Handy Computer Tricks

Grant Thompson may well call himself the “King of Random” but this little video is full of helpful hints and with over 4 million views I’d say he has hit the mark and been quite specific in his help. He has actually put together more than 6 simple tricks and the ease with which this video transfers information to the viewer needs to be analysed and observed! He has put a lot of information into this video but you do not have the feeling you are on overload. You need to be aware that Apple is pulling support for QuickTime security updates on Windows. Silly and even unbelievable in 2016. Running malware and virus protection should keep you safe because QuickTime is the easiest tool for making screencasts. So fuss free. Grant Thompson also forgot to mention the Windows Snipping Tool which is so easy for taking screen shots or parts of screens. Much easier than the print screen button.

Take up a challenge.

cleaning challengeI am always doing Twitter challenges. They were coming up on a fairly regular basis but now I go looking for them. Why?

1. They challenge me!
2. They make me achieve
3. They make me rethink
4. They are fun
5. They make me grow

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Image : Presto Plans Blog

Currently , I have moved away from the education challenges and am doing Buzzfeed’s Spring Cleaning Challenge. In Adelaide it has to be the Autumn Cleaning Challenge and not a bad time to do it. You get one room a day. It takes 10 days and you are given instructions and tips. It is quick. It makes a difference and I loved dusting with socks on my hands for today’s challenge.

The education ones I have done have made me really think about what I am doing. They have kept me very focussed but the biggest impact they have had on me is to remind me that I am the one who can make a difference. I can do things which change my day, others , what I am doing. I have done the #30goals (@30GoalsEDU) #gratitudechallenge and most recently the #pcps_teach challenge about the impact of Twitter on me professionally. There are all sorts of challenges you can find on the internet or Twitter – fitness challenges, health challenges, photo challenges, February challenges. Each day you have something to do. The longest are a month. My cleaning one is for 10 days. In 10 days I shall have changed myself and my home. That’s why I like challenges. They make a difference.

2015 is pretty amazing!

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Image: KaiZen mind and start up

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Image: learningrebels.com

If this is the connected world, if this is teaching , if this is 2015, it is pretty amazing. I put my post up yesterday about doing things in little steps so you look at the improvements at each stage and can get things finished properly. The story , now , of this post is internet magic. It is the lesson of the internet – create content, share, gain feedback and improve. At the end of last year I was listening to a podcast in French by Johann from françaisauthentique where he was talking, amongst other things about “l’esprit Kaizen” and was explaining what that meant. Johann also has a firm commitment to self-development so his podcasts maintain my French and encourage me personally. I went to school and asked the Japanese teacher what Kaizen meant and he told me what was in the picture left – it was a good improvement but in small steps. As I explained yesterday I used it to get my unfinished sewing projects completed and have since applied it to things I want to be able to get done but can’t see my way clear to achieving them unless I commit to an approach whereby I look at what I want to achieve, decide where to start and then put in small amounts of time to complete something a small bit at a time but well. I am making good change. I am trying to improve how I do things so I enjoy them and get value out of them. In the KaiZen Mind and start up visualisation is explained as one of the key stepping stones. If you make good small changes then you can see clearly what the next step is. You visualise that well because your mind is not swamped with all the other thoughts of how, when , why, what if…blah blah. All the self-defeating thoughts. Shannon Tipton articulates really well on her blog Learning Rebels the value of it as a teacher. So, I was blogging about my KaiZen approach yesterday and the post was picked up and published in a German paper.li : JFTOP.ch – Kaizen / Lean by Frederic Jordan . Kaizen is a concept which has been used in manufacturing and the car industry in particular to create an attitude of continuous development. Wikipedia explains it as : Kaizen is a daily process, the purpose of which goes beyond simple productivity improvement. It is also a process that, when done correctly, humanizes the workplace, eliminates overly hard work (“muri“), and teaches people how to perform experiments on their work using the scientific method and how to learn to spot and eliminate waste in business processes.

I could go back into school today and tell the Japanese teacher that all this stuff I had been doing from his explanation and help with Kaizen had come from my French podcast, through his Japanese cultural and linguistic knowledge, through the English on my blog to a German paper.li. This is the internet. We go across languages and cultures and we arrive in the wonderful world of connected learning . This is 2015.

Like 1994 was kinda weird

I am conscious of the fact this was put up on YouTube by c|net on April Fool’s Day but I’ll take it at face value and assume it really is an original (VHS) copy of the 1994 c|net Tomorrow Daily Show. Were I in need of being grateful , now would be the time . Having watched this video I am  so grateful it is 2015 and not 1994. Not that it was all bad in 1994. That was the year I went to my local library and booked in for an hour on the internet. It was the first time I had seen the internet and it was so exciting to be on Netscape and surfing the web. The hour went too fast and I was full of wonder. In October that year I bought my first PC. An IBM. It transformed my life. It was magical. In this video they are saying the internet was not taking off and probably wouldn’t go anywhere and that email was a bit silly because why would you email people when you could phone them? They also show one of the original brick mobiles (I have one in the cupboard!). They could not see people taking to these bricks and finding mobile phones a bonus. The prize comments go to the Playstation so-called review. They could not believe Sony would put out a game console to compete with Sega and Nintendo. Sony obviously had good marketing skills, a capacity to take calculated risks and some top of the range developers with vision. The vision is totally missing in this video which  is not occurring in 2015 . I am grateful c|net moved on from that because they are one of the reliable sites which bring good reviews, sound comment and a capacity to embrace the future. I am so glad c|net got with the programme. I am also grateful that tech people and tech enthusiasts don’t talk like that anymore. Relieved, actually. I lost count of the kindas, likes and weirds. It takes this video to show just how far we have come and just how much we have changed. We are far more creative in our approach now and I am so glad!

Understanding internet culture

social media There is a reason John Atkinson at WrongHands has so many followers and his cartoons do the rounds. He has a really good understanding of internet culture and can encapsulate it very easily. With a few words and images he can portray our internet thinking. We are teaching post 2000 students now and a lot of their perceptions are coloured by the internet. We need ways and means of connecting with them and understanding how they make their own connections. The not Newton cartoon is a classic of how to describe something in a social media way. How we portray and perceive things on the internet can be quite different and it provides a layer of comprehension and linguistic complexity which can augment and complement real life as reading books and viewing films do. Enjoy his cartoons. Make sure you link back to his site and acknowledge him if you use the cartoons. That is all asks. Very generous.

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