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Bill Campbell
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Instructional technologist at Dwight-Englewood School (Englewood, NJ)
Instructional technologist at Dwight-Englewood School (Englewood, NJ)

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The calculator debate
Banned in SOME colleges is more accurate but then the title would be less attention grabbing. While very far from a rigorous study, the observation by the professor who noted a relationship between students' overall performance in his Calculus 3 course to performance on a non-calculator arithmetic test was interesting.

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Resources for learning and teaching about #fakenews
The Stony Brook Center for News Literacy has resources for teaching about fake news and news literacy posted at their Digital Resource Center (see attached link).

In addition, Stony Brook professors have partnered with professors at the University of Hong Kong to offer the online course "Making Sense of the News: News Literacy Lessons for Digital Citizens". This six-week course is offered online via Coursera (https://www.coursera.org/learn/news-literacy), starts on January 9, 2017, requires 2-3 hours per week, and is free to audit. (I believe the cost is $49 to obtain a certificate of completion.)

On a related note, the Stanford History Education Group (Stanford University) also publishes free digital curriculum called "Reading Like a Historian" at https://sheg.stanford.edu/rlh

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HT +Chris Berdik http://hechingerreport.org/teens-learned-internet-may-shock/

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Shoreline high school students mentor team from Uganda in robot building challenge.

HT +SmartBrief

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Swift Playgrounds resources and 3rd-party playgrounds

Yesterday, I attended an event at Apple in NYC where the new Swift Playgrounds app was discussed. One interesting thing about it was the ability for third-parties (including teachers) to create a playground for use by others. Therefore, a few playgrounds not from Apple are already cropping up.

The following third-party playgrounds were mentioned:
- Dash & Dot Playground (Includes directions on how to get the playground onto an iPad.) - Control the Dash & Dot robots by Wonder Workshop - https://blog.makewonder.com/dash-dot-now-work-with-apple-swift-playgrounds-e24b73f2d2b5#.vnurdl7k3

- Sphero Playground - Control the Sphero robot - https://developer.apple.com/swift/blog/?id=38

- Geometry with Swift Playgrounds - Learn Swift programming through Geometry - http://www.danielbudd.com.au/home/2016/8/31/geometry-with-swift-playgrounds

To get a playground from a Mac to an iPad: unzip the file, AirDrop the entire folder from a Mac to iPad, then open with Playgrounds when prompted. (See the Dash & Dot link above for more detailed directions.) Once you have a playground on an iPad, you can also just AirDrop it from iPad to iPad.

Note that Swift Playgrounds requires an iPad with iOS 10.

On the general topic of Swift and curriculum for teaching it using Swift Playgrounds or Xcode on a Mac, the following free iBooks by Apple might be useful:
- Swift Playgrounds: Learn to Code 1 & 2 Teacher Guide - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/swift-playgrounds-learn-to/id1118578018

- The Swift Programming Language - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/swift-programming-language/id881256329

- App Development with Swift (HS textbook) - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/app-development-with-swift/id1118575552

- App Development with Swift Teacher Guide - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/app-development-with-swift/id1118577558

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Leading complex change requires trying on different perspectives to understand the various ways people respond to change.
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90 iPads in 90 Minutes and bulk Casper updates
http://www.speirs.org/blog/2016/7/19/90-ipads-in-90-minutes
Helpful blog post by +Fraser Speirs.

Fraser mentions a Python script he wrote and uses for part of what he describes. The script code is not available in the post, but it seems that the Mac app JSS MUT (jssmut.com) by +Mike Levenick  will do what the script does except for creating users in JAMF Casper. If anyone has an easy way to do that part, please let me know. (Mike, if you read this, have you considered adding user account creation to JSS MUT?)

I haven't tried JSS MUT myself yet, but it reports the ability to change many mobile device and associated fields in bulk by using a CSV text file you prepare. This is something many people have done in JAMF Casper with scripts and SQL in the past, but JSS MUT has an easier to use interface. While it rightfully requires an appropriately privileged login to Casper, it does not require direct access to the MySQL server database. This makes is easier to use and seemingly less likely for one to mess up the JSS database with a poorly constructed query. (One could export the current values of fields for the devices to be updated as a backup before running JSS MUT.)

Thank you to Fraser and Mike for sharing your knowledge and skills.

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What is Pokemon Go?
For those who haven't been around any smartphone-toting teenagers during the past week, this is a good general description of what Pokemon Go is and how one might use it for a little marketing.

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Curious as to what you can ask your phone via Google Now voice recognition?
http://ok-google.io/
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It is interesting how something seemingly very alarming gets less so when you know the details. :-)

Thanks +John Bruggeman 

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"Avoid These Five Rookie Mistakes When Flipping Your Class" includes links to other related articles on the author's website. These go into more details.
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