Proposal reminder

Please make sure to label your latest proposal in your weblog as "proposal" so we can review and add to the directory.


Summary of the First Week

This week was my first in ISR and as a result each day was just compromised of setting up accounts,blogs, talking about what I was interested in doing and the alternatives I could pursue. Tomorrow I hope to meet the crew that will be staying in the habitat and them questions that I can apply to my Cube-Sat project. Next week I hope to get in contact with Davy Ragland, a graduate and close friend. I hope to ask him about using a balloon to launch a smaller version of a cube sat to test the functionality of my design, until I receive funding for the project. Davy Ragland should be helpful seeing as he was involved in a school project at Stanford in the Palo Alto Valley were they attempted to test the boundaries of using hot air balloons and or helium balloons to move a payload past the stratosphere. Hopefully he will give me some valuable information and tomorrow I will have and idea of where to start with my Cube-Sat.


sumary of this week ramirez_a

It has been quite a hectic week for all of my fellow peers; the first week of school has finally come to an end. However, I have decided to change my ISR study due to uncertain circumstances. I will be basing my new idea off of growing bacterial life forms in a simulation of "mars" soil. How am I going to do this? I have to do research; what I plan for next week is to research the materials that lie within the soil on mars and what bacterial organism can survive in the planets ranging temperatures. This is my first project that had come to mind, however some new individual research studies may come through time. I will be updating my decision on Monday, January 16, 2017. With that, new beginnings will come!


ramirez_a 1/13/17 (HI-SEAS HAB)

Today has been quite interesting; I've become a DNA test subject for a fellow peer, and had been introduced to new beginnings. I had gotten several ideas of who the six crew members will be, an who they are. I have befriended a young junior by the name of Sneha. She plans to study and collect data from the HI-SEAS HAB. She and I both will be aiding each other with data and educational advice. I plan to meet the crew members for the very first time on January 15, 2017. This "meet" and "interview" will give me the capability to understand their physical and emotional state. This summer I had attended a meeting in which involved the previous "volunteer" crew members. I will be using these notes to understand the emotional state in which I predict the fellow crew members will be in. These notes will give me a good idea on how their transition will be. Hopefully, they will be able to answer all the questions within me; with that, I look forward to next weeks explorations!


Weekly summary #3

In this week we will have a Quiz about Asana and I am going to be working on my new draft of my proposal. During the time that has passed my knowledge about my project has grown allot.


Weekly summary #2 09/05-09/09

In this week I've learned allot in ISR. I've learned how to use Haiku the right way and how to find all assignments for this class. Janelle also introduced me to code academy. Code Academy is a website to help you learn how to code. Coding is what makes it possible for us to create computer software like websites and apps. I also took a much closer look into underwater hydrodynamics and found really interesting information that I could use to built my prototype even better. The first steps I will make are to widen my research and knowledge and look at projects that are similar to mine. Another step is to find parts and components for my vehicle. I really can't wait for the class tomorrow and find more features in our time and project management application Asana.


SWARM program

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This program will enable you to watch earthquakes from our server at

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talt: CRISPR next steps, alt project-proposal? Due today
gdonev: CPU? CRISPR? proposal ok
Ograyson:facial recognition, clean up corner, linux machines? kiosk2? photo of workspace, proposal ok
Oliver Kettner: proposal review, SWIFT research, connect with Mr. H, proposal ok, focus on iOS
Sameer Maragh: proposal?
zoe mcginnis: proposal?, EQ connection with Kanoa
Oliver Nie: MSI setup
Ilan: proposal?
Tanner Riley: proposal? CRISPR, alt project
Tommy Truong: Proposal review, elab9 dashboard setup
Johnny Yoon: purchase license? # of seats? Expand project? Include Vanessa Gray? proposal include web links---



Viet Tung Dao emotiv pads?

Vanessa Gary new: proposal

Jake Honl-DeGuair batteries, check solar charge on 4pax, clean up 2 pax

Kama Kahoe-Morrison proposal, food miles, research

Jeff Marks R with Dr. R

Weixing Nie machine learning, MSI setup

Sebastian Restrepo proposal, elab 4 to elab9

Will Savage drone training videos (view/make)

Tommy Truong energy dashboards with SR


2016 notes

ISR notes


  • proposal
  • weblogs-daily/weekly/legacy
  • wiki
  • status Q1
  • preso S1
  • status Q3
  • Final preso S2
  • weblog: 9 points:
  • content, documentation, depth

  • video snapshots Q1/Q2/Q3/Q4
  • elevator speech
  • posters
  • check out:


BYOD and you

BYOD and you

  1. What this means as a teacher: what to look for, abuse, focus and creating an effective workspace
  2. What this means as first line of support: wireless issues, access to servers, what you can do to prepare
  3. Case studies: let’s learn from others what works and what does not

Some history:

  • 1895 committee of ten, line up and learn, face front, replaceable factory workers
  • Jeffersonian democracy: and educated populace is necessary for a functioning democracy (this is in question presently)
  • 1970’s open and flipped classrooms start to show up, break the industrial model, more independent work, with subjective evaluations
  • 1980: computer labs
  • 1995: internet
  • 2005: iPhones, wireless internet
  • 2010: iPads, smartphones everywhere
  • 2016: BYOD

You are part of one of these eras (not the 1895 one), and it shapes how you approach technology, use it, fear it and harness its potential as an educator. Our students are digital natives: they don't know what a world without these tools looks like. They also don't have the social norms yet to properly use these.

