Thursday, January 30, 2014

VMware Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Demo

SchoolSpeedTest by EducationSuperHighway

We've launched! Take 1 minute and go to www.SchoolSpeedTest.org and take the test.

Opening and Editing Word and PDF documents on the Chromebook

Opening and Editing Word and PDF documents on the Chromebook. Please note that the PDFzen extension mentioned in the second half of this video appears to be no longer working.

Opening and Editing Word and PDF documents on the Chromebook

Opening and Editing Word and PDF documents on the Chromebook. Please note that the PDFzen extension mentioned in the second half of this video appears to be no longer working.

It is time to look for an alternatives to the Mobile Ipad Craze and to look to Google for the next revelation in education!

It is time to look for an alternatives to the Mobile Ipad Craze. There is a new player in town and he is here to stay. In just the last two weeks there has been article after article released about the ChromeBook. At the MACUL conference I went to a session on iPad vs Chromebook and every day after I went to this session. Google has gained more traction. For both My sons birthday I bought them Nexus tablets. You can not pry these devices from there fingers. They have became a appendage to them. Today is just one more of those moments of reflection after reading this commentary from Kevin Hogan in a trade magazine. iPad and apple is in for a battle with a big contender. Also Microsoft my want to look over there shoulder also as the upstart that Google created is becoming a disruptive innovation that will displace both in the changing world of education.

Kevin Hogan wrote "In my decidedly non-scientific survey of classroom device adoption, a.k.a. my news alerts, it seems that the iPad may be in peril as the favorite district implementation of 2014. Maybe I should switch search engines for research, but Google Chromebooks seem to be making a Play (all puns intended). Google Play for Education this week announced a new aspect of their content distribution strategy—digital books. Following the teacher friendly "pick-your-own" app and video announcements last fall, the company has partnered with several publishers, including Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Harper Collins, Penguin, and Random House, to offer a virtual library service. Students are lent access to digital books for a set period of days during the course of the semester through a reader app—you can play with it here. When the course is over, the books evaporate. Forget about the devices for a minute and look squarely at the software platform underneath. Google attempts to create enterprise-level systems created specifically for education at both a district and classroom level is intriguing and should give pause to knee-jerk iPad purchases."

School Security with an Aiphone.

Chromebook (Chrome OS) for Beginners

iTeach® Tablet Sync and Charging Cart | MooreCo 360

How to remove forgotten Passcode on iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch (Any Model an...

Demonstration of the Tablet Management Cart

Converting an Old Laptop Cart To Accommodate Tablets

Anthro Tablet Cart Showdown - iPad Cart Showdown

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The ABC's of P-Tech

Angela Lee Duckworth: The key to success? Grit



Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn't the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of "grit" as a predictor of success.

TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and much more.

Rita Pierson: Every kid needs a champion



Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, "They don't pay me to like the kids." Her response: "Kids don't learn from people they don't like.'" A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level.

TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and much more.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Apple TV Setup for School

Apple Configurator Unsupervised Setup

Apple Configurator Supervised Setup

How to use Apple Configurator with an iPad cart

Updated Configurator has a few GUI changes, but the video still works for the most part. Just be sure to update Configurator and iTunes, and have "Find My iPad" turned off.

Hi. I'm a teacher in the Moreland School District. I created this video to help those new to Apple Configurator and the iPads cart. If you would like to jump around to specific sections of the video, use the links below.

iPad sync charge system and storage cart by Spectrum Industries

iPad sync charge system and storage cart

Bretford PowerSync Cart for iPad

Bretford PowerSync Tray for iPad

Kensington Charge & Sync Cabinet for iPad® 4th gen, 3rd gen, iPad 2 & iPad

Chromecast Hidden Features!

Chromecast vs. Apple TV

Google's chrome cast vs. apple tv. Which is better for you? In this video I compare the apple TV to the chromecast going over the differences and the advantages each one has.

