3.23.2012

Interesting Reading

Well...I haven't had much time to write the past week. Moodle has consumed most of my attention. I have gathered a group of articles that have come across my desk that I think may be helpful or thought provoking. I will list them here and provide a quick summary of why I think they are noteworthy.

The first in the round up is an article about QGIS or Quantum Geographocal Information System. The Chronicle's Profhacker blog presented an article about the benefits of QGIS. I look forward to downloading and trying this out.

Second is an artical from Digital Inspiration about how to record screencasts on and iPad or iPhone. As mobile devices become more ubiquitous, it is important from a training/teaching perspective to be able to show how to access your device and the content on it.

The third article is titled, "Pros and Cons of Social media in the Classroom". There are stron proponents on either side of the argument for or against. I will not share my opinion here, but perhaps in a future post. This article is good food for thought.

In light of the last article the last item is an article about how to properly cite a tweet. If you decide to use social media tools (of which Twitter is one of many, it is important to be able to use them properly.

Please feel free to comment on any of these tools or articles. Cheers!

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3.16.2012

Password Management with Lastpass

Now what was that password again? Our world is requiring more and more passwords. Remembering them requires that a person either creates a simple password that is easy to remember, but less secure or one that is more secure, but difficult to remember. So what to do?
I would definitely recommend erring on the side of caution and creating a more secure password over convenience. There are many methods for creating secure passwords - here is an excellent Lifehacker article on the subject. But what do I do with all these passwords I have to remember? Enter Lastpass. This service keeps track of all your passwords in a secure cloud environment. If you are concerned about the cloud, you can try KeePass. Lastpass works will Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari and Opera. There are also mobile verisons for all the major mobile flavors. Lastpass can auto-fill or auto-login to sites you visit, generate secure passwords based on the criteria you set and fill out online forms. Everything is secured with a master password. You only need to remember this single password. This makes managing passwords so much easier.

What do you do to manage passwords?

3.13.2012

Insync

I missed posting last week - my schedule would not allow it, so sorry! As a punishment, I will post twice this week.


I came across this app in one of the feeds I follow. This application allows you to sync your Google Docs files to your computer and vice versa. It, unfortunately, is Mac only. It works similarly to Dropbox (which I also highly recommend), creating a folder on your machine. This allows you to drag/drop files that you want to upload to Google docs. It will not automatically convert them, however. You will need to use the Google Docs interface for that.

One cool thing is that this application integrates with Growl (a notifications application). Any time a document is updated (any shared docs) a notification pops up unobtrusively onto your screen. This is a nice way to be aware of changes to documents.

3.02.2012

Moodle 1.9.x or 2.x?

There is a lively discussion going on about whether or not schools/administrators should move to Moodle 2.x or stay with 1.9. You can view the discussion: http://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=196713. Some have said that they will stick with Moodle 1.9. Moodle HQ has said that they will end support for 1.9 in June of this year. There may be an option for some support until December 2012. While offering some great new and some reworked 'oldies-but-goodies' some feel that Moodle 2.x is not ready for prime time. Taking all these things into account, where do you fall? Would you stay with 1.9 or go to 2? Please leave your comment(s).