Done is better than perfect!

EdCamp East Bay – Done Is Better Than Perfect.

Note: I wrote most of this a few weeks after the EdCamp. It is now more than two months later. I definitely need to subscribe to the habit of writing a post in one sitting and posting it right away.

I have been distracted from writing this for a couple of weeks now and I just need to pound it out and get it done or I won’t ever get to it. Because as Kevin Brookhouser said in his book The 20 Time Project:Done is better than perfect!.png

Why EdCamp?

When I went to EdCamp East Bay earlier this month it was my first EdCamp. I went only vaguely knowing what I was letting myself in for. Earlier this year I went to a Google for Education Summit put on by EdTechTeam (@edtechteam) and it rocked my socks off. Because of the Summit I became active on Twitter as an educator (@mcarlingoldberg) and I noticed that many of the educators who I follow who are excited about learning new things and improving their practice were talking about going to EdCampEB. I looked into it and found that while a GAFE Summit is most definitely a conference, EdCamps were an un-conference and this intrigued me.

EdCamp is a free conference where educators decide on the day of the conference what the discussion sessions would be. Anyone could suggest a topic and everyone would vote on which they would like to have a discussion. It is often touted as an “un-conferecence”. I definitely loved having a say in what we talked about. For that matter every topic I suggested was picked as a session (others also suggested the same topics too). It was actually a conundrum when I had to pick between two of the sessions I suggested as they were scheduled in the same time slot.

Note: everything written before this was the first sitting. Everything after is from the second sitting. One sitting and post has to be my new habit. A post shouldn’t sit in drafts for two months.

Making Connections

I had a great time making connections at EdCamp. I think the opportunity to chat with complete strangers feeling safe in the fact that everyone there was an educator who was coding to give up their Saturday and were likely of a similar mindset. During breaks and over lunch I had great conversations about Bullet Journaling, and making connections at events. Most of those connections have continued over Twitter through conversations and sharing of resources.

I also got the great opportunity to meet up with several Twitter acquaintences face to face. I had the chance to chat with Mark Loundy (@MarkLoundy), Craig Yien (@craigyen), and some of the #Hyperdocs crew Lisa Highfill (@lhighfill ), Sarah Landis (@SARAHLANDIS), Kelly Hilton (@kellyihilton), and Karly Moura (@KarlyMoura). It was really a pleasure to meet them face to face after having interacted over Twitter. The genuine enthusiasm everyone showed when we managed to stick a face to the Twitter handle was just awesome!

Personalized PD – PD To Fit My Needs

What I really liked about EdCamp besides its energy was that it is all about educators having the time and space to talk about what matters to us in a relaxed atmosphere. I got to have really great conversations about topics that were important to me and self direct my learning.

One of the best parts of EdCamp is that after the day is over all of the shared notes from the different sessions are shared so that you can refer back to them and also take a look at the information from the sessions that you didn’t attend. Take a look at EdCamp East Bay’s Schedule.

Two sessions that I attended really stood out. The first was the Hyperdocs session (Notes) which was packed and included all three authors of The Hyperdocs Handbook. Talking with everyone about what a Hyperdoc is (a pedagogically strong way of thinking and designing lessons) and isn’t (a set of strict instructions or formats that you have to follow). The second was Engaging Staff In Change (Notes) a session on a topic that I suggested because I wanted to connect with others around the challenges in being a Tech TOSA and engaging teachers in accepting technology into their teaching in a strong, pedagogically sound way. There were only six of us in the session but we all came away with the support of a group of like minded educators who were having similar struggles. We also came away with a bunch of ideas, tools, and strategies to use in engaging our staff in positive change.

To Close

I would definitely recommend an EdCamp to any educator who is looking for a little support or a little inspiration for their teaching. It was a mellow, laid back experience with lots of great givaways and prizes. It was worth the hour drive from Petaluma to Concord to participate, and that says a lot.

And remember, DONE is better than PERFECT. Always, every time. Because done allows you to learn and grow and build on what you have completed. Perfect can’t be reached and if it is your goal it may very well prevent done from happening.

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The “Idea Wall” – Installing A Whiteboard Wall – On The Cheap.

Crossposted from my EdTechTeam Teacher Leader Portfolio.

As a part of the EdTechTeam Teacher Leader course we had to look at redesigning our learning space to make it more conducive to meeting our students’ needs. We looked at seating, arrangement and choice of furniture, and how we used our wall space.

I decided to use one of my walls to put up a 5.5ft wide, 8ft tall whiteboard. When I ran the idea by my principal he immediately dubbed it an “Idea Wall”. I installed it for about $45

On a lark I decided to also extend my whiteboard at the front of my room to the ceiling so that I could use it as a giant screen. This added a third sheet of panel board to my project and increased the cost to about $60 total.

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Remove Linkis

Be Careful What You Click On — Man-in-the-middle attacks disguised as Twitter “branding”.

This is something that we educators need to teach our students as a part of Digital Citizenship.

A disturbing trend on Twitter.

In the last several weeks I have become aware of an insidious, disturbing “service” called Linkis. Linkis.com man-in-the-middle attacks your browsing to inject their content into your stream. This violates your privacy allowing Linkis to track your browsing and modify what you see on pages  you visit.

