Thursday, May 27, 2010

My Bookmarks and Annotations 05/27/2010

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Sir Ken Robinson's 2nd TED Talk

I am sure many of you are familiar with Sir Ken Robinson's excellent TED talk "Do School's Kill Creativity" from 4 years ago (if not it is worth a watch). He was asked back to TED in February of this year and his talk was posted today. It addresses revolutionizing education through a personalized approach to each child. You can check it out here: "Bring on the Learning Revolution!". It is definitely worth 15 minutes of your time.

My Bookmarks and Annotations 05/25/2010

  • hanks to some handy tricks in the Google Labs bag you can easily add an HTML signature complete with images and save it for future use without plug-ins or outside help.
    Earlier this month Lifehacker reader Smosh showed how to put signatures in Gmail without plug-ins. Expanding on the same trick Smosh shared, Amit at Digital Inspiration put together a guide to combining the "Canned Responses" and "Inserting Images" Google Labs features to make easy and image-rich signatures inside Gmail without any plug-ins or outside editing.
    Check out the video above to see the process in action or visit Digital Inspiration at the link below to read through the steps. Have a favorite clever use of a Google Labs feature? Let's hear about it in the comments.
    Create HTML Signatures Right Inside Gmail [Digital Inspiration]

    tags: lifehacker, google, gmail, signature

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Friday, May 21, 2010

My Bookmarks and Annotations 05/21/2010

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

My Bookmarks and Annotations 05/11/2010

  • GTD embodies an easy, step-by-step and highly efficient method for achieving this relaxed, productive state. It includes:

    Capturing anything and everything that has your attention
    Defining actionable things discretely into outcomes and concrete next steps
    Organizing reminders and information in the most streamlined way, in appropriate categories, based on how and when you need to access them
    Keeping current and "on your game" with appropriately frequent reviews of the six horizons of your commitments (purpose, vision, goals, areas of focus, projects, and actions)

    tags: gtd, productivity, organization, management

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Sunday, May 09, 2010

Inb0x Zer0

When I was first teaching I had an administrator tell me that he was able to be productive because he had an "Clean Desk Policy". Nothing was allowed to sit on his desk for more than 24 hours. After 24 hours it was either taken care of, put in a bin to be filed away, or foldered with materials surrounding a larger project. I have tried to follow this practice as well, and my desk usually has nothing on it (except for times of extreme craziness).

As Email started to take hold I found that much of what used to come across my desk as paper was now coming across digitally. However, the tools I had in my email system were not as easy to work with. Email conversations were not limited to 1 sheet of paper, they came in as many individual threads that were scattered across my inbox. Foldering was crazy, I had over 300 folders for every type of conversation, because finding old messages was impossible.

Then came Gmail.

Gmail has two powerful tools that destroy all other email systems: SEARCH + ARCHIVE

Not just search, a search feature that works quickly and accurately. It came with so much storage (now almost 8GB) that I didn't have to question if a message was "worth keeping". Email became a binary system - two options:
  1. Active
  2. Archived
With Gmail as my new tool I started trying to find ways to accomplish a clean desk policy in email. I call this practice:

Inb0x Zer0

The mantra of Inb0x Zer0 is:

My messages leave my inbox in 24 hours

I have developed some strategies that help accomplish this goal and have outlined them in this presentation:

If you are able to accomplish this you will be much more productive and email will stop being lost in the shuffle.

For those of you hoping to get there - this is what Inb0x Zer0 looks like:

Thursday, May 06, 2010

My Bookmarks and Annotations 05/06/2010

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Wednesday, May 05, 2010

My Bookmarks and Annotations 05/05/2010

  • About WolframTones

    When prominent scientist Stephen Wolfram published A New Kind of Science in 2002, it was immediately hailed as a major intellectual landmark. Today the paradigm shift that Wolfram's work initiated is starting revolutions in a remarkable range of areas of science, technology--and the arts. WolframTones is an experiment in applying Wolfram's discoveries to the creation of music.

    At the core of A New Kind of Science is the idea of exploring a new abstract universe: a "computational universe" of simple programs. In A New Kind of Science, Wolfram shows how remarkably simple programs in his "computational universe" capture the essence of the complexity--and beauty--of many systems in nature.

    WolframTones works by taking simple programs from Wolfram's computational universe, and using music theory and Mathematica algorithms to render them as music. Each program in effect defines a virtual world, with its own special story--and WolframTones captures it as a musical composition.

    It's all original music--fresh from "mining" Wolfram's computational universe. Sometimes it's reminiscent of familiar musical styles; sometimes it's like nothing ever heard before. It's a taste of what it's like to explore the computational universe--and a hint of what's to come...

    tags: music

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Sunday, May 02, 2010

My Bookmarks and Annotations 05/02/2010

  •  Automatically monitor software usage by the employees
     Get the actual picture of what software is used, when and by who
     Control licenses usage and minimize software related expenses (licenses and software audit)
     Identify the most used software
     Monitor browsers, email and chat software usage
     Find out if employees use any prohibited software
     Monitor time spent using any software
     Monitor software usage on laptops, remote computers, computers in company's network
     Monitor software usage under Terminal Server and Citrix Server
     Automatically receive scheduled reports 

     Automatic invisible monitoringSoftware monitoring is performed in the background absolutely invisibly to the employees, automatically recording information about what software is used, when and by who.

     What is recordedWorkTime automatically records the actual software usage and the actual time spent on it. "Actual" means that an application is active (selected) and there is keyboard or mouse activity. Recorded data is very precise and accurate.
    WorkTime records software name, full path and document name (if any).
    Browsers - what is recorded: web-sites, URLs, page titles and time when activity was performed. Microsoft Internet Explorer 6/7/8, Mozilla Firefox 2/3/3.5 are supported.

     System, network, installationWorkTime Corporate is a client-server system that works either in a local or distributed network and is intended to monitor Windows-based computers. The system consists of database, server application, administrative/reporting tool and thin tracking clients. Client applications are installed on each computer that need to be monitored. Monitoring results are automatically sent to the centralized location. Reports are built using administrative tool.

    tags: software, worktime, usage, i3

  • 2Differentiate -                                                                                   
    For Middle school and High School.
    Why Differentiation?  Why Technology?
    To engage, to involve, to share, to learn

    tags: differentiation, personalized

  • Mouse Mischief integrates into Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 and Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007, letting you insert questions, polls, and drawing activity slides into your lessons.

    Students can actively participate in these lessons by using their own mice to click, circle, cross out, or draw answers on the screen.

    tags: powerpoint, microsoft, technology, studentresponse

  • Where did the idea come from?
    Wallwisher's janitor has a post-it overuse problem. He uses post-its as reminders, coasters, bookmarks, wrappers for used gum, to-do list managers, memos. So he decided to have some post-its for the web. SharedCopy, a startup that dealt with adding notes to web pages, therefore, came as a natural choice for the janitor's December internship. It was there that the janitor came up with the idea for using a sticky-note/noticeboard interface for communicating on the web.

    tags: wallwisher, postit, bulletinboard

  • tags: wordcloud, tagxedo, wordclouds, tag, visualization

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