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

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.