Daily Education and Technology News for Schools 04/22/2012

  • When You Are the Only Person in the Room – Holt Think: Ed, Creativity, Tech, Administration

    Great questions by Tim Holt questioning the anecdotes used by many speakers. here was my response, but these are questions needing to be asked. “. I think those that know how to build a PLN , relationships, and use hashtags have an advantage for sure, but I don't think ou have to have an incredibly large network. I have a student doing a great project @Apps_for_Autism with almost 300 followers since January and she is building momentum. The point is that the successful are connectors and we want students to be successful, so connection literacies are part of communication skills we should cover just like public speaking.”

    tags: education news conmection pln

  • Apps in Education: Monster List of iBook Tutorials

    If you want to write or use iBooks or become versed on their functionality, this curated list of iBooks tutorials and resources is a great place to start,

    tags: ebook ibooks education news textbooks

  • Augmented Reality: Coming Soon to a School Near You? | MindShift

    Augmented Reality and Interactive Storytelling (ARIS) is seeing an upswing in schools which are starting to allow BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Augmented reality is useful, relevant, and a fascinating, real world way to create. Excellent article.

    tags: education news augmented reality

  • Kat Cohen: The Truth About Extracurricular Activities: Going the Extra Mile

    Share this with college bound students. the author points out that colleges are looking for a well rounded student body rather than a well rounded student. She thinks you should deeply participate in a few activities over a long period rather than a lot of different ones for short periods. Sharing with my children and parents now.

    tags: education news college

  • Increase Student Engagement by Getting Rid of Textbooks | Edutopia

    Excellent article on Edutopia that summarizes what manybof us have bern thinking (and doing) for some time. in one class, I have the textbook in One Note. In another, it is used only once or twice. Only in my keyboarding class do I see a need or the book. Paperless is preferred.

    tags: news textbook education

  • Flashback infections not waning after all; 650,000 Macs still hijacked

    Another virus has hit the Mac with estimates ranging from 650K macs to 140K macs depending upon who you talk to. Either way, the old excuse of “macs don't get viruses” isn't really true.

    “Analysis declaring the demise of the Flashback Mac backdoor has been greatly exaggerated, said researchers with a Russia-based antivirus firm, who on late Friday estimated there are 650,000 unique OS X machines currently infected by the malware.

    The estimate by Doctor Web is in stark contrast to analysis provided Wednesday by Symantec, which showed the number of compromised systems had dropped from more than half a million to about 140,000. Following the release of the latest Doctor Web estimate, Symantec updated its post to say company researchers now believe their servers “are receiving limited infection counts” for the malware.

    tags: education news mac virus hacking

  • Infected PCs may lose Internet in July – USATODAY.com

    A computer virus has affected several 100 thousand users but will lose internet service in July when the FBI pulls the servers that were propping them up. This is a fascinating case of what is starting to happen as sophisticated hackers commandeer computers to make advertising dollars and is a good one for computer science classes to discuss.

    “Unknown to most of them, their problem began when international hackers ran an online advertising scam to take control of infected computers around the world. In a highly unusual response, the FBI set up a safety net months ago using government computers to prevent Internet disruptions for those infected users. But that system is to be shut down.
    The FBI is encouraging users to visit a website run by its security partner, http://www.dcwg.org, that will inform them whether they're infected and explain how to fix the problem. After July 9, infected users won't be able to connect to the Internet.
    Most victims don't even know their computers have been infected, although the malicious software probably has slowed their web surfing and disabled their antivirus software, making their machines more vulnerable to other problems.

    tags: education technology hacking fbi viruses news

  • A.D.H.D. Challenges Those Seeking a Driver’s License – NYTimes.com

    Drivers ed teachers need to be forwarded this post as well as parents of students with ADHD. Some are suggesting that students with ADHD delay getting their driver's license. Distraction is a leading cause of accidents. It is especially difficult for students with ADHD. An important read.

    tags: education news adhd

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