A Friendly Reminder About Laptop Ergonomics

Good posture when using any computer makes great sense. Follow this helpful video above to help make your time in front of a computer less stressful. If you value your physical health, this is not something to be taken lightly.

As some would say, practice good ergonomics, sit up straight and take frequent breaks or be prepared to spend lots of money on a good chiropractor or massage therapist!


Tech Resources for Teachers

Educator Kathy Schrock has a great online resource for teachers here: http://www.schrockguide.net/

She has information on:
iPads in Education
Literacy in the Digital Age
Tech Skills for Teachers

Kathy has been a school district Director of Technology, an instructional technology specialist, an adjunct education professor, and a middle school, academic, museum, and public library librarian. She is currently teaching online graduate courses for Wilkes University, as part of the Wilkes-Discovery masters program in Instructional Media.

Worry, protest over internet bills PIPA and SOPA moving through Congress

The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect-IP (PIPA) bills have been introduced in the Senate and the House and each is moving through Congress. It gives the government and corporations the ability to censor websites in the name of protecting “creativity”.

Though these bills has had broad support from Hollywood movie studios, the music industry, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, many Silicon Valley firms say it effectively amounts to censorship. The law would let the U.S. government or corporations censor entire sites – they just have to convince a judge that the site is “dedicated to copyright infringement.”

Under this bill, sharing a video with anything copyrighted in it, or what sites like Youtube and Twitter do, would be considered illegal behavior according to this bill.

Many internet portals shuttered their web services in protest, Wednesday, January 18, 2012. Including Wikipedia, CraigslistReddit and Boing Boing.

One large industry lobbying group, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), is fighting back and calling the blackout an ‘Abuse of Power’ by internet portals. See report

News reports:
Web Protests Seem to Be a Turning Point
8 U.S. Lawmakers Abandon Anti-Piracy Bills
Web protest exposes rivalry between Silicon Valley and Hollywood over anti-piracy

TED Talk: iPhone App development by a 6th Grader

Thomas Suarez is a 6th grade student at a middle school in the South Bay of Los Angeles. When Apple released the Software Development Kit (SDK), he began to create and sell his own iPhone applications.

Thomas has been fascinated by computers and technology since before kindergarten. Recently, he’s been focused on the development of applications for the iPhone, and has established his own company, CarrotCorp http://www.carrotcorp.com/. His most successful application is one he terms “an anti-Justin-Bieber game” called “Bustin Jieber”. “It’s is a variation on the Whac-a-Mole theme,” he explains. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bustin-jieber/id404956571?mt=8