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Australian elearning pioneer - part entrepreneur, part teacher & part geek. Google Certified Innovator
Australian elearning pioneer - part entrepreneur, part teacher & part geek. Google Certified Innovator

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iPhone X innovation:
1. Surface notifications when you look at the phone
2. Making payments with your face

iPhone X copying:
1. No home button
2. Slim bezels and edge-to-edge screen. (Xiaomi, Samsung and LG were some of the first phone makers to do this.)
3. Larger screen size. (Jumbo Android phones passed that threshold long ago, and stayed there.)
4. OLED display. (Samsung phones have used AMOLED screens for years.)
5. Wireless charging. (Samsung, Nokia/Lumia, and LG have been there and done that.)
6. Unlock the phone with your face. (Microsoft beat everyone to this on the Lumia 950 and 950 XL, then came Samsung.)
7. OIS on two rear cameras. (The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is first to have optical image stabilization (OIS) on both its rear cameras.)
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Ok, maybe it's not quite fair and balanced, but it has a ring of truth to it.
According to the Australian government, Australian electors have the same aspirations.
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Speaking a foreign language may turn you into a utilitarian!

Psychologists have been aware for some time that people who make utilitarian choices aimed at impartially producing the best outcomes overall tend to engage in careful deliberation while those who make deontological choices aimed at doing what their immediate moral intuitions tell them is right decide quickly based on emotion.

New research suggests that the cognitive load involved in speaking in a foreign language makes utilitarian choices more likely. Researchers suggest that our native language is more infused with emotion and so makes deontological decision making more likely.

So, if you're overweight and standing on a footbridge as a trolley races by, you should hope that there aren't any people on the track who would be saved by you being pushed onto it, and, most importantly, that anyone standing behind you is not speaking in a language that is foreign to them. Of course, if you're speaking in a language foreign to yourself, you might even find yourself jumping off the footbridge in an admirably selfless utilitarian gesture! :P
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Staying au fait with apps today

Here's a handy guide from NYT for parents keen to understand more about their children's app use, especially once that magical age of 13 is reached when so many of the social media apps that young teens eyes are glued to become a legal option. The article also contains an interesting link to another piece explaining why so many figures in tech place strict limits on their children's use of technology.
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Handy Tips for G Suite for EDU Users

Great resources for teachers recommended by +Shelly Sanchez Terrell (as usual).
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Important update for G Suite for EDU users

"Drive File Stream is a new desktop application that allows you to quickly access all of your Google Drive files on demand, directly from your computer, meaning you use almost none of your hard drive space and spend less time waiting for files to sync."
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Ethics of "Brand Name" Teachers

With the advent of social media becoming a "brand name" teacher is easier than it's ever been before, but it's not a new thing. There have always been some teachers who use their talents to promote themselves and the approaches to teaching and learning that they use, and there has always been talk about the potential conflicts of interest that may arise as a result. It seems to me that, provided such teachers continue to offer good value to their students, schools and school communities, then their entrepreneurial flair should be encouraged.

Such teachers may be more likely to move on to greener commercial pastures, but hopefully that will provide them with still further opportunities to add value to education. Many successful educational writers and publishers began their professional careers in the classroom.

What do you think about the ethics of "brand name" teaching?
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PD is an essential ingredient.

Smart move by Albuquerque Public School officials. Effective professional learning is a prerequisite for the effective use of powerful tools like G Suite for Education.
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