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Chrome Extensions

Chrome Extensions+We know there are many really cool tools out there on the great big Internets, but we have so little time to discover them. Never mind the time it takes to try them out and see if they will work for your class.

So we rely on others in our community to recommend tools.

Well, Eric Curts is a great community member to have around. He is a Google trainer who is always on the lookout for new tools. He has his own website and works with groups such as Control-Alt-Achieve, which is another education blog, where he contributes regularly to deliver condensed focused information, so we don't have to work so hard.

Here is a list of tools he has just released.
It is a spreadsheet that has the name, a link to, and a brief description of the tools. I hope this is something you can use to help our students.
More ideas... Here on this pyramid is a visual aid for how different technologies can fit different levels of technology use/thinking...You can click on the images below to …

WiFi Connections

WiFi Connections As we all travel around, one of the first things we like to do is connect to the internet as soon as we arrive at our destination. This makes sense because most of our professional life is contained somewhere in the "Cloud" now.

Most times we just expect it all to work, right?

You open up your laptop and go to Google and you're in!

Don't be so sure...

If you notice that the connection may be slow...or you cannot print to the location you could previously...ask yourself...

Am I sure I am connected to the correct network?

Never take for granted that you are connected to the network you think you are. When you are in a different location than usual, check to be sure your connection is the one you expect.

There is a reason to be concerned.  If you connect to a strange network without knowing, there is potential for compromising confidential information.

You could be connected to a spoofed router that was set up to steal your information (unlikely here in…

Hapara and Google Classroom

Better Together: Streamline Digital Learning With Hapara & Google Classroom (click "read more" for video)
Hapara just released a feature which makes it possible for teachers to sync their Google Classrooms with Hapara Dashboard. Now with just the click of a button, you can import your Google Classroom classes into Hapara Dashboard. This is exciting news for teachers who have already discovered ways to combine the best features from both applications. It is also exciting for teachers who have been reluctant to use Hapara because they were already using Google Classroom.

Follow this link to Hapara support and scroll down to "For Teachers" to see the written version of the above video.

Tech News for Education

Tech News for EducationNewest updates first.

Tips for combating hackers on connected devices
(Pixabay) Teaching students about the security vulnerabilities of internet of things devices can help them avoid falling prey to hackers, writes Jacob Batchelor, associate editor of Science World. Batchelor outlines ways to teach students about IoT hacks and what students can do to protect their privacy. Campus Technology (6/1)
Harmful apps every parent, educator should know
(Pixabay) Keeping up with social media and the constant stream of new apps emerging can be overwhelming for parents, instructional technologist Stephen Spengler writes. This article offers tips for digital safety, plus a list of harmful apps, such as Calculator%, a secret app that looks like a calculator but is actually a vault for hiding photos and videos. T.H.E. Journal (6/1)

Study: Is the internet like a drug?
Symptoms of internet withdrawal -- increased anxiety, blood pressure and heart rate -- are close to what drug addic…