-lack?utm_campaign=Feed%3A+harvardbusiness+%28HBR.org%29&utm_medium=feed&utm_source=feedburner


Life Long Learning

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/09/20/a_do-it-yourself_liberal_education_135045.html


In Schools

https://www.eschoolnews.com/2017/09/20/learning-digital-print/

https://www.teenvogue.com/story/students-american-education-system

https://www.eschoolnews.com/2017/09/15/critical-things-student-engagement/

https://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/ideas-on-how-to-maintain-a-boys-interest-in-his-education-phtz/


Tech Tidings - October 1

Running short of GBs?


Is your phone (or other device) getting filled up?  Try these tips:

https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/how-to-free-up-space-on-your-iphone/

And speaking of cleaning out, how about unwanted callerrs?

https://lifehacker.com/how-to-get-your-smartphone-to-screen-potential-scam-cal-1818881172


Meeting Needs with Educational Technology


Maslow’s Hierarchy meets Edtech

https://www.eschoolnews.com/2017/09/29/maslows-hierarchy-student-outcomes/?all


No Perfect OS Yet


I OS 11 - and its first update - are here, but it is not without its unpopular features

http://lifehacker.com/ios-11s-most-obnoxious-features-1818972474

https://techcrunch.com/2017/09/15/apple-defends-new-ad-tracking-prevention-measures-in-safari/

... and some apps that were popular

https://lifehacker.com/six-years-of-the-most-popular-apps-in-one-infographic-1818997001


Wasting Away in Internetville?


Wonder how much time you spend browsing?  Here’s an extension to track it.

http://lifehacker.com/this-extension-will-track-the-cost-of-your-mindless-web-1818985777


Is your phone (or other device) getting filled up?  Try these tips:

https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/how-to-free-up-space-on-your-iphone/

And speaking of cleaning out, how about unwanted callerrs?

https://lifehacker.com/how-to-get-your-smartphone-to-screen-potential-scam-cal-1818881172


Meeting Needs with Educational Technology


Maslow’s Hierarchy meets Edtech

https://www.eschoolnews.com/2017/09/29/maslows-hierarchy-student-outcomes/?all


No Perfect OS Yet


I OS 11 - and its first update - are here, but it is not without its unpopular features

http://lifehacker.com/ios-11s-most-obnoxious-features-1818972474

https://techcrunch.com/2017/09/15/apple-defends-new-ad-tracking-prevention-measures-in-safari/

... and some apps that were popular

https://lifehacker.com/six-years-of-the-most-popular-apps-in-one-infographic-1818997001


Wasting Away in Internetville?


Wonder how much time you spend browsing?  Here’s an extension to track it.

http://lifehacker.com/this-extension-will-track-the-cost-of-your-mindless-web-1818985777

Sunday, September 17, 2017

How NOT to Win Friends and Influence People: Online "Conversation" Edition

Dale Carnegie's Book, How to win friends and influence people, told among other subjects about how to bring people to your way of thinking. I doubt the usual text of most online ...er ... heated discussions would qualify.   They seemed designed to set the combatants firmly in their previously decided positions. How?   A few thoughts from one who has watched some:


They tend to:

  1. Insult the other side- their intelligence and faith are particularly popular topics for scorn
  2. Involve at least one person who figures it is his or her sworn duty to express their heated displeasure at any opinion differing from their own
  3. Use few to no actual facts
  4. Use materials that come from unvetted  or highly biased sources
  5. Use vulgar language 
  6. Continue long beyond any useful purpose - if indeed their ever was one - has passed


If you find yourself, being drawn into such a discussion online - DON'T!


Any items you would add to this hints list? 


