Thursday, October 31, 2013

Episode 158 - MOOCs, Cryptolocker, and RIP iGoogle

It’s Thursday, October 31st, 2013 and welcome to episode 158 of Tech Talk 4 Teachers. I'm Tom Grissom, I'm Cindy Rich, and I'm Mike Gioia. (evil laugh - Halloween edition)

Welcome to Tech Talk for Teachers the show about Teaching and Learning with Technology.

This month we will be talking about a Technology and Science Symposium currently underway here at EIU, MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), a very scary Cryptolocker threat for PCs and we will finish with our Technology Picks of the Week.

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Show Note Links

NSA infiltrates links to Yahoo, Google data centers worldwide,
Snowden documents say

2013 - EIU Technology and Science Symposium


Stephen Colbert Tries to Make Sense of MOOCs with the Head of edX

Technology Picks of the Week

Tom's Pick
Twitter in-line pictures  

How to turn off Twitter in-line pictures

Cindy's Pick

ighome - iGoogle Alternative 

Mike's Pick

Lunatik Stylus 

Keep on Learning,


Christina said...

For my class I have setup a start page at Another good alternative for iGoogle.

TechTalk4Teachers said...

Thank you for another alternative to iGoogle, looks like a very clean interface. tg

risingearler said...

Stumbled on your blog and podcasts and have enjoyed.
I'm also in education and am looking to buy a surface pro 2 and wondered which machine you would recommend based on your experiences.
I'll use for Office - word, excel, powerpoint and outlook.
Concerned about whether to go for the 4GB RAM version or 8GB RAM.
I also use Camtasia and think the extra RAM might be useful for this plus programmes like Dragon Naturally Speaking.
What do you think? I'm on a tight budget but don't want to regret not spending an extra £200 or so.
Best wishes

TechTalk4Teachers said...

Thank you for reading, Here are my experiences, I am using the original Surface Pro 4GB/128GB model and it is working well for me with Camtasia. Of course, if money were no object I would like to go for the Surface 2 Pro with Haswell but you have to jump to the 256GB SSD model to get 8GB RAM, gets pricey fast. Also, if you have access to a desktop with higher specs you might consider off-loading the high-intensity processes like video editing to a machine with dedicated graphics card, the Surface Pro has a USB port that makes it easy to transfer files on and off the device. Finally, if on an extreme budget you can still get the original Surface Pro at discounted pricing but it will not have the battery-life or processing power of the new Surface Pro 2 Haswell models. For just screencasting the original Surface Pro has been fine for me but I do keep it plugged in to an electrical outlet as video processing drains the battery quickly. The active Pen input for the Surface Pro models is extremely valuable for mwe while screencasting. I have not used Dragon Naturally Speaking with it, good luck. tg