Episode 214 – Where are the teachers?

Tony and Patrick are back and talking about beer, Tony’s mischief and the “teacher shortage.” As always, you can find us on your favorite podcasting app and check out the talking points below.

  1. Final month of school
  2. What are you drinking?
    1. Founders All Day Vacay – https://foundersbrewing.com/our-beer/all-day-vacay/ 
    2. Coors Banquet – https://www.coors.com/ 
  3. Teacher shortage or something else?
    1. Shortage is a bad label – teachers haven’t gone anywhere
    2. Transitioning to other careers
    3. Poor working conditions
    4. Tony and Patrick’s ideas
  4. Atlas Rubicon – Everyone hates this, and it ruined the world and we let it.
    1. https://www.onatlas.com/ 
    2. https://eduplanet21.com/ 
    3. Tony being devious

Episode 213 – Feel the Flex

Tony and Patrick are back to talk about their great weather, some delicious drinks and much more. Check out the talking points below and be sure to subscribe to us with your favorite podcasting app.

  1. How’s the weather?
  2. What am I drinking?
    1. Bell’s Oberon Ale – https://bellsbeer.com/beers/oberon-ale/
    2. Samuel Adams Summer Ale – https://www.samueladams.com/our-beers/limited-release/american-wheat-ale/summer-ale 
  3. Chrome OS Flex
    1. https://chromeenterprise.google/os/chromeosflex/
    2. https://itbabble.com/2022/04/20/chrome-os-flex/ 
  4. Samsung Chromebooks – rant by Patrick
  5. Holograms. Only $50,000.00
    1. Like Iron Man – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ddk9ci6geSs 
  6. Build a STEM Lab in a normal room; don’t sweat the big stuff
  • 4 – 3D printers , Sindoh, Dremel, MakerBot
  • 1 – GlowForge Pro Laser Cutter with Air Cleaner
  • 2- Dremel hand saws
  • 1 – large general tool box with common tools
  • Shelves for storing models, materials, etc
  • Robotic Kits – 2 per table 
  • Tables –
  • Art Room Style Tables; more square the better; you need depth
  • 4- self healing large sized mats per table
  • 2- Dremel sets per table (get the most comprehensive kit you can afford)
  •  safety gear per table
  •  2- professional quality glue guns per table
  • 1- heat gun per table
  • Sets of sand paper per table
  • 1- metal meter stick per table
  • 4- small vices per table
  • 5- 8 strong magnets per table

Chrome OS Flex

Chrome OS on a MacBook? You better believe it!

Here is how this happened.

It is the end of the year and a teacher wanted an extra Chromebook on hand for her student to do some work in Google Docs. Since it is the end of the year, our supply of Chromebook loaners is really dwindling, so the Tech Department didn’t have any to spare.

The solution was Chrome OS Flex. It allows you to put a Chrome OS installer on a USB and then to use that installer on older Mac or Window laptops, which is the case we have here. This MacBook is around 8 years old, has a battery that only lasts around 90 minutes (more than enough for this situation), so we thought we would give Chrome OS Flex a try.

One thing to note – this is not intended for widespread deployment yet (according to Google).

Getting started

Google wants you to head over to this website and give them your name, organization name, size, etc. Then you can head over to this website and start deciding if this is right for your device. On the support page it has a list of Mac and Windows laptops that are “compatible.”

One thing to know is that “compatible” does not mean stable.

Most of the laptops we had fell in the “Mino issues expected” category. There were some (such as the 11.6″ MacBook Airs) that were not listed at all. I think we’ll play around with those this summer.

At any rate, you will need a USB with at least 8GB of space on it. This USB will be wiped and reformatted so make sure you backup whatever information is on it. This USB will be the installer.

As you work your way through the support pages you will find yourself here where they ask you to plug in said USB and get going.

You need to make sure you are using the Chrome browser and you will need to install a Google Extension that acutally creates the installer USB.

This process took around 15 minutes to make the installer. Once it is done go to the laptop you wish to convert to a Chromebook. Power it down, plug in the USB installer and then power up to boot to the USB instead of its hard drive.

