Tech Talk Roundtable 07-06 | Technology and the 4 C’s with Ralph Emmerink


One if by land, two if by sea, and three if by dirigible … Just in case you haven’t heard, the ACAMIS Tech Conference is coming! (We might have mentioned it once or twice) In fact, it’s just around the corner.  Today on the podcast we’re going to give a little preview of just one of the awesome ideas being addressed. Ralph Emmerink from Xiamen International School will be here to give us a preview of what his session on how technology can help our students with “the 4C’s” (Critical thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, Communication). Hashtag: nospoilers

Lessons Learned

Chris – Once again, I am thankful that I always back up my hard drive …

Dennis – Digital Archiving.  Are you able to access and view files from 10 years ago? What should you do so old codecs work with current technology?  SWF Files, but what about old digital video, Hi8, S-VHS, 8mm film. Will what you want to see be playable when you want to see it?

Daniel – iOS 13 – Apple has implemented new “smarter” battery charging, in order to help stave off your iPhone’s battery going bad too quickly. What this means is your phone may charge more slowly when you leave it plugged in for a long time. It will initially charge to 80 percent, and then will charge the final 20 percent more slowly. Plug the phone in before it asks you to enter a low-power mode; iOS will ask you to turn that on when you hit 20 percent power. Plug it in when the phone is between 30 and 40 percent. Phones will get to 80 percent quickly if you’re doing a fast charge. Pull the plug at 80 to 90, as going to full 100 percent when using a high-voltage charger can put some strain on the battery(called trickle charging.) Keep the phone battery charge between 30 and 80 percent to increase its lifespan.


Fun Fact

Thomas Edison

When implementing a new technology, sometimes things don’t always go as planned.  This was the case back near the turn of the century when Thomas Edison was a special guest at the Bijou Theater for the first performance of a play staged under electric lights.  As you might guess things didn’t go exactly as planned when after intermission lights started to flicker and go dim. Embarrassed, Edison excused himself, took off his formal clothes, and went to the basement to personally shovel coal to keep the generator going for the rest of the performance and the fancy dress banquet afterwards which was supposed to be held in his honor.  (Source: The Book of Strange Facts and Useless Information by Scot Morris)


Notes & Links

SPECIAL GUEST: Ralph Emmerink , Xiamen International School

Born and raised in the Netherlands, Ralph received his BEd in History and an MA in Globalisation and Development Studies there. He is presently teaching MYP I&S and Design Tech at Xiamen International School, Xiamen, PRC. He is Google Certified and has presented workshops on technology integration in Mexico, the USA, China, and Hong Kong. Technology integration is his passion and thus he is constantly looking for new and innovative ways to assure that students demonstrate their learning in an engaging, creative and collaborative manner, preparing them for the future.



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