Archive for November, 2011

Urge President Obama to veto indefinite detention of US citizens

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Urge President Obama to veto indefinite detention of US citizens by the military – without even being charged with a crime: http://act.demandprogress.org/act/ndaa/?referring_akid=1053.375679.44T3iD&source=typ-tw via @demandprogress

Ask Obama To Veto Indefinite Military Detention of AMERICAN CITIZENS | Demand Progress

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Blogs by Educational Leaders?

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Blogs by Educational Leaders?

After the morning break we’re going to get into a segment on “Blogs and the Read/Write Web for Administrators.” Please share – what are your favorite blogs by educational leaders?

principals – m3d1

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Technology Success at Your School

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Technology Success at Your School

I’m starting a day of the Administrator Training Program at the Orange County Department of Education. During the welcome activity we’ll share successes with technology at their sites (or in their programs). Please “join us” by sharing here too – what is a recent technology success at your site or program?

principals – m3d1

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Use iTunes Match to upgrade your older purchases to higher bit-rate DRM-fre

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Use iTunes Match to upgrade your older purchases to higher bit-rate DRM-free music and then upload it to Google Music for free. :)

How to upgrade tracks to iTunes Match, fast

by +Jason Snell Macworld.com Nov 14, 2011 8:35 pm
“So you’ve bought iTunes Match, which gives you access to shiny new 256kbps AAC versions of your audio files. But by default your iTunes library is still packed with your old files. So how best to upgrade all of those old files, in place, to the new versions?”
Hat tip to +Danny Silva for the link. I went through these steps this morning, and left iTunes downloading the upgraded files. When I got back to my computer this afternoon, Google Music was automagically uploading the new tracks. (Note: This tutorial doesn’t explain how to setup Google Music – you’ll need to do that independently. It was already setup in my case and worked perfectly… though I may have some duplicate songs in Google Music though because of this… I’m not sure if the duplicates were already there.)

How to upgrade tracks to iTunes Match, fast | Macworld

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This looks like a great deal on Android phones (if you happen to care… )

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

This looks like a great deal on Android phones (if you happen to care where your money goes… and happen to be progressive or left-leaning in your political views): http://action.credomobile.com/specialoffers/nov11/monsanto.html?ph=droid&pc=314294&&id=30991-2504876-oD4bD7x&t=2

Don’t miss the $350 contract buyout credit too.

CREDO Mobile, America’s only progressive phone company

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I might be using Reader more again now that I can so easily share

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

I might be using Reader more again now that I can so easily share (outside Reader) on Google+ (and thus Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn). And, now that I’ve brought my contract with my biggest client to an end (December 31st), which felt a lot like quitting my job did over five years ago, articles like this are catching my eye again.

Also, welcome to the other side, Christy.

Tips for Starting to Freelance

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#StopCensorship :

Monday, November 21st, 2011

#StopCensorship: Stand with Senators who plan to block Internet #censorship bill- http://act.demandprogress.org/act/stop_censorship/?referring_akid=.375679.JcKNQi&source=typ-tw via @demandprogress

Stop Censorship — Take Action Before Senate Vote

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Two of the five middle schools named as 2012 Breakthrough Schools are also STW

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Two of the five middle schools named as 2012 Breakthrough Schools are also “Schools to Watch” (a model supported by the California League of Middle Schools) – Woodbridge in VA and West Carter in KY.

MetLife Foundation and NASSP Honor Ten High-Performing Schools

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Middle Grades Matter

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Middle Grades Matter

Kareen, a Teaching Ambassador Fellow located in Washington state, and Geneviève, a Washington D.C. based Teaching Ambassador Fellow, have written a blog post based on the roundtables they have been conducting with middle level educators over the last few months (including roundtables held with STW after the October Forum Convening and at the AMLE conference). As middle grades teachers they are trying to increase the presence and awareness of middle grades, so please share this with any middle grades teachers and administrators you might work with.

Middle Grades Matter | ED.gov Blog

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I was asked: Google Music or Spotify?

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

I was asked: Google Music or Spotify?

Right now I think you need Google Music, Spotify, AND Pandora to have it all.

Google Music lets you put your own collection in the cloud (good for stuff you own but isn’t on Spotify… including stuff you recorded yourself… also good for listening to music you’ve already selected).

Spotify lets you listen to just about anything you can think of (even if you don’t own it) – and probably find a karaoke version of it to boot.

And Pandora rocks the smart playlists (great for discovering new music). Google Music has smart Auto playlists, but that’s just pulling from your collection, so it’s not as good for discovery.

And Google Music now has sharing via Google+ (which for me is better than Facebook sharing from Spotify), but it’s only in the Marketplace right now… not from Google Music itself.

I don’t completely know my way around any of these three, but they still seem complimentary rather than redundant. I’m most excited, though, to see how Google Music evolves, because surely Pandora-esque playlists are coming – and the library of available music will grow (I’ve been paying 9.99 a month for Sportify mobile, but I could buy way more albums than I do right now for that money).

Here’s my first shared “purchase” on Google+:
https://plus.google.com/109972393384120358602/posts/Ki5Vd8dMXuN

And an even better one:
https://plus.google.com/109972393384120358602/posts/2SmG7tWURXL

Mark Wagner – Google+ – Sharing my first “purchase” (it was free) on the Android…

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