Anecdote: Telephone operators were initially hired to introduce the two parties, and "ahoy" was Bell's suggested opening. We are at about the same stage in the adoption of technology into education.

"Any business that brings computers into the workplace and does not fundamentally change the way they operate will find a decrease in productivity" -someone smart, around 1995

Our Challenges:

Facebook, chat, copying, plagiarism, “note taking”, cheating on tests, classroom focus, ADD on steroids


Collaborative learning: you as the bus driver, but many on the bus looking out the windows, contributing to the discussion

How do we control the challenges?

Rules, expectations of deliverables, teacher awareness and education, preparation, content adaptation, screen sharing (you seeing their screens, you sharing other screens to the group), content control, captive gateways

Big issues:

  • AUP (acceptable use policies-HPA, yours)
  • Network access
  • Presentation: screen sharing, TV, Apple TV, projectors
  • Audio-presentation, headphones
  • Power issues-charging, expectations
  • Productive use/integration
  • Inverted circle
  • Testing protocols
  • University videos: watch from the back
  • “I’m taking notes”
  • Content creation vs. content consumption
  • Just in time questions
  • Printing? where? what?
  • Guided notes: using weblogs as guided notes, screen capture images from texts/resources
  • Using google/email search for plagiarism
  • Viruses, thumb drives
  • Content control, user accounting: Meraki vs. Aerohive and others

Support issues:

  • No time to send everyone to IT, you will become the first line of faculty support, but students will likely be first true line of support.
  • Servers: Google drive and Akepa
  • Create desktop aliases to servers (command option drag)
  • Have a look at computer ninja skills weblog near this one

What we've found works in the elab:

  • Content filtering (no facebook) in addition to the HPA firewall
  • User accounting: what machines are where, doing what
  • Guided notes on weblog for each class (see APES weblog)
  • Workflow suggestion: notes->weblog (attach images, media)
  • Weblog options: Haiku, Wordpress, OSX
  • What do don’t do (yet): tracking student engagement on certain projects, e.g. Haiku

What you can do to prepare:

  • Become at least topically familiar with each of the accepted devices your students will be using. This may take place in the first few days of school, by asking them how to use their devices
  • Let other students become first tier support (where are the printers, how to connect to the servers, using the Google apps, navigating the web with different browsers)
  • Try each of these support tips out yourself
  • Create some form of unique presentation workflow that works for you, not necessarily something slick and wonderful, just something you are comfortable with
  • Talk with your peers about their solutions, and where needed seek out experts (Kristin, Greg) and only when all of this is done contact IT
  • Look online to see how other teachers are creating compelling content, how it can change the classroom experience from sage on the stage to collaborative learning
  • Ask other schools (e.g. MidPacific) how they handled their issues, and what new possibilities they have discovered
  • Focus on what this can bring to your classroom instead of all of the scary things I've mentioned above
  • Imagine what the next 10, 20 years will look like with no keyboards, voice and facial recognition and VR goggles (Minority Report, "we'll always need trucks"), and imagine how your teaching will leverage these new technologies


Computer Ninja skills for everyone

Computer ninja skills for everyone

User tips:

Cleaning the laptop (demo)

Looking for leaking batteries

Where not to take your laptop: water, sand, dirt, on top of blankets (overheats)

What to look for: overheating, fan on all the time, slow to load, spinning pizza from hell, beachball of death

Startup maintenance: command-s, fsck -yf

Running maintenance: Applications: Utilities: disk utility, repair permissions

New version:

Restart often, under power

Software updates: where and when, on campus and off

Setup stuff:

-Finder preferences, show all: click on background (finder), command-comma, "general"

System preferences-what is in there you need to know

Printers and Scanners-setting up printers: bonjour and IP address based

-Displays: show mirroring options

Network-wired and wireless:

set service order (gear icon)

wireless advanced: remember networks

Option-fan icon: shows wireless speed as wired speed test

VPN: what is it, why would you use it (advanced)

User tricks:

-Screen capture: cmd-shift-3 (all), cmd-shift-4 (target), cmd-shift-4-space (window), try from a web page

Keyboard shortcuts: command-c, command-v, command-x

option-volume shows inputs and outputs

-Print to pdf, mail pdf, using preview as an editor

-Creating aliases on desktop: cmd-option

Cleanup your desktop: create folder called desktop, make alias of it, put original into documents folder

Connecting to servers, making aliases to these, or of internal folders (quick access)

Email stuff:

  1. logging in: saved passwords where, how to clear, what is the keychain anyway?
  2. Gmail: using “show original”, look for Received: line
  3. reply, forward and forward to all
  4. cc and bcc, what is the difference?
  5. privacy issues
  6. email tone, abbreviations, jargon, ALL CAPS
  7. Email student assignments, using keywords in subject line, sort to mailboxes (Apple Mail)
  8. Apple mail vs. gmail: multiple accounts
  9. Gmail: shift-? opens shortcut menu

Web Stuff:

  1. bookmarks, arranging them (safari), truncating names
  2. saving passwords (danger Will Robinson!)
  3. setting your home page
  4. cautions: kids are altering HTML code
  5. command-T opens tabs, can be used with bookmarks
  6. command-+ makes text bigger for TV, projector presentations
Using notes and weblogs, copy and paste, outline formats
Greg's talk:

Download file "Tips and Tricks.key"

Download file "Tips and Tricks.pdf"