Episode 52: Avoiding Junkware with David Rogers

April 23, 2015

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Today on Quick Tech Tip David and I talk about…  How to Avoid Junkware…

Does junkware drive you nuts?!

It does me!

You know what I’m talking about …as David says, “…the 3rd party software offers…click and suddenly you have any number of unwanted stuff on your computer.”

David notes, “You go to install legitimate software and then…the installation by default adds something unwanted!”

I think we have all had issues with this headache…especially me…

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Listen as David gives you his …

5 Steps to Avoiding Junkware

1.     Download from a reliable source

2.     Beware of fake download buttons

3.     Be alert during the software installation

4.     De-select any options to install additional software

5.     When in doubt don’t do it!

Enjoy!

And just say no to clicking on those download buttons!

Length: 12:20

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Episode 33: Six Apps for the Classroom with David Lockhart

September 16, 2014

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David is a high school teacher at North Atlanta High. This summer we met at the Georgia Virtual School Symposium in Athens, Georgia where I had the chance to attend his awesome class titled,

…30 Apps in 30 Minutes.

David has always had an interest in Tech… he says, “I found something that I was good at…”

In our interview we focus on four points…

1)      His 6 favorite apps

2)      The cost of apps (In a word…cheap!)

3)      Engaging!

4)      Ease of use…

David advises…in looking for apps, “Find what works in your classroom…and then find an app that will help you. If it doesn't work…then adjust.”

Most importantly…David comments, “Don’t be afraid!”

He has amazing advice for apps to use and why as well as how to find the best apps.

I know that you will find this episode brain food!

Here are the 6 Apps that we talk about and their websites.

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1)      TouchCast   http://www.touchcast.com/

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Google Drive  https://support.google.com/drive/answer/2424384?hl=en

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3)      Symbaloo http://www.symbaloo.com/home/mix/13eOcK1fiV

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4)      Weebly https://education.weebly.com/

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5)      Tackk https://tackk.com

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6)      81dash http://81dash.com/

Follow David on Twitter @ld112265

And read his blog at www.edtechspeeddating.com

Seasame Street Song, “There’s An App for That! Find it at www.sesamestreet.org or on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhkxDIr0y2U

Enjoy!

Length 30:37

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Episode 30: Twitter in the Classroom with Leslie Houck

August 13, 2014

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Like most people I taught myself how to do Twitter… but I wanted to make sure that I did it right! I had the chance to take a class titled Twitter 101 and many of my questions were answered.

Leslie Houck is a Social Media Specialist with the Georgia Department of Education who has a background in communication and journalism and says , “I kind of fell into social media as a job.”

Leslie gives advice for educators who might be afraid of using Twitter primarily because they only hear about the bad situations that have happened.

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Leslie comments that Digital Citizenship 101 should be taught in every class to all kids and to the staff. She noted that New York City Schools, Facebook, and Edutopia have recently released examples of these guidelines for schools to use.

No matter what, she emphasizes that it is important to “be smart with our on-line reputation.” Make sure that you pay extra close attention to this part of the interview as she makes many points that help to address the use of social media in the classroom and as a professional educator.


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We also talk about Twitter etiquette, RTs, MTs, follows, Favoriting,  the restriction of 140 characters, creating a handle, the list function, and of course the # Hashtag!


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I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to learn about Twitter from Leslie and I know you will, too!



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Check out the links below to some of the resources she referenced.

Enjoy!

 

Length 55:58

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Episode 22: Technology and Classroom Routines with High School Science Teacher…Dana Niblett

May 21, 2014

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Dana is a high school science teacher at Dodge County High School in Eastman, Georgia.

She has been teaching for 7 years and even though she is a science teacher she started out teaching middle school math. Mrs. Niblett comes from a tradition of teachers as both of her parents were teachers.

I had the wonderful experience of observing Dana teach her environmental science classes. From the outset it was apparent that she was very organized. She had tardy boxes, places for work to be turned in, places to look when the student is absent and so much more.

Her students understood the routines and procedures of the class. This was very noticeable when she shifted from the bell ringer (Science Question of the Day) to the general instructions to the lab groups and back to their seats to work with the technology. There was no down time. The students knew what was expected of them. She did not have to threaten or shush them. They went right to work.

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Dana and I talk about how all of this is possible. She reflects on the days when she first started teaching and struggled with classroom management. Then she found Harry Wong and studied his comments about managing the classroom. She then “stole ideas” from colleagues who were very good at creating the routines and procedures that helped the students get right to work and focus on the content.

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Her biggest secret is “PRACTICE with the kids.”

Mrs. Niblett is a tech guru…or at least not afraid to try to use many different technology applications and tools to help her engage the kids. She uses tablets, laptops, QR codes, Weebly.com, Padlet.com, Prezi, SMART board applications and tools, Google searches, youtube clips, voicethread.com and follows Tony Vincent on Pinterest (He is a teacher who is constantly providing information about cool tech apps for the classroom). Her kids are creating digital portfolios on weebly.com and recording their labs and daily activities in this website. They use padlet.com to respond to questions.

My head was swimming with the amazing about of free technology being used by the kids to help them learn their content! Dana says that she once was made to go to the Georgia Technology Conference and now she knows that it is awesome!!!! She reflects, “It’s the best conference I have ever gone to! There are classroom teachers showing what they use and what works for them!”

I hope that you will take a look at some of her ideas for classroom management and technology uses. Her kids were focused on learning and having fun. Try these out! I dare you!

As Dana says, “We have to get out of our comfort zone and get with the times!”

Enjoy!

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