Learning With Lucie Archive 2006-2013

October 30, 2011

Precisly Vague Musings

It’s been over a year since I’ve blogged at Infinite Thinking.  I’ve decided to take a different approach to blogging.  Whereas Infinite Thinking post were crafted by to reflect more deeply on more focused topics, these musings will be a compilation of quickly composed thoughts from a variety of conversations related to educational technology.  Some will be vague explorations of an idea that my mind has wandered over to explore.  They might be a cross post of an email or online community response from one of the many conversations from my personal learning network.  Others will be more precise exploration of a topic I’ve had time to think more deeply about.  Others will be post from respected colleagues in the world of educational technology.

I’ve decided to adopted the tagline – Precisely Vague.

This tagline has special meaning to me, as it was the name of my children’s jazz group during their high school years.  It was a time where they explored and created jazz music with their friends.  I’ve never let go of this “domain name” even though the band members have moved on to other ventures, because I found it captured a very “creative”  state of mind (or in those days -music).  Enough time has passed that I feel I can put the domain name back in circulation towards another another venture – one that resembles jazz music’s spontaneous creativie spirit.

For this venture, I will explore several different topics that I become curious about during my life-long learning journey in the world of educational technology. They will be musings, giving myself permission to post stream of consciousness (somewhat vague ideas)  to more more precise pieces (more thoughtfully deliberate pieces).  I will invite friends and colleagues to join me and also add their musings as post – (similar to the wonderful world of jazz, where improv is so common).

A special thank you to my three very musical children who helped me understand  creativity and the process that is involved when creative individuals take something  as “precise”  as technology  based on concrete bits and bytes and allow “vague” thoughts to flow and grow into an idea or product worth exploring further, and often into something that makes a significant difference in the world — ranging from a newly composed piece of music  or an exciting learning experience for students of all ages.

October 12, 2011

iOS 5 update successful (alas!)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Learning with Lucie @ 7:53 pm

Update on my iOS 5 update process

My curiosity to see the features of iOS5 in action had me on standby for Cupertino release time.
Had no trouble with the download (Yeah)
However the install failed with an error 3200 (over and over and over ;-(
Looks like I was in good company indicated by noise in the blogosphere and Twitter community Apple's iOS 5 Error 3200: Now Trending Worldwide
Gave up to and ran off to attend a couple of meetings and gave it another try tonight
After reading the frustration and successes it became obvious that the problem occurred not during downloading, but when the ipad tried to touch base with the mothership in the final stages of the install "verify stage".– attributed to Apple Server overloads.

There were lots of folks offering advice of how they got by the 3200 Error message ranging from
— It worked when I held Comand and Update
— It worked when I held Shift at this point
–It worked when I turned off Antivirus
–It worked when I did the Restore Manually
— it worked when I scratched by left elbow … you get the idea

So persistence finally won and through brute force "Try Again" while waiting for Survivor to come on tonight, I think I broke through a brief "communication opening" on Apple Servers and I got through the Vertification stage that was kicking out the 3200 Error and I FINALLY HAVE A Version 5.0 on one of our iPads.


I must admit that I did yell a little HOOT of success when I saw the 'updated' version appear on the screen.
Now I get to satisfy my curiosity and play with iOS 5's new features to see which ones are really going to be "game changers" in education and which ones are hype.
Would love to talk about this with others who are exploring and especially with those who have carts of ipads or 1:1's in schools.

Also interested in hearing strategies from others on how to approach large scale ios5 updates.
Meanwhile I'm off to play.