Apple TV and IPad airplay mirroring without an internet connection-simpl...

how to mirror your ipad on your TV without an internet connection using apple tv. This is a simple but unknown trick-- you can conduct business presentations, show movies, Pictures, excel sheets, charts. you can do this all using a HDTV or a digital projector and without an internet connection at customer sites or hotels, gather places

How To Airplay To PC

Reflector vs AirServer - screen mirroring tools for iphone and ipad

This is a video tutorial on installing and using Reflector and AirServer, applications for mirroring the ipad and iphone screens to PC or MAC

Net Texts Project Overview

Saturday, January 25, 2014

What Is A Badge?

5 ways to use ClassBadges

Introducing ClassBadges - A tool to help motivate young learners

ClassBadges is a free, online tool where teachers can create badges for students who have recently completed a certain accomplishment. These badges are customizable for specific subjects, to track the progress of class projects or for school awards. The software offers hundreds of designs to choose from, and it’s a great way to motivate your students. The teacher can create a private personal account for each student, so they can keep track of which badges they have already earned. I believe this can be a great motivational tool for the younger school grades.

Can computers replace a classroom teacher



"If you think you could be replaced by a computer, then you probably should be," said Rick Ogston. "It really isn't about replacing teachers, it's a false argument. It's about re-purposing them and very strategically, because the role of the teacher changes in a digitally leveraged environment." 


I think this is a thought provoking statement. I believe that there is a great fear by teachers that somehow this technology will replace them. I see this in a different way. I see this empowering students to take a greater role in their educational experience and for the teacher to become the facilitator of learning. As the Chinese say in there proverb "A teacher will appear when the student is ready to learn."

A phone Conference Call in Real Life

Why you should consider moving to Google Hangouts instead of using Phone Conferencing.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Virtual Field Trips - Google+

Virtual Field Trips connects cultural institutions like museums, zoos and aquariums with schools and non-profits around the country via Google+ Hangouts On Air. Hangouts On Air allows institutions to share universal access to unique cultural and educational experiences regardless of geographical and financial restrictions. Click the links below to request a virtual field trip for classroom or organization.

Jaime Casap: Unleashing The Power Of the Web in Education


Saturday, January 18, 2014

Mindful Life - Helping kids to under stand the Power of NOW

Dan Gilbert: The surprising science of happiness

Dan Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness, challenges the idea that we'll be miserable if we don't get what we want. Our "psychological immune system" lets us feel truly happy even when things don't go as planned.

TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Featured speakers have included Al Gore on climate change, Philippe Starck on design, Jill Bolte Taylor on observing her own stroke, Nicholas Negroponte on One Laptop per Child, Jane Goodall on chimpanzees, Bill Gates on malaria and mosquitoes, Pattie Maes on the "Sixth Sense" wearable tech, and "Lost" producer JJ Abrams on the allure of mystery. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts. Closed captions and translated subtitles in a variety of languages are now available on TED.com, at http://www.ted.com/translate

How to Know Your Life Purpose in 5 Minutes: Adam Leipzig at TEDxMalibu



Adam Leipzig has overseen more than 25 movies as a producer, executive and distributor. and has produced more than 300 stage plays and live events, and he was one of the founders of the Los Angeles Theatre Center. AdamLeipzig.com

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

The Importance of Assessment in Backward Design

The Importance of Assessment in Backward Design

The primary starting point for backward design is to become familiar with the standards/outcomes for the grade level and curriculum being taught. The second part of curriculum planning with backward design is finding appropriate assessments. It can be difficult for "traditional" educators to switch to this model because it is hard to conceptualize an assessment before deciding on lessons and instruction. The idea is that the assessments (formative and/or summative) should meet the initial goals identified.
Wiggins and McTighe (2008) also utilize the "WHERE" approach during the assessment stage of the process.[8]
  • W stands for students knowing where they are headingwhy they are heading therewhat they knowwhere they might go wrong in the process, and what is required of them.
  • H stands for hooking the students on the topic of study.
  • E stands for students exploring and experiencing ideas and being equipped with the necessary understanding to master the standard/outcome being taught.
  • R stands for providing opportunities for students to rehearse, revise, and refine their work.
  • E stands for student evaluation.

