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Free Speech to Text and Text to Speech In Your Web Browser

03.20.2014 By: Samantha Harlow
Teacher Richard Byrne writes a technology blog for teachers called “Free Technology for Teachers.”  One of his more recent posts is about free speech to text and text to speech tools in your web browser.  These tools can be helpful for students or professors who might need help reading articles on the web, transcribing projects, […]
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Phishing Emails: How to Avoid the Attack

03.18.2014 By: Kaitlyn Reish
Computer hackers are getting really crafty with their scams. They use very convincing emails to fish for our personal data. Chances are, you’ve seen email scams in your inbox, especially recently. They say your account is compromised or deactivated and prompt you to login to fix it or respond to the email with your username […]
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Copyright and Academia

03.13.2014 By: Samantha Harlow
Copyright is a complicated subject – and it’s unfortunately a subject many people tune out.  There are also unfortunately many misconceptions of copyright, some of them being: Anything without a copyright notice is not protected. It is okay to use copyrighted work or publish other peoples work if I don’t make any money out of it. […]
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Blackboard Maintenance: Saturday, March 15th 4:00AM-5:00AM

03.11.2014 By: Kaitlyn Reish
 **Blackboard will be down for maintenance on Saturday, March 15th between the hours of 4:00AM – 5:00AM** 
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Top 4 Google Chrome Extensions

By: Kaitlyn Reish
Below is a list of my favorite 4 Google Chrome extensions that can benefit you in and out of the classroom. Check them out! Explain and Send Screenshots extension allows you to take a full or partial snapshot of any website that you’d like to share or send to someone. You can draw arrows, lines, […]
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Prezi and Adobe Partnership with ConnectEd Initiative

03.5.2014 By: Samantha Harlow
TechCrunch recently wrote a blog post about the Prezi and Adobe partnership with the ConnectEd Initiative.  Prezi presentation software is teaming with Adobe on President Obama’s ConnectEd Initiative to help the US education system gain more access to technology.  ConnectEd is investing more than $1 billion for Prezi and Adobe licenses for Prezi Edu Pro, Photoshop, […]
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Twitter in the Classroom

03.4.2014 By: Kaitlyn Reish
When I think back to my college years, there was always a point right as class was starting when all my professors would say, “Ok, time to put away all smart phones.” Oh, this dreaded statement! However, smart phones have opened up all new possibilities to keep your classroom and students interacted and even awake. […]
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Quizlet: Online Flashcards

02.27.2014 By: Samantha Harlow
Quizlet  is a free online tool that students and educators can use for studying and course organization that simulates flashcards.  You can download the Quizlet app for iOS or Android.  Quizlet is an interactive, online tool that allows you to create and look at flashcards in sets, even allowing for you to digitally flip the cards to the front […]
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Smore: Digital Flyers

02.25.2014 By: Kaitlyn Reish
Smore is an easy to use website where users can create unique digital flyers. These flyers are single-paged websites that can be used for multiple reasons, for example sharing information with students or students can share their research. Digital flyers can be shared via email or social media. Students need to register for a Smore […]
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Open Access Publishing

02.20.2014 By: Samantha Harlow
In the academic world, publishing scholarly work is crucial to prolonging your career.  But publishing an article with a journal can become complicated and expensive for academic institutions and faculty due to publishers owning the rights to articles.  Open Access publishing “means unrestricted online access to peer-reviewed scholarly research.”  Open access can mean free online research […]
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