Episode 182 – Cheap Phones

A fantastic episode we talk about distance learning in the fall, learning management systems and how they are not adequate for distance learning and some great ideas of how to make it more successful. As always be sure to subscribe to us on Apple Music or your favorite podcasting app.

Tony’s new phone (Moto G Stylus), Patrick’s desk project & Fred Willard RIP

  1. Learning Management Systems are not Distance Learning Systems
    1. LMS is built with a linear perspective
    2. You can’t prevent cheating
    3. Examity.com
    4. Modify your LMS (if you can)
    5. Teacher website (MS and up)
    6. Project based learning instead of Assessment
  2. Azure and G-Suite Connecting Provisioning and SSO
    1. https://itbabble.com/2020/05/13/azure-and-g-suite-connecting-provisioning-and-sso/
  3. Distance Learning in the Fall?
    1. Using Curriculum map as road map
    2. What have we heard?
    3. Possible options
      1. Hybrid systems
      2. High school take some classes completely online
    4. What should teachers do?
      1. Start recording your lessons ahead of time
      2. Focus on flexibility
    5. What should schools do?
      1. The free products are gone
      2. Make sure your services are good to go in the fall
      3. Document cameras – https://www.ipevo.com/
    6. V2 Stand – https://ipaddocumentcamera.com/pages/justand-v2

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Episode 126 – Fat websites


Tony, Tim and Patrick talk about the increasing sizes of web pages, learning management systems vs. class websites and some email etiquette. Check out the talking points below.

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The average web page weight would equal that of the Doom install image in about 7 months time
a. Link: https://mobiforge.com/research-analysis/the-web-is-doom?r=1
b. Same thing is happening with programs.

Learning Management System or Class website
a. What is an LMS?
b. Pros?
c. Cons?
d. Verdict

Email etiquette
a. Should you have your own personalized signature?
b. Thoughts?

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Edmodo – A guide to explain it all

It is no secret that I love Edmodo. I personally think it is the best online learning management system out there. I mean it’s free, easy to use, pretty darn powerful and can be easily be deployed in elementary schools all the way up to universities. At any rate, I’ve made this guide quite a few times before and here is the latest and greatest one yet. It contains 50+ pages of pure Edmodo goodness. Feel free to download, distribute it and use it as you like.

You can download it from Scribd or from right HERE.

Who needs an LMS – I got Google Apps


Over the weekend I attended the first ever Google Apps for Education Summit in the Middle East. In between a session, a colleague of mine asked asked me, “Patrick, if we have Google Apps why do we need Edmodo?” For those of you who don’t know, Edmodo is a Learning Management System (LMS). It is used to increase communication in the classroom, roll out assignments, easily post important resources and lets other students or you help the students in the class as well as a few other tricks too. There are plenty out there and many are free, like Edmodo.

So my colleague’s question got me thinking. If we do decide to use the Google Apps for Education suite at our school, do we need Edmodo or any LMS for that matter? To find out click on past the break.

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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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Edmodo Guide Version 3.1

If you’ve been thinking about trying out Edmodo now is the time and to help you out I’ve updated and embedded my guide below. Edmodo is a great way to increase the communication in the class, help students organize and to build a stronger learning community. It’s free, powerful and if you’re on the fence I urge to try it out.

Here is another update to my guide for Edmodo. When I started this guide it was only 9 pages long and now here it is 36 pages later. This guide covers everything from signing yourself up to managing grades and everything in between. Feel free to download, print and distribute the guide however you want.

Enjoy and happy Edmodoying (that’s not a word)