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Check Your Data on Facebook and Take a look at Dotstorming!

You should be concerned about the recent Facebook leak of data.  It is big and it might impact you.  Unfortunately, the only thing you can do is to look and see what Facebook has stored in their servers specifically about you.  Take a few minutes and download your user data.  Probably the most shocking thing…

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Facebook Logged Me In! How do I get Logged OUT?

You may have heard of the recent data breach at Facebook.  Over 50 million user’s data was accessed or sold to entities.  This was done largely by accessing people’s Facebook account via legal means through apps that use Facebook accounts to login.  Sometimes we forget how or why we used Facebook to login.  It is…

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Images for students

Right now a lot of students are working on projects that require images.  You should always cite your images or seek Royalty Free or Creative Commons images which can be used without permission.  Today I am suggesting 3 sites.  PhotosforClass, Pics4Learning, and Pixabay.  All of these image sites have royalty free images and are available to use for…

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Make Data Visual

As a techie, I love looking and data.  It helps to drive decisions.  Creating different ways to visualize data is an amazing way to create interpretation, argue a point or to share detailed information.  Plot.ly does this with ease.  Simply upload a data sheet (Excel or Google) then you can manipulate the visualization.  Added to manipulating your own…

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Efficient Feedback using your Voice!

Want to leave a voice comment anywhere, anytime?  Try out Talk&Comment as an extension.  It is a very simple little microphone recording tool that sits on your Chrome Browser.  Download the Talk&Comment Chrome Extension, install it and then restart Chrome.  You will see a little microphone will appear on your browser window.  Then you can create a quick voice…

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Protect Yourself: One Password to Rule them All!

​It’s all over the news, a major hack of crediting agency Equifax in America.  Here is the Wall Street Journal Article on this idea.  They have personal information, income, and family information in their databases that was hacked.  As a result, it reminded me that it is a good time to update passwords.  A lot of people…

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Organize yourself for a successful school year with StudyBlue!

​ At the start of the year, I always look for great tools for collecting notes.   I used StudyBlue.com a long time ago and it was good then.  You could create flash cards.  That was then.  Now, StudyBlue makes notes, study guides and yes still flash cards available to everyone.  You can search by…

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Get Ready for School with 2 Apps for Efficiency!

Things get pretty busy right away at the start of the year.  It is really important to set yourself up for success while you have time.  Two applications will help you manage your screen time as well as increase your efficiency.  I suggest Webtimer and SelfControl App.  When used together you can take control of your computer time and…

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Take a Break and Perform Better!

During exams many of us stress, eat too much and worry without every getting enough exercise.  Check out LearingStation.com.  “Brain breaks can also improve students’ concentration and performance on standardized tests”. (Springer, Atteberry, Werner, & Misner, n.d.) There are the times where we need to remember that exercise helps our minds break as well as helps…

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Get Orgainized BEFORE it is too late!

I am always on the look out for great organizers.  myHomeworkapp.com is just that.  It provides a single place where students or teachers can build and organize their work.  You can set it up by individual teachers and assignments.  It includes a calendar and creates a good Homework list, Project list and what is coming…

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Desmos creates AMAZING graphs and artwork!

Many of you know that I am no math wizard.  That being said I recently stumbled upon Desmos.com.  This is an amazing graphing calculator tool.  With your Google account you can login and start creating.  Simply start a new graph and a dynamic graphing calculator appears on the screen and allows you to begin graphing.…

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Avoid the Fakes and Get Real News!

I am working with classes on researching controversial issues.  It is important to make sure you get both perspectives which means you need some bias and will definitely come across some bias.  A great database for searching newspapers around the world is Kiosk.net.  It shows newspapers from around the world.  You can select any one…

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Momentum to start your day!

Recently I gave a short presentation about Extensions in Chrome.  The typical ones came up, AdBlocker and Grammarly, however, a new one I recommended was Momentum.  This is a great extension for starting your day right and keeping yourself focused.  Simply go to the Chrome Web Store and install Momentum.  This easy to use Extension…

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Take a Break and Perform Better!