The first 20 hours -- how to learn anything: Josh Kaufman at TEDxCSU

Josh Kaufman is the author of the #1 international bestseller, 'The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business', as well as the upcoming book 'The First 20 Hours: Mastering the Toughest Part of Learning Anything.' Josh specializes in teaching people from all walks of life how to master practical knowledge and skills. In his talk, he shares how having his first child inspired him to approach learning in a whole new way.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

Marc Prensky - Allison Borland Technology in Education Interview.



This interview by Allison Borland from Technology in Education (website http://technologyineducation.com.au ) at the Young Minds Conference in Sydney Australia with Marc Prensky internationally acclaimed writer, innovator and visionary on education and learning.

Topics covered in the interview are: Importance of Digital Wisdom; The Connectedness of the Brain and Technology; Implementing Digital Technology to support Teachers; Implementing Technology to support Parents and How to be a Good Person.

Marc Prensky is considered one of the world's leading experts on connection between learning and technology. His focus is designing better pedagogy and curriculum for the digital generation from the perspective of the students, offering solutions in how to teach and motivate today's students and for how to motivate and reinvigorate their teachers as well.

Author of five books - Brain Gain: Technology and the Quest for Digital Wisdom; Teaching Digital Natives: Partnering for Real Learning; From Digital Natives to Digital Wisdom: Hopeful Essays for the 21st Century Learning; Digital Game-Based Learning; Don't Bother Me Mom - I'm Learning! and over 60 essays on learning and education.

Marc Prensky is best known as the inventor and popularizer of the terms "digital native" and 'digital immigrant" which he described in a 2001 article in "On the Horizon". He is also a designer of learning games and a well-known expert in the use of games in education. He began his career as a teacher in Harlem, New York and has taught at all levels from elementary to college. Additionally, he spent time on the corporate side as a corporate strategist and product development director with the Boston Consulting Group, as well as, a human resource and technology executive on Wall Street. Marc Prensky holds degrees from Oberlin College, Yale University and the Harvard Business School.

Allison Borland is the director of Technology in Education and the author of three books "The 7 Steps to Successfully Integrate Technology in Early Learning", "How to Increase Your Child's Learning and Fast Track Their Way to Success" and "Help Your Child LEARN 457% FASTER and Unleash Their Inner Genius!".

When we look at technology in education today there are many new technologies in education available to us. The information of technology in education has now changed how technology in education is being introduced with education. Technology in education and the use of technology in education is reflected in many articles on the technology in education website blogs.

The latest technology in education and assistive technologies in technology provide excellent communication through technology in education. The role of technology in education today and the use of technology in education today provides endless research on technology in education. There are endless applications of information on technology in education that support both advantages and disadvantages of technology in education. So the role that technology in education plays today and in the future for our young is important.

Marc Prensky at Digital Education Show Asia 2013

At The Digital Education Show Asia, World renowned education thought-leader Marc Prensky shared with us on the importance of technology in moulding future generations

Friday, January 17, 2014

President Obama’s Plan for Connecting All Schools to the Digital Age

ConnectED: President Obama’s Plan for Connecting All Schools to the Digital Age
 

Driven by new digital technologies, the future of learning is increasingly interactive, individualized, and full of real-world experiences and information. Unfortunately, the average school has about the same connectivity as the average American home, but serves 200 times as many users, and fewer than 20 percent of educators say their school’s internet connection meets their teaching needs. And our teachers do not get enough training and support to integrate technology in their classroom and lessons, despite the fundamental and increasing importance of those skills.

Today, President Obama called on the Federal Communications Commission to take the steps necessary to build high-speed digital connections to America’s schools and libraries, ensuring that 99 percent of American students can benefit from these advances in teaching and learning.
He is further directing the federal government to make better use of existing funds to get this technology into classrooms, and into the hands of teachers trained on its advantages. And he is calling on businesses, states, districts, schools and communities to support this vision.

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The Upside of Failing

THNKR is proud to present experts from talks featured at DIY Days, New York. DIY Days describes itself as "a roving gathering for those who create. Free to participants and organized by volunteers, DIY days is about the accessibility of ideas, resources, and networking that can enable creators to fund create, distribute, and sustain."

