"It’s not likely that you’ve walked off of a pier while staring at your cell phone, but it’s virtually guaranteed that you’ve been distracted by your phone in a moment when your attention should have been elsewhere. We like to think that we’re experts in how and when to use our smartphones, but the truth is that they’ve really only been around for a few years. Usage and adoption of new technology nearly always outpaces our understanding of how that technology will ultimately affect us."
"The infographic shows that nearly 80% of recruiters check for your postings and frequently reject applicants because of their online presence. The infographic provides a checklist of sorts to guide you in posting the right things. We typically know what is best for us. We all should know what is legal and illegal. What we do know is what is private and what is not. That goes for our thoughts, our whereabouts, our pass-times. If we are responsible and forward-thinking, then we know that not everything we do is for everyone to know."
"You've made your will. Everything is in place for your death. Except perhaps your digital assets management plan. This is a list of all the digital or online "stuff" a person uses, including passwords and usernames for social media and email services. Legal experts welcome a booming cultural trend towards making a written plan. Sometimes called a digital estate inventory, the plan lawyers recommend comes with a will so family or friends can access online sites and services."
"That's where Wickr comes in. The app, which could best be described as a Snapchat for grown-ups, is only available for iOS right now. Launched in June 2012 by a group of security experts, the app sends messages, photos (and soon videos) that will eventually be erased. Wickr allows users to choose how long they want their digital missives to last: as short as one second, and as long as 5 days, 23 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds. The main difference between the two apps, and the reason Wickr is more ambitious than Snapchat, is that it encrypts all messages, striving for perfect privacy and security. Wickr doesn't just want messages to disappear once they are sent. Wickr doesn't want anybody, including the app itself, to know what your digital correspondence contains."
"If the new primary computing curriculum has achieved anything, it is introducing the word algorithm into the vocabulary of most teachers. We now all know that algorithms are just a set of instructions to get something done and range from knitting patterns to recipes, from lego instructions to programs written in logo. "
"This afternoon I was asked if I could put together a list of my favorite Google Docs, Sheets, and Forms Add-ons. In the past I had put together lists of Sheets scripts, but most of those lists are outdated as Add-ons have mostly replaced scripts. Here's my updated list of my favorite Google Docs, Sheets and Forms Add-ons."
"When a teacher assigns homework, she makes some big assumptions about students’ home lives. Do they have the requisite supplies? A quiet place to study? Supportive parents or guardians who will motivate them to work? Knowledgable guardians who can assist with challenging problems?"
"Plug in your phone, snap a picture, and get a printed photo in seconds. Then watch your photos come to life through augmented reality!"
"Each CS First club is based on a real world theme and consists of about 10 hours worth of lessons and activities. The different club themes offered aim to attract and engage students of varying backgrounds and interests. All our materials are targeted at students in 4th - 8th grades (or between the ages of 9 - 14), and are free and easy to use."
"Always on their phones. Lightening fast thumbs sharing content on Snapchat, Vine, Instagram, Twitter and more. While teens, teachers, and parents are familiar with cell phone's use as a social tool, more and more are discovering they are a great learning resource as well. There's even evidence and research to prove it. Here's the research supporting student's use of mobile devices for learning."
"Google started as a search engine, but now it's one of the biggest collectors of data in the world. Whether it's your personal details, shopping habits, or even where you travel, Google has a lot of ways of keeping track of it. This infographic scratches the surface of Google's data collection systems."
"What do we all actually do on the internet? It’s an interesting question which we here at Tech Spartan aim to answer in this infographic looking at what happens in an internet minute, comparing last year (2013) to this years latests statistics. Did you know that there are now 11.6% more internet users now than 1 whole year ago? Read on to find out more…"
Pixie Points are the smartest, friendliest, most useful tags in the world, and the only ones that provide precise location. Each one contains our innovative signaling technology that enables the Pixies to communicate with our app, and with each other. Think about it as creating a digital map of your things. That’s how we make location an exact science.
"As I shared last week, Photos for Class is now available as an Edmodo app. With Photos for Class installed in your Edmodo group your students can search for Creative Commons licensed images and download them with citations attached to them. In the video embedded below I provide a demonstration of how to install Photos for Class. The second half of the video demonstrates a students' perspective of using Photos for Class within Edmodo."