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Speed up Firefox – do this, it works!! LINK This has made a stunning difference to the speed of my browser.  It was hanging and beginning to drive me nuts.  YAY for a solution.

Phonics and phonological awareness activities – LINK.  Link from Jane 🙂

TextExpander has an update which solves some of the double insertions I was getting.  I love this software.  One of the few things I have paid for …. thg becomes ‘thanks Greg’; sig~ inserts my full signature into anything.  The list goes on.  Saves me a power of time.  Have it set up with my email address as well which is great for online things where I have to type it.  Also use it as an auto-correct for my common typo’s.  Got on to it via David Pogue from the TED Talks and NY Times column/blog.

I’m also loving the minimal mac blog at the moment.  Some really good ideas for workflow management, and the software/tricks to do the things I do all the time faster and in simpler ways on my laptop.

Setting up a small tab in Firefox to keep my GReader open all the time with less space.  Geeky but a useful idea I am loving.  LINK

Sharetabs – have a look and see what it does.  Very cool.

Love this!!  Someone has watched my problem solving technique with the last couple issues 🙂

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I like this!

It applies to so many aspects of school, including as Doug intended my management.  Equally it could be teachers ICT use/ability; kids classroom engagement and effort; the list goes on.

The challenge in the management context is to avoid the ‘suck threshold’ as far as what people adopt as well as my own practice.

A lot of this is self-belief for all of us.  I don’t remember who said [to paraphrase]  “argue for your limits, and sure enough they’re yours” and ” whether you think you can’t or you can you will be right”.  A big part of the role of management is to support people past thinking they ‘suck’ with new stuff.

In the same way as it does in the classroom it means getting alongside people and engaging with them.  As has been said before the principal has the toughest class in the school …. the staffroom.

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from Jane … made me laugh too:

A man in a hot air balloon realised he was lost. He reduced altitude and spotted a woman below. He descended a bit more and shouted, “Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago but I don’t know where I am.”

The woman below replied, “You’re in a hot air balloon hovering approximately 30 feet above the ground. You’re between 40 and 41 degrees north latitude and between 59 and 60 degrees west longitude.”

“You must be in Information Technology,” said the balloonist.
“I am,” replied the woman, “how did you know?”

“Well,” answered the balloonist, “everything you told me is probably technically correct, but I’ve no idea what to make of your information and the fact is, I’m still lost. Frankly, you’ve not been much help at all. If anything, you’ve delayed my trip.”

The woman below responded, “You must be in Management.”
“I am,” replied the balloonist, “but how did you know?”

“Well,” said the woman, “you don’t know where you are or where you’re going. You have risen to where you are, due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise, which you’ve no idea how to keep, and you expect people beneath you to solve your problems. The fact is you are in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but now, somehow, it’s my [add you own expletive here] fault.”

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This video from TED by Jay Walker:

…. is worth watching at a couple of levels:

1. Fascinating ideas and information about the growth of English as the universal human language. And also the ‘language of problem-solving’.

2. His ability as a presenter. The use of video, sound and image to make his point is great. A huge amount of skill and practice has gone into making a 5minute talk.

The hardest thing to do is to be simple! This is a good example of the kind of presentation I was describing to staff this week who were presenting to parents about our Y7/8 programmes for 2010. There is intense marketing going on at the moment in our area from Intermediates and High Schools. As a full primary we have to make sure that our parents are making decisions based on knowing what it is we REALLY do. Not just the perception, the reality.

Blogs like Presentation Zen are fantastic places to start if you are doing any sort of presenting using powerpoint or keynote! Guy Kawasakis 10-20-30 rule is something to think about too …. (not sure about only 10 slides though). So you don’t end up like this:

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I just laughed and laughed!

“Gota get me one of them!”

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a bit of weekend fun?

Office Supplies Rocket – video powered by Metacafe

hehehehe …..

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