Teague's Tech Treks

Learning Technology and other Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague

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Saturday TCEA Robotics Competition- Post 1

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.

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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:
 Research
 Plan
 Prototype
 Document and Test
 Commercialize.

 

We are judging with a rubric correlated to the key words: Research, Plan, Prototype, Document and Test, and Commercialize.

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New Year Tech Checklist ~ January 2018

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!

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Library of Congress to Cease Continual Tweet Archiving

Assign it the hashtag of #bahbye, Mediate reports that “Even the Library of Congress can’t keep up with Twitter anymore. The Library of Congress has been archiving every single public tweet for many years. But now it’s announced the process for archiving tweets will be more limited starting in 2018.” (Source: Mediaite)

The Library of Congress says that going forward, “Generally, the tweets collected and archived will be thematic and event-based, including events such as elections, or themes of ongoing national interest, e.g. public policy.” (Source: Deadline)

 

 

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Tech BFF: Dotstorming- Vote in a New Poll

Dotstorming is such an innovative platform for participatory planning and authentic voice in learning experiences. Reminds me a bit of the Eboard platform from the burgeoning days of the Interwebs! Here is what a DotStorm board can look like, in its most minimalist form:

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Try out Dotstorming by casting your Vote in my Dotstorming Poll.

Click this link: https://dotstorming.com/b/59d3dacfdb975afa05678399

Click on the “Add a Card” icon to cast your vote or vote on one of the choices already posted.

Want to learn more?

Here are a few tutorials for getting started and using Dotstorming:

From Brittany

From Michael

From Richard

Thank you to the Dotstorming creator, G. Marland!

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Be Internet Awesome: Helping kids be safe, confident explorers of the online world.

Be Internet Awesome: Helping kids be safe, confident explorers of the online world.

This resource from Google is packed with curriculum, games that allow for hands-on practice, and even a pledge to teach students how to safely navigate the internet.

Here is the link: https://beinternetawesome.withgoogle.com/
#STEM

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Edorble WebVR Launches!

The innovative folks at Edorble have something fun to announce! There is a new alpha of Edorble WebVR, a cross-platform, browser-based multiplayer Edorble experience. Edorble WebVR works on Android, iOS, Mac, PC, Google Cardboard, Daydream, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Gear VR. If curious to hear more, check out what you can in Edorble WebVR on their blog post announcing the launch. You can also just jump right in at https://edorble.com/webvr. Edorble will be building on this foundation in the weeks and months to come, and with participatory help from users, they will keep shaping it into something special for teachers and students around the world.

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Learning Technologies Podcast- July 24 -RIP MS Paint :(

 

 

Podcast Transcript:

Welcome to the Learning Technologies Podcast. Today’s topic is …Microsoft MS Paint.  Microsoft is dropping various features and functionalities from its new build. In preparation for the release of the Fall Creators Update, Microsoft has published the full list of stories that will be removed or depreciated from the new build.

MSPaint will be sorely missed. It was the gateway for new and vintage computer nerds.

What is your reaction to Microsoft’s decision? Are there other applications and programs that we should also mourn?

Thank you for considering these questions with me. I enjoy learning from you! Please leave a comment and let’s keep the discussion going.

(This podcast Created using Audacity) 
Additional Resources from Edublogs

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Got Summer Spare Change? Own a Piece of Tech History!!

ENIGMA MachineThe original 1944 ENIGMA Cipher Machine, used at Bletchley Park during World War 2 to crack the codes of the Nazi Third Reich U-Boats, is up for auction at Christie’s Auction House, June 15 (Thursday) in New York City.

This machine was central to World War 2 and the British used it to crack the codes that won World War 2. The ENIGMA Cypher Maichine performed 159 billion, billion combinations.And it still works!

Also in the auction is the first APPLE 1 1976 Personal Computer made of steel, with 4K (expanded to 12K) of RAM.

Estimated Value is $300,000-500,000

The Christie’s auction is live and online, according Peter Carnett

 

 

 

 

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New Favorite App – Clio Shows History Where You Are

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Internet History Lesson

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