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#Free eBook - Protect Your Digital #Privacy #edtech

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Are you protecting your family's digital sensitive data? Do you have processes in place to protect confidential student data in your classroom, school and/or district? If the world of protecting digital privacy of those you care for is a mystery, then consider getting and reading this free ebook on Protecting Your Digital Privacy. The ebook is available in ePub and PDF format.



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Access Restored to Popular Docs.com Service

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Was your Office 365 school district unable to access critical Docs.com resources over the last week or so? If yes, you weren't alone! Fortunately, access has been restored with an interesting caveat.
Users with work and school accounts have not been able to access Docs.com of late. We have heard your heartbreaking stories of student projects and classes not being able to proceed and I want to personally apologize for the disruption and confusion that we caused. We know that trusting your content to a service like Docs.com brings with it an expectation of availability and performance.   We promise to do better. We are pleased to report that we have fixed the issues.   Work and school sign-in is possible again, but, it does require an important step from your school, district or organization IT administrator. Docs.com is a consumer online service from Microsoft where users can publish and discover Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Sway, and PDF documents. We have recently enhanc…

Invasive Tech Species: What's the Right Solution?

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Every day, schools struggle to select the right technology to institutionalize in their environments. Limited resources (e.g. staff, funding, time) prevent adopting ALL technologies. And, what's worse, each company (e.g. Apple, Google, Microsoft) is working to improve their hold on their respective markets. After all, their goal is to be the top predator in their area. Winner takes all, "here can be only one" kind of fight.

Over the last 6 months, I've had the chance to hear similar questions to the one that appears below:
My school currently uses O365 which includes OneNote and OneDrive, but is thinking about moving to GSuite... I can see the clash between the two systems being email - would you use Outlook or Gmail?  As the email account forms the basis of both systems, can these work together in some way or do they not play nice together at all?  If you have to choose one or the other as your school email platform, does that rule out using the other system entirel…

13 Tips to Increase Your Reach

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"How do you differentiate yourself from others in a hyper-connected world?" What a fun question.

Since my first blog entry over 10 years ago, I've watched great teacherpreneurs get their start blogging, facilitating workshops, serving as keynote speakers, and publishing books in print/digital format. Blogs served as an avenue to new jobs and work. Whether it was iPads in Classrooms, GoogleApps, Web 2.0 sites, digital citizenship, storytelling, or you name it, fellow educators have made income from their work. In this blog entry, I share 13 strategies that I've noticed non-profits and individuals have taken to increase their reach.

Personal Aside:
While I have certainly explored these strategies, in some cases applied them to my own work, my focus on education, rather than profit, have made me reluctant to get paid for selling. As you review these strategies, which ones would you add to the list?
About the Strategies
Each of the following tips comes with quick phrase, r…

Amplifying Creativity: Minecraft Fairytales

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Note: This blog entry originally published at TCEA TechNotes blog.“How are you amplifying student creativity?” The question popped into my head earlier this week. Let’s explore a few ways you can combine Microsoft’s Minecraft: Education Edition (M:EE) (@playcraftlearn) with school learning opportunities. At a recent ISTE webinar, Boost Critical Thinking with Minecraft, Neal Manegold (Twitter: @nealmanegold) shared the following Maria Montessori quote: Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment. Could amplifying student creativity be as simple as offering students experiences they can navigate? And, after a time, students move from navigating to creating? Teachers can scaffold this process with technology. The process is not unlike blending story elements from one genre into another.

