Thursday, April 23, 2015

"Google's Geo Tools - Taking Maps to the Next Level" - 2015 NETA Conference Session

The following resources accompany my presentation at the 2015 NETA (Nebraska Educational Technology Association) Conference in Omaha, Nebraska at the Century Link Center.



Eric Langhorst - 8th Grade U.S. History / Technology / Broadcasting Teacher
Google Certified Teacher
Discovery Middle School - Liberty, Missouri
E-mail : speakingofhistory@gmail.com     Twitter : @elanghorst



Google Maps


My Tracks App


Google Tour Builder
Google Views



Google Street View






Google Gallery




Google Time Lapse
Google Map Engine Lite
Google Maps Games and Activities


Google Geo Teachers Institute


Google Geo Resources

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Giving the WD MyCloud NAS Drive a Test Run

The WD MyCloud EX2100 - my new data storage solution
As a teacher I create a great deal of content that takes up data.  In addition to teaching U.S. History, for the past two years I have also taught student broadcasting.  Working with video - both the captured footage and the final products - consumes a lot of data space and I have noticed over the past couple of years that my needs for a safe place to back up my files have grown.  

I have also always loved to take photographs and with my digital camera the only constraint to the number of pictures I take is the amount of space I have to store all my photos.  I recently started to sell some of my photographs locally - mostly landscapes and city skylines - so I have also been looking to back up these photos.

When WD contacted me and asked me to try out their new My Cloud NAS system I thought it was a great time to check out how I could expand my digital storage workflow beyond just a collection of external hard drives that typically stay in my desk drawer. I will also be giving away a WD My Cloud EX2100

Western Digital provided me with a My Cloud EX2100 to take on a test run.  I had no previous experience with a NAS (Network Attached System) but now that I have set one up it will be difficult to go back to just external hard drives with USB access. With my WD My Cloud up and running I now have access to my files anywhere at anytime via the cloud.

Hardware

The MyCloud is a well built case that doesn't take up much space in terms of a physical footprint.  My EX2100 model has two hard drive bays which are interchangeable.  My drive came with a total of 4 TB of storage - 2 TB in each drive.  I like that as my need grows I can also add drives with more storage. In addition to uploading files via the cloud, you can also transfer files with USB 3.0.

Set Up

Although I enjoy finding new ways to incorporate technology into my teaching and personal life, setting up and configuring networks is not usually my forte.  Setting up the WD My Cloud system was extremely easy.  I needed to place it near my wireless router and a power source, which for me is across the room from my desk.  Set up was about 10 minutes.  I plugged it in, went to the website listed on my instructions and set up my cloud account and I was soon updating files to my own cloud storage unit.

Desk Space

One of the things I have really liked about the WD My Cloud is that fact that it doesn't take up any space on my desk.  I try, and I emphasis try, to keep my desk as clean as possible.  My ability to not have the unit on my desk and on the other side of the room near my TV and our family gaming system is a big plus.  I wanted to share a picture of the My Cloud unit in my home and the picture of the WD My Cloud unit dutifully sitting next to our XBox isn't all that exciting but the picture of my cleared desk with as much space as possible to work is to me.  I really like the fact that I don't need to have the unit on my desk and it is still storing all my data.

Having the WD My Cloud in a separate location means I can keep my work desk clean!

WD Cloud App for My Phone

One of the first things I did after setting up my account is download the the WD Photos app to my phone.  I have a Nexus 6 and love to take pictures with it.  The WD Photos app was easy to set up and now every time I take a picture on my phone, it backs up a copy of that picture on the My Cloud unit.  I can then access my photos on my laptop for further editing and it doesn't matter where I am at as long as I have Internet access.

These are my initial reactions to using the WD My Cloud for roughly a week.  I look forward to learning more about some of the additional features - including using it as a FTP server for a couple of the websites that I manage. Overall very impressed with the ease of use for the WD My Cloud unit and the peace of mind it provides me knowing I have my data in a secure place that I can access anywhere in the world.






