TCC 2020 (April 14-16) Call for Participation

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TCC 2020@25 Worldwide Online Conference
April 14-16, 2020

TCC is a three-day, entirely online conference for post-secondary faculty and staff worldwide that features presentations covering a wide range of topics related to educational technology and emerging technologies for teaching and learning.

Register now for early bird rates:

Individuals participate in real-time sessions from the comfort of their workplace or home using a web browser to connect to individual sessions. All sessions are recorded for on-demand viewing.

One Day in the Life of TCC. For our 25th Anniversary, TCC presents 24 featured speakers throughout the entire day on April 15, Hawaii time. These plenary sessions will be scheduled for a typical workday (1000 – 1500) in four regions of the world: Asia, Hawaii, America, and Europe. Regardless of your location, there will be a selection of sessions available for you.

Group registrations. For all faculty, staff, and students from a single campus, department or organization. To register a group:

University of Hawaii faculty and staff. Special reduced rates available.

Commemorative Symposium. To celebrate our 25th anniversary, a pre-conference symposium on March 17-18 at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (face-to-face) will feature faculty and graduate students presenting research topics and collaborating in panel sessions. A limited number of seats are still available. For more info, see:

Presenter Orientation. Following a special webinar (TBA) on March 17 at 1300 HST (other timezones), there will be an orientation for TCC 2020 presenters at 1400 HST that is open to anyone, free of charge.

Join us for an exciting TCC 2020@25.


– Bert Kimura, Curtis Ho & Kitty Hino
For the TCC Conference Team

PS: Interested in volunteering as a facilitator for online sessions that provides complimentary access to this event? Contact Rachael Inake <> for more information.

Messaging Apps

Lynn ZimmermannBy Lynn Zimmerman
Associate Editor
Editor, Teacher Education

In recent years, there has been a proliferation of messaging apps as more people use their phone and other mobile devices to communicate. In his March 19, 2019, article on the Motherboard website, Owen Williams asks, “Why Do We Need So Many Different Messaging Apps?” He poses this and other interesting questions about the variety of messaging apps that are available, who uses them, and how they are used.

I recently became interested in this question because, in the last few months, I’ve had to add What’s App and Telegram to my array of communication choices. I’ve always relied on email to communicate with friends and colleagues, occasionally using my texting function on my phone, Messenger on FaceBook, and Skype for messaging. Once I got my iPhone, this began to change. I started using iMessenger, which was on my phone. However, I couldn’t use it for international contacts, and I had a colleague in Albania who said she used Viber, so I downloaded it to IM with her about our project.

Then, this past summer, a friend from Poland asked why I wasn’t using WhatsApp. So, I downloaded it and am now able to get messages easily from her and pictures of her and her family. I told my colleague in Spain that I was now on WhatsApp and she was thrilled to be able to communicate with me this way. Then, this fall, I was in Chad where I worked with young adults who are English club leaders. On the last day of our workshops, we talked about how to stay in touch, and they all said it has to be WhatsApp. That’s what everyone uses. So, now, we communicate individually on WhatsApp, and one of these enterprising young people even set up a group chat for us.

My next assignment, which is coming up in a couple of weeks, is in Uzbekistan. After connecting with my counterparts at the university through email, I was informed that everyone in Uzbekistan uses Telegram. No one emails or uses any other messaging app. I had never heard of Telegram, so after reading about it online, I downloaded it, and we are now connected.

I have to confess that I’m not too crazy about these apps as a primary mode of communication because I don’t like typing on my phone. It’s one thing if I’m out and about and need to look something up quickly or need to ask someone something that is brief, but some of my friends and colleagues send long messages. To my delight, I discovered that it was possible to download WhatsApp and Telegram to my laptop where I can use my keyboard rather than tap on my phone. That’s made using these apps much easier for me.

That’s my story about these apps. What’s yours?

‘Are Books Going to Be Replaced by Technology?’

By Jim Shimabukuro

With so many professional services competing for our interest online, I couldn’t remember when, why, or how I signed up for eblasts from ResearchGate (RG), but, last night, as I was pruning my list of incoming email, their subject line caught my eye: “Q&A Highlights for James Shimabukuro.” I moved the cursor from the garbage can icon to the subject line and clicked. This is what I found:

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TCC Online Conference 2020: Call for Proposals

Last updated 12/16/19 7:30 AM

25th Anniversary Special!
TCC Worldwide Online Conference
April 14-16, 2020

Vision 2020

Proposal deadline extended: December 27, 2019
Deadline for accepted papers: December 30, 2019
Proposal deadline: December 20, 2019
Hashtag: #tccsilver

Call for Proposals
Faculty and staff are invited to submit a paper or a general session proposal related to learning design and technology such as e-learning, learning communities, digital literacy, social media, online privacy, mobile learning, emerging technologies (AI, AR, VR), gamification, faculty and staff support, and professional development.

