May 14, 2013
Simplifying the Cloud
The New Media Consortium each year produces the Horizon Report with three time frames for the adoption of new technologies one year or less, two to three years and four to five years.
Cloud based applications were mentioned with a one year time frame in 2008 for the Australian New Zealand version. In the international version Cloud Computing was designated in the two to three year time frame and was specifically mentioned again in the one year time frame for the preliminary list in 2013.
Cloud computing did not disappear in the intervening years, rather it became embedded in other technologies such as electronic books, mobiles and apps open content and more. See the attached figure for a more detailed breakdown of the Horizon Reports for 2004-2013.
What we would like to do now is to show how cloud computing could work for you by sharing two approaches.
Use of random Webtool cloud applications
You can use the cloud to store resources and access them from any computer, iPad or mobile and from any location.
Initially you can do this by registering with an array of web tools as they emerge. These include WordPress blogs, Blogger, Edublogs, Wikispaces, Delicious, Diigo, Google Reader, Flickr, YouTube Evernote and Posterous to name a few.
Cloud hosting applications
In recent years there are a number of platforms to store resources up to a certain limit for free.
Drop Box -
You can get a couple of GBs for free and increase your capacity by inviting other friends to sign up. There is an ability to share files between groups of co-workers.
This can be claimed with you Google account and you can get 5 GB for free. Files stored are converted to the Google format and if you want to use in the original Word or Excel version you need to re download the document. You can edit in the Google format but fine tune formatting does become difficult. Nevertheless in the context of other Google Apps it is a great collaboration application.
For those who have a Hotmail or live.com email account you can sign up for 5gbs of free data storage. This is particularly useful if you want to use the document in their original format. There is the ability to access a cloud version of Word, Excel and PowerPoint which is a really useful function.
For those who have ventured into Amazon books through the Kindle store you may have noticed Amazon Cloud Drive. This storage is not exclusive to books and can be used to store files in any format.
A few generic issues to note
- Most of the cloud apps have desktop, iPad and mobile applications so you can access resources from a number of devices. It is important to know which devices you are signed into, especially if you have shared computers.
- All have the ability to store photos, though keep in mind photos take up a lot of your data storage.
- All cloud based applications have the ability to access your resources through the web. There is the ability to replicate these resources on a desktop or laptop through a desktop application. Sometimes this is easier to do greater file movement, auditing and management.
- Develop a system to keep track of your account emails, usernames and passwords. You can store them in the cloud with cryptic clues for the passwords.
- How to start? Sign up for one of the storage platforms and see if it is useful for your own document management. While you are doing this think how you might be able to share resources with your students and enhance the learning process.
April 5, 2013
Today I attended three workshops at Microsoft Sydney and I must say compared up the first time I went there it was a step up in terms of presentation and content. There was a degree of openness I have not felt before , though there is more to go.
Here are a few notes below the picture. Overall – tick to Microsoft.
PS: I enjoyed getting a different view of Epping Road
Meet the New Microsoft
Michael Gration Director Public Sector
His area involves schools business and health. For me it was really informative to mix with big business, bankers and people from medical organisations and to see what is happening in those worlds.
- Tele medicine
- Supermarkets act as banks, banks act as insurers
- Devices and services. People get value in the way they consume services. All in the cloud
- Connect used in the health for surgery
- Not either or it is a with.
- We u all trying to do a little bit more with a little less. It does not implement change, rather it supports. Think about how you deliver services.
- Microsoft – activity based working open plan desks – sit anywhere.
- Suggests 4 mega trends
- Big data
Consumerisation of the enterprise
Daniel Pracny Strass Desktop and Devices Specialist
- Who segment policies depending on role
- What public – data to zero leakage low business impact to high business impact
- 880 SP sites
- 90000 full time employees
- 280 000 system centre managed sites
- 94 000smartphones
- 75 0000yammer
- 2 million remote connections a month
- 5.6 million lync calls per month
- 22 wifi access points globally
- Migrating to SP online
Don’t assume what uses want. Choose devices that is right for your business. Have a white list.
Develop mobile apps for your business. Consider management and security needs.
David Ferguson Productivity Solution Specialist
True collaboration – bank tellers on the floor
Control – e discovery sets, data loss prevention pcids
Hands on presentation using Lync – interesting and useful
Transform the datacentre : Optimise your IT for the Cloud.
