A Day in 2015

A Day in 2015

It’s 4:45am….I know this because the alarm on my phone softly starts to play its melody slowly getting louder and louder until I roll over, pick it up, and swipe to the right. I rub my eyes, stretch and look out the window. The sun is still hours from rising as I watch the Seattle Ferry, all lit up, make it’s majestic journey from Bainbridge Island to downtown Seattle. Filled with the first commuters from the island on this Wednesday morning. As I sit up in bed and my feet hit the ground I pick up my phone to check my updates. Even though I have been sleeping for six hours my assistant Motoy (a Moto X 2013 edition) has been working all night. A notification from the Delta app tells me my 7:12am flight to JFK this morning is on time, a notification from Tripit tells me my gate is now A4 and Google Now informs me that I should leave my house no later than 5:22am to make it in time for my flight. As I get dressed I strap on Motoy’s assistant 360 (Moto 360 watch). It’s 5:07am and 360 shows an updated notification from Delta confirming that my gate is now A4. I swipe the notification aside, check that my heart rate is a calm 57bpm and finish getting dressed. I head to my backpack, slide Macky (MacBook Air) into his slot, wind up the power cord and along with noise cancelling headphones, and my Nexus 9 slide them into their rightful place for today’s trip. Another quick glance at 360 to see it’s now 5:15am and a notification from Google Now reminding me to leave before 5:22am to be on time for my flight. I finish moving my suitcase and backpack to the front door before taking Motoy from my pocket flipping to the Uber app and requesting an UberX ride to the airport. “One moment please” the app responds and then tells me that Omar, my drive, is on his way and should be arriving in less than a minute. I add my destination of SeaTac Airport and slide Motoy back into my pocket and this blog post starts forming in my head ‘How amazing is 2015?’ I think to myself. I quietly walk back into the bedroom, give my wife a gentle kiss on the cheek. She wakes and rolls over to...

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Privacy

Privacy

I need to start checking myself when this question comes up during presentations and trainings. At some point someone always asks about privacy. In many cases they don’t even know…..I think anyway…..that they are asking a privacy question. The questions usually are posed as: “If I put something in Google Drive is it safe?” “If I put something in Google Drive can anyone see it?” “Is it secure?” “Can someone hack in and get my stuff?” I’m finding the more I’m asked questions like this, the harder time I’m having keeping my frustrations in check….to the point I had to apologize to teachers a few weeks ago for getting a little too passionate about the topic. So here’s what I believe…it’s my belief so take it as that. “If I put something in Google Drive is it safe?” As safe as anything you are probably going to put on the Internet! This is a good graph that shows how secure Google is compared to other online storage sites. Can someone hack in? Yep…..if they get your info they can get in…but people can also break into your house….and people do….I’d like to see research of house break-ins verses accounts hacked in the US…that would be a fun comparison. So you tell me what’s more secure….your images backed up to a site like Flickr.com or the external hard drive sitting next to your computer? “If I put something in Google Drive can anyone see it?” Well….no…not anyone……but yes…..Google can see it. Here’s the thing….by using their service you allow them to see your stuff. This goes for anything on the Internet, not just Google. Can your bank see how much money you have? Yes. Can your credit card track your spending? Yes. Our Love Hate Relationship With Technology Here’s the thing that I tell everyone at the end of the day: You have to trust somebody! You do…that’s it. Who you trust is personal but you have to trust someone and the issue right now is we don’t know who to trust. I trust my bank to keep my data safe. I trust Google to use my information wisely. I trust mint.com with all of my financial data. Now…you might not trust these places and that’s fine…..but you have to trust someone. Target is a perfect example. We all trusted Target with our credit card information until that trust was broken. Once that...

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I’m being pulled to Google+

I’m being pulled to Google+

Funny looking back at my older blog posts of Google+ here on the blog. It seems like every year I feel like I need to blog about how Google+ really is turning into a large part of my PLN. In fact over the last few weeks I have spent more time in Google+ than I have on Twitter…way more. The conversation I feel is deeper, more engaging and the communities….the sharing that happens in the communities is amazing. Much like the hashtag communities on Twitter the Google+ communities are rich with discussion, sharing and helping. Blast from the Past: Dec. 2011: Google+ Reflection Aug. 2012: Why You Should Be Playing with Google+ Now Aug. 2013: 7 Google+ Communities You Should be following If you only want two PLNs….Twitter and Google+ get my vote! If you are just getting started with Google+ or you are a Google Apps school. The best thing you can do is put all the Google Products into a circle. Every Google App has it’s own account and they all are posting interesting tips, tricks and updates all the time. Here are direct links to a few to get you started. You can search for the rest on your own. Google Gmail Chrome Google+ Communities are still where I find I spend most of my time that an in Hangouts…oh how I love hangouts! There are way too many to list (although here are 7 Google+ Communities You Should be following) here but if you’re looking for a community chances are it already exists. Don’t knock it till you try it…..and maybe this summer your goal is to start playing with Google+. If you want a really nice how to guide to get you started this is the best one I know of out there. See ya on the...

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Google’s True Self-Driving Car

Google’s True Self-Driving Car

Just a few days ago I wrote about Solar Freakin’ Roadways. Well that same rant belongs here. I love how car companies are trying to fit a new technology into an old design…and they’ll do it. However when you think of what this really means for travel. What the car of the future looks like without a driver, a steering wheel, and all the other “human driving needs” we get something different. In fact…we have to start over and redesign what a car is going to look like when humans are just passengers. In many of my presentations I talk about how this technology is going to make us force us to think different. What makes this technology different than the solar roadways is this has a direct affect on us. When we no longer have to actively drive the car we are free to do other things like work, talk with a loved one, sleep, or relax. It also has the potential that if we get enough of these on the roadways we speed up the flow of traffic as human error and judgement is taken out of the equation. Roadways have no direct effect on us. They’re roads….what do I care? But a car that drives itself…now I can see how that would affect many parts of my life. What technology does this in schools? The teacher computer was the last great revolution. Every teacher having a computer to communicate, research and create changed the culture of schools. Staff meetings changed, communication between parents and teachers changed, communication between students and teachers changed. Communication between teachers changed. The ability to create handouts and worksheets became easier as teacher created worksheets replaced workbooks. Is there another revolution like this coming in education? If so what do you think it will be? What technology is going to affect education so much that it will change the culture of schools everywhere...

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Google Voice Search 2013

Google Voice Search 2013

I often show off a lot of these features when I’m presenting….blows teachers away on what you can do….and a great conversation on how this along changes learning…because it has to. This works on ANY device (the searching part not the “OK Google” part..that is for MotoX phones only and why I’m excited to get mine.) Android devices built in. Figure how how to launch voice search from your phone/tablet iOS devices download the Google Search App from the iTunes store and find the speaker button. Laptops got o Google.com in Chrome and click on the speaker in the search box. Then have some searching fun and just think how this changes your classroom....

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