Monday, January 19, 2015

Another day where reflection and service are expected

Found this post from 2009 in my drafts, six years later it is still relevant with the removal of one phrase referencing the upcoming Inauguration.

For many people giving back to the community is something they do regularly...supporting schools, students, community members, educators, neighbors, by random acts of kindness or deliberate discussions.

In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day many people are doing a variety of things. Visit the government website and share what you are doing in support of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, find a place to serve, search all things #MLKDay, and learn more about MLK Day.

So while you may be basking in celebration for the Super Bowl contenders, concerned about homework, job searches, where the next paycheck is coming from, ailing family members...take a moment and doing something nice.

If you are a regular practitioner of random acts of kindness or volunteer, you understand the healing and calming powers of what giving back means. You will be surprised at how healing and calming.

Take what you can in the spirit of MLK Day and use it to prepare for International Random Acts of Kindness Week February 9-15, 2015. 

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. ~Anne Frank

Open Security Training

Another resource for my fellow autodidacts, tinkerers, people working in resource constrained environments, and those who seek to exercise their innate sense of curiosity.

Current stats:
61 days of open source class materials
28 classes (13 with videos)
24 instructors

Includes What’s New at the Site? to annotate changes and modifications

Beginner Classes
•Android Forensics & Security Testing
•Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)® Common Body of Knowledge (CBK)® Review
•Flow Analysis & Network Hunting
•Hacking Techniques and Intrusion Detection
•Introductory Intel x86: Architecture, Assembly, Applications, & Alliteration
•Introductory Intel x86-64: Architecture, Assembly, Applications, & Alliteration
•Introduction to ARM
•Introduction to Cellular Security
•Introduction to Network Forensics
•Introduction to Secure Coding
•Introduction to Vulnerability Assessment
•Introduction to Trusted Computing
•Offensive, Defensive, and Forensic Techniques for Determining Web User Identity
•Pcap Analysis & Network Hunting
•Malware Dynamic Analysis
•Secure Code Review
•Smart Cards
•The Life of Binaries
•Understanding Cryptology: Core Concepts
•Understanding Cryptology: Cryptanalysis

Intermediate Classes
•Introduction to Software Exploits (Exploits 1)
•Exploits 2: Exploitation in the Windows Environment
•Intermediate Intel x86: Architecture, Assembly, Applications, & Alliteration

Advanced Classes
•Advanced x86: Virtualization with Intel VT-x
•Introduction to Reverse Engineering Software
•Reverse Engineering Malware
•Rootkits: What they are, and how to find them
•The Adventures of a Keystroke: An in-depth look into keylogging on Windows

External Resources

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Pre K Penmanship Activities Digital and Print

As the weather turns cooler and the holidays (and possible snow days) approach you may have some little ones around. Why not create a few penmanship papers for them to doodle with or demonstrate their newly learned skills while they are on holiday or snowed in during the winter weather days?.

I have to give some credit to +Kimberly Geswein  for sharing the KG Primary Penmanship Fonts  . Read the comments. If you use editing tools in your text document tools, you may want to turn them off when you create a document with the KG Primary Fonts with lines. Of course, always review the product in the print preview mode before you print. Now if we can get that font in Google Docs, that would be great.

I also have to give some credit to Donna Young and her home school site ( If you are snowed in with little ones, Donna's site has something you can use for all learning levels.

I also used some free fonts from Educational Fontware

These are just a couple of tools that family and friends may want to incorporate with the little ones around who want to show you what they have learned or some fun activities to refresh your old school learning with those who will replace us. I created a few worksheets so the GBaby can practice and showcase her penmanship over the holidays and possible snow days.

Gone digital?

I have to give props to +Richard Byrne who blogs at Free Technology for Teachers (and is present in so many social media streams) for sharing this blog post in December 2011, 123s ABCs - A Handwriting Practice App for Android Devices. Hat tip to +Richard Byrne and his +Free Technology for Teachers blog. I look to his blog for many reasons but particularly regarding learning, whether for myself, friends, family, wounded warriors or people who need to expand their perspective.

Whatever your mobile device there are apps for babies and toddlers to enhance learning. Check the source, analyze the permissions, and ruggedize your device before putting the device in the little one's hands. Whether you search Google Play , iTunes , or Amazon Apps, or Windows Phone Apps there are apps for everyone. Enjoy your shared teachable and learning moments throughout the year.

It is hard to believe that a year ago I wrote, Turned the old smart phone into a child friendly device for the GBaby, November 3, 2013.

While going through this learning adventure with the GBaby, I am reminded how my penmanship has regressed over the last 20 years while integrating technology into my own life.

Thanks to +PBS KIDS and +Sesame Street for providing many activities for the family to do throughout the year too.

So what apps and activities are you integrating to keep the youngsters' gray matter active during the holidays and snow days?

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Wow - Over 90 days since...

Wow over 90 days since I have done a blog post. What kept me so busy that I didn't stick to my requirement to do at least one blog post per month?

So I took an employer funded college course as described in my last blog post in April 2014, Lots of reading with ADED 6487 Instructional Strategies in Adult Learning, went to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and completed the CES Advanced Course, and I am enjoying the great weather before fall and winter arrive. Of course the 4 year old Gbaby keeps me on my toes and sometimes I just do not have the energy to do any creative writing at the end of the day.