Did You Know? "What are the best Minecraft mods? It’s been searched by so many people on the internet," a…

Classroom Learning That Works: Minecraft @tombennett71 @immersivemind

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Reading my Flipboard earlier this month, I ran across a fascinating twitter exchange between Stephen Reid and Tom Bennett. You can find source materials at the bottom of my blog entry. Curious, I decided to dig in and explore some more. As I reflected more and more, I realized that it was all too simple to label gaming a gimmick. And, when I think of Minecraft as a learning platform, it is NOT about capitalizing on student motivation. Rather, it involves asking the same question that we should ask of any technology seeking entrance into our children's learning spaces--how does it enable learners to accomplish what had previously been impossible?
Gimmick: a trick or device intended to attract attention, publicity, or business. an ingenious or novel device, scheme, or stratagem, especially one designed to attract attention or increase appeal. (Source)Respectful Discourse
I don't want to be disrespectful. Let's have fun exploring inconsistencies and ideas! My purpose for writin…

All That Glitters: Another #Best #Top100 Blog List @larryferlazzo

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How kind (and clever, to be honest) of Feedspot's founder to send the following email and medal! This is clever because when you embed the provided HTML, as shown below, you will increase Feedspot's popularity and SEO rankings. When you go to the main address, you see that Feedspot has made a habit of making lists of blogs, all of which point back to them! Apparently Feedspot selected blogs with a high Google rep and search ranking, social media influence, and expert review. Notice a pattern in the images below? All the titles say "Best" and include a number:


Forgive me, Feedspot, I regret my skeptical view of this effort, especially since Larry Ferlazzo was left off the top 100 list!!! I can't imagine a top 10 list leaving off Larry's blog, much less a top 100. So, I have my doubts.

Email:
My name is Anuj Agarwal. I'm Founder of Feedspot.
I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog  MGuhlin  has been selected by our panelist as one of the To…
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Looking for a way to engage students with video and video creation? The Apple iPad’s rich ecology of video editing apps empowers students to be directors of fantasy and science-fiction flicks by using special effects. Educators like TCEA member Lauren Houser (@lauren_houser) have also taken advantage ofDo Ink’s Green Screenapp (see example) to create amazing vidoes. But you can also combinegreen screenwith movie FX apps to get startling results.



Lesson ConnectionsWhen writing a story, students often want to take their tale to the next level. One approach involves converting it into a movie script. Then they can record that script as a movie to be shared. Imagine your students creating a story, converting it to a script, then making a movie replete with special effects. The apps below will make illustrating a movie possible. Students can shoot their video, whether they rely on clay animation, action figures, or real people. Younger students can be introduced to digital graphics/animatio…

Touch the Future with Free Coding Resources

By 2020, the Internet of Things will include approximately two billion objects. Each of those devices will need to be told what to do through programming. Who better to do the job than our own Texas students? The educational focus for the future must be to introduce non-programming teachers to the freely available grade 6-8 curriculum that they can use to support learners who tackle coding for mobile devices. One course is Creative Coding through Games and Apps (CCGA), provided by Microsoft. Coding, and computational thinking in general, is one of the most in-demand skills in today’s job market. But not so long ago, learning to code was mostly out of reach for late-middle school and secondary students. Coding wasn’t taught in the typical classroom, and educators – unless they had a computer science background – weren’t equipped to teach it. After all, coding can seem difficult to the beginner. But Microsoft has changed all of that. Rich Curriculum, Free Coding Tool, Device Agnostic T…

Chrome Add-Ons: Accent Marks and More

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Did you know that the Texas TEKS (§128.14. Spanish Language Arts and Reading, Grade 3) require students to learn all about adding accent marks to words in Spanish? Here are some of the expectations for students: Write with increased accuracy using accent marks, including: (i) Words that have a prosodic or orthographic accent on the last syllable (palabras agudas) (e.g., feliz, canción); and (ii) Words that have a prosodic or orthographic accent on the second-to-last syllable (palabras graves) (e.g., casa, árbol); Yet once you figure out the rules for adding accent marks, how do you do it on a device like a Chromebook? In the old days, on a Windows computer, you could type a special alt-code combination to get the accent mark. On Macs, you can use the key combination Option-e then press the letter that needs the accent mark. On a Chromebook, you can use the Google Input Tools Chrome add-on to get the job done! Once the add-on is installed in your Chrome browser, follow these instructi…