Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Chrome Extensions for Struggling Students and Special Needs

Technology can be a powerful tool to assist students with special needs or any sort of learning challenge. In particular the Chrome web browser allows users to install a wide variety of web extensions that provide tools that can help all learners, regardless of ability level.

In this blog post we will take a look at over 30 Chrome web extensions that can assist students in five main categories:

  • Text to Speech
  • Readability
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Focus
  • Navigation
To read more of this post follow the link below from the blog - Control Alt Achieve - Transforming Education with Technology

Friday, April 13, 2018

Don’t Give Away Historic Details About Yourself!

Author - Brian Krebs
Social media sites are littered with seemingly innocuous little quizzes, games and surveys urging people to reminisce about specific topics, such as “What was your first job,” or “What was your first car?” The problem with participating in these informal surveys is that in doing so you may be inadvertently giving away the answers to “secret questions” that can be used to unlock access to a host of your online identities and accounts.

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Google is shutting down its URL shortening service!

The company wants you to use the more app-centric Firebase Dynamic Links.

URL shorteners can be both useful and fun. Google's take on the tech launched in 2009, and added a third-party API, the ability to create QR codes and the power to link right to iOS and Android apps. Even Keanu Reeves has a URL shortener named in his honor. Unfortunately, Google is replacing its own service,, with Firebase Dynamic Links (FDL) as of April 13th. These new smart URLs let you send folks to any location within iOS, Android or web apps.

You won't be able to create new short links after the 13th, but existing users can manage them via the console for the next year. After that, all the links will still work, but you won't be able to access the console itself after March 30th, 2019. Google suggests creating FDLs from now on, or using other shortening services like Bitly and or tinyurl.

This information taken from

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Three Cool Chrome Extensions!

I was checking out another blog called edtechteacher and thought you might be interested in three Google Chrome Extensions they mentioned!  



Screencastify is a Chrome extension that allows students and teachers to create screencasts directly in the Chrome browser.  A screencast is a recording of the user’s screen with the user narrating the actions they are completing on the screen.  

EquatIO is a new tool from Texthelp that provides teachers and students new and better ways to integrate math and science into their Google environments. EquatIO gives students and teachers an ability to make mathtype  digital, so students are able to better make their math reasoning visible using Google Chrome.

Share to Classroom is an extremely helpful tool for teachers using Google Classroom with their students. The extension connects with the teacher and students’ classes in Google Classroom. From a teacher perspective, the Share to Classroom extension allows teachers to share information from websites directly to their classes in Google Classroom. For example, when a teacher comes across a webpage that they want to add as an assignment, question, or announcement, teachers can use the extension to share these resources directly to a class.

These reviews and video links were taken from the edtechteacher blog.  The link to their blog is:

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Scanning At The Tips of Your Fingers With CamScanner

Donna Alaimo just tipped me off to CamScanner - a free PDF Creator that lets you convert any printed document to a PDF file.

The only thing you have to do is take a photo of the document in question, using the photo tool that is part of CamScanner - PDF Creator. Of course, the photo needs to be somewhat centered and well-lit. The app will then process the photo in question, and in a matter of seconds it will have converted it to a PDF document. 

Once you have the PDF document saved to your device's memory, you can work with it just like you would with any other file of this type. In addition, before saving the document, you can apply different filters to it to see if it looks better; depending on the quality of light in the photo, you might be able to obtain better results with a filter.  You can Find the app on the Google or Apple Store.  For more information about how to use the app follow the following link.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Verizon streamed Super Bowl LII in Virtual Reality over 5G

The Virtual Sky Box!
A crowd of more than 67,000 people watched the Philadelphia Eagles trounce the New England Patriots last Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, while around 103 million viewers across the country did the same on their television sets. At the same time, a small group of Verizon employees in New York City were viewing the game in a different way: through VR. And they were able to do so entirely over a 5G connection.

It was all part of an ambitious 5G stress test that Verizon quietly ran during Super Bowl LII, and according to the company, it was a success. "This latest demonstration at Super Bowl LII and in New York City is another example of how we're pushing 5G to exploit never-before-imagined use cases and applications," said Sanyogita Shamsunder, Verizon's executive director of 5G ecosystems and innovation.

To read more of the article from by Nicole Lee click the link below.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Super Bowl 52: How the NFL and US Bank Stadium are ready to make digital history

At Super Bowl LII, the Patriots vs. Eagles contest could break a record for the largest data usage ever during an event, as fans stream live video and upload massive quantities of photos to social apps.

It's not just the brutally cold weather that could make history in Minneapolis during Super Bowl 52 on Sunday. The NFL expects football fans to surpass all previous data usage during the big game, with key moments such as the kickoff between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots, and Justin Timberlake's halftime show to result in huge amounts of photo and video uploads to social media. 

Click the link below to see the full story from TechRepublic's Smart Cities newsletter. - By | February 1, 2018, 9:24 AM PST