Episode 147 – No phones

Welcome back to another awesome episode of the IT Babble podcast. This week Tony and Patrick discuss cell phone bans and some solutions, screen time and much more. Check out the talking points below and as always please subscribe to us on iTunes or your favorite podcasting app.

  1. Mobile Phone Shutdown by Tony DePrato

    1. https://itbabble.com/2018/01/14/mobile-phone-shutdown/
    2. http://blog.tieonline.com/mobile-phone-shutdown/
    3. A solution for a school in Massachusetts: http://m.wbtv.com/story/37349086/ma-school-locks-students-cell-phones-in-pouches
    4. Jumpcloud – https://jumpcloud.com/
    5. Yondr – https://www.overyondr.com/howitworks/
    6. Laptops and Phones In The Classroom: Yea, Nay or a Third Way? By Anya Kamenetz from NPR: https://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2018/01/24/578437957/laptops-and-phones-in-the-classroom-yea-nay-or-a-third-way?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=npred
  2. MySimpleShow.com – A review by Patrick Cauley

    1. https://itbabble.com/2018/01/22/mysimpleshow-com-a-review/
    2. The good, the bad and the boring
    3. Should schools use it?
  3. Tony’s Macbook Pro hell

    1. MacBook Pro’s when update to High Sierra (10.13)
    2. Loses WiFi connectivity
    3. Up to 2 hours per computer to fix
  4. Two different takes on a study from Emotion

    1. The study: http://psycnet.apa.org/doiLanding?doi=10.1037%2Femo0000403
    2. Study: Being a Teen Sucks Right Now by Ed Cara of Gizmodo

      1. https://gizmodo.com/study-being-a-teen-sucks-now-1822305426
    3. Screen time: Mental health menace or scapegoat? by Michael Nedelman of CNN

      1. https://www.cnn.com/2018/01/22/health/smartphone-screen-time-happiness-study/index.html
    4. A Day in the Life of an MIT student – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMyKOkyAjUQ
  5. Could a Messy Desk Make You a Better Teacher by Julie Blume Benedict

    1. https://www.weareteachers.com/messy-desk-better-teacher/?utm_source=ActiveCampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Could+a+Messy+Desk+Make+You+a+Better+Teacher%3F&utm_campaign=WAT+eNews+1%2F25%2F17
    2. Is Omar right?

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Edmodo – The guide

I just completed a workshop on Edmodo and what it can do for teachers. To go along with the prsentation, I created a guide. Before you go clicking on the link to get the guide, I’d like to explain something first. The guide is not a guide on how you should use Edmodo. It is a guide on how to simply do certain things with Edmodo. The way I use Edmodo and the way you may use Edmodo could be very different.

This guide is just to get you started and to answer those important questions of “how to do I do this with Edmodo?” ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​So click on the image below to get the guide from Yudu and enjoy!​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Don’t forget to leave a comment.

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Google Docs – Presentation – A real trainwreck

*UPDATE* I did follow up and try Zoho and Prezi the next time. Read what happened (it was good by the way) here.

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Google Docs offers something that Microsoft PowerPoint, OpenOffice, LibreOffice, and iWorks cannot–real time collaboration. I recently just finished up a unit working with two of my grade six classes about building an effective presentation and how to present. I gave them a general topic and they were to create a presentation in Google Docs, share it with their partner, and share it with me. How did Google Docs do? Well . . . not so great. Read on past the break to find out why I used it and what went wrong.

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Less do, more think – I think I’ll do both

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Today I was reading a blog called Teknophilia. The author had re posted a blog he had read on another blog by Jerri Kruse. The blog is called Teaching as a dynamic activity and the post is Less Do, More Think. Jerri makes some good points but I believe that he has overlooked some pieces of the puzzle. Read on past the break to see what I think about it and then leave a comment. We love them here at IT Babble!

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