Linux in an Academic Setting

I discovered a great community discussion on using Linux in the classroom. The thread can be found on Spiceworks and is one of the few current discussion I’ve found (with comments from 2016). Some of the comments can be a bit technical, but it provides a great overview and a lot of different opinions on using Linux or any open source software in a school system. Check it out.

Firefox Focus

Firefox has recently launched a new browser for iOS devices, Firefox Focus. What makes this browser unique and why you should consider using it, is it’s heavy consideration for privacy and security.

Firefox Focus is set by default to block many of the trackers that follow you around the Web. You don’t need to change privacy or cookie settings.  You can browse with peace of mind, feeling confident in the knowledge that you can instantly erase your sessions with a single tap – no menus needed.

I’ve installed Firefox Focus on my iPhone and think it would be useful to have on yours as well.

The Digital Literacy Framework for Canadian Schools

Published and distributed by Media Smarts. This is a massive resource for anyone interested in digital literacy. Educators, administrators, and parents should all have an understanding of digital literacy. As more technology is in front of our students, more work is being done outside the classroom and on the Internet. It is important for everyone to understand what that means. When you visit a website, how is data being collected? How is your data being turned into advertisements? What does anonymous mean online? What is public, what is private? What is a good password? How do you keep digital information secure? It is a new way of thinking and learning that we need to understand. Less and less of what we produce is physical. It is digital code stored on a server. 

Being Authentic with Your Writing

‘Content is King’ and Other Reasons You Shouldn’t Write Online by Hillary Weiss. If you’ve ever written something that will be read by others, this is worth reading.

The internet is a cacophony of competition imitating itself. So if you want to stand out, you have to really try.

Leave your comfort zone, and write what matters to you, not what ‘everyone’ will like.

When you focus on writing what’s really on your mind — instead of what you think you should be writing — you create more impactful pieces that will stand the test of time.

The author even has some tips for figuring out when you’re writing something honestly and how to know you’re on the right track.

Are You A Freelancer or Entrepreneur?

The Freelancer and the Entrepreneur by Seth Godin on Medium. 

A freelancer is someone that gets paid for their work. An entrepreneur is taking money to build a business bigger than themselves.

Which are you doing? If you are starting or already have a business is important to figure out what category you fall into. It greatly affects how you run and grow your business.