Aug 19, 2012 - Cool Tech    4 Comments

#Linux is an operating system that basically acts as a platform for your computer…

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#Linux is an operating system that basically acts as a platform for your computer to run on. Despite #Linux having advanced capabilities than other operating systems, #Linux is not as widely used as its peers Windows, Mac OS X and Android. However, IT geeks and technicians are becoming increasingly frustrated with the shortcomings of the industry leader and are turning to #Linux to improve the personal computer systems.

A variation of #Linux is used by many companies in the technology industry and most super computers are run on a variation of #Linux. One of the key selling points for #Linux is that is it designed with security in mind and has encrypted codes as standard, therefore reducing the threat of virus attacks.

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Aug 1, 2012 - It's the Process    2 Comments

Words of Wisdom

As mentioned in a previous post, I recently attended an alumni conference for my grad program. There were representatives there from almost every group from cadre 1 through 14 (the ink was still wet on their diplomas!). The new cadre was starting their learning adventure and we had many opportunities to welcome them into our community. They were nervous, curious, cautious, excited, and ready to embark on their new learning adventure.

It is an extremely intensive year, one that makes you step up to your A game and play hard. It is also a transformative year, and for many, disruptively so. At the conference, we joked that there needs to be a post-graduation therapy session to help people step out into the new world they have created. It’s a little bit (or a lot) of PTSD mixed in with exuberant passion, a heavy dose of high-octane ADD, and an overwhelming desire to change the world. What in the heck do you do with that?

That’s exactly the question that one of the alumni posted to the board. Hopefully we were able to share some wisdom with the cadre 14 folks who are all excited and ready to take on whatever comes their way. Julia asked “What is the one thing you wish someone had told you as you began your post-OMAET/OMET/MALT journey? Great question!

I responded:

Relax. Reinvest in relationships. Reinvest in yourself. Nature hates a vacuum and it will be very tempting to fill up all that spare time with new projects. Take some time to reflectively consider your next steps and be very intentional about what projects you engage in. Christine was absolutely right above. Some of the biggest changes may have nothing to do with technology. Take the time to discover yourself.

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Jul 29, 2012 - Random Education    2 Comments

Connecting Points

Darn it all! The only thing that can get me sidetracked more than perusing font sites is looking for WordPress themes! I am setting up a completely different blog and in the process of looking for a theme for that one, stumbled across the theme you see here now. It’s perfect!

Isn’t that how learning happens sometimes? In the process of focusing on one thing, you come across something totally unrelated that suddenly makes sense. Fill your brain with lots of learning from lots of different disciplines and you will find those connecting points come at just the right time, and usually when you least expect it.

Now back to your regularly scheduled programming…

A Tale of Two Conferences

There are as many ways to approach education as there are children in school I suppose. Everyone has their opinion on what is best for the kids. In the past few weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to experience an extreme contrast in philosophy first hand. I attended a very large, international education conference in San Diego and I organized a much smaller alumni conference in Malibu. The differences between the two were quite distinct.

I probably should make a disclaimer here. I have been a member of school site councils, am a current vice-president of a small charter school board, and have worked closely with teachers and students from kindergarden to university levels. I’ve worked with, and against, the system in place, sometimes with more success than other times. We have pulled our own six children out of public education and are homeschooling them because of many of the things I have seen over the years. It’s possible that I’m a little jaded by what I’ve seen in a lifetime of being immersed in education.

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Jun 15, 2012 - None of the Above    Comments Off

I find it quite entertaining that the most active thread on the OMET/MALT Alumni…

I find it quite entertaining that the most active thread on the OMET/MALT Alumni FB page has to do with chiffonading. #itstheprocess #docsue

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Jun 5, 2012 - Quotable Quotes    Comments Off

Never Regret

Never regret. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience.”

~Victoria Holt (1906–1993) British writer