Google Inbox, and why you should wait

Three years ago I was happy to finally be switching to the iPhone after using Android for the last several years. But last spring, I made a change, I bought the first generation Moto X. I can say that the transition from iOS to Android was rough, and at points I wanted to go back, but now I’m a total Android geek. I am still a fan of Apple and continue to use my iPad, and love iOS. So this brings me to the new service Google is offering called Inbox, a new way to Gmail. Remember when your Priority inbox set-up went away and they made tabs to sort your Gmail like primary, social, and promos? That was in a way, stage one of Inbox. Google gathered data on how people used this inbox format and then made Inbox. (Confused with all the uses of the word “inbox”?) I personally hated the tab system and switched back to my priority inbox set-up. The new Inbox service is maybe a month old and I’ve only been on it for a few days, and I’m telling you, WAIT TO SWITCH TO INBOX. Unless you plan on not using your old Gmail again, don’t use Inbox. As soon as you begin sorting your emails with Inbox, it kinda screws up your regular Gmail inbox. I learned this the hard way, I had at least twenty emails marked “Important” and when I was going through emails in Inbox, it moved them out of my important section of Gmail. If you are a fan of the Google Now layout and format, you should love Inbox, they are very similar and I wouldn’t be surprised if there is more integration between the two over time. Here’s some main points to think about before switching to Inbox:

-have some time to adjust to the new system

-be ready to drop using your regular Gmail inbox

-take care of any important emails first

-be sure you want to switch

And one more thing, if you’re like me, you’ll want to go through every email you’ve ever received, I don’t delete emails, and sort them into categories in your new inbox by Inbox. This took me about four hours to do over three days, so if you are like me, you should probably wait until you have time to also sort the old emails gathering cyber dust in your inbox. And, don’t get me wrong, I love Inbox, will won’t be going back to the traditional, old way, to Gmail.


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10 tips for editing video

TED Blog

By Kari Mulholland*

One of TED's video editors, Kari Mulholland, hard at work. Below, her editing advice. Photo: Biljana Labovic One of TED’s video editors, Kari Mulholland, hard at work. Below, her editing advice. Photo: Biljana Labovic

The techniques that video editors use to shape their content reveal a lot about how people create meaning in the world. Editors have a deep understanding of how people think, feel, remember and learn, and we use this knowledge to build powerful, moving stories and experiences. The best editing decisions come from empathy — both for the people who exist virtually on the screen and for the audience watching them.

The TED Talk editing toolkit is small when compared to ones used to cut a narrative feature or documentary. And that’s why it’s a good place to start as an introduction to the art of editing. We use continuity editing to maintain a consistent feeling of space and time over the duration of the talk. But overall, we strive to…

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Appropriate Student/Teacher Relationship

One concern it seams people have now days in what is the appropriate relationship between students and teachers. With social media sites like facebook and Twitter, teachers can post important information, post photos from class, etc. There are other services such as Celly or Remind101, with allow text messaging from teachers to students, but the teachers never see the students phone number, instead, a username. Some of these are possibly controversial, but the big one to most people I think is, texting.

Facebook and Twitter allow private messaging, but I still don’t think it’s as controversial as texting. I sometimes find myself texting my film teacher late at night before an event the next morning/day. I did this in middle school with my student council sponsor too. Some people might say that it’s inappropriate for a teacher and student to be texting, even worse, for them to be texting late at night (late being before 12am). During football playoff season often times there were last minute details that we need to know, so if we needed info, we’d text the film teacher, or he’d text us. I think that this in fine. I think that students and teachers should be allowed to text. Let the student have the responsibility to say if there’s anything inappropriate going on. During middle school and in high school, most kids know when things are inappropriate or if something needs to be reported. With modern technology, why shouldn’t teachers be allowed to utilize it?

More to come soon.

A School’s Top Necessities-In Progress

Over the last decade I’ve moved a few times so I’ve gone to a variety schools over the years. I’ve compiled a list of all the things I think are necessary for every school.

1. Internet

Every school should and must have internet. A school’s internet should have websites not appropriate for school blocked, for example, facebook, Netflix, etc. Students should know internet guidelines and know how to be safe while using the internet.

2. Computers, Laptops, and/or Tablets

In the modern world using a computer is a skill everyone needs. It may sound silly but some people don’t know how to “Copy and Paste”. School should help prepare students by providing technology that students can learn with. Keyboarding should be taught at a young age along with safe computer guidelines. How tablets can be used in the classroom refer to my “IPad v. No iPad” post.

3. A Well Maintained Website

At Lake Travis the Administration makes a great effort to keep the school website well updated. I find this to be ESSENTIAL in keeping students, parents, and even sometimes teachers, up to date on news and info. All school news and important links should be posted, and/or have a link on the page.

4. Free Tutoring

iPad v. no iPad

Over the Summer I transferred schools. My old school, Westlake High School, had iPads for students and teachers. My new school, Lake Travis High School, does not have iPads for students but does for teachers. Eanes ISD seems to be a leading district when it comes to new ways of teaching and the modern classroom. Having experienced high school with and without iPads, I can say I have an unbiased opinion. When I was in eight grade I spoke to the Eanes school board about how my class had utilized the class set of iPads and Mac Books we had. I owe a great thanks to my teacher Ms. Fiske who I worked with throughout the process. Here I stand as a sophomore wondering what is better, iPads or no iPads. I personally think everyone has a different way of learning, no one is the same.  However, I can speak on what I as a student give my thoughts, because it seems many of the people involved in the iPad education revolution are adults and there are few students. The following are my observations and experiences:

1. Students WILL play games

There’s very little you can do to stop students from playing games. Unless there are restrictions students can’t get around there’s going to be somebody off task. The argument is whether the teacher should do something about it or not. Isn’t it the students fault for not being on task? Isn’t the student the person who will suffer? The student will suffer from not being on task, but I think in some cases it’s the teacher’s fault that the students are off task, and isn’t a teacher’s job to make sure students learn and are on task?

2. Choosing the right lessons and apps for use on the iPad

Some teachers try to go completely paperless, which is great, but others, can’t seem to do so. Some teachers don’t have time, or don’t want to take the time to find the right apps to use. When it comes to what you’re going to teach on the iPad and what you’re not going to teach on the iPad, I think the teacher should give students the option of both. myself, I prefer to do math on paper, I prefer to do essays on the iPad or computer. It comes down to how each student learns best. The situation with apps, there are too many to look through to find the best. Instead, look up what other people use. I also think that students know what app works best for vocabulary or what app is the best graphing calculator, so let students help in deciding what apps the class should use.

More to come soon.