From there it is very straight forward. One thing you need to know is that this is wiping the computer and replacing its original operating system with Google Chrome. There is no undoing this (at least that is my understanding). This is not installing Chrome OS to run side by side with the original or putting Chrome OS in a virtual machine. This replaces the current operating system with Chrome OS. Just so you know.

The installation was . . . fast. I think it only took 2-3 minutes for the installer to do what it needed to be done. At the end of the process, we removed the USB and it rebooted into Chrome OS – wow!

Super easy!

Here are some questions that we had (have):

  • Can we enroll it into our Google Admin Control Panel to manage it remotely? – YES! You obviously need a license, but you definitely can do that
  • Will it run all extensions? – We are not sure. The student using this is using it very sparingly and for a specific purpose. We need to test more thoroughly.
  • Will it run Android apps? – I have no idea whatsoever. I guess it probably matters what kind of laptop you are using. My gut reaction wants to say yes – but I’d be very cautious
  • Can multiple people log into it like a Chromebook? – You betcha! When it boots up there is the option to add another user, just like a Chromebook
  • How is the performance? – It’s fast. It boots up very fast and it has no issues loading basic websites and getting to Google Docs/Gmail/Drive.
  • Will there be future updates? – I would be shocked if there were not! This is in its early days and it is already created a bit of buzz throughout the educational community. Then again, it’s Google and they are known for killing off services rather suddenly and with little explanation.

So there you have it – we have always wondered what to do with our aging computers and now we have a path going forward. We will be cautious and won’t start converting MacBook carts entirely but the odd MacBook may find itself becoming a Chromebook and I hope Google continues to develop this program.

Episode 212 – Ed Tech Lives

Ah yes, Tony and Patrick are back after a week off. It is now time to talk about ed tech again. Be sure to subscribe to our podcast with your favorite podcasting app and check out or show notes below.

  1. The Masters golf tournament
  2. CISSP Pin – https://isc2education.org/media/catalog/product/cache/6/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/c/i/cissp_lapel_pin.jpg 
  3. What am I drinking?
    1. https://www.newbelgium.com/beer/1554/
    2. Iced tea
  4. Tony’s BYOD requirements and laptop purchasing plan for 2022-2023
  5. Is ed-tech really dead? Is Tony wrong?
    1. Digital Fetus – https://itbabble.com/2013/02/05/podcast-episode-54-the-digital-fetus-has-arrived-january-31-2013/ 
    2. ISTE Standards for Students – https://www.iste.org/standards/iste-standards-for-students
      https://cdn.iste.org/www-root/ISTEU/ISTE%20Standards%20for%20Students%20-%20Syllabus.pdf?_ga=2.64610543.1783297188.1649637689-927817944.1649637689
  6. Elon – https://slashdot.org/story/22/04/09/2058201/is-twitter-dying-tweets-elon-musk

Episode 211

Photo by Rob Caterino – https://www.flickr.com/people/25030443@N03

That is a good picture of Michael Dudikoff – famed action star from the 80’s, 90’s, 2000’s and beyond. Want to know why he is our artwork? Listen to find out! Also, be sure to subscribe to us on your favorite podcasting app.

  1. Coach K – what’s going to happen to Duke? 
  2. What am I drinking? 
    1. Elysian Space Dust – https://www.elysianbrewing.com/beer/space-dust-ipa 
    2. Peppermint Tea
  3. Chromebooks on the market for over a decade – what has their impact been?
    1. https://www.reddit.com/r/chromeos/comments/trfz5j/now_that_chromebooks_have_been_on_the_market_for/ 
  4. The BORAT Malware – https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/new-borat-remote-access-malware-is-no-laughing-matter/ 
  5. Insurance is going to kick your ass if you don’t get compliant; Book title? Worth $15.00?

