Author Archives: tdeprato

Offense Wins Games, Defense Wins Championships

Richard Dent, Chicago Bears Superbowl MVP Catchy title- but statistically not accurate. I trust the people at Freakonomics a bit more than I trust my family screaming at the TV on Thanksgiving. So is this post about statistically irrelevant phrases? … Continue reading

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No Youtube… No Problem

In mainland China Youtube is blocked. Some people and schools pay for VPNs to have a slow and throttled Youtube experience. I suppose if core curriculum content is coming from a third-party source that is being hosted on Youtube,  there … Continue reading

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Required Professional Development, That You Do Not Have to Attend

The title is a bit misleading, this is about PD, but it mostly about people not actually believing in people.  This post will summarize a solution to a problem I have been struggling with for the last few years. When … Continue reading

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Office 365 Hurting the Bottom Line and Inferior to Google Apps

I have finally completed setting-up Office 365 for my school in China. I should say me and a team of people, because that is what it took- a team and constant support. This is going to be a bit of … Continue reading

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Google Searching in China- Did I PWN It?

Before moving to China, everyone told me about how it was impossible to “use the internet”. I heard stories of schools using VPNS and losing 75% of their speed just to access Google search and Google products. I personally experienced … Continue reading

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Are Universities Falling Behind in Maintaining Standards?

A recent article on Slashdot.Org - Adjusting GPAs: A Statistician’s Effort To Tackle Grade Inflation, explained how a statistician struggled to implement a system that would account for grade inflation. He found many professors were grading too easily, and irregularly. The articles … Continue reading

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Am I Too Old or is This Actually Better

In 2001 I was at a conference. One of the presenters showed both Apple and Microsoft operating systems on his screen. He said, and I am paraphrasing from memory, “Apple stole their OS from Xerox. Microsoft stole their OS from … Continue reading

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Changing Passwords: More Than Just a Security Annoyance

When working in a corporate setting, the IT department will normally set a password expiry date, and on that date, everyone will be prompted to change their passwords. This is seen as a simple straightforward process that does not require … Continue reading

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A Reason not to Hate Curriculum Mapping in the New Year

I never thought I would write this.  First off, I am not a fan of software or solutions that dumb-down, over-complicate, or impeded the evolution of good practice. I have always felt that teachers need to track what they do … Continue reading

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Schedules, Scheduling, and Scheduling Software Don’t Make Sense

I have spent the last few weeks implementing a new school management system. I will not mention the system by name but it is very popular among schools and it is considered extensive in features. As I was working through … Continue reading

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