Saturday, March 8, 2008

Best Web Designer On Earth

My new favorite web developer.

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Home schooling is now illegal in California

Citing state law that goes back to the early 1950s, Croskey declared that "California courts have held that under provisions in the Education Code, parents do not have a constitutional right to home school their children." Furthermore, the judge wrote, if instructors teach without credentials they will be subject to criminal action.In our state, Home Schooling Parents must be a part of a home school association, and they have to follow a particular curriculum and keep very good records. From the details of this case, where a family was under investigation for child abuse because one of the children filed a complaint with the DCFS, I would say that the root of all of this is that the California DCFS was placing the burden of investigation and monitoring of this family on the public school system, instead of doing their job of monitoring the family with home visits and due diligence.

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Thursday, March 6, 2008

Textbooks Driving School District Adoption of Vista, Office 2007??

Apparently the newest "Computer Applications" textbook for High Schools in our state is based on Windows Vista and Office 2007. There is a debate in educational technology circles about having to upgrade and the issues involved with that. One of the participants in the discussion even invoked the "Conspiracy" theory meme, that M$ is working with the "approved" textbook publishers to get this sort of change made.

I think that in general, it's just the textbook company updating their texts to the latest versions, in order to sell new editions, and to keep from becoming outdated.

Suggestions from the group ranged from just staying on XP, to switching to Google Apps or OpenOffice for those classes. The Rebels!

I couldn't find the new textbook in our textbook ordering system, and I could not find any specific information on how M$/Vista/Office 2007 were required to be used.

Spartanburg 7: Instructional Technology Blog

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Robot High School

A coworker's son did this video for school. "Welcome to Robot High School, a modern day high school in which every student is a robot. Everyone obeys the dictating Principal and hopes that they don’t become scrap metal. But there is one Robot who stands out and is determined to escape from this communistic type society and be free."

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Monday, March 3, 2008

Crossroads Realty

Recently, my partner and I worked on a new web site for Crossroads Realty in Columbia, SC

"All About" Real Estate

My wife is working on a program for her Real Estate Clients where she is putting on a whole series of workshops and seminars so that all of her clients and anyone in the community can learn about how the real estate process works.

All About Real Estate

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Buy a Tivo

The answer to your question is easy.

They don’t care. DVRs are killing the existing model, even for Cable Companies who make a ton of cash selling advertising that they then play OVER THE TOP of time already sold to other advertisers.

Buy a TIVO, and send a REAL paper letter to your cable company, telling them that their business model will fail, eventually.

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