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Incorporating TPACK and SAMR into Lesson Planning

Like everything in education, the world of edtech is swimming with acronyms, perhaps none more important than SAMR and TPACK. While I’m not into educational fads or acronymizing every facet of teaching, SAMR and TPACK are absolutely fundamental to the successful implementation of technology in the classroom. It’s important to note that with both frameworks, it’s not about the technology. However, it is about the technology when teachers don’t…

Open-Source Curriculum and 1:1 Device Implementation

This plan was created for my Professional Development and Leadership in Educational Technology course at Concordia Academy. Through this project, I needed to create an executable technology implementation plan and desired outcomes of the plan. This included defining the school size, population (students and staff) grades taught, administrative structure, geographic location, existing technologies, typical capital budget, limitations/constraints, etc., the goal of the…

Blue Screen of Death: WHEA Uncorrectable Error

So tonight, I ran into an issue while uploading some files via FTP. My custom computer build gave me a Blue Screen of Death with the error code: “WHEA_Uncorrectable_Error.” It seemingly happened for no reason, and I have never seen it before. So what should I do? I used to jump straight to Command Prompt and run chkdsk /f. However, I’ve learned my lesson from before. If you use chkdsk on a failing hard drive, you actually risk losing your data.…

My Laptop: Everything from Disk Cloning to Overheating

Last summer, I began wondering why my two-year old HP 15-d035dx laptop was frequently overheating. I couldn’t hear the fan running, which was my initial clue that something was going wrong… or was it? Hard Drive Woes My HP had been running a little slower than normal, and I assumed there was either a CPU problem or the hard drive was going. Unfortunately, I was right; the problem was confirmed when a Windows dialog box popped up informing me that my hard…