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  • Andrew T Schwab 8:00 am on November 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Chromebook Management Best Practices (again) #cetpa13 

    I’m back in the Chromebook Lab (Rm 104) at the CETPA Annual Conference for day two of Chromebook Management Best Practices.

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  • Andrew T Schwab 1:40 pm on November 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Chromebooks, Netbooks & iPads, Oh My! #cetpa13 

    I’m presenting at the CETPA Annual Conference in room 214 (live right now!):

     
  • Andrew T Schwab 12:40 pm on November 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Deploying Google Apps: What Not Do To #cetap13 

    I’m presenting at the CETPA Annual Conference in room 207 (live right now!):

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  • Andrew T Schwab 8:30 am on November 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    @TimGoree, Powered By Open Source #cetpa13 

    This weekend, Mike and I had an opportunity to Hangout with outgoing CETPA Board Member and Director of Technology Support Services from Fairfield-Suisun, Tim Goree. Between airport security announcements, he talks about how Open Source is powering his district’s open devices network and BYOD program.

     

     
  • Andrew T Schwab 8:00 am on November 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Chromebook Management Best Practices #cetpa13 

    I’m in the Chromebook Lab (Rm 104) at the CETPA Annual Conference.

     

     
  • Andrew T Schwab 7:00 am on November 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    5 Easy Steps To SBAC Testing On An iPad 

    There has been much discussion about the best way to administer the SBAC test on iPads. Look no further. Follow this simple 5 step process and you’ll be all set.

    Step 1: Buy a Digital AV HDMI Adapter (brand unknown)

    Step 2: Buy a Logitech Wired Keyboard For iPad (30-Pin)

    Step 3: Connect HDMI Adapter to iPad2

    Step 4: Connect Keyboard to HDMI Adapter

    Step 5: Connect HDMI Adapter to External (HDMI) Monitor

    Test Away!

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    Shout out to Joe Ayala for the idea! It Works!

     
  • Andrew T Schwab 12:44 pm on November 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Google+ Custom URL Fail 

    G+ Custom URL options

     

    I’ve about had it with this whole G+ Custom URL thing.

    I’ve been anotherschwab on the web since setting up my hotmail account in 1997. I’ve been anotherschwab on Yahoo, Excite and a bunch of other services that have come and gone. With the rise of twitter, @anotherschwab became the name I used in real life at edtech conferences to introduce myself to fellow twitter users. anotherschwab is my Neo to Keanu Reaves’ Tom Anderson in The Matrix. Which name is my real name anyway?

    So when Google+ custom URLs starting becoming available, I immediately requested +anotherschwab. A request that has now been pending for over a week. I requested +anotherschwab not because I’m not +AndrewSchwab or +AndrewTSchwab (frustratingly +AndrewSchwab is stuck to my Work Google+ account and when I tried switching the names around I lost my Verified status on my personal G+ account and got that goofey add suffix option to boot) but because everything I do online ties back to anotherschwab. It’s the name I use to sign into Google+ for crying out loud! What’s next, making us change gmail account names to be our “real” names?

    Interestingly enough there is a (more?) famous Andrew Schwab out there on the Interwebs. TheAndrewSchwab isn’t me (but apparently I beat him to twitter when I grabbed Andrew Schwab just in case) but we both have the same name. So who’s to say who should be +AndrewSchwab or +AndrewtSchwab or even +TheAndrewSchwab on Google+. How is +TheAndrewSchwab any more real of a name than +anotherschwab? What if I choose +AndrewSchwab3? How am I distinguishable online from +AndrewSchwab2 or +AndrewSchwab222?

    This whole G+ custom URL thing is totally goofey. I’m anotherschwab online. I always have been and always will be and until Google wakes up and lets me identify myself how I want, I’ll still be 104368693201320825023 (unless they force something else on me).

    How about it, are you happy with your Custom URL options?

    PS: I ended up with anotherschwab because after spending way too much time flipping through crazy first name, last name, letter combos on hotmail (I was late to that party), I finally gave up and said if there are so many aschwab’s out there, I must be just anotherschwab.

     
  • Andrew T Schwab 3:38 pm on November 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    A Family Friendly EdTech Event? 

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    I’ve been averaging an edtech conference a month for a few years now, and in some months, like this upcoming February, I’ll be at edtech events three Saturdays in a row. Obviously this puts a bit of a strain on the family what with two kids and the wife and all. It gets even more interesting with Kid1’s endless swim meets (I think my wife thinks I sign up for all these edtech conferences just to escape the volunteer hours at the meet, upon reflection, she might be on to something). But no. I love attending the local, and not so local, edtech conferences. I think they are critical, especially now, with how rapidly technology is changing what it means to learn and teach. Not being in a classroom on a daily basis anymore makes these events even more meaningful to me. And hanging out with other people passionate about learning and teaching to give up their Saturdays to do the same is refreshing and gives me much needed hope after spending my weeks at the District Office, where we are all far too insulated from the art of teaching and learning.

    I’m wondering how might I balance my family time (that’s a wife term) with my love for edtech and the opportunity to connect with other educators. Which got me thinking, why not a family friendly edtech event? Has anyone held these on purpose before? I know @dowbiggin and I have been seen toting our kids around at edtech conferences in the past. How about one designed specifically with that in mind? Most of these edtech conferences are held on school campuses. Some even have playgrounds. Why not have a playzone for the kids and a potluck or family picnic lunch time? Would anyone come? Maybe I’m just getting old and this is crazy think (although I’m not quite as old as @vollmert805, who is older than dirt) What do you think? Crazy or worth pursuing?

     
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