An Illustrated History of Easter Eggs – James Thomson at Hacking with Swift Live 2019

 

A pleasant bit of nostalgia about easter egg

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Our Schoolbox Executive and Superuser Sessions

Our Executive and Superuser Sessions went very well and I am quite happy with what was accomplished on Thursday the 9th of April (All Day).

The Executive sessions are designed to ensure we are all working towards the same goal. Our trainer and guide Bell Chlosey managed the executive team well and did a great at keeping everyone focused and collecting information we needed to consider about our College and Community.

From what I could gather her task was to collect information from each of the stakeholders by asking strategic questions related to their specific area of responsibility and then taking us on a tour of Schoolbox demonstrating and revealing which parts of Schoolbox she believed we might be most interested in or advantaed by.

Our Executive Schoolbox Team 2019

By midday, I had successfully persuaded the key stakeholders who were part of the Executive to also attend the superuser session suggesting that they would very likely need to play a significant part helping me establish the initial framework and foundation.The Super User sessions were held immediately after the Executive sessions.

At the very least the executive team now have a better understanding about the size and scale of this project, a firm realisation that Schoolbox is a complex product which will require strategic planning and investment from every stakeholder to successfully roll out in our College.

On one hand, I’m a little disappointed to realise that my deepest fears about the company Schoolbox, as I’d suspected from the outset of this journey, are in fact true. “Schoolbox as a business” would like us to hurry slowly whereas I like to work and move swiftly by applying what I call “The Short Shap Shock”.

Rapid implementation mixed with and agility often works best and prevents projects from being derailed or becoming unnecessarily bureaucratic.

On the other, and quite naturally the product has the potential consolidate the various avenues we use in the college to share information and content with our students, staff and parents. Schoolbox will do also facilitate how we collect information from our staff, parents and students.

Executive and Super User Sessions

I’ll be careful to press forward with a strategic and well-timed, implication of some of the key features available in Schoolbox, those features which bring the highest return, other this might become an awkward and burdensome addition to our college if two many feature are enabled at once.

We’ve made significant progress, but unfortunately, we are still not very far down my list of initial objectives for Schoolbox,

What we have completed since 28th February 2019

  • Schoolbox Meetup / Conference in Melbourne
  • Executive Decision to invest in Schoolbox
  • Product Purchase
  • Schoolbox Installed (Production and Development)
  • Kick Start Meeting
  • Executive Session
  • Super Users Session

What we still have to do before November 2019

 

 

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SchoolBox has Arrived – 29th April 2019

In many ways this is the true first day for Schoolbox in our College.  I logged in successfully and had a look around Up until this point we’ve participated in a great deal of discussion, negotiating timelines, and strategising about outcomes and delivery.

Schoolbox has arrived 29th April 2019

I’ve always understood, and it’s been my experience that there is often much more to a new implementation than that which meets the eye. This explains why I feel comfortable but not entirely satisfied with the the progress we have made to this point in time.

 

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Schoolbox Kick-off Meeting on 1st April 2019

According to the Schoolbox the Kick Start meeting is simply a telephone call from a member of the Schoolbox Support team with your own IT Team designed your align their technical requirement with your own onsite technical resource.

Schoolbox Project Kick off Meeting

I was not clear about this at first so it came as some surprise to me that this was all it was, “There Customer and Support Team speaking with my Customer and Support Team”,  even so, it still took a little longer than I had expected it to.

They send me through a new customer form, again this was surprising because I had already completed a detailed form very early in our relationship, outlining our key stakeholders, billing, support and project stakeholders.

They previously and very kindly added me to their support Helpdesk which enabled me to open tickets and support request,  since then I have been very careful to use their Zendesk Helpdesk implementations for all my questions and support communication with Schoolbox.

Schoolbox Kick-off Agenda

Schoolbox Kick Off Meeting Agenda

I quite like the way Schoolbox work, you know where you stand and you have some idea are where you are going. They appear to be efficient at keeping notes, and setting achievable goals, and recording milestones along the way. All the same, I’m keeping my own set of records and planning notes.