#usecommonsense

Friday, September 15, 2017

#USECOMMONSENSE


Common Sense: sound and prudent judgment based on a simple perception of the situation or facts
https://www.merriam-webster.com

Common sense, like common courtesy, seems to be an increasingly rare commodity these days.  People seem to REact rather than to act,  my meaning being that they go on emotion and bias rather than thought and research. 
So, how might we encourage more common sense ?  A few DOs and DON'Ts:

DO: Check out stories on social media before sharing them
DON'T: Share stories just because it fits a particular bias

DO: Vet sources (that means make sure the source is reliable and as free from bias as possible)
DON'T: Believe a quote just because it has a famous name or picture with it

DO: Check multiple sources, even those on the other side
DON'T: Ignore a source that might provide insight just because it is not on your side

DO: Seek to find complete information about a story
DON'T: Ignore information just because it does not fit a preconceived notion

DO: Understand that your side has bias also
DON'T: Think that your side has and is all truth 

DO: Think before posting, especially if it might be hurtful, harmful, or argumentative
DON'T: Post in the throes of strong emotion 

DO: Use polite language and good grammar to be taken more seriously
DON'T: Feed the online trolls who comment with vulgarity and insults just to get a reaction 

What DOs and DON'Ts would you add? 

For more on common sense: follow my hashtag #usecommonsense on my Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/BRuffinEnterprises/#)

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Tech Tidings - August 10


Rethinking P@55w0rd5

Do good passwords need all those characters, letter cases, and numbers?  Maybe not says a new report.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-man-who-wrote-those-password-rules-has-a-new-tip-n3v-r-m1-d-1502124118

Also on Passwords

https://www.indabaa.com/how-to-use-password-autofill-for-apps-on-iphone-ipad/


Watch, Share, Chat, Repeat - YouTube Mobile Adds Chat Feature

A new feature in the YouTube app allows users to share a video with a contact and chat about it without leaving the app.

https://www.theverge.com/2017/8/7/16106850/youtube-app-update-messaging-sharing


As School Starts- Some EdTech Help

Six free guides are available for download.

http://blog.mimio.com/6-free-guides-to-help-you-bring-edtech-into-your-school


Better Emotions Through Technology? 

The LiveaMoment app encourages people to reflect on their emotions, then share them, seeing who else is feeling the same.

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/07/29/liveamoment-app-world-peace-through-3-minutes-of-emotion-sharing.html


Bye-Bye, Flash

Adobe says it will stop supporting its Flash Player by 2020.

https://www.theverge.com/2017/7/25/16026236/adobe-flash-end-of-support-2020


Girl Scouts - Girl Technologists

Girl Scouts add patches for robotics and other STEM subjects.

https://www.theverge.com/2017/7/25/16029718/girl-scouts-new-stem-badges-robotics-cars-programming


Are Your Contacts Trustworthy? Your Contacts App, that is.

Google Trusted Contacts comes to iOS.

https://www.engadget.com/2017/07/25/google-s-trusted-contacts-app-arrives-on-ios/






Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Tech Tidings - July 24


Get Interactive More Easily

Playbuzz, an online authoring platform, has a new storytelling platform that improves adding interactive elements.

https://techcrunch.com/2017/07/21/playbuzz-storytelling-platform/


Get Ready for School - Part 1

Recommended Reading for Transformational Educators 

https://globaldigitalcitizen.org/60-best-books-learning-pd


Get a View on Aerospace

NASA is uploading videos to YouTube from its aerospace program years.

https://www.theverge.com/2017/7/19/15999720/nasa-afrc-youtube-test-flight-rare-footage-archives


Get Your News Feed from Google

Google continues to improve its news feed, allowing users to follow topics of choice.

https://techcrunch.com/2017/07/19/google-feed/

https://techcrunch.com/2017/07/19/the-anti-face/


Get a View of the World with Google VR

Google has introduced an Expeditions app that opens its virtual tours to the public.

https://techcrunch.com/2017/07/19/google-opens-expeditions-vr-education-app-to-the-public/


Get Ready for School - Part 2

What tech companies are popular with educators? 

http://blog.mimio.com/edtech-companies-educators-love