During exams many of us stress, eat too much and worry without every getting enough exercise.  Check out LearingStation.com.  “Brain breaks can also improve students’ concentration and performance on standardized tests”. (Springer, Atteberry, Werner, & Misner, n.d.) There are the times where we need to remember that exercise helps our minds break as well as helps…

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Write Better Today!

As you write that research paper sometimes it is a struggle to avoid plagarism.  With so many great resources in electronic format it becomes very easy to ‘copy and paste’ information directly into your paper.  Remember that you must cite direct quotes or better yet paraphrase great information.  Grammarly is a great way to avoid plagarism.   Not only does…

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Improve your Productivity!

​ I am always on the lookout for Extensions or tech tools that help us improve our productivity and reduce distractions.  I’ve recommended WebTimer in the past but recently I came across Time Tracker.  This is a great Extension for Chrome that actually tracks the sites you are on and the actual time spent on that individual site.…

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Image Help & Creativity with Google Docs!

  ​ Looking for the perfect image?  Want to make sure you cite it properly?  Look to either CreativeCommons or WikiMedia Commons.  Then just locate images that have ‘Some Rights Reserved’.  Then at WikiMedia select your usage method and copy/paste on or near the image’s final location.  At Creative Commons it is best to construct…

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Google and LIFE together – and some Tips and Tricks from ME!

With our refocusing on the importance of citation, sometimes if feels like we cannot find great images because they are watermarked.  NOT TRUE!  Check out the Google and LIFE (magazine) collaboration.  Here you can search an amazing database of LIFE Magazine photos by year.  Locate award winning photos that display, history, passion and strife all…

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Library and Tech Resources!

​ We often forget all of the free resources that are available.  The Library of Congress (US) maintains a massive database of resources.  They literally have 18 million catalog records for books, serials, manuscripts, maps, music, recordings, images, and electronic resources!  They also do an amazing job of categorizing what is in this catalog.  Take a…

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MLA Resources and YouTube 7 Tips for Teachers (and Students)

This year I am back to my old ways in that I have always been a Librarian and Tech.  Philosophically it makes so much sense to combine the technology needs of students with the every changing world of libraries.  Searching, researching and embedding technology simultaneously is the way of the future for libraries.  To this…

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Find out about your world and more – FOR FREE!

Who doesn’t love a good map?  Worldatlas.com is an amazing site.  It has all kinds of interesting tools, images and infographics.  It also has articles as well as location based information.  Added bonus is you don’t need an account or anything this information is simply available to all!  It is a great place to look…

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Remind Students of Homework, Assignments and Chat!

Need to remind your students of assignments and exams?  Want to make your class more interactive?  Try Remind.com – this application has been a round for a while, but recently it added a few features like ‘Chat’ which make it a very robust tool.  You can create an account with your Google Account for free.  Then you…

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Study Tools!

Flippity is my new favorite resources!  TWO resources are available – Flash Cards and Jeopardy study tools!  Simply go to the site Flippity.net and download the template.  Complete the Google Sheets template with your questions and answers.  Upload the file then share the link!  Now you have Flashcards or a really cool Jeopardy style game to play…

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2 Resources for Project Based Learning!

I recently read a great article from the TeachThought  blog by Terry Heick on ‘Failing Forward: 21 Ideas to Help Students Keep their Momentum’  Many of these you will know others you might want to try.  Number 2 on the list is one of my favorites – ‘Use Project-Based Learning’ – Technology can be a huge part of engaging students…

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PhotoPin – Easy Image Search with Licensing!

​ Many of you know about Creative Commons for royalty free photos however this can be a cumbersome process.  Introducing PhotoPin!  This is an easily searchable database of Creative Commons Licensed images for free.   I did some quick searching and it provides the licensing information and allows for multiple size downloads.  This is a very…

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Become a MacBook Pro – And Have a Laugh!

​ I’ve been using Buzzfeed for a while for entertainment (if you ever need a laugh check it out!). However this weekend I did some searching and it turns out there are some really great solutions submitted.  Today I suggest two things: 1. Check out Buzzfeed.  2.  Check out the ‘18 Mac Hacks that will make a MacBook…

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