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September « 2012 « 318 Tech Journal Avid Unity environments are still common these days because the price for Avid’s ISIS SAN is tremendously high. While a Unity typically started anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000, a typical ISIS starts around the same price even though the ISIS is based on more typical, less expensive commodity hardware. The ISIS is based on common gigabit networking, whereas the Unity is based on fibre channel SCSI. Avid Unity systems come in two flavors. Components in a fibre channel only Unity can be broken down so: Avid Unity clientsFibre channel switchFibre channel storageAvid Unity head Components in a chassis-based Unity are: Avid Unity clientsFibre channel switchAvid Unity controller with SATA RAID The fibre channel only setup can be more easily upgraded. The Unity head can be swapped for a no-frills Intel machine (AMD doesn’t work, and there’s not enough time in the world to figure out why), but one must take care to be careful about video drivers. Next up is how Avid uses storage.

100 Awesome Social Sites for Bookworms By Hannah Watson That old stereotype of the quiet bookworm sitting in the corner reading a book while the world passes by is so passe these days. While there is no doubt those who love books can often be found reading, they are also eager to meet others who share their passion for literature. It’s easier than ever to do so with the popularity of online social networks. The following social sites offer plenty of opportunities for bookworms to unite. Share Your Love of Books Online These social networks offer some of the most popular and some not quite so well known, but all provide a chance to connect with others who love to read. Shelfari. Book Swapping Sites Buying books can be expensive, so join one of these groups to meet others and swap books. BookCrossing. Innovative and Specialized Book Networks These groups offer either a very specialized topic or an innovate approach to book appreciation. Kindle Forum, Kindle Social Network. Book Recommendations BookLamp. Book Movement. BookMesh.

Symesposium n school that feeds body and mind Fresh and Green Academy was opened in 2000 by Ethiopian teacher Muday MitikuThe school not only provides lessons but clothes and three meals a day for the studentsMothers are also involved in the school and help out with the cleaning and cooking The school is funded through donations (CNN) -- Seeing the deprivations faced by children in her neighborhood, one Ethiopian school teacher decided to make it her mission to provide them with a safe place to learn and play. Muday Mitiku decided to open a school 11 years ago, when she realized that most of the children in her suburb were spending their days on the streets, unwashed, unfed and unschooled. But the little school in Keteme, a poor neighborhood on the eastern edge of Ethiopia's capital city Addis Ababa, aims to do a lot more than just provide children from impoverished backgrounds with an education. "Fresh and Green is the only school of its type in the area," explained Mitiku. It's a place to learn and a place to play.

Three Essential Shifts in Learning I recently asked a group of middle school students to name their favorite use of technology for learning. An eager eighth-grade girl said, “My work has gotten so much better since we started using Facebook to do homework at night in my math class. We’re all online together, so if I have questions, I get them answered while doing my homework, instead of the next day or even later. Sometimes my friends even explain the math better than the teacher, and we send each other links to stuff online.” Wanting to learn more, I asked her which teacher had set up the group. Her face turned horrorstruck, and she said, “You’re not going to tell our teacher, are you?” Welcome to the topsy-turvy world of education in the 21st century: a student describing her most powerful learning experience—and begging me not to tell her teacher about it. Three Shifts Scratch the surface of this anecdote and it reveals several essential shifts in the way we think about learning. One Last Shift

Instead Of Tests, Video Games To Assess Student Learning Video game naysayers, take note: beyond Mario and Bond, games might be helpful learning tools. Florida State University professor Valerie Shute believes that virtual realities are a helpful means of secretly assessing elusive skills like analysis, creativity and problem solving, reports the Chronicle of Higher Education. According to Shute, video games can be used not only to impart complex information (like microeconomic principles or ecology) but to teach critical thinking skills, such as scientific inquiry and research. Some universities have already begun to integrate virtual games into their classrooms. Shute believes that the implications of her research are far-reaching and that principles of stealth assessment can, and should, be used in elementary, high school and college courses. Do you think there is a place for virtual learning in the classroom?

