In what amounted to one of the most far-reaching and interesting conversations at TC Sessions in Zug, Ethereum masterminds Vitalik Buterin, Justin Drake, and Karl Floersch spoke openly – and often candidly – about a bright future for Ethereum scaling and, more interestingly, their way to build teams that work. “There’s definitely changes that we could have made into the protocol,” said Buterin when asked whether or not he would have changed anything if he could start Ethereum again. But, he said, “there are ways in which that the problem is fundamentally hard.” In other words, growth was the only option. “The demand for using public blockchains is high and we need to up the stability in order the meet that demand,” he said. Floersch discussed the problems associated with Ethereum in the context of “adversarial networks.” The network, he said, should “penalize people who don’t provide guarantees” and he … [Read more...] about The future of Ethereum looks bright
Good morning from Maine where the sun is shining and it is a perfect day to play outside with daughters and my dogs. Before they're awake and we're bounding out the door, I have this week's week-in-review to share. This week the annual ISTE conference was held in Chicago. I wasn't able to attend this year. Through the zillions of press releases that I was sent and through the #notatiste sharing of so many teachers and administrators, I was able to keep up with most of what was announced during the conference. The one thing that can't be replicated online is the in-person conversations with other passionate educators. Hopefully, I'll get to catch up with many of you at next year's ISTE conference. These were the week's most popular posts: 1. Five Google Classroom Improvements Announced During ISTE 2. How to Use Flipgrid to Publish Instructional Videos 3. SeeSaw Unveils a New Activity Library - 1500+ Activities to Use Now 4. How to Create a Virtual Tour That Includes Audio Narration 5. … [Read more...] about Google Classroom, Flipgrid, and SeeSaw
ABCya's Number Chart is a simple but fun online activity for elementary school students. The chart offers "beginner" and "challenge" activities. In both activity levels students have to drag numbers into their proper places on a number line. In the "beginner" level students are shown a number line of ten numbers at a time. In the "challenge" activities students are shown numbers 1-100 and have to drag the missing numbers into place in the number line. Applications for Education ABCya's Number Chart isn't a revolutionary online activity by any stretch of the imagination. That said, it is a well-designed and fun little practice activity for young students. ABCya's browser-based activities are now written in HTML5 which means that they will work on iPads and Android tablets. … [Read more...] about ABCya’s Number Chart Is a Fun Math Activity for Kids
Earlier this week I received an email from a reader who was seeking clarification on the meaning of "not filtered by license" in the Tools menu in Google Images. I made the following video to answer that question and to show some other places to find free images to use in multimedia projects. My preferred places to find images for multimedia projects are: Photos for Class Unsplash Pixabay … [Read more...] about How to Find Free Images to Use in Multimedia Projects
As many of you know, Practical Ed Tech is the site through which I offer professional development webinars. I host those webinars on a regular basis throughout the school year. For the last week I've offered the five most popular of those webinars in a summer sales pack. Today is the last day to get all five of those webinars in one package for $25. Five on-demand professional development webinars: 5 Video Projects for Almost Every Classroom Intro to Using Augmented and Virtual Reality in Your Classroom 5 Ways to Blend Technology Into Outdoor Lesson Google Forms & Sheets for Beginners Ten Search Strategies Students Need to Know 5 Video Projects for Almost Every Classroom Learn how to create and complete five video projects that can be done in almost any classroom. You’ll learn how your students can make animated videos, make documentary-style videos, and instructional videos. Examples from real students and teachers are shared in the webinar. Intro to Using Augmented … [Read more...] about Last Day to Get Five Practical Ed Tech Webinars in One Package
