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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

I went to college because I was not smart

Would you go to a hospital if you were healthy?

College is not for all. Example: Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs. However, these people are smart... and programmers, but that's besides the point. For the rest of us, there's higher education.

I went to college because I was not smart. There's a lot that I need to learn. I need to continue my education.

Just like you go the Doctor (MD) to get healthy, you go to college to get smart.

#higherEd

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

🎧 The Google Educast 🎓 I listen to some podcasts, here are two that might interest you. #TWiG and...

🎧 The Google Educast 🎓

I listen to some podcasts, here are two that might interest you. #TWiG and #GoogleEducast

eduGoogDroid is a weekly (Tuesdays) on #GooglePlus blog. I use #Blogger for the website. However, if you prefer to listen to a podcast here is one that is specifically for Educational Google: http://www.googleeducast.com/

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

With the new updates, Google+ link structure has changed. Now, I need to update all links that link ...

With the new updates, Google+ link structure has changed. Now, I need to update all links that link to my Google+ page. You sound check this too.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Waiting for #GoogleExpeditions ? It'll be a while, but here is an alternative. With #GoogleCardboard...

Waiting for #GoogleExpeditions ? It'll be a while, but here is an alternative. With #GoogleCardboard you can experience #VirtualFieldTrips using the #StreetView and #YouTube apps. The Cardboard device I use is http://goo.gl/dds3Wf and my phone. If you purchase this device, it includes some extra features that are great for field trips. But, you don't need them. The other apps are great on their on.

I showed this one in a training at #LaJoyaISD recently. So, who wants to see the pyramids?

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

📵 Hangouts: Android Wear without the phone #Hangouts is a great tool for communicating among educators...

📵 Hangouts: Android Wear without the phone

#Hangouts is a great tool for communicating among educators. You can set groups, use SMS, and even make phonecalls (see https://goo.gl/DmA4JO).

#AndroidWear also has the Hangouts app. The best thing about it is that you don't need to connect it to your phone. All I have to do is connect my watch to the wifi, and I can use the Hangouts app with out having a device connected to it.

Here's an example. I was running errands. I remembered that I had to ask an Assistant Principal for the day off to attend a training. I didn't have my phone since I had forgotten it at home. Knowing where to find free wifi, I pulled up to a restaurant. I sent a text message using my watch.

At that moment, I'm glad I had my watch and Google Hangouts.

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Monday, November 2, 2015

📥 Google Drive storage A Brief History of Personal & Portable Storage. Before USB Flash Drives, Floppy...

📥 Google Drive storage

A Brief History of Personal & Portable Storage.

Before USB Flash Drives, Floppy Disks used to dominate the market. It was so ubiquitous that the image of one of the latest iterations 💾 would represent Saving Files.

One of the problems was the capacity. In 1971, it went from 80KB (~ 80 thousand bytes) to 1.44MB (~ 1,440,000 bytes) in 1987. Though by today's standards that capacity was lacking, it was a great storage device at the moment, and this format lasted for years. Soon after, 2.88MB to 240MB disks were produced through 1999. But in 1999, rumors of a new contender started spread. And yet, we still used the 1.44MB floppy disk.

Another problem was the lifespan. From corrupt files during the save process to leaving the disk on your car's dashboard on a hot/sunny day, relying on a floppy disk to save your data was a gamble. Not to forget, that one could forget the disk somewhere.

After surviving the end of the world once again (the Y2K Bug), the USB Flash Drive came to the market. Since the commonly used floppy disk was only 1.44MB, the first 8MB "ThumbDrive" was a big change, but not comparable to the 240MB disks. The true change was noticeable when saving to the "ThumbDrive". It... was... faster. No doubt that this new technology would change how we save data.

On October 21, 2015, we had flying cars, hover skateboards, self lacing shoes, and USBs (for short) with the capacity of 1TB (~one trillion bytes) with transfer speeds of up to 1,250,000KB/s (compared to 125KB/s of a floppy disks). OK, maybe Marty McFly didn't go Back to the Future. But the transfer rates made an extremely large difference.

However, USBs suffered from similar problems as the floppy disk. USB could be forgotten, left on the car's dashboard (though more resistant now), and just simply stop working. However, there was a different contender rumored to exist since the days of the ARPANET. But the soon to be cloud, was just a puff of steam at the moment.

In 2005, the Box company launched an online file storage/sharing service. With the verge of cloud ☁ computing, online storage became more popular, but lacking in capacity. Until...

Google Drive (former Google Docs) is now offering a 16GB free service and up to 1TB or more of paid service.

It is now the present. USB Flash Drives are going the way of the Floppy Disks. Google Drive is personally the best cloud storage service there is. And just like the other two, there are faults to this.

Because it is a cloud service, it requires Internet access. It is readily available almost everywhere. The problem lies in the "almost". Internet is not exactly everywhere. Thus, USBs may not go out of style just yet. However, Internet availability is the only problem. The cost of Google Drive storage is very inexpensive and even free. If your school has Google Apps for Education, then you should have unlimited storage for free. Taking your files is as simple as login in through an Internet browser. Sharing your files is more secure than lending someone your USB Flash Drive. Plus, it has many other functions...

But that's for another time.

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