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Vision, Authenticity, Passion ...

All the right words for a tech startup video spoof ...
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+John Jainschigg indeed... Pivot. I love it. ☺
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Sheridan thinks Australian refugee policy is "cutting edge"!?

I don't often link to pieces that I so profoundly disagree with, but this one from The Australian's Foreign Editor Greg Sheridan is so remarkable that I'm making an exception. He says, among other things, that "The events of the last week - the deaths in the Mediterranean and boat turnbacks by Malaysia and Indonesia - demonstrate that the Abbott government is no outlier in all this, it is at the cutting edge of effective policy and deep in the mainstream of national responses. ...Australia has an exemplary record on immigration and refugee issues."

It's sad that too many Australians, including our political leadership, seem to think like Sheridan. Malaysian and Thai authorities are turning back people in desperate need of assistance. If they are doing what Sheridan suggests and "looking at Australia’s policy success", then we Australians have a lot to answer for.
Illegal people movements, some boatpeople drowning at sea while others are turned away by navies of countries where they would like to land, calls to settle everyone who arrives drowned out by calls ;to distinguish refugees from economic migrants, righteous ­demands to smash people-smuggling, furious debate about sovereignty — in Southeast Asia and the Mediterranean, these issues reached crisis point this week.
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Microsoft Edge - A New Browser & An App

Goodbye Internet Explorer, hello Edge. As Ed Bott notes in this piece from ZDNet, the fact that Microsoft acknowledges that its new browser is an app is a marked departure from its days fighting antitrust arguments with the claim that Internet Explorer was an integral part of its operating system.
Summary:This week, Microsoft's browser developers made a startling announcement. As Internet Explorer rides off into the sunset, the company declared that its new Windows 10 browser, Edge, is an app. That's an enormous change from its antitrust arguments years ago.
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G+ notifications inop on Edge
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Paraguay Judge Denies Abortion for Raped 10-Year Old

With abortion it can be difficult to know where to draw the line, but not this time. A 10-year-old, raped by her stepfather, has been denied an abortion by a judge in Paraguay.
Police have arrested the fugitive stepfather of a pregnant 10-year-old girl who has been denied an abortion by the Paraguay government.
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It is amazing that such craziness continue as a result of religion based beliefs. Do these people know or care about the adverse effects of pregnancy and delivery on a 10 year old? When we let ancient writings take precedence over science-based knowledge, this is what you get!
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Disappointing News for Googling Teachers/Students

Reading Level has been removed from the Google Search filter.
 
This is really disappointing news...

http://searchengineland.com/google-drops-another-search-filter-reading-level-220581

I'm hoping that it's been removed to make way form something newer, better and more awesome, but I have no idea if I'm being overly optimistic or not.

What do you think +Suan Yeo ?
The reading level search filter feature has been removed by Google. This feature let you filter your content by basic, intermediate or advanced content.
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Increasing shareholder value by reducing product utility.
Someone needs to write a paper.
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Five Reasons Why Google Maps is Best

1. Variety of map views
2. Getting directions
3. Traffic updates
4. App customization
5. Simplicity

Makes sense to me.
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Curious about Chromebooks?

If you are an educator interested in learning about Chromebooks in schools, then a hangout with +Blake Seufert​​ is a great place to start. Ditto if you are already using Chromebooks and want to pick up some finer points.
 
Save the date 11/6/15 at 4:30PM. The Ultimate Guide to Chromebooks by Blake Seufert. Register: http://bit.ly/guidetochrome
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Thanks Paul!  Look forward to seeing you there.
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Collaboration Made Easy With #GAFE

Perhaps the greatest benefit of using Google Apps for Education is the way it makes collaboration so easy.
 
19 students + 3 unique goals = 1 big success, with help from #GAFE.

One teacher challenged her students to find a new way to collaborate and honor important women in history. Read her story: http://goo.gl/MWDK65
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Spider Spotted Today

Spider over $2 coin spotted in the forest this morning. I wonder what species it is.
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haha, still +100 for getting that close!...
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Apple Watch Review

An impressive 7 minute video review of the Apple Watch by +Marques Brownlee. 
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Is there a model with magnifying lens including pin head finger tip cover
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Google Classroom Keeps Getting Better

Easy to use, and with a growing feature list, Classroom continues to get regular updates from Google. One of the newer features I like most is the ability to add more than one teacher to a class - great for team teaching.
A year ago, Google marked Teacher Appreciation Week in the US by announcing the arrival of Google Classroom. Today, in celebration of the anniversary, Google is adding new features ...
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Google+ Collections

I've just put my posts made this year into Google+ Collections and this looks like a handy way to group posts by category. Other users can follow individual collections too.

You need to make a post first before putting it into a collection, which is a little surprising, but perhaps it was easier to implement this way or it was felt that adding the option to the initial post interface would have made it too complicated.
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I suspect that little hurdle prevents a lot of meaningless collections. 
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  • DET/DEECD
    Teacher, Consultant, Professional Developer, 2009 - present
  • DWA Australia Pty Ltd
    Founder & Sole Director, 2007 - present
  • Easy2Learn Pty Ltd
    Founder & Managing Director, 2000 - 2006
  • Dataworks International Ltd
    Founder & Managing Director, 1997 - 2001
  • Dataworks Australia Pty Ltd
    Founder & Managing Director, 1990 - 2007
  • CP Softime
    Manager, 1989 - 1990
  • Dataworks
    Partner, 1985 - 1990
  • Dept of Ed/Ministry of Ed
    Teacher, 1977 - 1989
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Australian elearning pioneer - part entrepreneur, part teacher & part geek. Google Certified Teacher.
Introduction
Australian elearning pioneer, teacher and entrepreneur. Founded Dataworks in 1985 - a company which grew to become Australia’s leading curriculum software publisher. Brought Australia’s best loved children’s characters to interactive format including The Wiggles, Bananas in Pyjamas, Hi-5, Play School and others. These award winning titles broke local sales records and were licensed for resale in more than 50 countries worldwide. Sold business in 2007 and moved to Victoria's Central Highlands. Focused on helping teachers, students and school communities make the most of the transformative potential of new technologies.
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  • Marian College, Ararat
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  • University of Ballarat
    Diploma of Teaching
  • Monash University, Clayton
    Bachelor of Arts - Philosophy
  • Monash University, Clayton
    Master of Educational Studies - Educational Computing
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