Sunday, May 16, 2010

Google Chrome Beta 5

Google released Chrome Beta 5 on May 10th. They also released a new youtube video to show exactly how fast the new Chrome Beta is:

Kevin Honeycutt at TCEA TECSIG 2010 Spring Meeting

I had the pleasure of hearing Kevin Honeycutt ( and @kevinhoneycutt) share his ideas at the TCEA TECSIG Spring meeting this year. I have to say, he was a wonderful presenter. He was the keynote speaker and he also did a break out session.

It was reassuring to hear him talk about working with students, and the lengths he would do to try to help them be successful. He talked a lot about technology and how it has changed the way our students learn. He also played a few wicked guitar solos! :) You can see a uStream of his keynote below.

Keynote -

Here is a great you tube video he made:

Here is a uStream of his breakout session. It is audio only and I think it was recorded from an iPhone in the back of the room so the audio isn't that great.

I thought the breakout session was really good. One of the key points he made was that administrators must protect innovation. He also talked about the importance of project based learning. He cautioned that these projects can't be driven by one personality. In order to achieve long term success they must be driven by the system.

He also gave a demonstration of a very cool tool called AR media. This is an amazing plugin for Google Sketchup that allows users to visualize their 3-D models using augmented reality. You can get more information at their website:
I can see this being used for so many things in the classroom. I can't wait to spend some time testing it. You can see a demo below:

Thursday, May 6, 2010

How to add a footer to blogger

ant to add a footer to your blog? Here's how to do it:
  1. Go to the dashboard
  2. Select the layout option for the blog you want to add the footer to
  3. Click the edit HTML tab
  4. In the HTML editor box, scroll all the way to the bottom
  5. Look for this line:
  6. Underneath that line add in the text for your footer
  7. Click the preview button to verify the text is in the right location
  8. Close the preview window
  9. Click save template
The code for the footer on this blog looks like this:

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

How to change the max upload size for Moodle

These instructions will depend on your OS, and moodle version.

Our Moodle installation:
Cent OS 5.4
Apache v2.2.3
MySQL v5.0.77
PHP v5.1
Moodle v1.9.8

In order to change our max upload size we had to change 2 variables in our php.ini file. The php.ini file is located in the /etc directory. I use the nano editor to edit the file.
Here are the steps:
  1. cd etc
  2. nano php.ini (opens the php.ini file in the nano editor)
  3. look for the post_max_size variable and change it as follows
  4. post_max_size = 30M (change the 30 to whatever size you want)
  5. look for the upload_max_filesize variable and change it as follows
  6. upload_max_filesize = 30M (change the 30 to the same size as the post_max_size variable)
  7. ctrl-x (to exit the nano editor)
  8. Y (to save the file)
  9. Restart your box
That should do it. When the server comes back up you will be able to upload and post up-to 30MB files.

Monday, May 3, 2010

A balloon

At the TECSIG 2010 Spring meeting I had the pleasure of listening to Kevin Honeycutt speak. He made many thought provoking comments, but this one stood out:

"If you push on a balloon, when you let go it goes back to the way it was."

This idea and the conversation surrounding it made me start thinking. He was talking about systemic change. The idea being that if only one person is pushing on the balloon (fighting the status quo), you are in big trouble when they leave. How do we get the system to push on the balloon? If not the system there must at least be a core group of people who are responsible for being change agents. Otherwise there will never be any real change.

I thought this was a great piece of imagery, and a wonderful topic for discussion. I hope to use it in future presentations myself!