Friday, December 19, 2008

My Bookmarks and Annotations 12/19/2008

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Thursday, December 18, 2008


My coworkers gave me a Chumby today for Christmas.

Here is my virtual Chumby on the news channel

I like my coworkers :)

Enough Already with Duncan - Educate Yourself!

This blog post is not meant to be cry of rallying support for Arne Duncan. It is meant to be an educational primer on who he is.

I put this together because I can no longer see respected people (people that I respect) put together blogs posts like these, that do nothing to help their readers, yet put out an opinion for others to follow:

At least some are giving "Equal Time"

Since others are not willing to do what we require (or inspire) our students to do - here goes:

Basic Research on Arne Duncan

Here is the CPS site for Mr. Duncan where you can actually see that he does have experience running a school district, even if he isn't a teacher. He also lists his email address. So if you have a concern or a question ask him.

Here is the link to the Catalyst Chicago article on Mr. Duncan. In case you are not aware, "Catalyst Chicago is an independent newsmagazine created in 1990 to document, analyze and support school-improvement efforts in the Chicago Public Schools."

If you go to and search for "Duncan" you will get back a lot of information regarding Duncan, his policies, and what he has (or has not) gotten done.

You might also try this at the Chicago Tribune or The Suntimes - both of which are not as Educentric.

Or even give Time or Edutopia (the Edutopia article also links to this video of an interview with him from 2007). Try this video on YouTube as well - listen to him speak, look him in the eyes, hear his views and his story.

Please do your research and don't just assume that because a Bush Aide or Secretary Spellings think that Arne Duncan is a good fit doesn't mean that he is not.

If people that typically oppose you supporting you is a bad thing then Obama is doomed to fail. Even Palin said "I'm proud of Barack Obama. I pray for him, his family, the new administration. I look forward to the good things that are in store for this nation." Get ready to move to Canada because Palin said something good about Obama...give me a break.

Take your time, learn, research, then form an opinion. I haven't made one yet regarding Duncan. However, I know many people have without doing their research.

My Bookmarks and Annotations 12/18/2008

  • Online social networking
    is now so deeply embedded in the
    lifestyles of tweens and teens that
    it rivals television for their attention,
    according to a new study
    from Grunwald Associates LLC
    conducted in cooperation with
    the National School Boards
    Nine- to 17-year-olds report
    spending almost as much time
    using social networking services
    and Web sites as they spend
    watching television. Among teens,
    that amounts to about 9 hours a
    week on social networking activities,
    compared to about 10 hours
    a week watching TV.
    Students are hardly passive
    couch potatoes online. Beyond
    basic communications, many students
    engage in highly creative
    activities on social networking
    sites — and a sizeable proportion
    of them are adventurous nonconformists
    who set the pace for their

    tags: NSBA, social_network, web2.0

  • New York Public Library joins Flickr Commons
    Posted by Cory Doctorow, December 16, 2008 10:27 PM | permalink
    The New York Public Library has joined the Flickr Commons, uploading an initial contribution of 1300 images from its photographic collections. Next, the NYPL is promising even more material!

    tags: flickr

  • MPEG Streamclip is a powerful high-quality video converter, player, editor for MPEG, QuickTime, transport streams, iPod. And now it is a DivX editor and encoding machine, and even a movie downloader.

    You can use MPEG Streamclip to: open and play most movie formats including MPEG files or transport streams; edit them with Cut, Copy, Paste, and Trim; set In/Out points and convert them into muxed or demuxed files, or export them to QuickTime, AVI, DV and MPEG-4 files with more than professional quality, so you can easily import them in a DVD authoring tool, and use them with many other applications or devices.
    Supported input formats: MPEG, VOB, PS, M2P, MOD,VRO, DAT, MOV, DV, AVI, MP4, TS, M2T, MMV, REC, VID, AUD, AVR, VDR, PVR, TP0, M2V, M1V, MPV, AIFF, M1A, MP2, MPA, AC3, ...

    tags: freeware, software, windows, converter

  • Much like Lolcats, some ΓΌberteens are up in the Internet, stealing your ... well, whatever they want. If you envision these kids as harmless nerds who hole themselves up in their rooms clicking away their adolescence, check out this list, which details the costly and frightening toll their computer “games” have exacted throughout recent history.

