Episode 192 – AI curriculum

Tony and Patrick are back once again for another great show! Check out the talking points below and you can subscribe to our podcast on your favorite podcasting app (we are on almost all podcast directories).

  1. Apple event takeaway
    1. MacBook Pro starting at $2000
  2. Bitpaper.io – https://bitpaper.io/ 
    1. Better than a lot of .io sites
    2. Good for math homework
    3. Touchscreen
    4. Review on Wednesday
  3. Student printing at Tony’s school
    1. Unsustainable “print party”
  4. Tony has been drinking AndyGator – https://abita.com/brews/andygator#
  5. AI in the curriculum 
    1. https://www.ibm.com/watson
    2. Reading recommendations
      1. Daemon by Daniel Suarez – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6665847-daemon 
  6. Dell – some interesting things for parents if you know the right person
    1. Online store for your organization

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WordPress + Anchor.fm = It’s a little broken

When I heard about this in March of 2021 I thought that this was too good to be true? How could this partnership last? here is are two services that want you to consumer content on their websites/apps. How are they willing to split their revenue? Well it looks like it’s starting to fall apart a little bit.

What should happen?

Well here is how this was working. You would write your post on WordPress.com and then publish it. You had to publish it for Anchor.fm to see it, so once it was published you would log into your Anchor account and click on Episodes at the top.

If there were new episodes to be converted they would show up in the list.

You would then hit the Create episode and go through those motions and then when it published it would launch into your post on your blog on WordPress.com and add a handy little Spotify icon at the top that people could click on to take you to your Anchor.fm podcast!

Look at that cute little button.

What happens now?

Well, the first parts are all good and normal, but when you create the podcast there is no addition to the Spotify button at all. It is as if WordPress.com and Spotify felt that was a bridge too far 😦

What happens next?

I’ve searched for some solution to this, but haven’t found any help. So right now we will continue to turn our written articles into podcasts on Anchor.fm, but there will not be a link from the article back to the “show” on Anchor. That way our massive single digit audience can still listen to our good work.

No tears here

It seemed like a weird partnership and idea and we will continue to take advantage of it, but really there is a lot that gets lost – especially with our particular type of content. For example when we write reviews and talk about the user interface, it is almost always accompanied with an image to illustrate this. Those images obviously don’t come across in an audio only podcast. The same is true when we post a YouTube video – it is never played because, well, how would it?

If this whole partnership completely collapses (which it could) I don’t think too many people will be too torn up about the whole ordeal.

Episode 191 – Un-Boxing Day

Tony and Patrick are back and having more fun than ever. As always, you can find our podcast on your favorite podcasting app or on Podomatic. Check out the talking points below and if you have any humorous clips you want on the show – reach out to us in the comments!

  1. Tony and Patrick catch up
  2. New sounds for top of the- show
  3. Google Forms + Form Ranger detailed post
  4. Apple’s new event
    1. What would you like to see?
  5. Is Tony done with Chromebooks?
    $33.99 – Really?
    Video editing
    STEM/Maker
  6. Windows 10 – Could be the best option but it is still the most annoying operating system on the market
  7. Dystopian School Follow Up- We will only use Linux, but you can choose your flavor

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Episode 190 – Don’t Use Blockchain

We are back again! This time we don’t just talk about ed tech but also give some beverage recommendations as well as some TV viewing choices. Check out the talking points below and as always,, find us on your favorite podcasting app!

  1. Elysian Night Owl & Liquid Death Sparkling Water – Approved by IT Babble 
  2. TV Review – Squid Game on Netflix 
    1. Trailer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqxAJKy0ii4 
    2. Thoughts? 
  3. Google Forms for event sign up 
    1. Form Ranger – https://cloudlab.newvisions.org/form-ranger 
    2. Plan the form 
    3. Don’t let people type their choices 
    4. Google Data Studio – https://datastudio.google.com/ 
  4. Don’t use blockchain 
    1. Blockchain – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blockchain 
    2. HyperLedger – https://www.hyperledger.org/ 
  5. Your cloud storage is ruining your life 
    1. Current folders 
    2. Archive folders

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iPad Mini, Surface Pro 8, Surface Go 3 and Surface Studio Laptop – Are they good buys?

Recently Apple and Microsoft held events and unveiled some new products. Looking through my educator glasses I thought I’d write about them and try to evaluate if they are good for schools. When I say that, I mean, are they good to buy a whole bunch and give them to teachers, staff and/or students. So let’s dive in.

iPad Mini

No. There you go. The iPad Mini looks great. It probably has good battery life, the screen looks bright and the build quality is solid. In the past the iPad Mini was the “cheap” iPad, so schools bought them and teachers/students liked them. The landscape has now changed. Now schools can buy an iPad Mini for $449 (education discount) but the “cheap” iPad is $309 (education discount).

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Episode 189 – Hercules Headmaster

Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

WE ARE BACK! Tony and I are going to try and podcast every week folks. That’s right, every – single – week of this year. Will we do it? Not sure but we are going to try. We are also going to try and switch up the podcast a little. Instead of just talking ed tech we may do some series or something. I don’t know, but I do know that this episode was a lot of fun. Check out the talking points below and be sure to subscribe to us on your favorite podcasting app.

  1. What have we been up to since our last episode (March 2021) 
  2. Streaming live events – Patrick’s new setup 
    1. https://itbabble.com/2021/06/28/streaming-events-an-ongoing-experiment/ 
    2. https://itbabble.com/2021/07/14/streaming-events-2-update/ 
    3. https://itbabble.com/2021/09/06/streaming-events-3-test/ 
  3. Dystopian School (A better way to run a school) 
    1. Definition – https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dystopia 
    2. Trend of making a mound into a mountain
    3. Kevin Sorbo as Hercules as the head of school – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hercules:_The_Legendary_Journeys 

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Milanote – A review

In 2020 I wrote a review about LucidSpark and then made a quick tutorial video. If you’re not too familiar with it and want a quick summary of what LucidSpark does, it is a collaborative tool where people can share and organize their ideas on a near limitless canvas. It is simple and easy to use and I like it.

Then I saw this comment on the video.

Well, I have no loyalty to one product over another and so I thought I would check out Milanote and write a quick review.

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Chromebook – Sign into two accounts at the same time

I was working on a review when this came across my desk. Here is the short story. A teacher noticed that a student had another person’s email open while on their Chromebook. At first, the thinking was that they had signed into that Chromebook as that person (which is not a great idea). Upon further investigation, it turns out that the student in question was properly signed into their own Chromebook but somehow was able to open up someone else’s Gmail next to their own.

Before I go and detail how this happened, this is simply wrong. I cannot think of having a student log into another student’s email account as a good thing. Whether they’re friends and share passwords (another bad idea) or not that should be squashed.

I am going to detail how this works and what you or your Google Admin needs to do to fix it.

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