Yesterday I changed from my original WordPress theme, Twenty Fifteen, to Cover. So far I’m liking the minimal design of Cover and how the blog roll page presents post excerpts rather than the full text of each blog post. In addition to this visual overhaul, I’m sifting through my old blog post drafts and deleting many that have accumulated over the last few years.
Sometimes these drafts contain ideas that aren’t particular content rich and don’t make the cut. Others are from instances where I just need to write out ideas to engage my mind and get a better hold of my thoughts. In these cases, my drafts are never intended for a public audience. Lastly, there are cases where I’m not able to prioritize writing about certain topics and my original drive/interest fades by the time I revisit my writing. All that to say, since I’m spring cleaning my website, I wanted to take a moment to document some of these old ideas (whether they provide others with a spark or not).
I’m sympathizing heavily with Tom Woodward right now:
In my head I've written about 100 more blogs posts than seem to exist on my blog. It makes them much harder to link to though.
— Tom Woodward (@twoodwar) March 30, 2017
As I release some ideas from these blog post drafts, please note that many of the thoughts shared here are preliminary and I’m not going to alter their original form. In other words, expect unusual grammar, etc. from this point forward:
Blog Post Title: Components of an iPad Rollout
Having worked with instructors on what their course might look like with iPads and with IT and other instructional designers, I wanted to outline the different components of iPad rollouts at the University of Oklahoma.
Blog Post Title: Lowest Common Curriculum Denominator
What level of technology should we be developing curriculum at?
What is the base level to not exclude socioeconomic groups?
What is the lowest amount of technology curriculum should be developed for?
Blog Post Title: You Should Use Open Broadcasting Software (OBS) To Record Instructional Videos
OBS lets you create complex scenes for presentation.
Free & Open Source
Blog Post Title: Record Instructional Videos On Your Android Phone
What you need
Powerful enough phone*
What you can do:
Record a screencast of an app on your device.
Content Specific Apps:
*Nexus 6 and Nexus 4 were able to handle screen recording without any issue.
Blog Post Title: A Chromebook Lifestyle
I recently published a list of 10 Chromebook recommendations that cover many of my major productivity needs and workflows that I am accustomed to on my Mac.
This exercise has made me more versatile in my work. I am now able to sign into any Chromebook and access all of my email, calendars, music, and documents. It is a phenomenal feeling to know that you can up and working from any device in a matter of seconds.
This change to a more cloud based productivity is….
Blog Post Title: Setting Up A Bretford Cart Computer Lab
I was recently tasked with setting up 16 MacBook Pro computers for a classroom computer lab that will double as training and meeting space for my office. This post outlines the process I went through to complete this project.
Stage 1 – Preparation
The image of the first computer was made with the external drive.
Stage 2 – Imaging Computers
This is where the project became easy.
Stage 3 – Preparing the Brentford Cart
I started working on Stage 3 after I got into a routine in Stage 2. The main objective was to string the