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Chromebooks in the classroom...
Thursday, April 24, 2014 2:20 PM -0700By: David Smith
One method of determining geekness is how excited you get when you see a room full of Chromebooks being used - effectively - by students.

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Ok the Google Hangouts are on...
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 1:31 PM -0700By: David Smith
So far so good - one classroom of presenters and one classroom of audience. SHAW:Google Hangouts/Sharing presi's - Bradburn (Google hangouts)
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Google Hangouts between classrooms
Monday, March 10, 2014 4:40 PM -0700By: David Smith
Tomorrow a set of students will be giving presentations in one room and the remaining set of students will be in another room all being linked up via Google Hangouts - am I right in thinking this is COOL! Go Ms. Bradburn and Ms. Shaw!
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Calendar approval
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 10:48 AM -0800By: David Smith
There are two steps which will need to happen so you can have the new "OSA Faculty" calendar on your mobile devices. The first of which is to 'Approve' it to be attached to your FirstClass calendar. Please look for a future email on how t
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Password changes...
Monday, November 4, 2013 8:30 AM -0800By: David Smith
Please change your password on the thin clients. If you need further assistance please contact your teacher.
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Chris Coppola skypes ith DM students
Friday, November 1, 2013 2:35 PM -0700By: David Smith
The DM students just skyped in Chris Coppola to work on a California Pride film competition. Go OSA DM! [ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0178876/ ]New Link
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Checkin on Moodle....
Monday, October 28, 2013 3:30 PM -0700By: David Smith
I am getting reports that Moodle is proving to be a powerful educational offering. Some students who would not feel comfortable participating in classroom discussions are more likely to make posts in Moodle. The students are logging into Moodle aft
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Bullets underwater at 27,000fps
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 2:19 PM -0700By: David Smith
Pretty cool. Now if I could afford a camera which can capture this footage. :-) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OubvTOHWTms
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Piano ensemble - twelve people - one piano
Thursday, August 29, 2013 7:22 AM -0700By: David Smith
[ http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=MS9SdWBzy6Q#at=122&vq=hd720 ]New Link
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Remembering "I Have a Dream" speech....
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 10:55 AM -0700By: David Smith
We should never forget this speech and transformative it was to American social and political norms of both that time and continues to be. CNN article: [ http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/28/us/mlk-i-have-a-dream-9-things/index.html?hpt=hp_t1 ]New Link
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Deploying Moodle...
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 4:32 PM -0700By: David Smith
Ms. Bradburn and I ran a Moodle pilot last year and it seems to be taking hold this Fall. Hopefully faculty will get on board. Check it out at - http://moodle.oakarts.org/
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Students are back....
Monday, August 26, 2013 9:41 AM -0700By: David Smith
The students and their energy is back in the hallways at OSA. If you can believe it - I actually missed it. Welcome back!
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A little humor....
Thursday, April 4, 2013 7:04 AM -0700By: David Smith
Is paper dead? http://vimeo.com/61275290
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Video conferencing into classrooms
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 7:17 AM -0700By: David Smith
Am I the only one who thinks it is cool and educationally beneficial to support 1: A student out sick. 2: Wants to participate in a class debate project! 3: And wants to Facetime/Skype into a classroom!! my horn "Toot toot" /my horn
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Fading importance of blogging?
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 1:00 PM -0800By: David Smith
I am having to force myself to update this blog and am beginning to wonder the value of such a blog. If noone reads the blog - is there any benefit to updating it? Is the blog a one way communication tool - in my estimation it should be a communica
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New year - new focus...
Friday, January 11, 2013 8:42 AM -0800By: David Smith
Now that I feel we are settled into the Fox and the thin client deployment is in place - I am exploring ways to increase my presence in the classrooms. More to come....
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My thoughts on Chromebooks...
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 10:26 AM -0800By: David Smith
A faculty member inquired about my thoughts on Chromebooks...here is what i sent in response. --------------------------------------------- I have done some research on them and overall they seem to be a nice product for individual users who have ubi
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Video conversion utility (FLV, MOV, ETC.)
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 12:01 PM -0800By: David Smith
http://flvcrunch.awardspace.us/
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Obama is re-elected!
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 11:35 AM -0800By: David Smith
Amazing to watch the process last night and relieved to know we have four more years. D
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Did a walkthrough...
Friday, October 12, 2012 2:09 PM -0700By: David Smith
I just did one of my many walk-throughs which I stole from Doctor's who make their rounds. I check in on a few classrooms, explore the different art areas and see what is actually going on. I also have a self-interest in this where I look to see ho
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Listening to presentation from Steve Jobs in '83
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 3:34 PM -0700By: David Smith
I am listening to a lost presentation from Steve Jobs in 1983. It is amazing an inspiring to listen to his predictions and beliefs about the future of computers - like a "computer in a book" for under $1000. Downloaded it from a website -
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The year is underway...
Friday, September 21, 2012 3:57 PM -0700By: David Smith
I am fairly certain nobody reads this blog but yet as a technology director it just seems wrong to have an out-of-date blog. I will then treat like facebook - post things that are of little interest to the community at large :-). Ok maybe not but s
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OSA through the years...
Friday, September 7, 2012 8:58 AM -0700By: David Smith
Back in the Spring of 2003 I began a slow but consistent process of archiving some shows, events, student, and location photos. My thought was that some day someone would ask for a 'photo montage' of the migration of OSA from Alice Street to the Fox
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WELCOME BACK STUDENTS!
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 8:15 AM -0700By: David Smith
It is nice to have that buzz in the halls again. Here's to cultivating excellence.
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WELCOME BACK FACULTY!
Monday, August 13, 2012 7:47 AM -0700By: David Smith
Excited to get another year underway!
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