In the course of 60 minutes this afternoon I was presented with two issues that required a resolution. The first situation was not being able to locate my remote for my Apple TV. After searching for 15 minutes I gave up and went to the Internet in hopes of someone having a solution to use my iPhone as a remote. The fine folks at Apple answered my question with an application called Remote. My iPhone is connected to the wireless which put both the iPhone and the Apple TV on the same network. Once this was accomplished it was a matter of mastering the controls and watching the last two episodes of House of Cards.
About 30 minutes into the first to last episode, an e-mail came in asking me to fill in some blanks on a PDF contract. It was a four page contract and I don’t own a printer at home as I try to do as much as I can paperless. I could have waited until Thursday but it was two little items that needed changed and I didn’t want to wait so it was back to the iPhone. I was browsing over at LifeHacker and came across this article: What’s the Best Way to Sign Documents Electronically (Without Scanning Them)? and an application called SignNow. The application was easy to use and I had the changes to the PDF’s made and sent back to the person in under 10 minutes. I am using the free plan right now which allows for 5 documents a month but I could see myself using the 30 document plan which is $8.33/month (if paid in full yearly) or $14.99/month if paid monthly.
I think I have wrote about IFTTT in a previous post but just in case…here it is. IFTTT stands for If This Then That which to any programmer out there will recognize as a logic statement. The premise behind the logic statement and IFTTT is simple. You are presented with a condition and if it matches one of the statements then do the action that it indicates. The actions/statements in IFTTT are refered to as recipes.
I have been a Gmail user since late 2004 and have four different accounts currently (2 personal, 2 on Google Apps). Looking back now almost 8 years later it is hard to imagine living life and managing e-mail without the aide of Google. At my work place we just recently migrated from a Microsoft Exchange server for our e-mail over to Google Apps for Education. This migration led me to implementing what I refer to as mad email ninja skills. I have setup filters and lables for e-mail with the goal of having my e-mail filtered and in correct locations prior to reading it. Why can’t I do this for the junk physical mail I receive?
Back on topic…one cool thing within Gmail is having the e-mail skip the inbox and go directly to the label. This works great at keeping a neat inbox but there is a drawback. Gmail doesn’t notify you when you have new messages in a label (if it does…how did I miss that?). Enter IFTTT to the resuce.
I have created an IFTTT receipe that cheks a specified label every 15 minutes for new messages. If there is a new message it will then send a text message to my Google Voice number thus notifying me of a new message. I have only set this action up for the e-mail addresses of other employees within our organization. One thing I feel is lacking though with the IFTTT recipe would be to set a time frame for the notifications. Example: Monday – Friday from 6:30 AM – 7:00 PM notify me of new messages.
IFTTT is free and is pretty cool when you look at all the services it is bringing together and the actions that you can do with it.
As 2012 comes to an end I am going to take a look back at the books I read during the year. In 2011 I ended up reading 11 books outside of books related to work or school. In 2012 the number only reached 4. The books I read are listed below:
Diary of a Player – Brad Paisley
Getting Smart: How Digital Learning is Changing the World
Hockeytown Doc: A Half-Century of Red Wings Stories from Howe to Yzerman
Howlling Out the Middle: The Rural Brain Drain and What It Means for America
Oh and I almost forgot this book that I picked up at Hockeytown Authentics in Troy, MI
The ABC’s of Detroit Red Wings Hockey
Looking ahead I already have 2 books waiting to be read and they are quite different in subject.
11/22/63 – Stephen King
This book is quite interesting as it takes a look at the events surrounding the ATTEMPTED assination of John F. Kennedy as the actual event was disrupted by time travellers…if I remember the description correctly. At 866 pages for the Kindle edition…it will be a long read but appears to be very interesting.
The 20% Doctrine – Ryan Tate
Audio Recording (24:00) – You will need to download this file as it was larger than the allowed file size.
IT vs TI – The Debate
In our EDTL 6340 class at Bowling Green State Univeristy, we have to create online professional development resources. After exploring different options I finally settled on a 4 part video series covering 4 different programs. The programs selected were Evernote, Skitch, Penultimate and Evernote Peek.
I feel that a challenge for educators who are interested in integrating technology within the classroom is not having a clear understanding of not only what the software does but how does it fit into my workflow or my classroom. Each video will aim to be 3 – 5 minutes in length and ask the three simple questions: Who, What and Why. We realize that not every piece of software we review will not fit for all users (teachers, administration, parents and students) but if it can make life easier for one for those groups we will explore it. In future videos, we will take a more in-depth look at the software and cover how it is currently being used in the classroom.
Evernote Peek Video
All videos shown within the screencast I created are available for viewing on http://evernote.com/video/
Wow..is it really July 31st? The calendar says it is and I am left to wonder where the summer has gone. In my EDTL 6330 class at Bowling Green State University we had an assignment where we had to review and demonstrate a Web 2.0 program and use screen recording software to present it.
I reviewed Evernote but went a step further and reviewed Evernote Hello, Skitch and Penultimate. You can find view my presentation by clicking here.
You can also view my Evernote Notebook I created for this project by clicking here.
Earlier today I listened in and observed a discussion amongst technology and administrative leaders from within Ohio and eTech Ohio. It was interesting to see that 35 or so respones generated through 3 questions had a common theme emerge amongst them. Considering that there are 613 districts and 353 charter schools within Ohio and the group represented other agencies throughout the state the results may not have been the most accurate to represent the state of Ohio.
The discussion centered around the following themes that emerged through the survey:
Bring Your Own Technology(Device)/Mobile Technology
The title for this presentation came about based on a discussion centered around the 2013 State Technology Conference in February. John Schinker who was part of the team responsible for bringing about Edcamp Cleveland brought up practicing what we preach to our teachers and that is changing the way we teach. Moving the classroom from the state of where the teacher stands in front of the classroom and the desks are lined up in nice neat rows.
This led me to think about a presentation I am giving at a conference in October. While still trying to narrow down mt topic and focus I asked my self how I could change my presentation so that it is not a presentation where I stand in front of the room looking out at a sea of nodding heads. As of now I think my topic will focus on Information Technology vs Technology Integration, exploring how these two titles are very different roles within a school. Flipping this presentation will not be easy because it will make those in attendance uneasy because it bucks the trend they are comfortable with.
As of now I am working on ways to flip my presentation and make it more than just me standing in front of a room of nodding heads. A follow up post will be made once I figure this out.
The audio recording of the presentation did not turn out the way I intended. I plan to try and save the recording through Audacity but not 100% sure it will improve the quality to an acceptable level.
I am providing you with the resources I used to create my presentation and also an Evernote fact sheet. You can access these resources here.
If you have any questions about my presentation or want to know more about using Evernote as a digital portfolio please feel free to contact me at bob.green at neergbob . com