Wikipedia describes man-in-the-middle attacks:

 “In cryptography and computer security, a man-in-the-middle attack (often abbreviated to MITM, MitM, MIM, MiM attack or MITMA) is an attack where the attacker secretly relays and possibly alters the communication between two parties who believe they are directly communicating with each other.”

When contacting the people who have been using this “service” I found a disturbing trend, none of them knew that they were using it. That is right they had a service linked to their Twitter account (and possibly Tumblr) that was changing their posts without their knowledge.

How does this happen?

Linkis spreads like a virus. One person gets it but doesn’t notice the symptom of the changed link in their post. After all, with Twitter using link shortening sometimes the link changes for a valid reason. Then another unsuspecting person opens the link and when it opens it looks exactly like what they expected to find except for the URL and a box on the side of the webpage.linkis callout.png

 

Linkis then pops up a window that looks like this that can make you think that you need to click it to see the content you planned to view. If you click connect then it links to your Twitter account and you have caught the Linkis bug.

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Once you have caught the Linkis bug then when you post a link in your tweets Linkis will replace the links in your tweets with their link. Anyone that clicks this link goes to Linkis’ site instead of the place you intended to send them and is vulnerable to accidentally adding Linkis to their account.

I figured out that I caught the Linkis bug, how do I fix it?

In order to stop Linkis you have to go into your Twitter, Tumblr, and other sites to deauthorize their access to your account. I also recommend that you report them to Twitter. The gif below shows how to do it and here are links to how-to videos on my YouTube channel. Remove Linkis from Twitter and Tumblr. Edit: 7/13/16 Videos embedded at the end of the post.

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Please share this with everyone you know so that we can block Linkis from spreading. You might also think about contacting or tweeting to the Electronic Freedom Foundation (@eff) about Linkis and its man-in-the-middle attacks. The EFF is an organization that champions people’s privacy and security on the internet.

Video Tutorials (Added 7/13/2016)

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#GAFE4littles Archived

Shortly after I started my new Twitter handle for education (@mcarlingoldberg) I ran across Christine Pinto’s feed (@PintoBeanz11) she is an educator who teaches Transitional Kindergarten (TK) and is successfully using Google Apps For Education (GAFE) with her students. I have found my interactions with her to be very awesome and the resources that are starting to be shared around #GAFE4littles, the hashtag she started, are going to be very useful to primary teachers.

In order to save all of that wonderful information in a usable format I started archiving the #GAFE4littles hashtag as of today.

A searchable archive of the tweets can be found here: https://bit.ly/GAFE4littlesArchive

Please share this resource with all of your colleagues who teach primary grades they will get a lot from what everyone is sharing.

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to archive the tweets prior to 6/12/16. If you know how to archive older tweets containing a specific hashtag, please let me know, I would love to get everything.

UPDATED 6/21/2016:I forgot to include Christine’s site. Tech With Pinto.
Also, I managed to use Twitter advanced search to find all of the old tweets and Snagit to get a picture of it. Still looking for a way to pull the actual tweets to make them searchable.

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(Crosspost) Digital Citizenship – Strong, Memorable Passwords

(Crossposted from my EdTechTeam Teacher Leader Certificate Portfolio  https://mcarlingoldbergtlcportfolio.wordpress.com)

It is 2016, as educators it is no longer enough to teach our kids how to keep themselves safe on the streets because so much of all of our lives takes place on the internet. Internet safety is one aspect of Digital Citizenship in which we must make sure that our students and children are fully fluent. One aspect of internet safety that I think is incredibly important for everyone, child or adult, to get behind and understand is the need for strong, memorable passwords.

Strong, memorable passwords that are unique to every situation are an absolute necessity in today’s world. Having weak passwords, especially if you reuse them in different places, is like asking someone to steal your identity, your money, even your safety as they get access to all of your personal data and accounts online.

Generally, most people do passwords very badly. Even those who actually try to have good passwords. One aspect of this is illustrated by the XKCD comic.

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First Post – Mirrors: Self-reflection and communication.

As of today this blog has existed more than six weeks, with no posts, and no title. This morning I found both snuggled up together. Please read to the end to find out where I found them.


Two months ago I had an experience that opened my eyes and changed my teaching forever. What was this experience? I attended my first (but not my last!) Google Apps For Education Summit (GAFE). It was hosted by EdTechTeam at Windsor High School on April 9-10, 2016. I am super excited about attending the next Sonoma Summit in October.

Why did the GAFE summit have such an effect on me?

There were two reasons. The first was all of the incredibly awesome information, resources, and connections that I made at the summit. It revitalized my teaching mid year and reenergized me enough that Monday, though I was tired, several people mentioned that I seemed much more upbeat. That high energy boost lasted all the way through the end of the school year.

The second and probably more far reaching reason can be summed up in one word. Twitter.

I have been on Twitter since the beginning of 2008. I followed the same people that many Twitter users follow. My personal friends, actors, celebrities, athletes, a couple of politicians, the President of the United States (@POTUS), etc. My feed was closed and it even updated my Facebook profile so I didn’t have to go to FB if I didn’t want to.

How did Twitter change me at the summit? I noticed that every single presenter had their name and their Twitter handle on their presentation. Not their email address. The GAFE Summit organizers encouraged us to tweet about what we saw and what we learned at the summit using the #GAFEsummit hashtag and to share it with the @edtechteam Twitter account. This is when I discovered Twitter as a Professional Development (PD) model.

Twitter for Professional Development