Saturday, January 28, 2017

Sunday Post


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

#TechTipTuesday - G Suite App Status

Today, for a good portion of the day, we seemed to be experiencing some issues within our Google Ecosphere.

The first place I checked was:

Anytime Google has issues with a G Suite Product (Google document, slides, Hangouts, Calendar, Classrooms, etc.) they update this page to let users know that they are not alone with their issue.

If you click on the indicator

You can get a  detailed overview of what the issue reported is and often a timeline of the repair

As always,

Stay tuned and 
Stay connected.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Sunday Post

From the Flipboard magazine

It's the Sunday post.
An editorial exploration of curated content

Vine is Going away, well sort of from 9to5 Mac 
For those of you who have invested time creating a plethora of 6 second videos within the Twitter created Vine application then make sure you download your videos out of the application by Jan 17th. They are shutting down the social media aspect of the service and then will launch Vine Camera app, which will let you record 6 seconds videos...which yes you can do with your regular camera but not in the same way, allegedly.

Did you use Vine? Are you sad to see it go?  Let us know in the comments. 

As a Teaching Professor - Reaffirming Commitments from Merlene Gilb 
My good friend Merlene shares the ideals which inform her teaching as well as eloquently describe the art of teaching. The key components she embraces while preparing the next generation of educators are Respect and RiskDemocracy, Critical Reflection, and Deliberation; and Hope and Autonomy

What ideals drive your teaching? How might these ideals influence the learning happening in your space?

When procrastination becomes inspiration - from Manuel Herrera

Manuel, educator/creative/friend, shares the tale of how his passion of illustration and technology combined with elements of procrastination has transformed into a collaborative  learning opportunity. He's partnered up with Pixel Press, creators of Bloxels, to share his visual learning process when designing projects for kids.

What occupies your time when you should be doing something else, perhaps it may inspire others, share it in the comments.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

#TechTipTuesday - New Year

Happy new year to all of my readers, subscribers, writers, creators, makers and learners.

It's 2017, and the perfect time to try something new.
It's a great big world wide web out there and so many ways to connect.

Today's tip is: Try something new.

If you are on Facebook, join Twitter. Using Instagram, check out SnapChat. Prefer the Microsoft suite, check out what Google has to offer.

The gist is TRY it out. Give it a solid month or two to see what you think of it. 

Happy 2017 everyone, and remember you're not alone out there. Your friendly neighborhood technology specialist is always a Tweet away.

And as always,

Stay tuned and stay connected.

You can find me across the internet at TheTechSpec

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Sunday Post - 2017

From the Flipboard magazine            Tech on the Side

An editorial exploration of curated content

Better presentations are only a click away - from Leslie Creath
Tired of power point presentations that all look the same? Leslie has mapped out some great suggestions, tips and tools to getting your learners to design something with much more meaning and that you may just enjoy looking at a little bit more.

Have a favorite presentation tool or tip, share it in the comments.

New Microsoft Translator - from GeekWire
Microsoft has launched a new feature within it's translator program. The way it is suppose to work should allow for a person to speak one language which will be automatically translated into another. Check it out within the app or on it's dedicated website. 

Speak or teach a foreign language? We would love hear how you might use this tool in your learning space or life.

Instagram Stories, save 'em if you got 'em - from Jason P. Heisel
Instagram added a "stories" feature a while back and has recently added the ability to download your entire story, in what feels like a way to keep up with SnapChat. It's a great feature to use to hold onto those memories if you want them to last longer than 24 hours, or if you'd like to share them later.


As always,

Stay tuned and s
tay connected.