Digital Literacy curriculum resources, low cost computer hardware for nonprofits, grant programs for computer hardware, etc.
"The CFL program evolved as a guide for implementing Executive Order 12999, Educational Technology: Ensuring Opportunity for all Children in the Next Century. The order encourages agencies, to the extent permitted by law, to transfer computers and related peripheral equipment excess to their needs directly to schools and educational nonprofit organizations. The CFL website allows eligible recipients to view and select the computer equipment that federal agencies have reported as excess (via GSAXcess®)." (Home Page, 2.7.2014)
“Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.”
― Mark Twain
"Well done is better than well said."
- Benjamin Franklin
"Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable."
- Francis Bacon
"Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart."
- William Wordsworth
"I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions."
- James Michener
This will be a fun experiment...can't wait to look back at it next December!
2014 Tech Predictions
1) Google Smart Watch released no later than March 30th.
This is not a groundbreaking prediction. Many fellow gadget enthusiasts, professional technologists and others agree we will see this by the end of next year (related: http://www.gizmag.com/when-will-google-glass-finally-go-on-sale/28788/ )
2) Someone will release a tablet and stylus combination that makes for a writing experience almost indistinguishable from the pen-on-paper experience. (If this already exists, somebody better tell me before I buy more Moleskine notebooks...and no, the Galaxy Note products aren't quite there yet in my opinion...they're good...very good...but not quite there yet.)
3) Google will issue a series of Google Now updates that will quickly overtake Siri's capabilities. New natural language interaction and translation features will set the world abuzz. (related: (12.25.3013 - http://techcrunch.com/2013/12/25/google-wants-to-build-the-ultimate-personal-assistant/)
4) Those who haven't yet enabled two-factor authentication on every service they can will scramble to enable it when a real and serious threat gets worldwide media coverage. (related: http://lifehacker.com/5938565/heres-everywhere-you-should-enable-two+factor-authentication-right-now)
5) The amount of networked devices in homes that currently have broadband access will double between now and Dec. 2014. (related: http://www.engadget.com/2013/12/20/nest-protect-review , http://www.engadget.com/2013/12/16/google-testing-smart-thermostat-energysense/)
6) Facebook will have a very serious rival, which will spark rumors of a "MySpace-like Exodus." No real information behind this...just a sense that its time has come.
7) Somebody will finally start to make a serious commercial push to rid us of all these damned keys. ...that may be more of a wish... (1.6.2014, related: http://www.engadget.com/2014/01/06/okidokeys-hands/)
8) This year really began the journey, but 2014 will be the year the mouse dies. Er...the computer mouse that is...the-mouse-as-critter will continue to thrive. (related: RIP Mr. Engelbart: http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/03/tech/mouse-inventor-dies/)
9) Advances in recycling technology in the first half of the year will ensure that everyone in the US is familiar with the term "landfill mining," by the end of the year. The technology advances will allow for smaller, portable recycling systems that can separate more of the usable materials from the raw waste materials. (related: http://bangordailynews.com/slideshow/maine-running-out-of-landfill-space-recycling-rates-stalled-but-new-technologies-are-emerging/)
10) Yes...of course...3D printing, yada, yada, yada... (related: http://www.engadget.com/2013/12/18/3d-systems-xerox , http://www.engadget.com/2013/12/16/cornell-speaker)
11) Intuit's Quicken will complete it's move to "the cloud," which began with its acquisition of mint.com. If this makes you queasy over security and privacy concerns, fear not, your bank...if you bank with one that covers three states or more...will be extending it's online offerings this year to include most of what you can do with Quicken.
12) Over-The-Top video content will push Internet Service Providers (ISPs) uplinks to capacity as 4K video streams are provided by Netflix, Amazon and others. Local network caching will provide some relief. Regional ISPs will scramble to find affordable broadband access in time to keep their businesses afloat. , (related: http://www.theverge.com/2013/12/19/5226736/netflix-4k-streaming-announcement-ces-2014, http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000947061) (1.6.2014, related: http://ces.cnet.com/8301-35284_1-57616665/samsung-teams-with-amazon-comcast-studios-on-4k-video/)
13) The Google vs. ESRI battle will continue and Google will overtake ESRI, and possibly absorb (see also "purchase") them. (related:Google's success will be largely due to an agreement with these folks, http://icesat.gsfc.nasa.gov/icesat2/ ...No real info. to back that up either, but if I had Google's money...and I knew NASA needed money...I'd be working on it....)
I don't usually go for these things...the new productivity "breakthrough" usually holds as much weight with me as...well, the newest weight loss "breakthrough,"...that being said, I took elements of this and combined it with my system and I'm liking the results so far! Hey, it's a three minute video...more info at bulletjournal.com.