Reclaiming Educational Technology: fostering a culture of innovation

Episode 2 of Reclaiming Educational Technology, focusing on the DTLT unit at the University of Mary Washington, and how they are able to successfully foster a culture of innovation. Reclaiming Educational Technology - fostering a culture of innovation from UCalgary Taylor Institute on Vimeo.

January 1, 2015 · 1 min

reclaiming website search

I’ve been withdrawing from relying on Google wherever possible, for various reasons. One place where I was still stuck in the Googleverse was with the embedded site search I was using on my self-hosted static file photo gallery site. That was one of the few places where I couldn’t find a decent replacement for Google, so it stayed there. And I wasn’t comfortable with that - I don’t think Google needs to be informed every time someone visits a page I host1....

January 5, 2014 · 3 min

giving up on owncloud (for now)

I've really been loving running my own dropbox clone, by using owncloud running on my Hippie Hosting Co-op account. It's (mostly) seamless and automatic, and (usually) Just Worksâ„¢. It's not as polished as Dropbox's UI, but that's not critical (although the status badges on files and folder badges would be nice…) But, over the last week or 2, I've been noticing that owncloud on my work computer gets wedged. Digging into the status, the URL changes from my owncloud instance to something intercepted by browser-based wifi authentication....

June 4, 2013 · 1 min

google kills iGoogle (slowly)

the iGoogle service let people put together rich dashboard-style home pages, with widgets sucking data from various places into one handy location. Great stuff. I know lots of people use it as their home page, and use it daily. But, Google has decided it's (almost) time to kill it, turning it off in November 2013. I shifted off of a hosted homepage long ago, because I didn't like the idea of feeding the tracking databases every time I opened a browser....

July 3, 2012 · 2 min