Bare is Beautiful: Software-Naked Computing

Tim Chase, Oregon Virtual School District

This hands-on session has been very well received at the enormous Texas' TCEA conference and at other regional conferences including and NCCE. This year I was honored to be among the Featured Speakers at NCCE in Portland and I have been a Featured Presenter at TCEA in years past.

Resources: http://resources.edtech2020.org/bare-is-beautiful

Remember the bad old days when kids would type a paper at home and the school didn’t have the same version of the software? Ditch the software and come work with us! Any device that can get to the internet can be used to productively create and collaborate. Don’t miss the chance to teach students 21st Century Skills using FREE utilities . . . sites and web-apps that don’t care what operating system is being used. Outcome: Participants will want to bring their own laptops because of all the browser extensions we'll be installing! We won't install other software, but by the end of the session our Firefox and Chrome browsers will be better able to help us live and thrive in the cloud. With any luck, we'll find a web-based application that can replace EVERY local software we've installed on our machines!
Depending on the size of the group, I've had this session work in pairs on installing extensions (pairs greatly reduce the frustration for people who don't know how) and I've also had a small enough group (12--15) that allowed us to casually circle up and throw out our own favorite extensions and web tools. People who are cloudsperts benefit because of all the new ideas we talk about, and newbies who ask "so, what exactly is 'the cloud,' anyhow?" leave with a solid foundation about the new way of working in just your browsers.

Abstract

Modern productivity—in our classrooms with nothing more than our web-browsers on! Let’s run rampant together with online tools, browser extensions, and the Google/Microsoft office suites.

 

Bare is Beautiful: Software-Naked Computing

Modern productivity—in our classrooms with nothing more than our web-browsers on! Let’s run rampant together with online tools, browser extensions, and the Google/Microsoft office suites.