Monday, July 30, 2012

The Complete Parent’s List of Education Hashtags on Twitter

CareerTechTest on Twitter
I wanted to share a great list of educational hashtags for Twitter provided by Also, don't be fooled by the title because these are great hashtags to follow for any educator. Some of the ones on the list that I currently follow are: #edchat #lrnchat #edu #mlearning and #edutech. Some additional hashtags that I follow that pertain to career and technical education are: #CareerTechEd and #acte.

Take a look at the additional resources provided by by clicking HERE.

Also, don't forget to follow the CareerTech Testing Center on Twitter. We tweet about alot of things that you won't find on the blog that we still find interesting concerning testing and educational technology.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Computer Viruses and Threats Explained By Common Craft

Common Craft has recently released a great video entitled "Computer Viruses and Threats Explained." The three minute video explains how computer viruses, worms and trojans work and what you can do to protect yourself.

According to Common Craft's site:
This video explains computer viruses by comparing them to human viruses and focuses on the role of prevention in being protected. Major points include:
  • A basic look at computer viruses as computer programs that can spread like a disease and can be prevented by anti-virus software.
  • An introduction to worms, how they cause damage in networks and can be prevented by software updates.
  • An introduction to trojans, how they trick people into downloading a virus and how awareness is important for prevention.
You can watch the new video on the Common Craft website.

Related videos that you should also check out are Secure Websites in Plain English and Protecting Reputations Online.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

There Are No Traffic Jams on the Extra Mile

So what type of people do you admire the most?
Those people who seem to have success without really working for it or those who work their tail off to even have a modicum of success? For me, the latter group is a no brainer as I will always side with the Rocky Balboa’s and the Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger’s of the world. My respect is most earned by the road you travel to arrive at your destination (goal) and not so much by those who “inherit” their position by one means or another.

Another trait that I admire in individuals is when they focus on their dreams and they let nothing deter their efforts to achieve their goals. We have all heard the story of how Michael Jordan didn’t make his high school basketball team as a freshman and I recently heard the story of how Russell Westbrook, the All-Star point guard of the Oklahoma City Thunder, was lightly recruited out of high school and more than one college recruiter suggested that he should run track instead of playing basketball. They obviously worked through any self-doubts and went back to chasing their dreams. I also believe, besides a lot of natural talent, they simply out-worked everyone along the way. The extra mile is quite often a lonely road, but they were willing to do everything within their power to achieve success.

I’ll ask you the same questions that I ask myself when I question my own personal effort and productivity:
  • Are you willing to go the extra mile when meeting the needs of your customers, students, etc.?
  • How competitive are you? Can you be competitive each and every day to provide to your customers? Everyone is pretty good, but what do you need to do to be “great” at what I do?
  • Do you have the creativity and freedom to be different in your job? What makes you unique and special and can you think of strategic ways to maximize your abilities? Have you done anything recently that pushes the boundaries of your job description?
  • Do you have the hunger and burning desire to win and succeed while developing relationships with your stakeholders (customers/students)?
Are you willing to go the extra mile?

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Can Amazing Things Happen When Farmers Meet Rap? Watch "I'm Farming and I Grow It"

I believe the three Peterson brothers from Kansas, Greg, Nathan, and Kendal, are the newest viral sensations on YouTube. They recently took LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It,” rewrote the lyrics and created a fun and entertaining music video to showcase their farming lifestyle. I mean the video has it all...cows, tractors, combines, hay bales and steaks!

They have over 2.8 million hits on YouTube and 8,000 likes on Facebook in only one week. Their Facebook page also documents their trip to New York City this week as they discuss their parody on Fox & Friends. They have even received kudos from Kansas Senator Pat Roberts as reported in the Salina Journal.

As Nathan says in the clip, "We really want agriculture to be promoted. Without agriculture, none of us would have food or clothes."

Please watch "I'm Farming and I Grow It" below or by clicking HERE:

MAVCC's Orientation to Graphic Communications is Available for Purchase!!

We are happy to announce that MAVCC's Orientation to Graphic Communications, Second Edition is available for purchase!!

Orientation to Graphic Communications introduces students to job opportunities in the printing industry and the basic concepts and skills necessary to be employed in an entry-level graphic communications occupation.

Orientation to Graphic Communications is available as a Teacher Edition and as a Student Edition. The Teacher Edition includes a Teacher CD and one Student Edition. The Student Edition consists of a Student CD and a spiral-bound Student Guide.

The Teacher CD contains customizable Word files for the learning activities sheets, written tests, and unit reviews, as well as PowerPoint presentations for each unit. Test banks are also available for each written test and unit review. These RTF files can be used in testing software, such as ExamView.

The Student Edition consists of a spiral-bound Student Guide that contains the unit objectives, information sheets and student supplements, and a Student CD that contains interactive assignment sheets and job sheets. Please note that you will receive a discount, if you order six or more Student Editions.

These competency-based materials are structured so that instructors and students have a clear understanding of what will be covered and how students will be evaluated as they move through each unit of instruction. The contents of Orientation to Graphic Communications are tied to measurable and observable learning outcomes that align with the latest PrintED competencies.

To download a sample unit from this book, the Instructional/Task Analysis, PrintED Crosswalk, and Basic Skills Matrix, visit

For more information about this publication or to place an order, visit the MAVCC online catalog, or contact their customer service department at 1.800.654.3988, or e-mail Cheryl Dorris at
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