Solid State Drives for Older Computers

I upgraded my laptop and netbook to solid state drives (SSD) a couple years ago, and the difference it made was tremendous.  With 8GB of RAM and a 225GB SSD, my 2010 laptop is almost unstoppable when it comes to music, web browsing, and Google Docs.  But for the netbook, the change hasn’t helped as…

Systems vs Relationships: A Binary

In teaching, my focus for a long time was on building a good system for students to learn writing.  Now, I think that the one-on-one relationship with each student has a far greater impact not only on building rapport, but on helping students prioritize their learning.

HubPages: A Challenging Resource

HubPages offers a unique hybrid of social media and blogging (somewhat akin to Tumblr), but it enforces strict community guidelines that can place added burden on the author. It could be a great teaching resource, but I caution against it after the following experiences: When I recently logged in, I discovered that all of my…

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Tumblr Settings: Pays to Read Directions

Understanding the differences between primary and secondary Tumblr blogs is helpful: Primary Tumblr’s are best for your public, “this is me!” profile.  You can comment on other blogs, but you can’t invite coauthors or use password protection. Secondary Tumblr’s are good for classroom collaboration – you can invite coauthors, and then password protect your work.…