“When we do something in the course of the day matters almost as much as what we actually do.” ~Daniel Pink
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“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” ~Pablo Picasso
It’s 20 degrees outside on a frosty Texas morning and I am on my way to the CISD Robotics Competition sponsored by TCEA. I am a judge for the competition in the “Inventions” section. I keep hearing the “Here Comes the Judge” jingle in my head.
In the Inventions Contest, teams will create and develop a unique robotic invention that will solve a problem.
Student teams will need to approach their problem, working together like real team of engineers, to solve a
common challenge using the Engineering Design Process. The Engineering Design Process is a particular course
of action and sequence of operations intended to achieve a result or produce an outcome. The Engineering
Design Process consists of the following steps:
Document and Test
We are judging with a rubric correlated to the key words: Research, Plan, Prototype, Document and Test, and Commercialize.
One of the fortunate things about a career in education is the yearly ‘Holiday Break.” This holiday break was punctuated with a prolonged cold, frigid, FREEZING weather system. For this native California-to-Texas transplant, the cold was especially menacing. After attempting many work-arounds and brave attempts at navigating in these temps, the only acceptable solution was time by the fireplace and Amazon Prime deliveries of hot chocolate.
Time by the fireplace included time with my favorite channel: The Food Network. I became a binge watcher of “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” and “Guy’s Grocery Games” which are both hosted by Guy Fieri.
After a few episodes, I was treated to the inside nomenclature of each show. It seems that, like many things in technology, the inside lingo for “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” and “Guy’s Grocery Games” is “Triple D” and “Triple G” respectively.
So, in keeping with the triple alpha lingo, here are my Triple C ideas for your New Year Tech Checklist:
C1: Check your links on your homepage, blog, and other social media: Make sure they work. Links can be hear today and gone into cyberspace tomorrow. Your homepage, blog, social media is the first greeter of your work.
C2: Change your passwords. If your workplace does not have regular password change protocols in place, please use the start of the new year to change your password, and please make your password alphanumeric/symbol without a natural language word (i.e. “daisy1). Even though all the places I work have a regular schedule of password changes, the start of the new year is the symbolic “changing of the password guard” for me.
C3: Clean out old emails. A proper digital diet of up-to-date email storage is just good cyber wellness. We use the Canvas LMS for our online courses and I receive emails regarding student attendance, announcements, updates, etc… I save these during a semester and clean them out at the start of new semesters. You probably have other email accounts and folders where emails accumulate. Deleting these emails can feel so cyber-slimming!!
So, that’s my Triple C ideas for your New Year Tech Checklist. What else should I include? Leave a comment and let me know!