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Category: Technology

Installing Lion: A Full Day’s Work

Yesterday morning when I started the process to install the new Mac OS on my personal laptop, I hardly expected it to take the whole day. Here what went down: 8:00 AM  Shortly after I discover Lion is available on the Apple App Store, I purchase it and it starts downloading. It’s over 3 GB [...]

The Year That Was

I’m back! Did anyone miss me? Is anyone still here? Yesterday I finished up my 23rd year of teaching. Like most school years, it defies a neat summary. There were successes and failures, some new challenges and a lot of old routines, some forward movement and too much inertia. Ironically my biggest success this year was [...]

ISTE 2010: How to Avoid a Wasted Session

As the technology coordinator at my school, it’s often up to me to provide professional development for our teachers in this area. Lots of times they work out, sometimes they turn out to be a total waste of time for one reason or another. For this reason, I always try to analyze the sessions I [...]

ISTE 2010: Extreme Makeover

Steve Dembo is one funny guy. He kinda resembles John Belushi and has the same blustery-with-a-wink personality. He had the participants laughing throughout this hour long session. It was called Extreme Makeover: Education Edition and the idea was that he was going to teach tech newbies how to use some Web 2.0 tools. I was [...]

ISTE 2010: The Worcester Method

Last spring when I was planning a session for the TNT technology conference in El Paso, my goal was to pick something that would be popular. I wanted a session so huge that it would pack the room and I’d have to turn people away. So I shamelessly applied two insights I had attending NECC [...]

ISTE 2010: iPhone Apps and Tips

The first ISTE session I attended was Getting the Most From Your iPhone: Apps, Tricks and Tricks by David Pownell. It was a fun session; a little of it was education specific, but I think most of it was stuff that the average iPhone or iPod Touch person would be interested in. The beginning of [...]

Denver Day One

I’ve just got back to my hotel after my first full day at ISTE 2010. It went well. Things don’t really get going until tomorrow for me. Today, I tried to find my way around the city and figure out where everything is at the convention center. Here are some highlights of Day 1: * [...]

Interactive Whiteboards: Worth the Expense?

The Washington Post printed an interesting article on interactive whiteboards about a week ago. Although it presented both sides, it was clearly skeptical of whiteboard manufacturer claims that these devices made a significant positive impact on students’ learning. I can’t disagree with this conclusion. Although they are impressive devices and a lot of effort, skill [...]

Will AT&T’s New Data Plan Change My Plans?

There’s an interesting new dimension in my plans to use ipadio next school year: Last week, AT&T announced changes to its data plans. As an existing iPhone customer, I could keep my current unlimited data plan at $30 a month, but I could change it to a 2G per month plan for $25 or 250MB [...]

Mass Transit in Google Maps

Ok, this is old news, but it’s new to me and it’s still very cool. So I was looking around Denver in the Maps app on my iPhone and I wanted to see the route between the hotel I’m staying at and the Colorado Convention Center, where this year’s  ISTE conference is being held later [...]