The standard career plan of the 20th century was to work for a company for 30 years to get a gold watch and a pension. Across the board, careers were for life. However, as the economy globalizes and society shifts, the monolithic career is dying quickly. Unsurprisingly, the financial systems (compensation, pensions etc) around education have remained stagnant. This juxtaposition of reality and education leads to financial stress and hardship for a staggering number of teachers.

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When you work with media from so many different sources on a daily basis, you see a ton of different media formats. I can’t spend time hunting for specialized players just to check a file. So my go to default media player is VLC Media Player from VideoLAN. Not only can it play pretty much anything you throw at it, the best part is that it is FREE!

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My name is Mike, you can find out more about me here. I started this site as part of a grad class project but honestly, I have wanted to do this for a while. On this blog, you will find posts about a few different topics that I am interested in or am learning about. Topics will include everything from instructional technology to personal finance.

I intend for every post to have actionable, effective information that you can actually apply to your life, teaching or hobbies.

I hope I can help you earn more, use timesaving tools, and get things done.