Randall Black

Educator, EdTech Specialist, & Podcaster

Category: Tech Stuff

Minecraft: Education Edition Boot Camp

I have been contracted with the West Virginia Department of Education to help assist in the usage of Minecraft: Education Edition (M:EE) with educators in West Virginia. On January 19, 2019 I will be holding the first schedule M:EE Boot Camp event at the Spring Valley High School Career Technology Center. The event is FREE

Anchor is BAD for Podcasting

Anchor.fm Anchor.fm is currently in their third iteration as a service (as of August 2018) and have tried to disrupt the podcast space. In late July 2018, 1 out of every 3 new podcasts submitted to Apple Podcasts was hosted on Anchor. At the same time, about 80% of all shows hosted on Anchor have

As Heard on The Planning Period Podcast…

I had a great opportunity to record with Brad Shreffler (Twitter, Website) of The Planning Period Podcast. Brad and I took part in a MADPD session hosted by Shane Lawrence (Twitter, Podcast) and connected to speak for his podcast. On this episode we discuss “the value of reaching across the silos of our roles and

As heard on Ed – Conversations About the Teaching Life…

I recently had the opportunity to record with Shane Lawrence for his podcast, Ed – Conversations About the Teaching Life. Shane and I discuss my role in education, my podcasts, failure, and professional development. Give it a listen below:

Using Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager Console for Remote Access

Recently we were looking for a way to save one of our departments some funds by discontinuing their use of TeamViewer to remotely access machines and do work that they need to complete. We use Microsoft’s System Center for imaging and deployment but it was not configured to allow anyone outside of the technology department

#MADPD – Making Tech Disappear

I had the great fortune to be a part of a panel for #MADPD on May 6, 2018 with Shane Lawrence of Ed – Conversations about the Teaching Life, Brad Shreffler of The Planning Period Podcast, and Kasey Bell of Shake Up Learning and The Google Teacher Tribe. Below is the video of that session:

MacOS AppleScript to Map Network Drives at Login

So I was looking for a solution to map several network shares at my home on a couple of MacBooks upon logging in. The usual “Login Items” method would work, but would cause the Finder window to open every time the system would login. This is extremely inconvenient as the logged in user then has

Certify’Em Add-On for Google Forms

I recently learned of a great add-on for Google Forms while listening to The House of #EdTech podcast. Certify’em allows a Form creator to automatically issue out certificates to those who complete a quiz, test, or assessment created in Forms. This add-on is currently free and offers up several free templates to use for your

Windows 10 Take a Test App

Click this link to test the Windows 10 Take a Test App Microsoft introduced the Take a Test App with the Anniversary Update to Windows 10 in the summer of 2016. This feature allows for a secure environment where the user can only access the provided link or software/app to complete an assessment. To test

International Podcast Day

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