Monday, December 22, 2014
Nothing more, nothing less.
I use this, especially with elementary school students, as a way to explain, simply, the tenets of safe web use.
The only two things on the internet are
Saturday, October 18, 2014
A day off.
I just spent the day in New Jersey at the Edscape Conference.
Yes, you can say I'm a dedicated educator. I'm committed to my craft. I'm a lifelong learner. I willingly give up my weekend for professional development... blah blah blah.
But after today I think that's all a lie...
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Sunday, September 7, 2014
Monday, September 1, 2014
I am leaving the friendly confines of the NYCDOE after 11 years. It's been a great run. I've taught in a computer lab the entire time, everything from Kindergarten through 8th grade. We've researched, presented, blogged, tweeted, and most everything in between. The DOE has provided me with invaluable experiences and amazing memories. But, alas, other opportunities and adventures await...
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Monday, August 4, 2014
I wrote about the start of my experiment at the beginning of this past school year. I think it went well. Having it as part of my Google Drive (we are a Google Apps school) meant it was always accessible, as well as mobile, I edited the sheet on my iOS app while walking around the room, grading assignments, and so froth.
Here's what I did...
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
With 3rd grade I focused on Documents and Presentations. First basic Document use like writing and formatting, then sharing, commenting, and collaborating. We then moved to Presentations. As 4th graders they will use Presentations in Science and with their classroom teacher (on class Chromebooks) so I wanted to give them a good baseline of how to create a Presentation.
We are now wrapping up the year and beginning to publish. And by publish I mean using the "Publish to the web" feature in Drive and posting it on the computer lab blog. And now this blog too. True digital publishing.
It's been a wild ride this year, getting over 400 students up and running on GAFE, as well as implementing over 100 Chromebooks in those grades. But it's been well worth it.
I will be updating this post as more student finish, but I am very proud of the work my 3rd graders have done so I felt compelled to show it off on this blog too...
Monday, June 9, 2014
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career.
Essentially taking the good ol' Scantron bubble sheets of my youth and putting all standardized testing online. Awesome. Saves paper. Quicker return of data. Fantastic.
It'll never happen.
Or at least not soon.
Here's a quick breakdown of why I think PARCC testing is years and years away...
Here in New York City we are about to administer a 5th grade "field test" on behalf of the curriculum publisher we use.
This morning I wondered aloud, "what if we don't do it?"
The initial response I got was a blank stare.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Google Drive is great, don't get me wrong. Apple's new announcement, iCloud Drive, seems like it could be killer too. But at this point, Dropbox is the king of cloud storage, in my opinion. It's easy, doesn't care about file formats, simple to share, easy to navigate. It's the market leader for a reason.
My favorite Dropbox add-on is DropItTo.me. DropItTo.me is a 3rd-party, web-based application that links to your Dropbox account.
Monday, June 2, 2014
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Here in New York City at the elementary level we have three marking periods. Teachers have to submit them for review prior to Parent Teacher Conferences when the report cards are handed out. Cluster teachers such as myself (Art, Gym, Music, etc) have to submit them to the classroom teachers even earlier...
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
A part of this is creating unique user accounts and unique passwords. I often get asked ho wI handle unique passwords with students so young, especially since they aren't logging in every day (I only see each class once a week).
Here is how I handle passwords...
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
What works for me won't necessarily work for you. And that's okay.
In general, however, there are a few key questions that everyone needs to answer when thinking about a technology plan & vision...
And teachers. Lots and lots of teachers.
And with any large bureaucracy, what usual happens? Usual, decisions get made in an office somewhere, and by the time they reach the teacher in the school the decision seems mindless. Often, the decision makes no sense at a school level.
Today got off to an interesting start.
Monday, May 19, 2014
... Ok, so it basically breaks down to two things. Apple and Google make the internet worth internetting (or at least as far as I'm concerned). Which leads me to...
Friday, May 16, 2014
I always look back on what we've done in the lab. This year was particularly busy....
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
It's subtitle is "Show your story."
And it's just that simple. Choose your photos. Record your audio story to match. Save. Publish. Share. Very simple, but very elegant and powerful at the same time.
Here is my first attempt at using the app...
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Why her? She hates technology.
She loathes the fact I've put 4 computer in her room and an iPad in her hands. She gives me dirty looks every time she sees me because now I'm trying to get her to lead a Twitter professional development session.
And it's awesome.
Monday, May 12, 2014
Monday, May 5, 2014
When a user gets hacked or compromised as a result of a phishing scheme, the people involved will use the users contacts list to send out emails in hopes of getting more users to give up their usernames and passwords...
