Busted…

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I had a unexpected rude visitor to my classroom last week. Yes, the district network IT guy. After installing some printers, he discovered and reported that my little device was disrupting the school’s network (acutally it was disconnected not bothering anyone.) Not sure if I violated the district’s AUP. However in the end, I received a slap on the hand and severely inconvienced to retrieve my confiscated equipment.

The reason I used the router was to access the school’s network via my personal laptop. Now, I do not even bring it to school any more since I have a school issued one.

So… I guess I will continue to stay in my lane and keep my “hacker hat” off at work!

Strappin’ Down the Laptizzle

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Me in '02 with 1st laptizzle (Yeah, I used to rock the locs...)

  

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 As we all know, the demand for laptops has increased. People are more mobile and sometimes get a little careless in their actions in public places with their valuable devices.

When I purchased my real (1st laptop was a joke) laptop in 2005 I don’t think that I ever let it out of my sight. I guess, stepping away from your laptop nowadays is kinda like leaving your car on when gasing up or running in the house for something you forgot. Brett Burney has a great blog post (back in 2005) that discusses the same topic and give additional tips.

I know for a fact that libraries make sure that if you’re leaving your belongings (including your laptop) unattended, you are at your own risk. If you do decide to seperate from your laptop for using the bathroom, telephone, or even take a quick smoke outside, I highly recommend all laptop users to invest in a cable lock to protect your investment in deterring theft. Better safe than sorry…

The Digital Alien

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Digital Natives as coined by Marc Prensky are students that we teach that inherently have integrated technology into their lives. On the other hand, digital immigrants are somewhat new to the technology scene and are usually described as archaic educators that struggle in the attempt to “get on the edtech bandwagon of the 21st century.” Apple has a great article on the comparison of the two groups.

In my humble opinion…

I feel that there exist another minuscule elitist group of students  (feared by school technology assistants) that go beyond the status of digital natives.

Why?

They are consumed by the love of technology and intrinsically pushed to go where they are not permitted either on or offline. Curiosity of computers or even electronic is not enough for these students; they are also not satisfied with the current established boundaries by parents or schools. So they defy or cross the designated boundaries established for them.

For many years and somewhat still today, these students when caught are labeled as hackers. Instead, please consider them as digital aliens. Pioneers such as Stephen Wozniak , Linus Torvalds, or even Kevin Mitnick are great examples of this breed of student. Let’s not be afraid of them, but instead direct their focus to a constructive direction. Also, here is an interestingly comical-to-me and very outdated (2001) satirical web treasure that shares how to detect if your child is a digital alien.

Stretching out with new blog…

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Due to the lack of functionality with teacherlingo, I am going to try out WordPress. Since I have a teacher workday tomorrow, I may have an opportunity to share some knowledge. Only if wordpress is not blocked by my school’s FW. Since we’re talking about school FW’s, Will Richardson of Weblogg-Ed has a great blog post and discussion on the topic.

Gotta go and cheer on my Ravens…

-Malik