Is this an examplar of what Einstein deeply feared?

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“I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots.” Albert Einstein

I do believe that we have arrived to the confirmation of Mr. Einstein’s famous quote. If you don’t believe me, please check out this video and I’ll let you make the determination to see how far fetched it is from reality…

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Exhaustive List of Online Math Resources

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I gotta thank http://ccssmath.org/ for this list of resources for math educators. If you are deciding to front-load/flip your classroom, this is a great place to start.

I am familiar to approximately 98.6% of the list. So, this Labor Day weekend is a good time to explore!

  1. Brightstorm
  2. CK12
  3. Class Zone
  4. Geogebra
  5. Glencoe
  6. K-5 Math Teaching Resources
  7. Khan Academy
  8. Kuta Software
  9. Henrico County Mathematics
  10. Illustrative Mathematics Project
  11. IXL
  12. Learn Zillion
  13. Mathematics Assessment Project
  14. Mixing in Math
  15. NCTM Illuminations
  16. National Science Digital Library (NSDL)
  17. PBS Learning Media
  18. Purple Math
  19. Quia
  20. Read Write Think
  21. Regents Prep
  22. Science Net Links
  23. SECC.SEDL.org
  24. Shodor
  25. Smithsonian Education
  26. Teach Engineering
  27. Ten Marks
  28. Texas Instruments
  29. Xpeditions by National Geographic
  30. XP Math
  31. YouTube

The Last Days of True Online Anonymity

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Believe it or not, everything that we do online and on our cellular devices is traceable. This is not a bad thing due to dangers people pose to the public and National Security.

The days of hiding behind a proxy server to reserve someone’s anonymity for good or bad are numbered. I started this blog post before National Security Agency’s PRISM exposure. Actually, It should not be surprising that this system exists. It only has been confirmed and specific details of this surveillance system are slowly forthcoming from our government.

The true war is over data, whether or not does it really belong to us if it transferred over air or wire. I’m not sure if I desire to choose that battle to fight because there are other issues that are more pressing. So, if you’re hiding behind burners or proxy servers, Big Brother is OFFICIALLY watching you…

R.I.P. NCWise

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Since about around 2005, my school system has been using an online grade book management system called NCWise. The only thing that I personally did not like about it was the difficulty of accessing my gradebook remotely.

20130620-105110.jpgBeing a proud Mac user, I had to use a Windows emulator with the archaic WinXP operating system to input my grades from home. Praise the Lord that next school year, all of this NCWise stuff will now be replaced by an entirely new system.

Yesterday, I received an email from my principal about summer training for a new product from Pearson called PowerSchool (and PowerTeacher). At this time, I have no clue of what I am in for but I am optimistic that the learning curve will be manageable. Of course naturally I will do some personal research to see how others that are using it and share my finding on here.

If you wish to share your personal experience with PowerSchool, please share!

Hear ye, hear ye….

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Our millennial generation is speaking up. Please take a minute to listen to a representative of them.

How many generations can your old media survive?

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About a week or two ago, I picked up a cable to convert my old VHS tapes to digital format on my laptizzle. Most of my tapes that I’m converting are pretty old. I guess when I have time, I will also convert my cassette tapes via audacity and share them on sound cloud; and my videos on either vimeo or youtube. I’ve scanned as many old pictures that I’ve run across from cleaning out my old house I grew up in. Now I just need to burn them to DVD or continue my quest to move my digital memories online.

My actions of converting ALL of my dusty artifacts to digital format are due to the need of safely archiving (and sharing my treasures with family and friends) and the fear of magnetic media degradation which I’ve experienced with an old 8mm reel-to-reel that I paid Wolf camera to do for me.  (Also, I am not getting any younger). As we get deeper in the new millennium, the urgency to duplicate magnetic tape media becomes more critical due to limitations of magnetic media shelf life. I guess it really depends on how you store the contents of your stuff whether or not if the need to convert is necessary. So, how many generations can your media survive?

Sand or Cement?

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Nowadays, everyone is on the Internet. So, should one stop to reflect their personal online behavior and evaluate their online digital foot prints. Yes, because everything you do, say, act, click on leaves either a foot print that is either cemented permanently or temporarily impressed in virtual sand. What do I mean?

Google yourself, and you will see your cemented tracks. Or anything that you participated or contributed online that is permanent to certain extent that can be recovered by someone other than yourself that you cannot remove. Server logs of your whereabouts online that you cannot access is also virtually cemented and only viewable to a select group of people as if you was a star! Ask anyone that is being sued to downloading movies or music lately.

However, if one can remove your digital tracks, that could be considered a foot print in the sand, which is somewhat temporary unless you or someone else can remove  it such as the cookies of your web browser (cache) and browser history.

Do footprints serve a purpose? Yes… You can discover many things about someone that have or do not have digital footprints. Current and potential employers, significant others, and just ordinary nosy people find joy and sorrow in what people knowingly leave behind.

What if I do not leave any digital footprints? That would be impossible, only if you do consider yourself a non-participant of the web 2.0 revolution or a user that is very restricted with your online activities.

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