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Carmen Sandiego is Back!

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Today will be a very short blog post. Sorry, but there is a ton going on this weekend. I wanted to remain dedicated to my weekly posting schedule, so here you go.

Am I the only person that remembers sitting at the computer in the early 90's looking for Carmen? Yes? No? Either way, get ready to experience Carmen all over again with the help of Google Earth.

If you have played before, hit the link after the jump. You'll love it. Play along with your kids. Get the next generation searching for Carmen.

If you've never played before, it goes like this. You are a detective charged with finding Carmen Sandiego. You travel the world, interrogating witnesses to figure out your next destination. This is a great casual game for learning interesting facts about other countries, and with the Google Earth integration, you can now get a better concept for how the locations relate to each other as you whiz around the world looking for Carmen and her VILE henchmen.

Anyway, before this get…

Tech Break!

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I'm late with my post again. I didn't get it done last weekend, and I'm only able to do it today because I'm at home with a sick little one. Don't worry, he'll be fine. It's nothing serious.

One of the main reasons this post is so late is the little technology break I took over the weekend. You see, I had the opportunity to attend a weekend event that was NOT a tech conference. In fact, it was quite the opposite. It was a quiet Men's retreat at a campground nearby. The attendees were not allowed cell phones... or watches.

I have to say, I was a bit apprehensive about putting the technology away, but also somehow, strangely looking forward to a few days without my phone. My watch, however, I didn't want to give up. I knew ahead of time that I would not be able to take them with me. In fact, Wednesday night, my wife told me that was one of her biggest worries about the event. She knows me so well.

I packed my bag on Wednesday, and after work on Thurs…

Your Digital Footprint

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Your digital footprint. According to techterms.com, it is "a trail of data you create while using the internet. It includes the websites you visit, emails you send, and information you submit to online services." Considering that, your digital footprint includes; every email you have sent, every tweet you've posted, every Facebook status update, every comment, every video, every website you've visited, every shared post, every time you shared misinformation with knowing, every reply, every picture, every thing you have ever done on the Internet, ever, ever, ever, ever.

Here's is what I tell my students are the two biggest things to keep in mind when thinking about your digital footprint...
1. The Internet is all knowing.
2. The Internet is forever.

Imagine this. You (yes, the real you sitting there hopefully reading this right now) have an imaginary backpack. That imaginary backpack keeps a list of every thing you do, everywhere you go, and everything you say. A…