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December 2nd, 2013 at 1:50 pm

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Some more DER bashing

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It all started yesterday when a person posted the following question on the ESNET (Engineering Studies and Industrial Arts Discussion NSW ??) forum.

Gday all

If anyone knows any good sources of information for, or would like to respond to the following it would be greatly appreciated.

Are the laptops for stage 5 students an appropriate resource for learning or are they simply a distraction in the classroom, undermining student’s engagement and therefore having no educational value?

Mobile phone technology is advancing at an alarming rate, to the point where the difference between a computer and a phone is becoming blurred. With this in mind would it be ridiculous to suggest the use of mobile phones as a resource to enhance teaching is the way of the future? Why neglect the use of mobile phones when nearly every student has one?

Thanks,

*********
BTechEd SCU

Which received the following answer in thread from a NSW teacher.

Dear ******,

Regarding laptops; I do not permit their use in my classes.
The reasons are that I mainly teach in workshops (where students are expected to work with their hands) or in computer rooms (where there are obviously computers for the students to use).
In the computer rooms the computers are arranged so that I can see what is on the monitors, most of the time. The problem with the laptops is that it is not easy to see what the students are up to if the students are facing you.

Regarding mobile phones; They are to be confiscated if they are visible in the classroom. In fact our school policy does not permit their use during school hours including recess and lunch.

There are many issues with use of mobile phones in the classroom; misuse of the camera, unpoliced downloads, cyberbullying etc.

Cheers,
*******

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September 1st, 2010 at 10:00 am

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Domain names and site hosting

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As some of you who follow me on Twitter (@theMolisticView), I have recently been contemplating starting a web based business, delivering web site services. Having received information from the Department of Fair Trading I am preparing to move forward.

I started to look around at purchasing Domain names and Web site hosting. I have discovered that there are huge differences in pricing and services in both areas without much explanation as to why.

It has long been known that GoDaddy.com is the cheapest domain name provider on the internet. The issue with using GoDaddy.com is that do not supply .com.au domain names.

Moving to Australian providers, there is Crazy Domains and WebCity that I have found.

Crazy Domains offers .com.au and .net.au both for $12 a year as long as you register the name for 2 years. WebCity offers the same service at $11.25 per domain name over the 2 year period.

There are many hosting providers on the net. I currently use WebCity to host a testing site. The prices for hosting again seem to vary widely. WebCity has hosting starting at $6.95 a month for the business starter going up to their Business pro 3 account which is $19.95 a month. Webcity have a few restrictions on their low-end products such as only one domain, limited bandwidth per month etc.

Crazy Domains have only three hosting plans. $2.25, $3.75 and $4.75 a month. The main difference that I can see from their information is that the cheapest hosting plan only allows for 25GB’s of space, the second has 100GB’s and the third is unlimited. They do not appear to have a restriction on bandwidth which is strange.

So my question is which hosting service do you use and why?
Please answer in the comments or email me 🙂

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May 5th, 2010 at 7:29 am

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April 18th, 2010 at 12:14 am

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Help out Sue Waters PLN survey

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Sue Waters is conducting a survey into PLN’s asking “A Year Later And Are We Using Different Tools To Connect To Our PLNs?”  You can take the survey here.

It is a relevant question, I know I have already changed they way I use my own. While your there check out Sue’s blog and other projects.

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October 6th, 2009 at 11:28 am

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