Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Spam Is Back!

For a while, spam — unsolicited bulk messages sent for commercial or fraudulent purposes — seemed to be fading away. The 2003 CAN-SPAM Act mandated unsubscribe links in email marketing campaigns and criminalized attempts to hide the sender’s identity, while sophisticated filters on what were then cutting-edge email providers like Gmail buried unwanted messages in out-of-sight spam folders. In 2004, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates told a crowd at the World Economic Forum that “two years from now, spam will be solved.” In 2011, cybersecurity reporter Brian Krebs noted that increasingly tech savvy law enforcement efforts were shutting down major spam operators — including, alleged to be a major hub in a Russian digital criminal organization that was responsible for an estimated fifth of the world’s spam. These efforts meant that the proportion of all emails that are spam has slowly fallen to a low of about 50 percent in recent years, according to Symantec research.

But it’s 2017, and spam has clawed itself back from the grave. It shows up on social media and dating sites as bots hoping to lure you into downloading malware or clicking an affiliate link. It creeps onto your phone as text messages and robocalls that ring you five times a day about luxury cruises and fictitious tax bills. 

Click this link to read more of this article by Jon Christian 11/20/2017 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Extensions vs Web Apps vs Add-ons

The Google ecosystem provides a wide range of powerful programs to help you do pretty much anything you need. This includes browsing the web, typing a document, creating a slideshow, sending email, collecting data, and so much more.

However, even with all the features in their tools, Google knows they can’t do everything. There is probably some task you wish you could do, but can’t.

To help address this, Google allows third parties to create tools to extend the functions and features of Chrome, Docs, Sheet, Forms, and more. These tools come in three forms:

  • Chrome Extensions
  • Chrome Web Apps
  • Add-ons for Docs, Sheets, and Forms

* To read more from from Control Alt Achieve: Transforming Education with Technology - by Eric Curts. Click the link below!

Friday, November 3, 2017

DocHub - Online PDF Editor

DocHub is a Google App that can be added to your account through the Google App Store. With DocHub you can Create, edit, fill PDF forms, annotate documents, whiteout text, append pages, merge files, add fields and more. DocHub fully supports all native PDF fields, including linked fields. Users are given an intuitive experience which seamlessly bridges the gap between PDFs and the browser. The Field Manager puts you in control to modify existing fields, or create new fields for check boxes, signatures, initials and more!
* For more information go to:
    * To install go to the Google Web Store and search for DocHub  

Friday, October 20, 2017

Safe Searching For Kids!

Junior Safe Search's mission is simple: to provide a safe search for the learning minds of future generations!  Junior Safe Search is trusted by schools and families from around the world.  They use Google Custom Search but are not affiliated with Google Inc.

Link to check out Junior Safe Search:

Since Kiddle results are either handpicked and checked by their editors or filtered by Google safe search, you know you get kid-oriented results without any explicit content. In case some bad words are present in a search query, a guard robot will block the search. 

Link to check out Kiddle Search:

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

3 Tips for Managing Phone Use in Class

Two students look at their phones in class.

Setting cell phone expectations early is key to accessing the learning potential of these devices and minimizing the distraction factor.

Ten is now the average age when children receive their first cell phones, and those phones quickly find their way into classrooms. While cell phones have extraordinary potential for leveraging learning, they can quickly become a hindrance in the classroom, diverting attention away from learning. How can teachers harness the learning potential of students’ phones while also keeping them from being a distraction?

* Read the full article by Liz Kolb at Edutopia - George Lucas Educational Foundation

Friday, September 29, 2017

MathBits Notebook devoted to Common Core! Algebra 1 - OPEN; Geometry - OPEN; Algebra 2 - OPEN. All standards from the Common Core are addressed.  All standards from the Common Core are addressed, with special considerations to the PARCC MCF and SBAC. Material is presented in a lesson format with follow-up interactive practice problems. 

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Check it out.  It's a great resource.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Photomath App

Get the Photomath App on your smart phone then simply point your camera toward a math problem and Photomath will magically show the result with a detailed step-by-step instructions.
Photomath provides:
• Camera calculator 
• Handwriting recognition 
• Step-by-step instructions 
• Smart calculator 
• Graphs (NEW)
Photomath supports:
• Operations with: Integers, Fractions, Decimal numbers, Powers, Roots, Logarithms 
• Algebraic expressions 
• Equations: Linear, Quadratic, Absolute value, Rational, Irrational, Logarithmic, Exponential, Trigonometric 
• Inequalities: Linear, Quadratic, Absolute value, Rational, Irrational, Logarithmic, Exponential 
• Solving Systems using: Comparison, Substitution, Elimination, Gauss-Jordan method and Cramer's Rule 
• Calculus: Derivatives, Integrals 
• Trigonometry: Converting Angles, Calculating trigonometric values, Finding Periods of trigonometric functions, Calculating with trigonometric expressions 
• Graphs of Elementary Functions

For more information click the link below!