Like in my previous post, I was trying to record an audio  lecture in OneNote. This worked pretty well, and made me excited for the possibilities this would open up for my students.

Being the type of person I am, I started doing some research in to if this is the best solution for me. OneNote is definitely my favorite note-taking application, and using the Pen from my Surface works wonderfully (if only my penmanship were better). I came across an article that listed what Khan from Khan Academy uses – I can’t afford the Camtasia Studio – I think that’s what it’s called – software, but a low-cost version called SnagIt is available.

I have played around with it – and I love it. I have already recorded a couple of videos, and am looking forward to doing more. Now I need to work on sounding more excited – without students faces looking at me, I guess it’s not driving me to talk in the manner which I usually do.

I have heard of some people lecturing in a mirror – they’ll record their audio, but while doing so, they’ll have a mirror nearby. Maybe I’ll try that.


OneNote in the classroom

February 11, 2017

I know it has been a long time since I have “blogged” – some of that was because of having another child, getting another job, etc.

This blog, as you can probably tell by the title, has to do with Technology. A little over two years ago, I started teaching a Cisco Network Technician and Associate class (teaching to the Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician/Cisco Certified Network Associate certifications).

This has been a learning experience for both myself and the students. If I am frank, I believe most of the learning has been on my part. These students over the past almost-three years have touched my life in wonderful and profound ways. They drive me to be better all the time. The better I am at instructing them, the more successful they are – and for some of them, if they earn their certification, it might change their family tree.

Going back to the topic of the blog – I am going to try something new. I am going to try using OneNote on my Microsoft Surface Pro 4 to help instruct my students. I purchased a headset with a noise-canceling microphone, set up OneNote 2016, and am going to attempt using my pen and microphone to teach.

One of the hardest subjects I teach in my class is subnetting – this is where you take networks of any size and shrink them, so-to-speak. It deals very heavily with binary conversions, and students need to be very comfortable in subnetting for their certification. I hope that, using OneNote, students can play back my “lecture” at their own pace and time, so that if they were to miss a class, or miss a step in the process, they can repeat what I say or do.

Being frank again – I didn’t realize until I started recording myself…I’m a hick. I don’t think I’ve ever really listened to myself. I sound country in my lecture. Which is all fine and good – maybe it’ll help the students stay awake while listening to it.

I’ll do my best to get back on here and give an update – and to also just get back to blogging in general. This is good stuff.

Google Chrome OS

December 6, 2009

This is going to be an article about the preview of Google Chrome OS, but I feel the need to do a little bit of history (how far we have come!) on recent operating systems:

Windows 95 – introduced a vastly improved user interface (UI), with a Start button that encompassed the majority of the operating system’s functionality. Just by clicking Start, the user could access settings, programs, and their documents. Versus Windows 3.1, where the File Manager and DOS stood hand-in-hand, this introduced a much slimmer, more reliable interface.

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Satellite Internet

November 23, 2009

Preface: I work at a local telephone company that offers dial-up and DSL Internet. The DSL has several different plans to pick from, ranging from 1.5Mbps to 6.0Mbps, different dial-up accounts built into the DSL plan, different number of emails depending on what plan you choose, and it is all unlimited – there is no cap on what you use. I had the 1.5Mbps plan, and last month moved up to the 6.0Mbps plan.

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Buying stuff you need…

November 17, 2009

Why do some people always buy what they don’t need? Example: a person that is never going to do anything with their computer but surf the Internet, write an email, and occasionally use a word processor get a computer that is meant for gaming?

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So, I noticed that I have mainly focused on cars for the last few blog posts. I need to do a computer one…

Sadly, there is always a lot more car news than computer news that interests me. That is probably because there are so much more changing in the automotive world than the computer world. Computers go through huge changes maybe once a quarter – a new CPU (chip or architecture), a new graphics card (again, a revised chip or a brand new architecture) or some new form factor or technology that shakes things up.

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Windows Live Writer

November 11, 2009

I am writing this with Windows Live Writer instead of using the WordPress editor…just to try it out. I download Windows Live Essentials on every machine I have, or work on, but i have always left Windows Live Writer, Toolbar, and Family Safety off of my checklist. I love the other programs though, and I might start adding Writer on if I like how this post turns out…

Update: I like it…I think I will stick with Writer to update my blogs from now on…

Update again, almost a year later: You can tell by looking at the site that I haven’t really kept up with my blog. However, I still use Windows Live Writer (the new 2011 version) to update my blog…I actually liked the older version better, but it works ok.