"Nowadays many pupils, when given a research task, immediately might think to themselves, “I’ll just Google that.” Internet search engines (of which Google is only one of many) are powerful tools but many pupils use only a fraction of the power of them, and then can also have difficulty finding the information specific to the task."
"No one wants to make a mistake like the one Clifford Stoll made in 1996. In the February issue of Newsweek Magazine, his now infamous article carried the headline, “The Internet? Bah!”"
"Today, we’re launching MaskMe with free unlimited Masked Emails, safe passwords, and account storage (including on the cloud) as an add-on for Chrome and Firefox. Some of the powerful features, like Masked Phone and Masked Credit Cards, require a $5/month subscription to MaskMe Premium. MaskMe Premium also lets you use the MaskMe Mobile for Android and iOS, so you can access your info anywhere you are."
"“Social media has offered us a platform where we can learn from and with the smartest people we ‘meet’ from around the world, whenever we need to or are ready to go.” "
"I’ve been impressed with services like Scribd (think YouTube for Documents). Most people have probably already used Scribd, but in case you haven’t, this service allows you to upload your documents (variety of formats supported) and view them online in Flash format. The beauty of this service is that you can also share documents and embed directly inside you website/blog/wiki. While this works great for sharing certain types of documents, it’s not really appropriate for uploading my entire collection of documents (especially since many contain personal information). So, I decided to figure out how to create my own hosted document/book viewer like Scribd or Google Books."
"Apple has been taking lots of justified heat for its decision to replace Google Maps on the iPhone with a fledgling, and flawed, maps app of its own. In my otherwise favorable review of the new iPhone 5, I called Apple’s maps app “the biggest drawback” on the device and “a step backward from the familiar Google app.”"
"What Is The Difference Between Professional Vs. Personal Social Network Mindset? #Video #Infographic"
"Marisa Constantinides is one of project partners of aPLaNet and she gave a concurrent keynote entitled “Autonomous Professional Development Begins at Home”. In this session, Marisa outlined ample opportunities that could be found on the internet for professional development of teachers and discussed various ways of getting involved in networks of community of practice."
"As of this year, personal computers no longer consume the majority of the world’s memory chip supply." Why we need to program for more than just a computer!
"The proliferation of trolls and fanatics in our beloved chirping microblog has made it urgent to issue some shared guidelines we can all adhere to that can regulate private and public behavior on Twitter. This is my proposal, which I submit to your consideration."
"Quite simply, bad search results hurt you, and good search results help you. Your first impression on the web is drastically improved when you make sure you have more positive content in your results. The following infographic showcases useful tips that you can use in order to look better in Google’s search results. Enjoy!"
Personal Learning Networks, or PLNs, have been around for a long time. Originally they were your family, relatives and friends, or probably other educators and fellow teachers you work with in the same institution, but now and thanks to the development of web technologies and wireless connections, the concept of PLNs has been expanded to engulf people you have never met before in real world. Much of the learning nowadays takes place online and via a network of interconnected relations.
Personal Inquiry Projects — independent research into topics students care about — with side lessons on judging the reliability of sources.
Professional development and networking are vital in any field, and that’s especially true for educators.
Do you ever sanitize Microsoft Office products? Have you ever stopped to consider the potential privacy risk from personal metadata that is embedded in Microsoft Office products? Here’s how to remove it.
Control Your Own Google Results
When people Google your name, make sure they find accurate, positive results.
Is it ironic that I am suggesting the use of technology here to add a “personal touch” to your course materials? It certainly seems odd to me, but it just makes sense. We use so much technology to create the materials we use, but we often limit ourselves to interesting photos, clip-art, and different fonts to make it ‘ours’.
Goalbook is a new beta site that "helps teams of educators, students, and parents collaborate around personal learning plans."
Most of the people who are new to web design and blogging don’t understand the capabilities that come free with their domain, so they don’t take advantage of them.
How many times have you visited a site for www.something.com and on the Contact Us page, you find that the sales or customer service personnel have email addresses like firstname.lastname@example.org? It certainly is not the main measure of business quality, but the average person usually thinks, “Geez, what is that, their personal email address?”
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