Lee Hickey Solution Specialist and James Crawshaw Technical Specialist -
The Cloud OS
- Flexible development
- Unified management
- Common identity
- Integrated virtualization
- Complete data platform
How cloud transforms.
- Shared resources
- Always up always on
- Scalable and elastic A utomated and self service.
- Plus with private cloud control and customized.
Data Centre footprint
- Traditional virtualized and bare metal
- Private cloud
- Public cloud
Top of mind topics: great diagram – did not get – normally I would take a phot but I sensed it was not that open
- Asked to do more with same or less money.
- management automation
- connectivity constraints
- rapid development…
- Beyond virtualization- what can you not virtualized
- Bringing the cloud into your data centre
- Evolution of operational management
- Back up and storage
Wrap up – on message Mark Lee
- VI Data
200000 enterprises use Yammer
What do we mean by the New Microsoft?
- Devices and services company – not a software company any more.
- An enterprise and consumer company.
- Need to expose all our innovations in R&D to customers
I was interviewed at the end – be interesting to see where it turns up.
April 3, 2013
I continue to be impressed by Core Education in New Zealand. This time with the Learning @School Showcase
They have developed this shared GoogleDocument and I particuarily like the notes on learning spaces
Different spaces for learning
Cave for private concentration
Campfire for group sharing
Watering hole – encounters and impulses
Mountain top -
here is a summary of the Horizon report for 2004 – 2013 - Preliminary findings – 2013.
March 20, 2013
Sorry for the formatting – cut and paste from word – I just want to get down my initial notes.
Schools and the Law
Managing Social Media
2013 Masterclass Series
There was an excellent series of PowerPoints provided by the AIS – these are some thoughts and ideas gathered from the presentations.
Director Work Place Management AISNSW
Head of Communictaion and Public Policy Facebook
Facebook, Instagram and Safety
- Focussed on policies tools and reporting infrastructure
- Make the world more open and connected.
- Friendship connection mainly western world.
- Facebook does not have a business unless we make it work for you and it is safe
- Real name culture
- Fake accounts removed
- Facebook community standards for people who don’t read the legal thing we sign.
- Special default settings section on site for 13-17. Eg no alcohol and drugs -
cannot post beyond friends.
- Can report underage child – zero tolerance policy
- Control accountability
- Look up these on FAcebookReporting Guide
- Report dashboard
- Safety is a conversation
- Family Safety centre
- Teaching digital kids
- Inter generational attitudes towards. Social networking
- Use Facebook groups to maintain privacy
Initially a mobile phone app.
Filters has made the difference
- Report underage users
- Choose to share privately
- Report inappropriate content
You can block other users
Remember it is a mobile phone experience
- Remove retweet on instagram? Moderation features being considered?
- Answer:- Filter for spam and known child abuse material. Criticized for restricting people’s freedom of expression. Friend moderation – challenge friends doing the wrong thing.
- Regulation of children under 13. 40-80 percent of students under age. What is facebooks moral obligation? 13 year olds have friends that are 12.
- Be bold campaign Project Rocket.
- AIS has an informal link to escalate issues but have to follow formal reporting procedures.
Special Counsel Minter Ellison
Social Media: Managing the ‘Virtually Unmanagable’
Key test when dealing with issues:
- Damage relationships
- Damage school
- Role of staff member.
“Privacy is dead and social dead and social media holds the smoking gun” – Mashable
Amazing tool and a bag of management issues . Focus staff and students. Focus on staff for this presentation.
- Social media and networking
- Old law new tools.
- Use by employers
- Use by employees
- Unfair dismissal cases
- Practical tips
Cyber vetting in recruitment.
Privacy prospective employees – the privacy laws ( did not get all this). ie: if you inform applicants you will look into Linked In/FB… about them for their job application then potentially this is allowed to collect the data. You need to tell them you are collecting the information – otherwise you can not collect information. Prospective employee can ask to see what you have collected. Hypothetical application for a job – Mother -search Facebook 3 young triplets. Employer flags in paper work by circling photo will she have time for the job? Does not get job. Applicant applies to see paperwork and employer in unlawful discrimination.