    tags: hackers, hacker, teenage

  • Depending on which feature you use, Google Maps offers a satellite view or a street-level view of tons of locations around the world. You can look up landmarks like the Pyramids of Egypt or the Great Wall of China, as well as more personal places, like your ex’s house. But for all of the places that Google Maps allows you to see, there are plenty of places that are off-limits. Whether it’s due to government restrictions, personal-privacy lawsuits or mistakes, Google Maps has slapped a "Prohibited" sign on the following 51 places.

    tags: google, censorship, maps, googleearth, googlemaps

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Post 12/17/2008

  • Safety, education, and empowerment on YouTube
    12/11/2008 12:01:00 AM
    (Cross-posted from the YouTube Blog)

    We've always been committed to providing you the tools to have the best possible YouTube experience. Educating parents, teens, and families on how to stay safe on our site is a critical part of that commitment, so we can't think of a more appropriate place to introduce our new Abuse and Safety Center than at the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) conference in Washington, D.C., today.

    tags: empowerment, safety, youtube, google

  • Seven years of reform experiments—some show promise, few taken to scale, modest gains in performance by Sarah Karp and John Myers December 15, 2008

    tags: catalyst, Duncan, Sec_Ed

  • I don’t really give details about the sites I’m listing here because they’re all very similar — the music and sounds here are royalty-free and it’s just an easy matter of searching and downloading them. Of course, credit should be given to the source when they’re used in online projects. I’ve also tried avoiding sites that have obvious content not appropriate for classroom use, but something might have slipped by me.

    I also don’t believe that any of the sites here require any software download or registration.

    Here are my choices for The Best Places To Get Royalty-Free Music & Sound Effects:

    tags: Royallty_Free_Music

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Post 12/11/2008

  • When Baby Jesus disappeared last year from a Nativity scene on the lawn of the Wellington, Fla., community center, village officials didn't follow a star to locate him.

    A GPS device mounted inside the life-size ceramic figurine led sheriff's deputies to a nearby apartment, where it was found face down on the carpet. An 18-year-old woman was arrested in the theft.

    tags: GPS, Inventive_Tech

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Anatomy of a Mis-Sent Email

The funniest thing that has happened to me all week (Click on the Image to Read)

Visualizing Text

I just finished up preparing for a presentation at Stevenson High School that I will be doing this coming Friday. I posted it to Google Docs and you can see it here:

I find it really interested that I am getting a kick out of visual learning, because I have not always been the best at learning visually. I have always had a knack at pulling from text, not images. Yet I am having a blast figuring out ways to go the other way with this.

I am interested in any feedback you might have on this slide deck.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

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Saturday, December 06, 2008

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Friday, December 05, 2008

Post 12/05/2008

  • One of the biggest challenges school districts face is determining the level of tech support they need to adequately manage their computers and networks-and how much they can afford. Of course, from a Total Cost of Ownership perspective, if a school district does not provide adequate tech support, the district will pay the price somewhere: in a reduction of teacher productivity when teacher have to solve their own computer problems, in the need for additional staff training when teachers decide they can't rely on the network to be up, in the cost of wasted time and labor when administrative functions can't be managed reliably on the district's network.

    From 1983-1991, IBM Corp. and Digital Equipment Corp. worked with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to develop a formula for calculating the number of staff needed to support a distributed computing environment. This effort, known as Project Athena, came up with this formula:

    tags: TCO, technologyplanning, Technology_Department, technology_staffing

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Thursday, December 04, 2008

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Tuesday, December 02, 2008

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Monday, December 01, 2008

Better Google Searches

Thanks to Scott Weidig for getting me looking into this more!

Happy Cyber Monday!
I recently ran across a couple of resources to help your searching power when using Google. These tips will help you find better information faster!
I also found a handout to keep handy or to share with colleagues or students.
The best tip I have learned recently is to type in the answer instead of the question.
You want to know how tall Mt. Everest is.
Don't type in "How tall is Mt. Everest?"
Do Type "Mt. Everest is * tall"
The "*" acts as a wildcard and Google looks for the missing information.
There are a lot of other great ways to search better and the resources below will help you out.
Here is how to use Google to find information you never knew you could:
These two videos are helpful as well.
Also check these Google pages for more tips:

Happy Searching!