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John Thomas
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Attended Marian College, Ararat
Lives in Victoria, Australia
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Google Nabs Sydney Monorail

Caught the monorail with +Chris Betcher today. But what was it doing inside Google's Sydney offices!?

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Microsoft Office Launches in Chrome Webstore

Microsoft has entered the Chrome Webstore and now allows Chrome users to add Word Online, PowerPoint Online, OneNote Online and OneDrive to their Chrome App launchers.
Summary: Microsoft is making the Web versions of its Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote apps available to users through the Chrome Web Store.
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Google+ = Passions

"Google+ = Passions. The ultimate clubhouse." +Adam Vardanega presenting at the Google in Education Sydney Summit.
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Google in Education Sydney Summit Tomorrow

Looking forward to the Sydney Google in Education Summit tomorrow at PLC in Croydon. Subject to any late changes I'll be presenting during sessions 3 and 6.
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Fantastic!
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Samsung to go it alone?

Rumors of Samsung's wish to leave Android have gained credibility with these recent leaks. But wishing to leave Android and deciding that it's the smart thing to do aren't necessarily the same thing. It will be an interesting space to watch.
 
Samsung Wants to Leave Android According to Internal Documents Revealed During Apple Lawsuit

http://www.androidheadlines.com/2014/04/samsung-wants-leave-android-according-internal-documents-revealed-apple-lawsuit.html

#android   #samsung   #apple   #iphone   #galaxys5   #google  
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Of all the dumbass things to do... Why Samsung why
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Codeclub - Why not start one?

The mission of Code Club Australia is to give every child in Australia the chance to learn to code by providing project materials and a volunteering framework that supports the running of after-school coding clubs.
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Hi Riss. Will you be using this after school hours or could it be used as a lunchtime activity?
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Sydney Google in Education Summit

+Chris Betcher is about to deliver the closing keynote of the Sydney Google in Education Summit. Congrats to the EdTech team and PLC Sydney on providing so many passionate educators with the opportunity to share their learning. #gafesummit

I've linked below to the resource from my two presentations at the Summit on collaboration and engagement.
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Medieval Helpdesk

A familiar scenario for anyone who's helped the technically challenged.
 
Enjoy the #Monday  folks!

Here is a fun video for all the people needing a help desk.  :-)

#Helpdesk  
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What does the future hold for libraries?

We need them now, but what will the libraries of the future be like? Will we still need them? Will they have amazing content curation and massive bandwidth that still draws us inside, or will our digital library, along with our digital librarian be accessible 24/7/365 directly from our neural implants?

Thx +Tony Richards for sharing.
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I personally like to be handed down books . Nothing beats the feeling of excitement I get when I read and re-read a book once belonged to a dear person that passed away whether that be spiritual, general knowledge or even a cook book! To me digital libraries are convenient but the real excitement comes from opening a book and reading its pages. Having said that, for most of my studies I refer to online libraries , simply for the vast amount of information available that one or two books cannot provide. 
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NBN Downgrade Confirmed

The Australian Government will save money on the once ambitious National Broadband Network by not laying fibre where pay-tv cable exists and by using existing copper wire to deliver to premises. The plan is to use a "mix of technologies" including fibre, hybrid coaxial cable, copper, satellite and wireless, though, given current trends, it wouldn't surprise if the "mix of technologies" soon grows to include strings and sealing wax.
 
Has Malcolm Turnbull sounded the death knell for the NBN? More than 3.4 million homes in Australia have been struck off the potential network as of yesterday, as the new NBN board looks towards implementing a "multi-technology mix" for the network. 

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It's very debatable whether it will save money. NBNCo will need to acquire the HFC (Telstra/Optus) and copper (Telstra) networks first. Then there is the on-going expensive maintenance of these networks (Telstra's copper network is rumoured to exceed $1b/yr alone in maintenance costs). HFC will need to be upgraded most definitely to DOCSIS 3.1. The copper will need to be remediated in many places across the country. When it's all said and done, building a ubiquitous fibre to the premises network would have definitely been the cheaper option and future proofed for the next 40-50 years. HFC is 90s technology and Fibre-to-the-Node (VDSL2) using vectoring is 2000s technology. This is not just about "downloading" (upload speeds are not considered at all when using HFC and VDSL2). This is about building Australia's next-generation communications infrastructure.
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  • DEECD
    Teacher & Consultant, 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
  • DEECD
    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
    HSC
  • 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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