Checks and balances with employees – are they trained IP rights, confidential info, defamation child protection. Employees making judgement calls – are you training them. Senior staff less technology skills. Let the Gen Y staff member run with it. Need to be careful.
Employees during work hours – productivity, inappropriate behavior monitoring. . . Are IT policies compliant to work place surveillance Acts – notification and done according to policy.
Outside work hours Breach of employment contract and damage reputation Cyberbullying. – not new another format or tools for child protection issues.
- Focus on relationships with colleages not what is happening out of hours.
- Contracts obligation not to bring themselves and employers into disrepute – do you need a specific reference to social media.
- Training specific and ongoing
- Policies Social media policy how far can it go and why should be in it, CBA was too broad. We request rather than your must.
- Social media – can incorporate into general code of conduct and ICT
- Application to parents ?
- Different relationship parent and students – what is in the contract grievance procedures. Enrollment policies – basic principles because old law can you withdraw students.
- What if staff are using school machines out of hours.
- Could be a stronger position.
Ajoy Ghosh Director
Alcheme PTY Ltd
Where is the evidence and how can I get it
Expert witness road map.
- Intelligence obtain it legally what do you want to do with it?
- Presentation in court
Be aware of electronic bystanders
Where is the evidence?
- Internet try to avoid collecting evidence here – hard to see who owns it.
- School network easiest place to look – if you own your network. Cloud implications – my though
- Schools ISP
- Home ISP
- Platform content provider google etc
Who owns the mobile phone or iPad? Byot? Parents own it so need permission.
What if it is the employer of the parent who owns it? Plans? And access denied.
IT manager not nominated as a child protection investigator. So if redistributes offending texts can be sued for defamation.
Confiscate phones turn it off – old phones old messages deleted as messages keep coming through.
Hang onto the original evidence. Also location data
Tools iRecovery stick and Phone view software.
Legal USA and Legal Australia
- Yahoo – copyright to yahoo Australia can supernatural in Australia.
- US subpoenas more expensive.
- Google laggard in supporting investigations
- Auto fill look for Australian information.
- Legal professional privilege cannot pass on.
Successful schools have a clear response plan. Know what you are allowed and not allowed to do.
Clarify issues over ownership and access to devices and the school friend in social media.
Leaders understand technology and their decision roles.
Director Bendalls Group
Social Media Disruptive or an Opportunity
- Digital strategy.
- Cannot ignore digital age
- Worked with BBC helped turn it to .co.uk
- Works with big companies disruptive or opportunity
- Avoid crisis
- Social vs professional personal grounding. Your are what you Google.
Get your ducks in a row before you start.
Same as media training in the old days.
Policy – check a range of policies eg Coke “play nice” Social Media Policy Tool. Think before you go to the lawyers office.
Unlearn rethink where we all start we start with google.
2005 2013 Papal enclave photo
- Speed everything is accelerated. Respond where it started. Have set statements for crisis scenarios
- Scale content is vast untruths can be come truths social ecosystems reports
- Geography does it define audiences everything is purred. Goggle ranks social content authorship not company. Likes. Social content bubbles up.
- Interaction with content and authors dialogue based
- Complexity has replaced stability. You need to be able to move.
Put yourself on a speed reading course. Things will not stand still.
Five impacts of social media
1. New era of experts - New breed of web celebrities and great content online. Kansas university anthropology
2. New organizations are exissting.
3. IP copyright has changed . Content passed around a school but the content is not about the school message will be shared.
4. Impacts of who we are have completely changed. Value immunity but want to be an individual. Your personal ground.
5. We don’t talk and write the same way now. Uni wants to attract students 140 characters. Need content in short form bullet points video not long form
Same as printing press
It is not about reach it is about influence. Building trust – pass on content because we have trust. Rich territory of story telling. If it is contextually relevant I will pass it on to someone I trust as a participant.
- Advocacy 6-10 percent will only advocate for you. They have a profile they and they will make your reputation.
- Advocate DNA not just your teachers and employees but your students. Students wrote letters to protect your school.
- They are community minded and socially active.
- Learning a living as applied to earning a living
- Appoint a social media council in the school. They become the listening post.
- Respond to comments in the context of a policy. Se platforms hoot sweet Tweetdeck which enable. You to listen.
- 78 percent of people believe people they have not met. 97 percent don’t believe in advertising