I feel that Schoolbox is aligned with my plans and determination to make Schoobox a  successful project and implementation within our College.

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Schoolbox Meetup 2019

Schoolbox Meetup 28th Feb 2019 – 1st March 2019

We had a great time that the Melbourne Cricket Grounds (MCG), we learnt a lot about the the LMS and about the the schools using Schoolbox and we were able to reach a point during the weekend where we felt confident about the choice were were making.

In the interest of due diligence and because our school is about to embark on our own Schoolbox journey I had successfully persuaded the key stakeholders to come with me to Melbourne to attend the 2019 Schoolbox Meetup and find out more about the teams behind the product.

I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the presentations as well as and the keynote speakers.

Glasshouse SchoolBox Meetup Team 2019

Glasshouse Christian Schoolbox Meetup Team 2019

Key Note Take Aways

There was a Key Note Speaker on both day of the conference, and while they were both enlightening, I was encouraged most by Peter Hutton’s keynote about school  transformation,, he spoke passionately about how in his school every student is on and Individualised Learning Plan, because every student is different.

Schoolbox Take Aways.

  • There was a high level of satisfaction amongst SchoolBox users.
  • IT Managers were well represented, but school Leaders and E-Learning specialists were bountiful and comprised the majority, indicating that it takes the whole School to manage and use SchoolBox.
  • SchoolBox will not work “out of the box“, and requires a significant investment in time and forethought to fully customise the product.

I have hopes of bringing about 10 stakeholder  to the next SchoolBox meetup in 2020,  I learned this from observing the CitiPointe team who had at least 10 of their staff represented.

Engage Inspire Schoolbox Meetup 2019

 

 

 

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DONE – Habit Tracking App

Habit Tracking with DONE for iPhone. I have been working at developing and reinforcing my daily habits and was perfectly satisfied with habit tracker table printed on a simple sheet of paper which worked sufficiently well to be effective, after the month is complete I glue the sheet into my journal. My only concern was that I might misplace the piece of paper.

I noticed that the paper method worked efficiently while the habit tracker was clearly visible to me, and if I left it laying on my desk ore carried or around as a visual prompter, as soon as I stuck the current habit tracker sheet into my journal, I lost my motivation to keep checking the boxes, because it was not readily available.

As a solution, I reluctantly began using an app called DONE, which is working well enough although it does, unfortunately, increase my dependence on my phone, which will be challenging for my screen free days.

Done Features:

• Allows you to set and track goals on a daily, weekly or monthly basis
• Let’s you set a goal for MULTIPLE times a day, not just once like most habit apps
• Totally customizable habit display (the colour bar) – you choose what will motivate you
• Enables tracking for both building habits AND quitting habits
• Fun colour options let you customize your list
• The daily journal lets you keep notes about your habit
• Easy to edit activities in the past
• Group habits into custom categories for easy organization
• Multiple reminders for each habit (Premium Version Only)
• Exportable CSV data (Premium Version Only)
• Passcode protection (Premium Version Only)
• iCloud and Dropbox data backup (Premium Version Only)

I’m reasonably impressed with the DONE App and think there is plenty of value doing it this way, however, I am still very fond of paper journals because I scan through my journals after they are filled.

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Pleasantly Suprised by Airport Extreme Update from Version 7.4.2 to 7.6.9

I have two Airport Extremes, the earliest version (1st generation, 2004 – 2008) which I can no longer upgrade / update,  however, I was pleasantly surprised when the other, a 2nd Generation 2008 – 2012 offered an upgrade to version7.6.9.

I have often tried to upgrade the older one (first generation), only because each time I manage it I’m advised that there’s an upgrade available and I’m asked if I would like to upgrade, but whenever I attempt to update I’m disappointed to by failure..

So when the newer on (second generation) offered to update from version 7.4.2 to version 7.6.9 I was sceptical at first, then sufficiently hopeful to take this screenshot, and then pleasantly surprised when it successfully upgraded.

Airport Express Update to Version 7.6.9 Screen Shot 2018-08-21 at 5.56.48 pm

 

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