Showing posts with label CNET. Show all posts
Showing posts with label CNET. Show all posts

Thursday, March 3, 2011

How to Back Up a Gmail Account

Last week Google experienced a glitch with Gmail that caused some users' inboxes to be deleted. Google says that they're working on restoring those inboxes, but I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for that to happen. If you're at all concerned about having something like that happen to you, you should consider backing up your Gmail account. In the video below Cnet's Jessica Dolcourt explains three ways that you can back up your Gmail inbox. Of the three methods she introduces, Backupify is the most appealing to me because I can use that service to backup Google Sites, Google Contacts, Google Docs, and Gmail.

Applications for Education
If you're using Google Sites for a classroom or course website, Backupify is a service that you should give a good look. This is especially true if you're using Google Sites as a digital portfolio of student work. If the day ever comes that your or your students' content is accidentally deleted you could avoid disaster by having it backed up.

On a related note, if you're using Blogger, Edublogs, or WordPress and want to back up the content, follow the directions I posted in December 2010.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Making Coins at the US Mint - Photo Essay

The latest stop on CNET's summer road trip was in Philadelphia where they visited the US Mint. As documentation of the visit to the mint, CNET has produced a twenty-six image photo essay about the mint and the making of US coins. The images chronicle the production of a coin from design through production. View the photo essay here. The related CNET article included the following video about designing coins.

Applications for Education
Talking about money almost always makes students' ears perk-up. This photo essay and video could go a long way in answering the question, "where does money come from?"

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Kid's Economic Glossary
Saving Money in Plain English
The History of Credit Cards in the United States

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

How Should You Spend Your Computer Budget?

In the video below I share my thoughts on a CNET article comparing a $300 notebook to a $300 laptop. In the comments section of the article someone noted that it's not a good idea to buy the best computer you can. I've linked the article below the video. Please add your comments to the video or on the article itself.

Here is the original article.

Here are a couple of related items that may be of interest to you:
Netbook vs. Cheap Notebook Decision
Make the Most of Your Netbook's Screen

Friday, January 23, 2009

History of Apple and the Internet

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the first Macintosh computers hitting the market. CNET has a good slideshow documenting the development of the Mac over the last 25 years. Two weeks ago I posted a video that explains the history of the Internet which you can view here or in the embedded video below.

History of the Internet from PICOL on Vimeo.

Applications for Education
If you're a computer science teacher the CNET slideshow combined with the history of the Internet video could make a nice, short history lesson for your students.

Monday, December 8, 2008

KidZui Gets a Firefox Extension and Offers a Free Version

In March I wrote a blog post about KidZui. At the time KidZui only offered a stand-alone, kid safe, web browser at a cost of $9.95/ month. Since I wrote that blog post KidZui has made some changes including offering a free version of their web browser and lowered the pricing structure for their premium plans.

Today, I learned through CNET that KidZui now offers a free Firefox extension. The extension turns Firefox into a kid safe browser that filters inappropriate content and prevents kids from accidentally deleting files that parents want to save. You can get the KidZui extension here.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Not Free, but Relatively Cheap

I typically don't post stories or link to anything that is not 100% free for the end user. However, in this case I will make an exception.

The CNET Cheapskate posted a very good deal for a Linux - powered netbook from HP. The price is $299 marked down from the normal $499. If you're in the market for a cheap netbook, this might be the deal for you. You can find all of the details and a review of the netbook here.

Friday, May 23, 2008

A Response to "Thanks for the PC."

CNET ran an article today titled, Thanks for the PC. What do I do with it? The article was written in response to a recent survey in which more than two-thirds of teachers said they were not seeing substantial academic improvements as a result of one-to-one computing programs. The article goes on to cite a recent panel discussion at the Future in Review where the panelists pointed to a lack of "how-to" training for teachers as the reason schools aren't seeing significant improvement. One panelist made the argument that there are hundreds of years of teaching methods based on books and there is only a decade or so of teaching methods with computers.

The panelists are correct. Too often the emphasis from local, state, and national government is on standards and reporting. The standards are written based on old methodology therefore anyone trying to develop new methods to teach with technology runs the risk of not meeting standards. The danger of not meeting standards prevents some schools from trying new methodology including teaching with technology. The safe thing for schools to do is to focus on reporting methods and minor tweaking of old methodology. Until schools make whole-hearted commitments to training teachers on methods and means of teaching with technology, the success of one-to-one computing programs will remain limited.