Today, I had an interesting experience “hardening” my Macbook’s security by implementing Common Criteria. Basically, Common Criteria is an international standard for computer security. As implemented by Apple on OS X 10.5, it’s a small download and install (103K), followed by a series of system settings changes provided in a PDF file. Basically, I followed a series of steps which, among other things, changed the way logins happen, changed how the computer appeared on the network, password protected the BIOS, etc. It took about an hour, but I was left with a less “hackable” Mac. This type of process is not for everyone, but for security conscious computer users, this is the way to go.
Educational Technology has always been a mixed bag. From old equipment, to lack of training, to lack of time to implement change, public schools have always had it tough. Recently on techlearning.com, a great article was posted which clearly discusses how to perform Staff Development the smart way. A great read which hits all of the important points. Thanks to Nori Murphy for pointing out this article. It can be found HERE.
A great summary from the article:
Technology-based professional development activities should be anchored with the following fundamental principles:
- Participants learn by doing.
- Activities are relevant to the participants’ educational roles.
- Leaders model appropriate instructional strategies.
- Schedules include time for reflection and collaboration.
- Leaders and other participants provide ongoing support.