I have been more active behind the DoD firewall with milSuite and Intelink, so I haven't totally stopped blogging and participating digitally.

So I will recommit to posting at least once a month, while continue reading other blogger's posts.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Lots of reading and inventories in ADED 6487

Hopefully, we had our last snowfall last Sunday. I have no idea how +Richard Byrne lives in weather colder and more snowier than I prefer and still finds time to write. I am glad he finds the time, passion, and energy for his blogs and teachings.

Back in January 2014, I started ADED 6487 Instructional Strategies in Adult Learning with +East Carolina University with two text books. Our professor provides supplemental reading assignments in our module challenges. The supplemental readings have lengthy bibliographies, so I bookmark a few of the referenced articles for my own additional reading. I have a Google bookshelf for this class.

So what have I been reading/doing since January? (last blog post was January 2014) 

We took the Philosophy of Adult Education Inventory (PAEI) and the Teaching Perspectives Inventory early in the course with the option to take them again at the end of the course or at any other time since the tools are available online.

In no particular order and in text format so you can convert to your required format for your own references, APA, MLA, Chicago, Turabian, and more. Asterisks indicate the required readings from the textbooks or supplemental readings.

  1. *Dick, W., Carey, L., & Carey, J. O. (2009). The systematic design of instruction. Upper Saddle River, N.J: Merrill/Pearson.
  2. *Svinicki, M. D., McKeachie, W. J., & McKeachie, W. J. (2014). McKeachie's teaching tips: Strategies, research, and theory for college and university teachers. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.
  3. *Booth, M., & Schwartz, H. L. (2012). We're all adults here: Clarifying and maintaining boundaries with adult learners. New Directions for Teaching and Learning, 2012(131), 43-55.
  4. *May, G. L., & Short, D. (2003). Gardening in cyberspace: A metaphor to enhance online teaching and learning. Journal of Management Education, 27(6), 673-693.
  5. McWilliam, E. L. (2005). Unlearning pedagogy. Journal of Learning Design, 1(1), 1-11.
  6. Trilling, B., & Fadel, C. (2009). 21st century skills: Learning for life in our times. John Wiley & Sons.
  7. *Galbraith, M. (2004). Adult learning methods: A guide to effective instruction, 3rd ed, Malabar, FL: Krieger Publishing 
  8. *Palmer, P. (2007).  The courage to teach: Exploring the inner landscape of a teacher's life. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
  9. *Pratt, D., & Collins, J. (2014). Teaching perspectives inventory. Retrieved from
  10. *Pratt, D. D. (2005). Five perspectives on teaching in adult and higher education. Malabar, Fla: Krieger Pub. Co.
  11. *Zinn, L. (1994). The philosophy of adult education inventory. Retrieved from
  12. *Blumberg, P. (2009). Maximizing learning through course alignment and experience with different types of knowledge. Innovative Higher Education 34, p. 93 - 103.
  13. *Weinstein, C. E., Acee, T. W., & Jung, J. (2011). Self‐regulation and learning strategies. New Directions for Teaching and Learning, 2011(126), 45-53.
  14. Swan, K., Shea, P., Fredericksen, E., Pickett, A., Pelz,W.,& Maher, G. (2000). Building knowledge building communities: Consistency, contact and communication in the virtual classroom. Journal of Education Computing Research, 23(4), 359-383.
  15. Coppola, N.W., Hiltz, S. R., & Rotter, N. G. (2002). Becoming a virtual professor: Pedagogical roles and asynchronous learning networks. Journal of Management Information Systems, 18(4), 169-189.
  16. Gardner, S., Dean, C., and McKaig, D. “Responding to D in the Classroom: The Politics of Knowledge, Class, and Sexuality.” Sociology of Education, 1989, 62, 64–74.
  17. Buck, G. A., Mast, C. M., Latta, M.A.M., and Kaftan, J. M. “Fostering a Theoretical and Practical Understanding of Teaching as a Relational Process: A Feminist Participatory Study of Mentoring a Doctoral Student.” Educational Action Research, 2009, 17(4), 505–521.
  18. Boyd, D. (2014). It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens. New Haven: Yale University Press.
  19. Hattie, J., Biggs, J., and Purdie, N. Effects of learning skills interventions on student learning: A meta-analysis. Review of Educational Research, 1996, 66(2), 99–136.
  20. Hofer, B. K., and Yu, S. L. Teaching self-regulated learning through a “learning-to-learn” course. Teaching of Psychology, 2003, 30(1), 30–33.
It seems that every time I went to write a blog post or even jot down my ideas, other priorities took precedence from shoveling snow, prep for a colonoscopy, the colonoscopy, a root canal, to cleaning up after a potty accident, trips to the playground, shoveling snow, completing th Making Sense of Data course, career, family....well you know how life has priorities. I am reminded while taking this course and integrating into my life that I still do not have time to return to my doctoral studies. Hat tip to all my fellow doctoral students who stayed on target and completed their research and defended their dissertation. 

If you have any recommended readings for me, feel free to comment. At least I can take the a mobile device and read when I am waiting.