Friday, May 2, 2014
Another post will address email arriving from trusted sources but smelling particularly spammy due to phishing...
Thursday, May 1, 2014
We've all seen it. Or more to the point you got a Direct Message (DM) saying "wow, have you seen this post about you?" with a on-so-not-suspicious link attached. Or the ego enhancing "I've lost weight with this, and you could too!"
When this spam comes through I immediately delete it and let the sender know they most likely have been compromised. It's not always the users fault, though. Recently Pinterest was compromised and was sending out tweets to those users who had connected their Pinterest and Twitter accounts...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Friday, April 18, 2014
I think public schools should operate on a tiered subscription model.
Here's what I'm thinking:
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
In general my response is "why would you want to?" Snarky? A bit, I admit. But I am a firm believer a core strength of the iPad is in it's ability to eliminate the need for a printer.
But yes, there are times you might need to print from an iPad...
Monday, April 7, 2014
It's a thing.
I have lots of thoughts rattling around my head. I have 5 posts in Draft, all in various stages of completion (plus two complete, just dragging on final edits and hitting that Publish button).
I am continually impressed by folks like Lisa Nielsen, Pernille Ripp and Jose Vilson. Teachers who have great stuff to say. Say it. And say it eloquently. Frequently.
I need to write more. Nay, I need to hit Publish more.
I need to make a mid-year resolution. Publish more, languish in draft less...
I need to be better about getting my thoughts from my head to text.
I think what I really need to do is...
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Anyone who knows me knows I'm staunchly against the physical keyboard accessories for the iPad. I laugh at the Microsoft Surface ads that tout their keyboard as a reasonn to buy a Surface over an iPad (they always fail to mention their keyboards are $200 additions too, not standard items). It's a tablet. Touch based. I've never understood the urge for a physical keyboard. I have an iMac and MacBook. Those have keyboards. Why does my tablet need one too?
Saturday, March 8, 2014
"Live your life in beta" - Adam Bellow
Live your life in beta. What's beta? The "almost ready for prime-time" stage of software. It's got most features set but promises to be buggy as it adds functionality. It's not perfect but it's being worked on.
As I interpret Adam's quote - Living a life in beta means you're always adding features, tweaking aspects, fine tuning processes. All the while knowing things might go wrong, but bugs will be fixed as found. We as people have no "final release,"no set time when we are a final product never to be altered. Living in beta means we're always developing.
Adam's quote is very apropos as I was in the process of writing this post when he posted his quote to twitter...
Monday, February 17, 2014
Am I getting older? Am I slipping in some way? Or is it a numbers game and I'm hitting my data limit...?
Monday, February 10, 2014
Everyone needs a SmartBoard!
They got a Chromebook, why didn't I get a Chromebook?!
I'm sure we've all heard similar laments from staff, or directives from higher-ups. I understand the desire to make everyone feel included, make everyone feel like they're involved. But is it always the best idea to strive for equity?
Equity isn't always the answer.
Saturday, February 8, 2014
... so I think it's ripe for some real good, grassroots, healthcare reform.
And I'm just the guy to do it.
Friday, February 7, 2014
Tweeting @PS10Brooklyn has become a core component of many classrooms. It has been great to see teachers, students, and parents alike embrace the power of Twitter as a communication, collaboration, and connection tool.
For example, @MsKertesz in the 4th grade has used Twitter to connect with a class in Liverpool, England. They do weekly Skype sessions and our 4th graders have developed a great working partnership with their English counterparts. Without Twitter these two classes, separated by an ocean, would never have connected.
Twitter has also gotten PS10 recognition outside of New York City...
Thursday, February 6, 2014
But as I was looking at a PalmOne Tungsten E2 recently (yes, recently... dug up from a supply closet during an inventory audit) it got me thinking about tech, the evolution of tech, and the frequent resistance of users to adopt new technologies.
But I'm glad it's not just in education...
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
In life we tend to get use to seeing things a certain way. We expect things we see to look & act the same, the way we're use too, all the time. Sometimes, however, it is possible to look at things differently. Looking at things differently, from different angles or with a different mindset, is called perspective.
I found this great video that I think demonstrates the importance of perspective.
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Monday, January 6, 2014
I was looped in to this by Beth Holland of EdTechTeacher. I first "met" Beth over a year ago when I was chosen as a presenter for the EdTechTeacher iPad Summit 2013 in Atlanta. I didn't have the opportunity to actually meet her in person until NYSCATE this year in Rochester. I have long been a fan of both Beth's blogging/tweeting and that of her organization, EdTechTeacher. I was quite humbled when she included me in her "I've been Sunshined" blog post.
So, thank you, Beth, and my apologies for taking so long to get my own post up...