How to Erase Yourself from the Internet

eraseThis one comes from my pal, Des King. From the site: “If your growing weariness of being constantly tethered to the internet has become overwhelming, it might be time to scrub yourself from the social media sphere altogether. Here’s how you can become a ghost on the Internet, by tracking down and eliminating your digital past.”

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And with that, I wrap up year #16 of! Thanks for coming along on the ride – I’ll start up again after Labour Day. I’ve reached another closure as well – my time on secondment with has come to an end. I’m returning to my district to a CTS department head role and will be teaching in my old favorite area – CommTech and Design Studies. I had a great time and learned a lot with and look forward now to putting into play all the fantastic tools and practices I’ve been working with. Have a great summer and we’ll chat again in a couple of months!

Thingaverse 3D Printing Files and OpenSCAD

thingaverseMy pal, Theresa Paltzat, found this site for those who are building their makerspaces with 3D printers. From the site: “MakerBot’s Thingiverse is a thriving design community for discovering, making, and sharing 3D printable things. As the world’s largest 3D printing community, we believe that everyone should be encouraged to create and remix 3D things, no matter their technical expertise or previous experience. In the spirit of maintaining an open platform, all designs are encouraged to be licensed under a Creative Commons license, meaning that anyone can use or alter any design.”

When I was playing around with the site, I discovered another component – a no-cost product called OpenSCAD for creating solid 3D CAD objects.
It is no-cost software and available for Linux/UNIX, MS Windows and Mac OS X. It appears that the two sites work very well together. I’d love to make that dinosaur business card on the front page!

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Comics in Education

comicsMy pal, Sandra Gluth, passed on this site to me the other day. Comics in Education discusses that there are a great many uses and applications of comics and graphic novels in the classroom, and this area of the site is specifically devoted to them. Check on the Classroom page to find activities, curriculum connections, frequently asked questions, useful links, and opportunities to have Comics in Education at your school. Be sure to view the rest of the site as well – I linked only to the Classroom page.

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PhotoshopCAFE takes a look at Adobe’s latest Creative Cloud

ccColin Smith has released a great summary of the features included this week with Adobe’s latest CC release of Photoshop. He has included a video and a good range of things to know about the updates. While he focuses on Photoshop, there’s a good summary of what a Creative Cloud membership includes and a discussion about how to make the (personal, not school) decision to go with that or stick with CS6. In addition to this, Colin has several good tutorials that are of use to students and teachers.

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Mockaroo data generation

Thanks to Australian teacher, Brian Shaw, who sent me a note about Mockaroo, which lets you generate up to 100,000 rows of realistic test data in CSV, TXT, SQL, and JSON formats. Data fields can be customised to make the data in basically any range you may like. This is tremendously useful for students learning about spreadsheets, databases, programming and web design!

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