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Digital Literacy

posted Feb 3, 2014, 9:46 AM by Michael Bray   [ updated Feb 7, 2014, 3:00 PM ]

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)

digitalliteracy.gov

From their "About Us" page: "The Digital Literacy portal is an initiative of the Obama Administration to serve as a valuable resource to practitioners who are delivering digital literacy training and services in their communities. As more and more jobs and educational offerings are available online, the ability to navigate the Internet is critical to participate more fully in the economy. Jumpstarted by a federal interagency working group dedicated to spurring the advancement of digital literacy across all age groups and stages of learning, the Digital Literacy portal organizes content conveniently, enables valuable discussion and collaboration among users and elevates best practices to improve the quality of digital literacy offerings. We invite users to share their content and their ideas to make the portal more robust and to fulfill its role as a destination for practitioners devoted to enhancing digital opportunity for all Americans"

everyoneon.org/partner/

"Please complete the questionnaire below so that we may pre-qualify all of your constituents for our low cost Internet and computer offers. EveryoneOn will update you with your approval status within one week. If approved- you will receive a unique URL and further instructions to help your members access available offers. Join the movement and help us get EveryoneOn!"

everyoneon.org/c2c/

"Connect2Compete - Being online is critical to a child’s future. Connect2Compete (C2C) is EveryoneOn’s flagship program for families that qualify for the National School Lunch Program. It brings affordable Internet service to the home, so families can use it for homework, job searches, or to connect with their loved ones."

gcflearnfree.org

"GCFLearnFree.org creates and provides quality, innovative online learning opportunities to anyone who wants to improve the technology, literacy and math skills needed to be successful in both work and life. By delivering over 750 different lessons to millions of people in over 200 countries and territories ABSOLUTELY FREE, GCFLearnFree.org is a worldwide leader in online education."

goodpc.com/non-profit-computers/

"GoodPC offers high-quality, reconditioned PCs and technology that are perfect for your organization. Save money, and feel better knowing your budget is about to shrink for once."

goodpc.com/connect2compete

From their "About Us" page: "GoodPC is a business built around the belief that everyone should have the opportunity to have technology at their fingertips, at an affordable price. We reclaim, refurbish and resell computing equipment and electronics that still have lots of life in them. The result is terrific, like-new PCs and electronics that sell for a fraction of the cost of brand new products while also protecting the environment."

google.com/nonprofits/

"Google for Nonprofits offers organizations like yours access to highly discounted or free products. These tools can help you find new donors and volunteers, work efficiently, and get supporters to take action." (Home Page, 2.7.2014)

microsoft.com/about/corporatecitizenship/en-us/nonprofits/

"Microsoft is proud to work with more than 50,000 nonprofits around the world every year to provide them with affordable access to the technology they need to support their work in local communities, and to leverage technology to help them be more efficient, effective and innovative in doing their important work. Whether it is through our software donations, technology solutions for nonprofit problems, or Office 365 for Nonprofits, we strive to help nonprofits do more good." (Home Page, 2.7.2014)

verizonfoundation.org/

"The Verizon Foundation is focused on using technology to solve critical social issues in the areas of energy management, education, and healthcare. Through the support of our employees and resources, we help address the needs of communities around the world." (Home Page, 2.7.2014)

Quotes - Actions, Words and Writing

posted Dec 30, 2013, 10:25 AM by Michael Bray   [ updated Dec 30, 2013, 10:25 AM ]

“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

2014 Tech Predictions, Let's See What the New Year brings!

posted Dec 20, 2013, 2:44 PM by Michael Bray   [ updated Jan 30, 2014, 4:47 PM ]

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.) 

    Updates: 
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 diesEek! A Mouse!. 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.
(related: 
http://techcrunch.com/2009/09/13/intuit-to-acquire-former-techcrunch50-winner-mint-for-170-million/)

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-2014http://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....)

YouTube is now (officially) on Roku...well Roku 3 anyway...

posted Dec 18, 2013, 4:15 PM by Michael Bray   [ updated Dec 18, 2013, 4:16 PM ]

PIXLR by Autodesk, Simply Awesome Online Photo Editor

posted Dec 17, 2013, 9:31 AM by Michael Bray   [ updated Dec 17, 2013, 9:32 AM ]

NTCA's CEO, Shirley Bloomfield on Rural Broadband, 11.7.2013

posted Dec 4, 2013, 9:12 AM by Michael Bray


Ha!

posted Nov 24, 2013, 5:52 PM by Michael Bray   [ updated Nov 25, 2013, 8:32 AM ]

Simplify Your Life With Google Apps

posted Nov 23, 2013, 10:18 AM by Michael Bray   [ updated Nov 25, 2013, 9:04 AM ]

Google Keep:

Google Apps - Work In The Future:


Google Apps for Business:




Gmail Adds a Small Update That Saves Big Time

posted Nov 22, 2013, 10:48 AM by Michael Bray   [ updated Nov 22, 2013, 10:50 AM ]

If you use your Google Drive as much as I do, this small update to Gmail saves time, big time!

Offiicial Gmail Blog: "Attachments in Gmail, now with the power of Google Drive"

Also...have you enabled 2-step Authentication on your Google Apps account yet? Do it - ASAP - then add it to every other online service you use that supports it, this article may be helpful.

My Jesus Prayer

posted Nov 1, 2013, 9:41 PM by Michael Bray   [ updated Nov 2, 2013, 9:40 AM ]

After watching these videos last Fall:


CBS News, 60 Minutes, "Mount Athos, part 1"

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7392864n


and


CBS News, 60 Minutes, "Mount Athos, part 2"

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7392862n



I researched, "The Jesus Prayer," adapted it a bit and settled on this as "My Jesus Prayer"...



“My Jesus Prayer”


Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, 

Have Mercy on This Sinner.

Holy Spirit Guide Me Now,

In Love and Grace and Mercy."


(Seven syllables for each line...this will continue...) 



Then a very good friend shared a book with me, The Furious Longing of God, by Brennan Manning...after that journey, I added this...



“My Jesus Prayer”


Abba, I Belong To You*

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, 

Have Mercy on This Sinner.

Holy Spirit Guide Me Now,

In Love and Grace and Mercy."


*This line is from, The Furious Longing of God, Brennan Manning



Finally, after a sermon at YUMC I added this bit from Luke 22:42..."Not my will, but Thine, be done"...the current version is...



“My Jesus Prayer”


Abba, I Belong To You*

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God,

Have Mercy on This Sinner.

Holy Spirit Guide Me Now,

In Love and Grace and Mercy.

Not my will, but Thine, be done. (Luke 22:42)


*This line is from, The Furious Longing of God, Brennan Manning



So, after the The Lord's Prayer, this is the prayer I go to, constantly, daily - sometimes hourly and sometimes more frequently than that. It is, first and foremost, a prayer of humility, "Have Mercy on This Sinner," so to share it here...well, that's a bit uncomfortable, but more and more I believe the world needs to hear it, our leaders need to hear it and pray it and our children need to know it.


Start your own, "Jesus Prayer Journey," here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesus_Prayer. Write your own, add lines that speak to you. The world will be a better place for it.



To those who read this and say, "Hey...but I know this guy and he..." yeah, a sinner saved only by Grace, Thank God for that, I am far from perfect, that's for sure - So Say We All....http://www.picshag.com/the-church-is-not-full-of-hypocrites.html

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