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  • Deb Kim 8:35 pm on November 11, 2011
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    Take a moment to write your final post about which PBA future emerging market tool (product or service) you have used and which one you would like to see more of.   As some of the coursemates have mentioned in their posts, I would also like to see more of blogging. Blogging is the area that […]

    Continue reading Final Post: Blogging and Cloud Computing are Ways to Go Posted in: Week 10: Product-Based Assessments
    • verenanz 7:45 am on November 12, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hello Deb,

      I agree that next steps could be developing rubrics and assessment for PBA assessment tools. Creating a Web 2.0 tool that offers examples. That would be an interesting business opportunity….

    • Everton Walker 9:43 pm on November 12, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Deb & Ver

      Very interesting take on the issue. The rubric would certainly add some form of standard even the aim is not to standardized these assessment. The aim is to keep them as informal and authentic as possible.


    • jenaca 4:29 am on November 13, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Deb,
      I also agree that blogging should be used more frequently in classrooms for students to use. I think it’s a wonderful way for student’s to be creative and express their thoughts and learned knowledge.

  • kstooshnov 3:43 pm on October 29, 2011
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    This summer, during my sixth MET course (ETEC 510), I had a month-long contract with the Vancouver School Board to teach an elementary-level computing course, which I named the Web Wandering Workshop.  It was a great opportunity to take some of the ideas I was learning on-line, and practice them in the classroom.  Due to […]

    Continue reading Web Wandering Posted in: Week 08: Files in the Cloud
    • mcquaid 5:19 pm on October 29, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi, Kyle.
      Interesting summer workshop – did you have any daily stragglers, or were all students interested and quick to finish? When I have my kids in the computer lab, I always have a healthy mix of steady workers, easily-self-or-externally-distracted students, lazy students, and totally disinterested / off-track students. One of my curses is also the forgotten password of programs I have them try out.

      I like programs like Glogster which allow me (with the paid version, anyway) to manage all student accounts / names, etc. It can take a little while, but I like creating accounts with the same names and passwords that students use to get on to our network.

  • Jay 1:52 pm on October 27, 2011
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    There are some interesting issues being raised with regards to cloud computing, privacy, legal issues and international boundaries. These all must be taken into consideration before a business chooses to shift an IT outsourcing option. In his post Cloud Computing and International Law related issues, Di Martino (2011) raises some issues to be considered before […]

    Continue reading International Law – Clouds may bring stormy weather Posted in: Week 08: Files in the Cloud
    • hall 5:00 pm on October 27, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Jay

      Thank you for the resources. The considerations that businesses need to be aware of are very important. I found data retention for tax purposes to be an interesting topic. Most countries survive on the taxes on goods and services. How can a country tax services provided by an organization which uses cloud computing? For example, if an educational institution in a particular country provides services to students across the globe but the data is stored in another country via cloud computing. Which country would tax this educational institution? Would both countries tax the institution?

    • Angela Novoa 10:53 am on October 28, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Jay, thanks for sharing the resources. This is a very interesting issue. As Conroy suggested most countries survive on taxes on goods and services, so taking in consideration these issues is relevant. The need of regulation about the matter is the clue. And there is not only need of regulation on cloud computing but also on many issues related to the use of technology. And in the case of Education is very important to be clear about this.


    • verenanz 7:33 pm on October 28, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      HI Jay!
      Thanks for continuing my train of thought…..You have a lot of good points about taxes and legislation which we will have to consider.

      Thank you for the insight!


    • khenry 7:16 am on October 29, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Jay,
      Thanks for the resources and the discussion. Cross border policies are indeed important considerations. We even see them coming up in the use of content management systems and the location of providers for the very reasons you highlighted. I believe we will be seeing greater focus and developments in this area as I believe that Cloud computing is inevitable and really is a natural and necessary progression to facilitate needs and technology within the present and future environment.


  • andrea 7:37 pm on October 26, 2011
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    Cloud computing has been a central part of my MET experience, but I have yet to use it in my professional life. Since starting MET many, many moons ago, I’ve gotten much more comfortable with cloud computing options like Google Docs, wikis, multimedia publishing tools, etc. The usability of these has improved, even over just […]

    Continue reading Considering cloud solutions Posted in: Week 08: Files in the Cloud
  • Jay 2:46 pm on October 26, 2011
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    I do not have personal experience using cloud technology in a school environment and while overseas teaching in Japan had little knowledge of the existence of such online software. Looking back it could have been beneficial then but I think as many others have pointed out, privacy issues would likely have been a barrier to […]

    Continue reading “Banking” on clouds Posted in: Uncategorized, Week 08: Files in the Cloud
    • mcquaid 2:58 pm on October 26, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hey, Jay.
      I liked your comparison of banking to cloud computing – entrusting your money / files to someone else and getting it when you need it… maybe from a bank across the globe! Your comparison had me thinking, though. I don’t care if I get the same $20 bill I gave my bank. I DO care if I get the same file back from Google that I gave them. I don’t care much what a bank does with my non-unique-to-me money. I DO care what happens to my personal files, pictures, and ideas, and where they end up, and if someone has a copy of them.
      Perhaps cloud computing is more like running a mint or federal reserve… sending money “out there”, but not allowing copying or destruction of it?

