Monday, March 9, 2015

Safari for Schools and ConnectEd tools for students, educators, and schools

Students, Educators, Parents, Caregivers of K-12 students in the United States

Check out Safari for Schools, part of the ConnectEd initiative.

If you are a parent of a US K-12 student, caregiver, or educator, and do not have an Edmodo account, create a free account.
If you currently have an Edmodo account, access Safari for Schools and log in with your Edmodo account. Then you can access every current book and video course from O'Reilly Media.

Edmodo Google Play
Edmodo iTunes

Parents, caregivers, and students, if your educator won't participate, elevate your concerns to someone who can resolve them. There is no reason anyone should deny the U.S K-12 students access to this valuable resource.

Taxpayers get involved there is no reason your local school districts that receive taxpayers funds aren't participating in this program. Check your local districts book budget, you may be surprised.

Check out the other resources available for schools, teachers, and students through the ConnectED resources.

Resources for students
Autodesk Autodesk is a world leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software for manufacturing, building and construction, and media and entertainment.

edX Free Verified Certificates for Students in High-Need Schools Students in U.S. Title I and high-need schools interested in courses to prepare for AP* exams, will also be able to earn a free verified certificate from edX.

Esri Esri will provide free access to ArcGIS Online Organization accounts — the same GIS technology used by government and business — to every U.S. K-12 school in America. These allow users to map and analyze data, create and share content, and collaborate in the cloud — via computers, tablets, or smartphones, anytime, anywhere connected.

Safari books Online and O'Reilly Media pledged to share over $100m of ebooks and videos that will teach students vital technology skills like coding, web design, and more.

For Schools and Educators

If you’re a school administrator, teacher, or student, get more details below about these companies’ commitments — and find out how you can take advantage.

For Schools Adobe, Apple, AT&T, Autodesk, Esri, Microsoft, Prezi, Sprint, Verizon

For Teachers  Adobe, Autodesk, Coursera, edX, Esri, Microsoft, O'Reilly Media, Prezi, Verizon
These are private funding programs administered by the respective sponsors. These are not government grant programs. The availability and administration of these funding opportunities, including the selection of recipients and all other decisions of the funding program, are not endorsed by any federal agency or office. No federal funds are being used in or for the administration or awarding of these private funding opportunities.

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