25th Anniversary Special!
To celebrate this milestone, two features are included in this year’s event: A commemorative pre-conference symposium onsite (March 17-18) and a Day in the Life of TCC, where plenary sessions will be presented over the entire 24-hours of April 15 (HST) in six-hour blocks from four regions of the world.



Participation in this event is entirely online. All sessions are streamed in real-time. Sessions recorded for later viewing. For your info, recordings from our previous TCC 2019 may be viewed:

Bert Kimura <> or Curtis Ho <>

TCC Hawaii, LearningTimes, & the Learning Design and Technology Department, College of Education, UH-Manoa collaborate to produce this event. Numerous volunteer faculty and staff worldwide provide additional support.

Raspberry Pi 4 Desktop: Upgrades and Updates

By Jim Shimabukuro

The more time I spend with the Raspberry Pi 4, the more I’m convinced that it could stand in for a desktop for many uses. For light users and perhaps for schools and colleges, the savings would be astronomical. I decided to add a small monitor to make the unit less cumbersome and more portable. School and college faculty, techs, and administrators ought to look into this tiny computer as a possible replacement or substitute for expensive desktops for class or lab use. Experiment with it. Can it cover the functions that are needed?

Added a lightweight, portable 1920×1080 HDMI monitor1 and some updates.

Tweaks abound. Enthusiasts and pros are sharing, via YouTube, new and exciting updates and upgrades. Here are a few that I completed in the last hour:
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Raspberry Pi 4 Is the Future of Desktop Computers

By Jim Shimabukuro

Update: 4 Aug. 2019

The CanaKit Raspberry Pi 4 Complete Starter Kit arrived yesterday evening. I got it up and running before turning in and did more extensive testing today. My overall early impression is “Wow!” Pi4 has all the earmarks of a desktop disruptor. Its tiny size and outrageousy low price is a dramatic departure from clunky and expensive desktops. I’ve always wondered why desktop computers have changed so little in the last ten to twenty years. Laptops, notebooks, tablets, and other computing devices are shrinking in size and price every year or so, but desktops seem to remain the same.

It was only a matter of time before a breakthrough like the Pi4 would occur. Earlier Pi versions didn’t have enough power to replace desktops. The Pi4 is a tipping point, marking the beginning of an era that might eventually see the decline of today’s major desktop producers as well as Microsoft’s monopoly on operating systems. For approximately $150, I have a desktop that can do almost everything my $1500 desktop can do1.

The Raspberry Pi 4 is the tiny box to the right of the keyboard. I have it set up for two monitors. The screen on the right is running a 1080p YouTube video. The screen on the left is running four apps: a webpage, an email page, a word processor, and a spreadsheet. The keyboard, mouse, and power supply are official Raspberry accessories. The two mini-HDMI and power cable with in-line power button are CanaKit products.

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‘Buzzy’s Adventures in Online Privacy’ — A Review

Lynn ZimmermannBy Lynn Zimmerman
Associate Editor
Editor, Teacher Education

Buzzy’s Adventures in Online Privacy, by Bilal Soylu & Paritica Aluskewicz, illustrations by Olga Pietraszek. XcooBee LLC. Printed by Amazon. 61 p. ISBN 9781095474815.

This book is designed for parents and other caregivers to read with children around five years old, kindergarten age. It’s a cautionary tale about the dangers that lurk online, which is a relevant topic for today’s young learners. The book aims to educate young children about the importance of privacy when online, such as not sharing information with strangers. The characters are animals, some representing children, others adults, and the cartoon-like illustrations would probably appeal to a child this age.

A  page from Buzzy’s Adventures in Online Privacy.

However, I’m not convinced the book would be effective. It seems to have a dual personality, each of which is directed at a separate audience. The story that is directed at children addresses various issues at their level. It shows young animals on the Internet playing online games and using various apps being approached by strangers obtaining personal information in the guise of friendship.  Continue reading