      • Jay 3:06 pm on October 26, 2011 | Log in to Reply

        Yes these are definitely holes in my banking analogy and I agree it is essential with cloud services such as Google that a person gets back the exact, unique-to-them data that is uploaded and without the risk of it’s replication and non-consented distribution.

    • Everton Walker 7:32 pm on October 26, 2011 | Log in to Reply


      The bank example is a good one. It’s amazing how many persons trust the bank with millions of dollars but are skeptical about doing the same with information. Which is more important? I have a strong feeling that all the skeptics will eventually buy into the cloud idea. This definitely seems to be the way forward especially as persons are now investing in mobile devices.


    • David William Price 1:39 pm on October 27, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Banks have insurance. Money is replaceable. Data is unique.

    • hall 3:59 am on October 29, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Jay,

      I like your comparison; that is so creative. I agree with you that bank and cloud technology are similar but to a certain extent. In my view, data can be sold without your knowledge but money is not so. Also in light of David’s view, money is insured but can data be insured? I f cloud technology collapse could we retrieve our data?

    • kstooshnov 11:37 am on October 29, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Jay,

      It is amusing to read your thoughts on cloud computing in terms of Japan and banks, as the country has a reputation for being ahead of the technological curve, as parodied in this Onion article, but trying to get a couple thousand yen from an ATM past the bank’s early closing hour (7 pm for most parts of Japan I visited) was next to impossible. Mobile phones could do so many things (I was there prior to the iPhone 3 world-wide release) and no doubt they are still turned off and tucked away in school bags across the country. If data is similar to money, using Japan’s model, we’d have ten to twenty USB drives dangling from our mobile phones. However, on the upside, if we lost our phone somewhere, it would most likely be waiting for us, untampered, at the nearby kōban/police station. A very unique place, ne?


  • bcourey 2:03 pm on October 24, 2011
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    I am taking my 7th MET course currently and plan to complete the program by August 2012 (fingers crossed).  I have enjoyed the cloud applications despite the concerns about privacy and security.  I worry about their use for students, especially younger students, but personally I don’t  post anything that I consider private or threatening to […]

    Continue reading Living in the Cloud Posted in: Week 08: Files in the Cloud
    • bcourey 2:10 pm on October 24, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      One thing I forgot to add: Just a few years ago, I heard Will Richardson speak for the first time at a technology conference and he stated that if someone threw his laptop over a bridge, he would not be the slightest bit concerned because everything he created was in the cloud. That changed my thinking forever!

      • Deb Giesbrecht 12:38 pm on October 26, 2011 | Log in to Reply

        Interesting thought….if we are not concerned about privacy we are concerned about someone stealing/or loosing our laptops! I think he makes a valid point that all information he currently has is stored else where – hence a much lesser fear of loosing information.

    • mcquaid 2:22 pm on October 24, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Brenda, I think you illustrate one of the biggest cons and one of the biggest pros of cloud computing: the security of not losing your files to a local disaster (fire, flood, toddler, etc.), but the anxiety of not having your files on your own machine. It’s a rather abstract thought, isn’t it? We can’t touch our files, either way, but, for some reason, we feel that they’re more in our possession when they’re just on a device or two at home or work, and somehow safer.

      You mention your apprehension in using cloud-based programs with younger students. What are your specific, key concerns for them?

      • bcourey 2:27 pm on October 24, 2011 | Log in to Reply

        First the concern is about personal information that might be posted (eg Addresses, full name, phone number) when students haven’t had enough training about the dangers. Secondly, are they more vulnerable to predators if they are in the cloud as opposed to a closed server system? I do know that in our board, we are not allowed to use cloud applications if any information is confidential – the term “Homeland Security” aka US servers is bantered about our office regularly!

      • jarvise 4:19 pm on October 24, 2011 | Log in to Reply

        OK – this calls for a video clip:
        http://youtu.be/Guwvwp0uSU8 (from the movie Zoolander)

        I’m using most of the same applications as Brenda (although still a facebook holdout – but have started on google+). I have also been using google docs exclusively for all of my word processing for the past couple of years. I don’t save anything on my computer anymore. My husband has recently become obsessed with icloud, and buys online comics from comixology. He has expressed concern that when you buy comics there, they are cloud stored, so he is worried that if they go out of business he wouldn’t have them anymore. I’m just glad he’s not piling up books anymore. I love the cloud. I trust the cloud. I encourage students to use the cloud. I am a cloud advocate.


    • jenaca 5:26 am on October 25, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Brenda, thanks for that information on Will Richardson, it’s amazing to think how much information we actually have in the “cloud”

    • Deb Kim 11:24 am on October 25, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Google Doc was great help when we did our group assignment, wasn’t it? 🙂
      I haven’t used Evernote and DropBox, but it seems like they are becoming more widely used these days. I’ve seen my students using the DropBox to save their work as they tend to lose track of their work whenever they save it in the school server. For my students, these cloud apps are usually for personal use (as far as I’m concerned) so privacy and security are not huge issues that occur to me (though I’m a little worried). The apps also allow us to select whether we want to make our work public or private, so we can decide if we want to share our items and it assuages our concerns regarding security and privacy.


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