Episode 210 – Linux for all

After a short break – Tony and Patrick are back! Not only are we talking about some ed tech goodness. Check out all the talking points below and be sure to subscribe to us on your favorite podcasting app.
  1. Welcome back basketball fans!
  2. What am I drinking?
    1. Beeracuda from Abita
    2. Bells Black Hearted Ale 
  3. It’s time to start over- EdTech is dead – Tony’s quantlet to the world or Elon Musk, or anyone with a lot of cash…
    1. App culture is taking over
    2. Linux based curriculum
    3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4L8Oci_2Bs 
  4. Why I don’t blog anymore, just when I was getting the hang of it
  5. Best book for people moving from teaching into leadership, Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It
    1. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B018FHCPDO/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1 

Episode 209 – Spring Cleaning

Tony and Patrick are back for another tight show! We talk about weather, an upcoming project and of course some quality talk about educational technology. Sit back, relax and enjoy and don’t forget to subscribe to us on your favorite podcasting app.

  1. What am I drinking?
  2. Tony’s Spring Audit- Hardware, Accounts (G-Suite, SIS, JumpCloud and IXL)
    1. Audit hardware (anything in asset inventory)
    2. Check the classrooms for display systems
    3. Don’t mess with facilities and maintenance people during summer – do you 
    4. inventory during the spring
    5. Data audit – Checking the backup
      1. Archive on Bluray DVD
  3. Missing Items 
    1. Try not to lose things we buy (chargers, mice, keyboards, etc.)
    2. Hotglue? 
  4. When to onboard new families into your SIS? 
    1. Do the incoming students need to register for classes/buy textbooks?
  5. GoGuardian Question
    1. Adding parents is kind of a pain – 2 uploads!
    2. Students have to sign in first before you can associate parents and students

Huggy Wuggy – come on man!

I’ve seen this news story a few times this week and thought I’d weigh in. These are articles and videos about a video horror game known as Poppy Playtime. It is developed by MOB games, you can get it on Steam and it’s pretty popular right now. The gist of the game is that you are trapped in a toy factory and the toy Poppy is hunting you. You need to solve puzzles to escape. There is tension, poorly lit rooms, eerie music and noises and, of course, jump scares. Check out the trailer below.

There’s not a lot of blood or gore and I don’t think there is any real language either, but parents.com is sounding an alarm. They are saying that it . . . is . . . scary for children.

A horror game, designed to scare the player, may be scary for children. Hmmm.

Why do I care?

I think parents should know what games their kids are playing and decide if it is appropriate for them or not, but articles like this is plain old fear mongering. We’ve seen this before with Slenderman, Five Nights at Freddy’s and many, many more.

With a little bit of research (watching some YouTubers play the game) parents will know if it is appropriate for their kids or not.

The bottom line is do your own research and sit down and talk with your children or students about this game and see what they say. One thing I can be sure of, is that this game will not be the downfall of humanity or even the education system.

Episode 206 – Dog days

Tony and Patrick are back again! Here we talk video games, new dogs, passwords and how not to get your school smacked down by copyright claims. Check out the show notes below and as always please subscribe to us with your favorite podcasting app.

  1. What am I drinking?
    1. Bell’s Bright White – http://www.bellsbeer.com/beer/seasonal/bright-white-ale 
    2. Liquid Death – Water. Just water.
  2. Oregon Trail game on Archive.org
    1. https://itbabble.com/2022/02/23/oregon-trail/
    2. https://archive.org/details/msdos_Oregon_Trail_The_1990 
  3. Huggy Wuggy? This is stupid
    1. https://www.parents.com/news/what-parents-need-to-know-about-huggy-wuggy-and-the-poppy-playtime-game-taking-over-elementary-schools/ 
    2. (But it looks like the Shining)
  4. Slenderman hysteria in 2014 – https://www.parents.com/health/parents-news-now/slenderman-stabbing-a-worrying-tale-for-parents/ 
  5. Weekly CISSP- Passwords, fun facts
    1. No need to change every year or every three months
    2. Password length – 8-10 characters, capital, special character and a number
    3. Multi Factor authentication for people who need it
  6. The Streaming party is over (Fake ID story) 
    1. https://www.kanopy.com/

Oregon Trail

Let the poop jokes fly as everyone in your party gets dysentery and die on route to a better life in Oregon. All joking aside – this is a classic game of people seeking. Click the “power button” and play a little retro game that helped students learn the hardships and the difficulties of traveling westward in 1848.

Thanks to archive.org for hosting and keeping this gem alive and available for all to enjoy!