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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Linux Reliability: 464 Days Uptime.

Between 2001 – 2003 I managed a number of Sun Spark and RedHat Linux Servers for a company called Lost Wax that build and designed and hosted Java Applications for large companies in the United Kingdom.

The four front facing firewall were based on Red Hat Linux 6.1 had a number had a number of security tools, like tripwire installed on them on them and allowed limited FTP access from an ISDN link from our premise in Richmond, London.

One of the server, after 464 days began to behave erratically and I logged a service request with the RedHat Linux office which at the time was based in Guildford Surrey which was also the town where I lived.  At the same time I asked a Question on Linux Questions.

Here is the Question I asked in January 2002, the Server at the time had been operational for 464 Days.

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Moodle Consulting with Chad Outten: July 2018

It was wonderful to have Chad Outten on site at the College for three full days of consulting.

We revisited out Moodle installation which as been running “in various guises” since 2007 when it was first installed at our College.

Moodle eLearning Team Glasshouse 2018

The scope outline was to achieve the following.

  • Conduct a technical audit of your Moodle system using our 33-point checklist;
  • Prepare a technical report with recommendations to improve data security, information privacy and site performance;
  • Conduct an e-learning audit of your Moodle system using our 47-point checklist;
  • Prepare an e-learning report with recommendations to improve usability, engagement and learning experience

We expanded the scope and agreed that we would also include and address at the following.

  • (re)configure moodle site settings to improve data security, information privacy and site performance
  • (re)configure moodle course settings to improve usability, engagement and learner experience
  • evaluate teacher practice on the current moodle site based on key metrics: learner experience, course design, communication & collaboration, assessment and web responsiveness
  • deploy moodle to a test environment and build a proof of concept for the ‘new’ moodle
  • identify moodle knowledge/skill gaps and facilitate a practical workshop for staff which targets a specific area eg. assessment, reporting or mobile learning design

Draft Proposal and Recommendations

4.0 Recommendations

Based on the aforementioned challenges and objectives, the recommended course of action is as follows:

Administration. Streamline administrative workflows for course creation, user enrolment, group assignment, teacher role assignment. To improve efficiencies, these processes can, at the very least, be manually batched on a periodic basis or automated to some extent.

Simplification. Reduce system complexity for teachers. This means disabling features/functions in Moodle’s site configuration, that are not essential at this stage. On the same token, (re)setting the global defaults for course settings, activities and resources – will reduce the unnecessary decision-making for teachers. Moreover, creating a course backup as a ‘template’ which can be restored as a new course, 

Baseline. Establish a baseline for Moodle best practice. And mandate this as a minimum expectation for all staff. For example, as a minimum standard, all teachers are expected to upload assessment sheets, setup assignments for electronic submission, enter grades and feedback directly via the LMS, track assessment completion, setup student feedback and issue badges for successful course completion.

Collegial approach. Form an E-Learning Team. This is a select group of highly capable teachers, across a range of year levels and KLAs, who are allocated time release, to meet as a team on a regular basis, champion e-learning best practice, deliver professional learning opportunities and 1:1 mentoring for colleagues in their KLA.

Time investment. Invest in structured release time for teachers to participate in regular professional learning opportunities delivered by the E-Learning Team. For example, Assessment: assignment, quiz and workshop; Communication & collaboration: forum, glossary and messaging; Grades: grade book, grading and feedback; Badges; Reporting; Mobile learning etc. 

Reporting. Configure and utilise reporting functionality to better measure the outcomes of learning. This includes tracking key activities, such as assignments, in courses and aggregating said activities toward course completion. As a result, teachers will be able to view relevant reports and better gauge student participation and progress, and intervene with ‘at-risk’ students, in a timely manner.

 

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Extreme Connect Conference Scottsdale Phoenix Arizona

I thoroughly enjoyed attending Extreme Networks first global user conference held at Scottsdale Phoenix Arizona, USA 15th April to 20th April 2018.

Josh and I  flew from Brisbane, Australia to Los Angeles and then on to Phoenix and for both of us it was our first visit to the USA.

Overall it was and amazing event with so much to learn and experience, most of all I realised the the company took human relationships very seriously.

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Showing off my Extreme Gear: A Visit from Genesis

I’m deeply thankful to all the schools who have allowed me to visit and learn from them over the past 12 or 13 years, and so it was an absolute delight to have Neal McArthur both friend and CT Operations Manager at Genesis Christian College dropped by to have a look at some of the things we are doing at Glasshouse Christian College.

I’ve visited Genesis a number of times since 2004, when I first set up technology at our College About 13 or 14 years ago, I would drive down and ask them all I could think of about school technology, however since those days we have made significant progress in all area’s of technology including Networks.

We showed talked about extreme networking issued and exchanged notes out our experiences and showed him all we could in Extreme Management Centre, and particular the depth of analytical data we are able to visualise the health of and activities on our School Network.

The Extreme Management Centre is a single pane of glass management system that provides wired/wireless visibility and control from the From the Core to the Edge, or in other words from the data centre to the mobile edge.

Footnote: If you are interested in Extreme Networking please feel free to give me a call to discuss, If you’re part of an education organisation I would be more than happy to show you what we are doing with our Extreme Networking Gear.

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Installing two Lenovo ThinkSystem Servers (SR630)

It’s a rainy Saturday, 24 February 2018 and Scott and I are installing two Lenovo ThinkSystem Servers (SR630).  My other 2 Lenovo Servers gave me 5 years of Service and are still in excellent working order.

Scott is an absolute expert and once these ThinkSystem Servers are installed I will most likely never need to do a single thing to them for another next 5 years.

Note:  I always purchase onsite warranty and as much server memory as I can afford at the time,  these servers will be connect to about 40TB of EMC Storage.

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My old Lenovo (IBM) Servers were spend the last 5 years running VMWare vSphere with over 30 instances between them, and seldom went over 9% System (CPU) Usage.

I investigated a number of other solutions including Hewlett Packard Servers and I considered a Hyperconverged  solution on either Simplivity and Nutanix  running on Dell, Lenovo or HP Gear, but I have chosen to keep things as simple as possible.

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