Friday, September 21, 2018

How The Heck is the 600 MHz Wireless Auction is Going to Impact Me?

Early September 2018,  I ordered a Shure wireless mic from B&H Photo Video for my school, late September 2018 I received an email from them stating that my product may be eligible for (up to ) $500 rebate!!  My mind spun with the thoughts of what I could do with ALL that extra cash.  So I used their link to see how much scarole I was eligible for, sadly to say it was only $50 but it was not for the new wireless system I bought but a trade-in offer for any older wireless systems I had. 

It seems that the FCC has auctioned part of the 600mhz spectrum to telecom companies and if your wireless system falls in that range...basically it becomes illegal to use and becomes a dinosaur on July 13, 2020. Starting October 13, 2018, the manufacturing, sale, lease or shipment of wireless microphones or similar devices that operate in the 600 MHz service band frequencies (617-652 MHz and 663-698 MHz) will be prohibited in the U.S. 

After I read this I almost passed out, all my schools mics in the Auditorium are Shure Wireless Systems. I ran down to the Aud and to my relief, found that they all operate in the 500MHz band...PHEW!  I only have one mic and receiver that operates in the 600Mhz range that will go bye-bye.  So you can do two things: 1) keep using the mics until the drop dead date and retire them to the antiquated AV equipment Hall of Fame Display or 2) use the this link (B&H's trade in offer), find how much your rebate is, send it back to the manufacture and use the money to purchase a new system.

To read more about this check out this article written by Daron James and how it will impact filmmaking.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Economist explains why 5G may be both faster and slower than the previous wireless generation

The promise of 5G may not be met until the launch of 6G.  Basically The Economist state the the coast to build 5G networks will cost a lot of money and consumers are not willing to pay for it...yet.  Read the article here.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The SAMR Model, provided by Orange High School, Orange, NJ (USA)

Introduction to the SAMR Model

Dr. Ruben Puentedura developed the SAMR model as a way for teachers to evaluate how they are incorporating technology into their instructional practice. You can use SAMR to reflect upon how you are integrating technology into your classroom.
Is it an act of Substitution? Augmentation? Modification? Or Redefinition? 


The Padagogy Wheel, using 21st Century tools, version 4.1

The Padagogy Wheel 
Developed by
Allan Carrington
University of Adelaide

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
This Taxonomy wheel (pdf.file) was first discovered on the
website of Paul Hopkin’s educational consultancy website That wheel was produced by Sharon Artley and was an adaption of Kathwohl and Anderson’s (2001)
adaption of Bloom (1956). The idea to further adapt it for the pedagogy
possibilities with mobile devices, in particular the iPad, I have to acknowledge
the creative work of Kathy Schrock on her website Bloomin’ Apps

Friday, November 3, 2017

How to use Voice Over on the iPad to read books off's Web Reader.

So I guess I am a little slow on the draw.  We create accounts on for our students who need help with reading materials.  On March 2, 2017 I posted an article that told how to use's web reader.  At that time it seemed as though you could only use the fully functioning web reader using a browser on a computer, but not on an iPad.  On the computer, the web reader gave you a "play" option, on the iPad this function was not available because the browsers would not support it.  

With this in mind, we would purchase and download the Voice Dream Reader App ($15) from the App store...then we became an 1:1 school and we started having more students that needed the materials read to them on the iPad. I am sure we could purchase a license for Voice Dream Reader and push it out through our JAMF iPad management software but we do not have an exact number of students that need it and that number seems to increase every couple of weeks.  

Finally I decided to sit down and investigate if there was any way to use the iPad without downloading the Voice Dream App.  Here's is what I discovered.

I found that you have to use the Safari will not work with Google Chrome...I guess Apple and Google do not play nice/

Let me just warn you that there are 2 ways to do this and here is my take...

  • I would login to, find and open the book and THEN turn VoiceOver on the iPad. 
  • If you turn VoiceOver first and THEN login to, just remember that you have to click once to select something (be it a link or even to type a letter) THEN double click it to enter. FYI-I did it this way first and it worked but my patience was severely tested.

  1. Go to look to the top right and click “Login”.  Use the same username and passwords as they do in class.
  2. Look in the middle of the screen under your name and click on #1 – view your assigned books (reading list)
  3. Click on on your teacher's reading list (i.e. - Ms. Schaefer’s reading list)
  4. Find book in that list…go all the way to the right of the book you want and click READ NOW
Commands to move forward and back pages are at the top of the screen (a left triangle to move back  page, a right triangle 

Now set up Voice Over on the iPad.
  1. Go into settings
  2. General
    1. Accessibility
    2. Voice Over
    3. You may want to click on VoiceOver Practice first because once you turn VoiceOver on, the commands for the iPad change.
      1. You tap once to select and item
      2. Double-tap to activate the selected item
      3. Swipe three fingers to scroll. (it is a little confusing at first but you'll get the hang of it.)
    4. Turn VoiceOver by moving the toggle button to the will turn green. 
    5. Press the Home button once...the big button on the front of the iPad
    6. Click the Safari icon once to select it a black box should now surround the icon.
    7. Click the Safari icon twice to open it and get back to
    8. Use the triangles to find the page you want, REMEMBER you have to click once to select and TWICE to move a page.  The icon to the left of the triangles (looks like a box with 3 lines with buttons at the end of them) allows you to open a Table of Contents. 
    9. Click once to choose the selection you want to be read to you...a black box will surround the text and the iPad should start reading it.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The silent presenter in a meeting.

I am doing a test run with a presenter for a PD day and we are using meeting web browser interface for it.  She can hear me but I can not hear her, be it on our: Macbook or Windows 10 laptop (hardwired or connected via Apple TV).  When I run a test for an audio signal using the interface I do hear the "air raid horn" sound effect on all devices but I still can not hear the presenter.  I can hear the presenter on the MacBook alone but when connected to the TV or Apple TV I lose her audio. Then it hits me, maybe it is the browser??  I was using Google Chrome, so I decide to try IE  and in the process it advises me to install the client.  I enter the meeting code et voila, I can hear her.  Who knew?!?  It is the simple things in life that make me happy.

What happens when your Macbook says it can not connect to your Apple TV.

You have the best plans for this next class, you are going to have them use Kahoot to go over the latest English problemo...your MacBook keeps telling you that it can not connect to your Apple TV.  You have checked your connections, you are on the same network and all that fun stuff still nothing.  You call IT.  They can connect with their iPhone and your iPad, so what gives???  It seems as though your Apple TV has updated itself to its latest software rendering unrecognizable by the MacBook because it is running an older iOS.  We updated the MacBook to Sierra, NOT High Sierra, and everything started working again.  If you have downloaded Sierra before, and do not want to update to High Sierra just yet, log-in to the App Store, click the "Purchased" tab and scroll down to find Sierra, download and install. Depending where you are it could take a while, but after the install your MacBook and Apple TV play nice again.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Amazon 1-click patent has expired, but once again if show that it was years ahead of the curve.

I heard this story on NPR back on September 6, 2017 and it once again demonstrated some very forward thinking by the gang at Amazon.  Imagine back in the day a process that when you sign in on Amazon, go to buy something, and all you had to do was press one button and voila, you bought it!! Amazon patented that process back when it was just a little online bookseller in 1997. The amazing thing was that this was seen as something so novel, so new, not was allowed it to be patented.  The story is from NPR's Morning Edition's Julia Dewitt.