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Roadblocks in Deploying Google Docs: CRUD and “ilities”

This is the second in a series of posts about roadblocks organizations face in deploying Google Apps for Education (GAFE) . In the last post I went into depth about the FUD that circulates around Google Apps Deployments. In this post I will discuss CRUD, which are the reasonable Concerns, Reservations, Unknowns, and Decisions (along with some of the “ ilities ”) that emerge when choosing to use Google Apps for Education. As the person that feels the heat for anything that goes wrong with educational technology in our district, from PEBKAC errors to full network meltdowns, there is CRUD that goes along with any hardware, software, or cloud based deployment. A big part of my job is to be paranoid and critical about technology until I can be reasonably assured that it will work reliably, to the point of invisibility, to my schools. Although few products are actually invisible, to the level of a classroom chalkboard, my goal is that they all end up there. With that in mind I am alway

Roadblocks in deploying Google Apps: FUD

This is the first in a series of longer posts that will discuss some of the common roadblocks I hear about, and help other schools work through, when trying to deploy Google Apps for Education in their schools Fear, uncertainty and doubt ( From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ) Fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD) is a tactic of rhetoric and fallacy used in sales , marketing , public relations , [1] [2] politics , propaganda and trolling . FUD is generally a strategic attempt to influence public perception by disseminating negative and dubious/false information designed to undermine the credibility of their beliefs. An individual firm, for example, might use FUD to invite unfavorable opinions and speculation about a competitor's product; to increase the general estimation of switching costs among current customers; or to maintain leverage over a current business partner who could potentially become a rival. This document is in regards to an an email I received from a coll

My Bookmarks and Annotations 09/28/2010

YouTube - Evolution: Artificial Selection tags : science lesson_plans Posted from Diigo . The rest of my favorite links are here.

My Bookmarks and Annotations 08/24/2010

BBC - Dimensions - Index Dimensions takes important places, events and things, and overlays them onto a map of where you are. Type in your postcode or a place tags : maps dimensions bbc history geography interactive Posted from Diigo . The rest of my favorite links are here.

My Bookmarks and Annotations 08/21/2010

sigilt - BookStudies Welcome to our first book study! We hope that this experience helps you to work through the content of the book and to connect with other educators. Using Tech with Classroom Instruction that WorksOur first book will be Using Technology with Classroom Instruction that Works (ASCD, 2007) by Howard Pitler, Elizabeth Ross Hubbell, Matt Kuhn, and Kim Malenoski. This book suggests ways in which the research-based strategies in //Classroom Instruction That Works// can be used with educational technologies, such as word processing and spreadsheet applications, multimedia, data collection tools, communication software, and the Internet. tags : 21stcenturyskills technology mcrel Posted from Diigo . The rest of my favorite links are here.

My Bookmarks and Annotations 08/12/2010

Research dispels common ed-tech myths | Research | Contrary to popular opinion, newer teachers aren’t any more likely to use technology in their lessons than veteran teachers, and a lack of access to technology does not appear to be the main reason why teachers do not use it: These are among the common perceptions about education technology that new research from Walden University’s Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership appears to dispel. tags : technology research education 21stcenturyskills myths teaching teachers ds_gsa_apps_whitepaper_0207.pdf - Powered by Google Docs tags : googleapps Google Apps apps privacy security google Google Apps for Education - Free hosted email (Gmail) for EDU

My Bookmarks and Annotations 08/06/2010

How to Use SSH to Transfer File on iPhone | The iPhone and iPad Blog by Simon If you ask me the top reason for jailbreaking iPhone, the ability to use SSH to transfer files between iPhone and computer via WiFi is my answer. I believe it’s also one of the reasons why some of you go for the jailbreak. But, as I know, not all the readers are geeks and come from technical background. You may even not heard of SSH until you decide to jailbreak. So, here is a short guide to show you how you can use SSH on iPhone and use it for transfer any files to your computer (Mac / Windows). The guide is completely target for non-technical person. I just want to show you how great SSH is when pairing with iPhone for wireless file transfer. So, you can use it to transfer ringtone and photos without the USB cable. tags : ssh iphone Posted from Diigo . The rest of my favorite links are here.

My Bookmarks and Annotations 08/05/2010

Balancing 2 Faces of ePortfolios What is an ePortfolio? An ePortfolio (electronic portfolio) is an electronic collection of evidence that shows your learning journey over time. Portfolios can relate to specific academic fields or your lifelong learning. Evidence may include writing samples, photos, videos, research projects, observations by mentors and peers, and/or reflective thinking. The key aspect of an eportfolio is your reflection on the evidence, such as why it was chosen and what you learned from the process of developing your eportfolio. (Adapted from Philippa Butler’s “Review of the Literature on Portfolios and Eportfolios” (2006), page 2.) An ePortfolio is not a specific software package, but more a combination of process (a series of activities) and product (the end result of the ePortfolio process). Presentation portfolios can be created using a variety of tools, both computer desktop tools and online (Barrett, 2000; Barrett, 2004-2008). Most comm

My Bookmarks and Annotations 08/03/2010

How the Internet Works [Infographic] Good graphic showing how the Internet works tags : historyoftech internet The Computer Delusion by Todd Oppenheimer There is no good evidence that most uses of computers significantly improve teaching and learning, yet school districts are cutting programs -- music, art, physical education -- that enrich children's lives to make room for this dubious nostrum, and the Clinton Administration has embraced the goal of "computers in every classroom" with credulous and costly enthusiasm tags : historyoftech resources Posted from Diigo . The rest of my favorite links are here.

My Bookmarks and Annotations 07/31/2010

Learn How to Make a Gantt Chart in Excel tags : excel ganttchart charts visualizations howto Posted from Diigo . The rest of my favorite links are here.

My Bookmarks and Annotations 07/30/2010

Tips & Tricks: GoogleLookup in Google spreadsheets - Official Google Docs Blog To use the GoogleLookup function, enter the following formula in the desired spreadsheet cell:=GoogleLookup(“entity” ; “attribute”) where “entity” represents the name of the entity you want to access and “attribute” is the type of information that you want to retrieve. tags : google googleapps googledocs googlelookup tricks tips googlespreadsheet Posted from Diigo . The rest of my favorite links are here.

Inb0x Zer0 Tip

New Inbox Zero trick - set up a filter (rule) to move anything with the word "unsubscribe" to a folder, and out of the Inbox, automatically. You will probably find that you will end up deleting or unsubscribing from most of the items that end up with that label (in that folder).