I recently conducted an Introduction to Google Classroom presentation during a professional development day. The PD was aimed at getting teachers more comfortable with Google Classroom and showing them how it helps with classroom management. The PD was done with grade 6-8 teachers in a Google Apps district. Teachers have had access to Google Classroom… Read more Professional Development: Introduction To Google Classroom
TL;DR Yes! Not having social media in schools is not preparing our students for life beyond the school walls, and believing that educations lives in a vacuum. Today, many people are using social media as their primary news source. Students need to be able to use social media in schools so they can learn how… Read more Should Social Media Be Allowed In Schools?
Every month or so I send out a newsletter about what I’m currently interested in. Topics vary around technology, education, and small businesses. Most of the ideas and blog posts you find here are featured first in the newsletter. If you’re interested in subscribing or just starting a conversation head over to the newsletter section… Read more Did You Know I Send A Newsletter?
Windows Mobile might be coming to an end but Microsoft is not done with mobile. Mobile has become too important of a market for Microsoft to ignore. Windows Mobile was a disaster. Not from bad software and hardware but from poor management and development. Microsoft never seemed to get great developer support for the platform,… Read more Microsoft’s Mobile Strategy
This may exists already, it may not. I would like a pair of noise canceling headphones that can be taught or learn when to interrupt the music. For example, whenever my name is said, the microphone on the headphones picks this up and pauses the music. Another example, whenever the phone rings, or there is… Read more Noise Cancelling Improved
The iPhone 8 and X are here and the response seems underwhelming. Enough so, that several long time iPhone users I know have switched to Android. More specifically to Samsung. They are not people working in the tech field. They are the average consumer. They are long time iPhone users that just aren’t impressed with the… Read more A Miss For Apple?
This website is now encrypted. Today, I added an SSL certificate to swoick.com. It is something I have wanted/needed for this site for sometime, and finally got done. The whole process took about 10 minutes. I was able to get an SSL certificate from Let’s Enctrypt and set it up on my WPEngine install with… Read more Now With Encryption
Or Google or Facebook or Amazon? All these companies collect a massive amount of information on it’s users. Everything from our buying habits, to our friends, our search history, our communications, even out health data, and location. Up until this point, these companies have been pretty good about keeping this information secure and private. But… Read more What Happens When Apple Runs Out of Money?
I want to be a writer. This is a thought still not fully formed, but is a constant lost goal. Writing is something many people are bad at. It’s a skill I know I should have and one that I always want to get better at, but rarely do. I rarely do because there hasn’t… Read more On Writing
As part of a new project and long time goal, Lewis Croft, I began interviewing small business owners (or anyone interesting really). I’ve had a lot of interesting conversations with business owners and wished I had a record of some of them. This is a recap of my first formal interview. Partly for my own… Read more Conducting My First Interview