Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Printing in Colour from Google Docs

Just discovered a little hiccup when printing from Google Docs to our local (NT DET) printer. Even though the color option might be selected in the Print dialog (as displayed below) you also need to click on Print using system dialog in order to first check on the printer defaults because if they are set for black and white that will override.

PLOD: Author, share documents in Google Docs and Drive

Our badge for
Author, share documents in Google Docs and Drive
At tomorrow's PLOD (Professional Learning for Online Development) we're looking at authoring and sharing documents in Google Docs and Drive.

In this session we will:

  1. Access Google Docs and Drive 
  2. Import and create a document on Google Docs
  3. Uploading, sharing and publishing files from Google Drive
  4. Working with Open Document Formats across MSOffice, Open Office and Google Docs
  5. Installing the Google Drive App on a smartphone and a tablet


Thursday, 16 August 2012

Requesting guest access to Eduroam

Just requested my first 2 guests to have access to Eduroam through CDU's eCentre. Is a pretty lengthy form, with Date of Birth even.. I felt too rude asking for DOB, so I estimated. Will let you know if it takes more than a week.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Badge concepts

In the plan for Professional Learning for Online Development, we mention Open Badges as a way to show achievement and progress, and to help with motivation and transferability of skills. plus, open badges are a growing trend that we want to be across here in the eTeam.

Here's a sketch for badges for the skills we have in the plan (we've added one here though, News is not included in the plan)

Google Drive & DET Network

We got there! (with a lot of assistance from James Vreeling & Robert Kennedy)

While connected to the NT DET network Google Drive now downloads properly & installs a local folder on your local hard drive -- pretty much in the same way as DropBox works. All proxy issues now seem to be solved. So, you can now drag & drop multiple files into folders as an alternative method to using the web-based upload interface. It just takes a few minutes to first sync.

Download Google Drive

Manage a Google Apps user account

The badge for Managing a Google User Account
Last week, a small group of us came together for the first PLOD (Professional Learning for Online Development) to work out how to connect to CDU wireless. CDU sent 2 lovely fella along to help us. We reckoned EduRoam is the go.. and the screen grabs for doing it are in the post from last week (Thanks Emma).

This week, we're skipping Using a Browser, and going straight for Managing a Google Apps User Account. I'm referring to the Professional Learning for Online Development plan btw, where we have laid out all the skills, tasks and sorts of learning events that are needed to get good with the range of tools and systems we are deploying for Online Development into 2013. Comments and suggestions to these plans are very much encouraged.

  1. Everything relating to these plans are here.
  2. Our calendar for Professional Learning for Online Development

So, Managing a Google Apps user account. We've broken this down to 4 areas:
  1. Sign in and Email
  2. Calendar
  3. Google+
  4. Google reader
This day, we covered all but Google Reader. We'll review that and the others next week.

But first, an overview:

  1. Here's the Google Apps info pages
  2. Here's a 2007, but still relavent video (2 minutes)
  3. Here's a presentation on Why Google Apps is good for education (10 minutes)
  4. And here are some criticisms of Google Apps

NB. We're not touching Google Sites because they can't be backed up easily. Instead of Google Sites. we're using Blogger - which can be backed up easily.

Signing in and email



Google Reader

Next week...

For now: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Reader

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Connecting to wireless


Windows XP to Eduroam

Mac to CDU Staff

Windows 7 to CDU Staff

iPhone/iPad to eduroam

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Connecting Blogger to Google+

So, your Google+ status can be updated automatically when you post to Blogger. Here's how...

Wikipedia editing blocked for DET

It seems the Northern Territory Government's Department of Education and Training is now afflicted by the same problems that other states and territories have, or are dealing with - a Wikipedia editing block on all their IP addresses.

This is the first time I've noticed the block, as I've been able to edit Wikipedia from a computer within the DET IP address range before. I did however notice a history of warnings from Wikipedia administrators that a block was imminent if DET was unable to address the vandalism coming from computers in their IP range.

Normally an IP address range block doesn't affect people with Wikipedia accounts however, so I'm surprised to be blocked like this even when I am signed in.

I've requested that the administrator unblock my username, and to advise what can be done to make the block more precise, or to enable existing user accounts back into editing.

Hi Tonywalton,
You recently blocked IP and no doubt others in a range. This IP address comes from the Northern Territory of Australia, Department of Education and Training. No doubt the vandalism comes from schools. 
Can you grant my username: Leighblackall an exemption to this block? I'd like to request exemptions for other users being my immediate colleagues, but some of them don't yet have Wikipedia accounts. 
Is there anything I can do in assisting this block to become more precise? Perhaps I can request NT DET to change some settings? Your advice would be appreciated.
Regards,Leigh Blackallleigh.blackall@cslld.edu.au