Sunday, November 15, 2015

2015 November 11~15 | Pixel International ICT for Language Learning Conference | Presenter

Talking LTI
I had the opportunity visit Florence, Italy for the purpose of attending the 2015 Pixel International Conference ICT for Language Learning. I was a co-presenter with two of my esteemed colleagues; Professor Hideto Harashima of Maebashi Institute of Technology and Professor Mari Yamauchi of Chiba University of Commerce.

Our topic: Implementing Online School Collaboration Projects with Learning Tools Interoperability

Saturday, October 10, 2015

2015 October 10 | 3rd Kwassui Women's University Elizabeth Russell Cup | Speech Contest Judge

Poster for the event
I was once again invited to participate at the 3rd annual speech contest at Kwassui Women's University as a judge. I was privileged to be a witness to a group of enthusiastic and talented Japanese students who each tried hard to both write and present speeches for a shot at three prizes. Judging was once again very difficult to decide and there was very little separating the top contestants.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

2015 July 18~19 | 1st APVEA Conference | Borderless Living in the Digital Age of Education

Thom delivers a keynote address
I was given the opportunity to speak at the 1st Asia-Pacific Virtual Exchange Association conference held at Muroran Institute of Technology in Muroran, Hokkaido. Not only was it a great chance to meet other like-minded teachers who are working with virtual exchange and tele-collaboration, but I also received the opportunity to be the keynote speaker for the second day of the conference. This is something I have never been asked to do before, so I was excited to try and give the participants some of my perspectives.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Recovery Partition Restored via Ubuntu Linux

Modern laptops and notebook computers come pre-installed with a recovery partition which enables the user to restore the machine to the default factory settings in the event of some type of problem arising from the normal operation of the machine.

However, in order for this recovery process to function properly, the laptop must have a boot partition configured which can make access to both the recovery software, and the image contained in the recovery partition. Without that partition, things get a bit more complicated.

Goal: Recovery a laptop using the recovery partition when there is no available boot partition.

Symptom: Customer delivered a laptop in need of a restore. The machine had become unresponsive and sluggish. Typically, these are good conditions to restore to factory settings. However, attempts at restoring had previously failed and the C: drive software became damaged from hard resets.

Results: Using a bootable USB thumb drive containing Ubuntu Linux 14.04 Desktop version, the software stored in the system's recovery partition was successfully restored to the newly formatted C: drive and the system returned to working order. Note: The actual end-result for this repair case was that inevitably, the physical hardware failed and a new HDD was needed, however the technique for restoring the OS in this post is effective and valid. 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

2015 February 20~22 | MAJ MoodleMoot Japan 2015 Kyoto | Report

Thom and Ms. Marina Glancy
I had the privilege of attending the 2015 MoodleMoot Japan in Kyoto organized by the Moodle Association of Japan (MAJ). It was hosted at Kyoto Sangyo University and over 200 participants attended, presented, taught workshops, collaborated, connected, and solved technical problems. The entire 3-day conference was a great experience and I'm already excited for next year.