I have been using the Google Pixelbook as my primary computer for the past couple months. Here are my impressions so far. The hardware is great. It’s one of the best designed computers I’ve used. It’s not a standard design, with the aluminum, glass, and plastic combination, but it all comes together nicely when you are using… Read more Google Pixelbook Review
Podcasts are having a resurgence in popularity, and I’ve found myself listening to them more and more. The quality, variety, and delivery has substantially improved. Currently I am using the Pocket Casts App to listen to Podcasts on the go, and gPodder to listen on my desktop. I also use gPodder as an offline archive… Read more Podcasts I’m Listening To
1-1 programs for school districts is nothing new. The idea is to give every student their own device to use. Students are given a Chromebook, an iPad, a Laptop, or any mobile device to use as if it was their own. This gives every student equal access to technology. Along the same lines as 1-1… Read more Pick Your Own Device 1-1 Program
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