At Fireside, you can share what's on your mind about education.
As I mentioned in a blog post just now, I've been out of circulation for about a month working hard on a project... but I was prodded to come back to life online when I got a Google+ invite from someone at UnCollege... and boy, i sure was curious to see what it's like. So far I really like it. Facebook never worked for me because of the way that it encouraged, even forced people to blur their different online identities into one place - personal, professional, etc. Since I really don't do personal stuff online, and I wear some different professional hats (my Latin life online is pretty different from my pedagogy life), Facebook didn't fit for me... but the premise of Google+Circles is that you create these 'circles' which organize both the incoming and outgoing stream of activity at Google+. For example, I already have a circle with former students in it, separate from the circle with fellow Latinists, separate from the circle of education technology folks. That sure works for me! Plus you can do things that are 100% public - you can see my public stream here: Laura at Google+
So, some questions for the Firesiders:
I'm still going to be pretty much focused on this crazy Latin project for the rest of July, but Google+ has definitely got my attention too. I'm curious what others here might think about it and/or be hoping for.
Blogger gives the owner of the blog site complete freedom to edit the underlying template, which is mostly javacode. Blogs tend to be highly personalized.
Knol is considered to be a compendium of articles of general interest, so the project does not allow arbitrary javacode to avoid security exploits by otherwise anonymous authors of bogus articles.
The problem with Cloud Computing is that it's often a Thor Thubject. That is, with great power comes great responsibility.
And the truth of the matter is that you cannot trust the average person not to code thunderbolts into the weather.
I found yesterday that it's pretty easy to recover your password for a Google account, provided that you don't forget it twice in the same day as I did.
I reset my password yesterday, got a phone call, rebooted some servers, went to a meeting.....and returned to my desk and I couldn't quite remember the password. So I went through the recovery process and had to answer a security question and was invited to create a new password. easy.
Many hours later, I tried to log-in at home and had forgotten the new password. I went learned that the security question option was only valid once in a 24-hour period. The form let me choose whether I wanted to have a new password sent to my alternative address....which was for a company that I no longer work for.
The only option left was to fill out a form that asked questions like EXACT date that I opened my Google account (which was a few weeks after G-mail premiered...I don't even remember the EXACT year...). They also asked me the last password that I remember that worked. The downside of auto sign-in functionality is that I rarely actually type in a password, so I don't think I got that question right, either.
I think my account may be history, I don't know for sure. I don't have a lot of stuff in the Google world right now, and nothing is critical, but I know that some folks do, so I wanted to report my trials to those of you that have never gone through the password-recovery process. As they used to say in "Hill Stree Blues" be careful out there.
I know just what you mean, Scott - my students use Google accounts for my class (they publish with GoogleSites), so I get them to set up their alternate email address and/or instant messaging address so that they can recover the password if they get into trouble!
Connie, when I do the round-ups for Fireside, I will share that with folks at Google+ too and see if it attracts any interest! :-)