Did you know that the original starbucks played opera music constantly? Made their baristas wear bow-ties? Had no chairs? What about Pixar, the revered film animation studio, which, brought us Toy Story and Finding Nemo. Did you know Pixar started out as a was a high end computer hardware company?. In this DIY Days conversation, entrepreneur and author Peter Sims, looks at the circuitous, unexpected, and often failure filled path to innovation.

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15-Yr-Old Kelvin Doe Wows M.I.T.

What is the Classlink LaunchPad?

Thursday, January 16, 2014

How simple ideas lead to scientific discoveries - Adam Savage

Adam Savage walks through two spectacular examples of profound scientific discoveries that came from simple, creative methods anyone could have followed -- Eratosthenes' calculation of the Earth's circumference around 200 BC and Hippolyte Fizeau's measurement of the speed of light in 1849.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Salman Khan - Harvard Business Review

For those of you that don't like video and instead like to read. This post is a written article about Salman Khan and his venture into the education of Millions of students online with a equine fresh approach that student love.

Salman Khan - Harvard Business Review:

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Bill Gates: Teachers need real feedback

Until recently, many teachers only got one word of feedback a year: "satisfactory." And with no feedback, no coaching, there's just no way to improve. Bill Gates suggests that even great teachers can get better with smart feedback -- and lays out a program from his foundation to bring it to every classroom.

TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and much more.
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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Geoffrey Canada: Our failing schools. Enough is enough!

Why, why, why does our education system look so similar to the way it did 50 years ago? Millions of students were failing then, as they are now -- and it's because we're clinging to a business model that clearly doesn't work. Education advocate Geoffrey Canada dares the system to look at the data, think about the customers and make systematic shifts in order to help greater numbers of kids excel.

TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and much more.
Find closed captions and translated subtitles in many languages at http://www.ted.com/translate

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WJ-NV200 Face detection sample video clip

As we move forward in K12 School we now live in a different day. Here is a video that shows how Face detection works and it may meet a need that schools have in the future to help recognize when some of interest enters your building.

WJ-NV200 Easy Start

Here is an awesome NVR system for all the K12 Security needs.

THINK: A Forum on the Future of Leadership

THINK: A Forum on the Future of Leadership, a major event during IBM's centennial year, brought together innovative leaders from across the globe to deepen our collective understanding of the keys to success on a smarter planet. Watch more highlights from the event, September 20 - 21, New York city, at www.ibm.com/thinkforum

Cognitive Computing: 5 Future Technology Innovations from IBM

The goal of cognitive computing is to get a computer to behave, think and interact the way humans do. In 5 years, machines will emulate human senses, each in their own special way.

Every year IBM makes predictions about 5 technology innovations that stand to change the way we live within the next 5 years. See all IBM 5 in 5 predictions at

Cognitive Computing: 5 Future Technology Innovations from IBM

The goal of cognitive computing is to get a computer to behave, think and interact the way humans do. In 5 years, machines will emulate human senses, each in their own special way.

Every year IBM makes predictions about 5 technology innovations that stand to change the way we live within the next 5 years. See all IBM 5 in 5 predictions at

Touch: 5 Future Technology Innovations from IBM

In 5 years, you will be able to touch through your phone. IBM is working on bringing a sense of touch to mobile devices, and bringing together virtual and real world experiences for a number of industries including retail. Shoppers will be able to "feel" the texture and weave of a fabric or product by brushing their finger over the item's image on a device's screen.

Every year IBM makes predictions about 5 technology innovations that stand to change the way we live within the next 5 years. See all IBM 5 in 5 predictions at

Personalized Learning: 5 Future Technology Predictions from IBM

In five years, classrooms will learn about you, and personalize coursework accordingly. It's the end of the era of one-size-fits-all education, and the beginning of personalized learning.

Monday, January 6, 2014

New Khan Academy learning flow

How the Kahn Academy workflow works.

Khan Academy: The future of education?

With the backing of Gates and Google, Khan Academy and its free online educational videos are moving into the classroom and across the world. Their goal: to revolutionize how we teach and learn. Sanjay Gupta reports.

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