Episode 193 – Happy Halloween

Tony and Patrick are back on this the spookiest of all nights to bring you joy and hope through ed tech! As always you can find our podcast on your favorite podcasting app so please be sure to subscribe and enjoy the show.

  1. Happy Halloween
  2. What am I drinking?
  3. Facebook – Meta – Metaverse
    1. Should we care?
    2. Will educators get suckered?
      1. https://secondlife.com/ 
    3. Facebook Files – WSJ – https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-facebook-files-11631713039
  4. New classrooms, how’s it going for Tony? Dual Protocol Transmission (DPT 4.0) 
    1. BenQ Instashow – https://www.benq.com/en-us/business/wireless-presentation/wdc10.html
    2. Patrick’s Review – https://itbabble.com/2020/01/31/streaming-in-the-classroom-benq-instashow/ 

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Episode 160 – AI Still Sucks

Tony and Patrick are back to wish you a Happy New Year and to spread a little ed tech love your way. This show is a good one to close out 2018 so check out the talking points below and as always, be sure to subscribe to us on iTunes or your favorite podcasting app!

  1. Good article or Facebook hit piece?
    Beware Silicon Valley’s Gifts to Our Schools
  2. Tony loves the new Ubuntu, more arguments for a Chrome Based environment and App Stream-  OR – just Ubuntu and Amazon without Google Overlords
    1. https://www.ubuntu.com/
    2. App Stream runs well – https://aws.amazon.com/appstream2/
  3. Crisis plan for IT departments
    1. You Need Power or You’re Gonna Have a Bad Time (Possible Blog Post Title)
    2. What happens in a bad day?
  4. AI Still Sucks
    1. Service that monitors G Suite and Office 365 schools.
    2. I looks at email and Google Drive/OneDrive documents
    3. Can read text in pictures
    4. Looks for drug mentions, violence or gun use, self harm, profanity and cyber bullying
    5. 91,661 issues reported – none that require any action from administration

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The BBC has no idea what Facebook, bad language, or hacking is, but they do know how to get PWND.

I posted the video separately so it would be easy for mobile users.  If you have not watched it, watch it here.

Who is Jeff Jarvis? Well he is a professor at a major university, an author, a blogger, and someone who believes that being PUBLIC is better than being PRIVATE. I know this because every week, for about 2 years, I have been listening to him on an awesome podcast called, This Week in Google.

The BBC, very stupidly, did not research Jeff. They must have Google’d him and found his name under “respected internet blogger” or something. Maybe they read that he has a book called What Would Google Do and another one called Public Parts? Who knows what they did, but whatever they did to decide to interview him was a MISTAKE. He is vocally against scare-mongering.

The BBC, like other major news outlets, only seem to report stories that reinforce techno-fear. It is clear that they have no idea how the internet works, social networks function, or people communicate. They apparently do not even know what improper language is. I have many friends from the UK, and with all due respect to them, they make my attempt at bad language sound like a Disney song. I am certain this BBC reporter, and the viewers, were in no way shocked at Jeff’s harsh words.

We call them major media outlets, or mainstream media, but the fact is they have grown all but useless. If they focused on better research, in-depth stories not motivated and controlled by advertisements, and translating true expert testimony then they would be a significant force against all the bloggers and reddit fans. Instead, the public, at least the people I interact with, seem to always confirm the NEWS by reading a blog. If they cannot confirm it on a blog, then they assume the NEWS is just wrong or on-the-take.

I read sites like Slashdot everyday, because it is timely and balanced. I it is written by amateur writers, who are professionals in other areas. Yes they have grammar issues, but who cares, their reporting is at least summarized enough so that a normal person can consider the story and do further research.

@BCC – distorting stories to scare people is only going to make them numb when something really bad happens. I believe you are being paid with public funds, so this should be considered gross negligence.

@Jeff Jarvis – Thank you for not even allowing them to proceed. You shut them down, and made them look like fools. They had no information or research, and clearly no where to go but to commercial.

Tony DePrato


Schools – Get your head out of the sand!


I was reading an article yesterday about a Georgia girl who is suing some of her classmates for libel for bullying her on Facebook. When I told some people about this they kind of chuckled and mentioned that “I guess you can sue anybody about anything these days.” Then I went on to explain how this girl had been bullied for about a year and the school district, the police and Facebook didn’t take any action. Then the expression changes a little on the people I am talking to. It starts to sink in that this was not the first, second or third course of action for this family. I can understand Facebook passing it over. They probably get over a million reports of abuse every week. The sheer manpower required to go through them all is staggering. The police, I can also see them passing on this issue unless it presented a clear endangerment to the girl in question (which maybe it did at some points I just don’t know). Then it leaves me with the school. Here is there excuse for not getting involved. Since the actions happened outside of the campus they couldn’t take any action.

This angers me.

Read on past the break to find out why and be sure to leave a comment. We love comments at IT Babble.

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Podcast Episode 32 – May 2, 2012

This week Tony can’t join us but that doesn’t mean we don’t have another fantastic show. We are joined by Preston Spradling. With a name like that you know there are going to be some great ideas flying around. Check out the agenda below to see what we will be discussing this week. As always you can listen to our podcast below but we’d love for you to subscribe to us on iTunes.

Welcome Preston

1) Tony’s Post “Thinking in Code

2) Georgia Girl Sues Classmates for Bullying Her on Facebook

3) Turning Students into Good Digital Citizens – The Journal – John K. Waters

4) iPhone app of the week “Starlight – Mobile Planetarium

5) Intellectual property

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Facebook – A square peg trying to fit in a round hole

It’s a square. SQUARE!


Teachers have been using Facebook for educational purpose for a long time. Heck, Facebook even has Facebook in Education group about how teachers can use it for, you guessed, educational purposes.

What bothers me are the teachers who are using it as a Learning Management System (LMS). Where they are running their class from. Their assignments go up there, study guides for tests, etc. I think this is a bad idea.

Want to know why? Click on past the break to find out why. As always, if you agree or disagree with my opinion then let us at IT Babble know. We love comments!

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Cyber Awareness Week


For many middle school students (and a lot of adults I know) their online social community is pretty important to them. In the middle school many of these students are also pretty new to this new online world before them. While they are often wowed about the technology, they often forget that it is a world that can have some consequences as well. At my school we touch on it from time to time but we have started dedicating a whole week to the following topics to raise awareness.

  • Security settings
  • Cyberbullying
  • Online etiquette
  • Consequences for online behavior

Just to be clear, we aren’t telling our students NOT to use Facebook or any social networks, we are trying to make them aware of facets they may not know about. So click on past the break to see what we do. Also, I’m just gong to write about the 6th grade presentation. As you’ll see it’s a lot of information, so I’ll break it up!

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Oh Natalie …

In the month of February of 2011, Natalie Munroe of a Pennsylvanian school district was suspeneded with pay. The cause, she had a personal blog where she said some very unflattering things about her students and colleagues. These things were not that nice. Check out the interview on Good Morning America. While people are debating whether Natalie should be fired or not over what she posted I can see past that to a larger, more important point. Read on past the break to find out what that is.

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Hootcourse – Twitter educationalized


That is definitely not a real word. Anyway, in this post I am going to share with you the online service HootCourse.com. This uses Twitter as a means to create a back channel chat, but it has some nice features that expand it beyond just the normal chat room experience. Basically you use your Twitter or Facebook account to log into HootCourse and it will create a Twitter feed specifically for you. Not sure what that is? Then click on past the break to get all the educationalized information.

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