Not to be outdone by President Trump, who is poised to nominate a new justice to the U.S. Supreme Court, Gov. Gerry Brown stepped into the limelight by naming 12 new judges in California. Unlike the president, the governor does not have to go through a confirmation process for most of his appointees. There is no confirmation for Superior Court judges in California. Brown's appeals court nominees, however, will have to be approved by the state Commission on Judicial Appointments. The Fifth District Court of Appeal can't wait. Two Appellate Appointments The Fresno-based appeals court has fallen behind other appellate districts in percentage of published majority opinions. According to court statistics, the Fifth District is also the slowest in the state in filing opinions on criminal appeals. In other words, the Fifth District court needs help. After adding a judge in late 2016, the governor has named two more: Thomas Desantos and Mark W. Snauffer. Desantos, 61, fills a vacancy left by … [Read more...] about California Governor Appoints 12 New Judges
In baseball, a triple play is either a good thing or a bad thing. It's a good thing for the team on the field. It's bad for the team at bat. Not that baseball is the same as the law game, but it's not looking so good for three law schools operated by InfiLaw. One just swung and missed in a lawsuit against the American Bar Association. Law Game InfiLaw owns Arizona Summit Law School, Charlotte School of Law, and Florida Coastal School of Law. The for-profit schools sued the bar association after being cited for violating ABA standards. Charlotte closed last year after the ABA suspended its accreditation; the ABA revoked Arizona Summit's accreditation this month; and now Florida Coastal is struggling to survive ABA scrutiny. The law school claims it is complying with general ABA standards, but is still working on others. Until those issues are resolved, the ABA has ordered the school to notify each student of its passage rates, student rankings, and attrition rates. Trying to head off … [Read more...] about Florida Coastal Law School Strikes Out in Court
Though most in house and general counsel hate to admit it, there is a really simple way for any company to get ahead of bad legal press: settle early and confidentially as soon as that first pre-litigation demand letter arrives. Legally, that might not be the best move, but corporations have more to worry about than just what's the best legal move. As recently displayed by Politico, the media thirsts for sensational legal news and will even present an internal legal hold as some sort of proverbial nail in the they-must've-done-something-wrong-coffin. However, as any litigation attorney knows, a litigation hold is nothing really to write home about, though when a company receives a demand letter, or just a demand for the preservation of evidence, sending out the type of notice Politico reported on is par for the course. Avoiding Media Leaks Before sending out a litigation hold company-wide, it may not be the worst idea to employ some email tracking software to ensure that your message … [Read more...] about Can Companies Get Ahead of Bad Legal Press?
Privacy advocates love California's new personal data law; internet companies, not a data bit. No sooner had Gov. Jerry Brown signed the California Consumer Privacy Act than Silicon Valley began to erupt in protest. Consumer groups, on the other hand, saw it as a sign of good things to come. "This is a milestone moment for privacy law in the United States," said Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center. It may also be an epic harbinger of privacy lawsuits. "Milestone Moment" The law gives consumers the right to know what personal information is being collected about them and whether it is being sold and to whom. It also empowers them to delete the collected information and to stop the sale of their information. "Consumers would have the right to request all the data collected about them from a business up to twice a year, and businesses would be required to disclose the information free of charge," Ars Technica reported. The Internet … [Read more...] about New California Privacy Law: Consumers 1; Internet Companies #[email protected]%!
In the whirlwind of reports since Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement, most of it has focused on President Trump's list of possible replacements on the U.S. Supreme Court. There are 25 names on the list, which leaves a lot of room for speculation. Trump has said only that his nominee will come from the list, and that it will be a person who can serve for many years. For various reasons, some potentials are non-starters. Here are three who stand a better chance. Brett Kavanaugh Judge Brett Kavanaugh, 53, is a frontrunner with a conservative record on the "right" bench. He was appointed to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals in 2006, and has produced some 286 opinions. The DC Circuit is considered a launch pad to the U.S. Supreme Court, but Kavanaugh barely made it there. With opposition in the Senate, it took three years from his nomination to his confirmation. Keith Blackwell Judge Keith Blackwell, 42, serves on the Supreme Court of Georgia. He is the second-youngest male … [Read more...] about A Shorter List of Potential Nominees for the U.S. Supreme Court