I Love Cloud Based Apps!

It was an easy for me to move to cloud-based software services (apps) and put an end to mailing myself documents or carrying disks (I’m old! LOL) or thumb drives of large presentations. To have the convenience of having EVERYthing accessible from any Internet connected device was a dream come true!

The free services continue to grow in Higher Education and where colleges previously spent millions, Google and Microsoft are fulfilling the need. The two also have versions they promote as safer alternatives for younger students in K-12.

EdTechMagazine  wrote about this growth recently  on college campuses and shared a wonderful infographic:

Available at no cost to students and faculty, Google Apps includes cloud email, storage, hosting, word processing and collaboration tools. Previously, colleges were forced to invest millions in these services and struggled to modernize outdated technology, not to mention maintain email servers and data centers. Microsoft has followed suit with their Office 365 solution, and the cloud revolution is in full swing on campuses.

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Ten years ago, MIT helped launch a revolution in access to education when it announced it would place the core teaching materials from its entire curriculum online for anyone to use at no charge. Today, MIT OpenCourseWare shares materials from more than 2000 MIT courses and more than 250 universities around the world have joined MIT in publishing their own course materials openly. Sites like YouTube.edu, Khan Academy, OpenStudy.com have emerged to explore this new territory of informal online learning. In December, MIT announced a new online learning initiative, MITx, which will offer a portfolio of free courses through an online learning platform that features interactivity and assessment. In this presentation by Cecilia dOliveira, MIT OpenCourseWares Executive Director and Shigeru Miyagawa, Chair of MIT OpenCourseWares Faculty Advisory Committee and Head of MITs Foreign Languages and Literatures Department, well examine the how open educational resources are changing the educational landscape and meeting the global demands for open knowledge.

Internet Safety

A short video on internet safety and how to be safe online. I made this for school originally but people wanted me to upload it. This video covers safety on Social Networking sites, such as Facebook, Chatrooms, such as Omegle and how to avoid getting viruses. I do not own the music. Music: Deadmau5 – Ghosts N Stuff (Nero Remix) Weird Al Yankovic – Virus Alert!