munki - Managed software installation for OS X Munki is a set of tools that, used together with a webserver-based repository of packages and package metadata, can be used by OS X administrators to manage software installs (and in many cases removals) on OS X client machines. Munki can install software packaged in the Apple package format, and also supports Adobe CS3/CS4/CS5/CS6 Enterprise Deployment "packages", and drag-and-drop disk images as installer sources. Additionally, Munki can be configured to install Apple Software Updates, either from Apple's server, or yours. Munki is currently in use at organizations all over the world, managing software for tens of thousands of Macs. At Macworld SF 2011, Google’s Mac Operations and Security teams open-sourced Simian, a project that builds on Munki, providing a highly-scalable server hosted on Google App Engine. Check out the Wiki for some notes and documentation, and browse and/or check out the source. Get started with Munki here: Getting Started with Munki

Truce Be Told By Lory Hough A look at why some educators are starting to accept the online encyclopedia that anyone can write and edit. On July 31, 2006, Stephen Colbert did a segment on his show, The Colbert Report , mocking the online encyclopedia Wikipedia . The site was five years old at the time and starting to become hugely popular. But it was also greatly debated. Colbert, with his laptop in front of him, jumped on this. “Who is Britannica to tell me George Washington had slaves?” At the time, this kind of random contribution — by a regular Joe who was having fun, or at least who wasn’t backing up his claim with scholarly research — was exactly what educators were worried about when it came to students using the free site for research . But now, five years after Colbert’s segment, there are signs that attitudes about Wikipedia may be slightly shifting. Even educators, it seems, are starting to throw out olive branches.

Home The Truth About Facebook and Grades | TOPYX Learning Management System As social media continues to evolve, Facebook is trying to lead on this front and play a critical role in tomorrow’s education. This collaborative infographic illustrates some interesting facts on this topic from a leading social media researcher, Reynold Junco. ( However as a parent of a teenager I have to tell you we have had some heated discussions at our house about the use of Facebook and time spent on it versus homework or other activities. Do you have students using Facebook? Please share your comments to help other parents. If you want to know more about using social media in corporate education please check out the social LMS, TOPYX from Interactyx. TOPYX and TOPYX Bolt can assist in the future development of training, e-learning, and social learning whether as an individual social learning platform via TOPYX or as a part of your existing learning management system (LMS) with TOPYX Bolt in any enterprise, academic or institutional environment.

Resources for Mac OS X System Administrators | Classroom and Lab Computing Below are free resources that we offer for Mac OS X system administrators. Software System Imaging Blast Image Config Quickly restore system disk images and set the firmware security password and mode on Intel (EFI) and PowerPC (Open Firmware) Macs. Documentation CLC Mac OS X Kerberos Authentication and LDAP Authorization This documentation provides the details of how CLC is authenticating its current and future deployment of Mac OS X. Presentations IT811: Creating and Managing Packages for use with Multiple Images (4.7 MB) An important part of any enterprise deployment may include using repackaging tools (that aid in the distribution of software). 2012 Penn State MacAdmins Conference Come and learn about PSU Blast Image Config 3.0 ('BIC'), a freeware Mac OS X system image deployment software utility developed at Penn State since 2003 for the deployment of system images in the student computing labs.

Explosive Growth in Education Apps Digital Tools Teaching Strategies Flickr:Flickingerbrad By Carly Shuler, Joan Ganz Cooney Center In 2007, when the iPhone made its debut, there was little doubt that it would revolutionize the mobile phone industry. Less than five years later, more than a quarter of all parents have downloaded apps for their children to use, according to a Common Sense Media study. Today’s children will benefit if apps become an important force for learning and discovery. 1. Over 80% of the top selling paid apps in the Education category of the iTunes Store target children.In 2009, almost half (47%) of the top selling apps targeted preschool or elementary aged children. 2. Apps for toddlers/preschoolers are the most popular age category (58%), and experienced the greatest growth (23%).General early learning is the most popular subject (47%), and there are signiicantly more general early learning apps than the second most popular subject (math, 13%). The App Explosion 3. 4. 5. Address the app gap. Related

Networking At Geneseo CUSD 228 we have many iMac labs and Macbook Pro mobile labs. After watching teachers and students use these labs I believe the optimum setup is to have the machine run as a kiosk which is always logged in ready to go. This way if a student needs to quickly check grades, look up a book, take an online assessment, do research there is practically zero downtime as the machine is always logged in and ready. This setup replicates what I see in many University computer labs such as Western Illinois University, University of Missouri, ect. Students who need to work on a project or save a document will be instructed and moved in the direction of saving to cloud storage (or USB flash drive) learning the necessary skill set of how to save and retrieve information independent of location or platform. This setup minimizes downtime as a user login is not required and minimizes downtime from user error as machine is restored to default setup on reboot. My Simple Script. That is it.