Saturday, February 28, 2015

2015 MCSS State Convention "Mark It On The Map - Google Geo Tools"

The following resources accompany my presentation at the 2015 Missouri Council for Social Studies State Convention - February 28, 2015 (Crowne Plaza Hotel).  


Eric Langhorst - 8th Grade U.S. History / Technology / Broadcasting Teacher
Google Certified Teacher
Discovery Middle School - Liberty, Missouri
E-mail : speakingofhistory@gmail.com     Twitter : @elanghorst



Google Maps

Google Tour Builder
Google Views







Google Gallery




Google Time Lapse
Google Map Engine Lite
Google Maps Games and Activities

Google Geo Teachers Institute

Google Geo Resources

2015 Missouri Council for the Social Studies Conference "Mount Vernon Weekend for Missouri Teachers"

The following links accompany the session entitled "A Weekend With George Washington - Missouri Teachers Weekend at Mount Vernon" presented at the 2015 MCSS Conference in Kansas City on February 28, 2015 (Crowne Plaza Hotel).


Copy of Presentation (PDF format)

Mount Vernon Education Website

Mount Vernon Missouri Weekend Website (will be active and updated June 2015)

2014 Missouri Teachers Weekend at Mount Vernon Flickr Set - Pictures by Eric Langhorst

Eric's Video Report back to his students from Mount Vernon



E-Mail Allison Wickens - Vice President of Education, Mount Vernon

E-Mail Zerah Jakob - Manager of Education Outreach and Leadership Programs

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

2015 KCPT Conference Session "Saving Our Stories - Digitizing Family Histories"

The following resources accompany my presentation at the 2015 KCPT K-12 Annual Technology Conference - February 25, 2015.  This presentation was given during session 3 and 6 of the conference.




Link to "Saving Our Story" Presentation (PDF file)

Links mentioned in presentation:



2015 KCPT Conference Session "Google Geo Tools - Putting Fun on the Map"

The following resources accompany my presentation at the 2015 KCPT K-12 Annual Technology Conference - February 25, 2015.  This presentation was given during session 1 and 2 of the conference.


Eric Langhorst - 8th Grade U.S. History / Technology / Broadcasting Teacher
Google Certified Teacher
Discovery Middle School - Liberty, Missouri
E-mail : speakingofhistory@gmail.com     Twitter : @elanghorst



Google Maps

Google Tour Builder
Google Views


Google Street View






Google Gallery




Google Time Lapse
Google Map Engine Lite
Google Maps Games and Activities

Google Geo Teachers Institute

Google Geo Resources

Friday, November 14, 2014

2014 MSTA Convention - Flipping the Classroom and Google Tools

Hello.  Today I'm presenting at the 2014 Missouri State Teachers Association (MSTA) Convention in Columbia, Missouri.

Link to resources to my presentation on flipping the classroom



Link to resources on my presentation on Google tools and tips



Sunday, November 09, 2014

Windlass Hill Pioneer Historical Marker at Ash Hollow State Park in Nebraska

I always love driving north of Ogallala, Nebraska through the edge of the Sandhills - gorgeous rolling hills with nothing for miles. When we drive through the canyon by Ash Hollow State Park there is an awesome little reconstructed sod house at the Windlass Hill Pioneer historical marker. 
I often stop and take pictures as we drive through. Last night the sun was setting behind the sod house and and I just had to stop for a couple of pictures. Photos never do sunsets justice but this one I took using the dramatic filter on my camera and it came as close as I could get it with the naked eye. Sometimes nature is just too awesome to comprehend.







Monday, November 03, 2014

Photos from Huskers-Purdue Game

My photos from the Nebraska - Purdue game on November 1, 2014 in Lincoln, Nebraska.








Friday, October 31, 2014

Augmented Reality App Brings History Alive at Kansas City's Union Station

I can't wait to try this out - augmented reality brings Kansas City's Union Station to live.  Beginning today (October 31, 2014) visitors to Union Station can make history come live with their smart phone using augmented reality.

Here is an article which describes the project but I also suggest watching the video below to get a grasp of how awesome this will be at Union Station.