Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Sunday, October 14, 2018
For those of you who have upgraded your iPhones to the latest you may have noticed one of my favorite new features which is the ability to turn off the do no disturb function on your phone from the lock screen.
Every product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work. The next iteration of Apple's mobile operating system, iOS 12.1, is shaping up to be quite an interesting update.
Note: Several updates are listed at the bottom of this article, and there is a new development on this story here. Microsoft's big Windows 10 Update version 1809 is here and it brings a wealth of welcome features like less interruptions and update nags during gaming (something Alienware nailed years ago by the way).
We reported back in August that Wear OS was getting a hefty update from Google, and the new code is apparently now rolling out to compatible smartwatches. You might want to check the update screen on your wearable and see if the software is ready to go.
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Sunday, October 7, 2018
Quickly learn how to setup a schedule for the do not disturb function on your iPhone or iPad within iOS 12 Not sure why there is no sound. Looking into issue presently.
Apple first introduced Screen Time this summer as one of the key feature additions on iOS 12. By adding limits to specific apps, or your phone as a whole, Apple attempted to add a digital dose of self-control for those who need it most. People raved about the feature upon first hearing the news.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Today, let's take a quick look at some of the places you may have old and probably obsolete files sitting in your google cloud that you can finally get rid of to free up some space.
For those of you with educational Google accounts, you do not have to worry about this...for now, as google gives you unlimited space. HOWEVER, after you leave your school as a student and want to take those files with you to your personal account, you will need to move into the itty bitty living space of 15 free GB of storage on Google Drive.
For this post, let's examine Google Drive Decluttering
Where can the digital clutter come from that you did not realize:
1. Items in your trash bin
That's right, even in the cloud you have to empty that trash bin every once in awhile. There is no digital maid to do that dirty work for you.
2. Attachments from Gmail take up space in the drive.
Gmail and Google, the same digital space, so when you have tons and tons of emails (like myself) that include attachments, those MB have to be stored somewhere while residing in your inbox. Same thing with Google chat services.
Time to declutter:
Within Google Drive go over to the Trash bin on the left. Once you've entered the trash bin tap the arrow next to the word Trash at the top of the page. Then press empty Trash Bin.
ProTip: Scroll through the contents of your bin before you go deleting everything.
Ok, now that you've got your Google Drive cleaned up, lets take a deep breath...and wait until the next blog post to learn how to declutter the other areas of your Google Cloud Storage.
Sunday, September 30, 2018
Each week I will share the podcast which comes out on Monday and all the associated links mentioned in that episode.
Tech on the Side: Season 2 ep. 3
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
I like being able to do that, mostly in the morning so I can have it go a little longer even though I may be awake, there are times where I just do not want to be disturbed. However there are a few people in my life of whom I want to be able to get ahold of(or if you always want to make sure your child get's your phone calls or texts like in my instance) here is how you setup a Bypass on your Do Not Disturb setting.
Luckily this is a per contact option and you can decide if you want to be able to break through with a phone call or a text or in this instance, BOTH!
Here is how to setup the bypass for individual contacts within iOS 12 in order to get their notifications or phone calls while in "Do not Disturb" mode
Navigate your phone to your contacts, search for the contact you would like to grant access to, tap on the contact and then:
- Tap on edit
- Tap ring tone
- Toggle the Emergency Bypass switch to on (so it shows green)
- Tap done
- Tap on edit
- Tap text tone
- Toggle the Emergency Bypass switch to on (so it shows green)
- Tap done
For those of you who have no idea what the do not Disturb function is check out this short video on what it is and how to turn it on and adjust the do not disturb hours.
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
But before you update to the new OS make sure you've backed up to iCloud or to your computer.
Quick tutorial-on backing up to to iCloud
Step 1. Go to settings
Step 2. Tap on your name (located at the top of settings)
Step 3.Tap iCloud
Step 4. Scroll down to iCloud Backup
Step 5. Tap on on iCloud Backup
Step 6. Tap Backup now
Now that you have that out of the way you are ready to go and and download iOS 12
Step 1. Go to settings
Step 2. Scroll down to General and tap General
Step 3. Tap on Software update
Step 4. Scroll down to Download and install and tap Download and install
Your iOS device will need to have at least 50% charge our be plugged in in order to get the update.
in about 5- 10 minutes your iOS 12 download should be downloaded and ready to install.
Some of my favorite new features from the latest update:
- Notification management - Notifications from single sources will cluster together on your lock screen instead of filling up your entire screen with notifications. With a single tap you can see all of them and then cluster them back together by tapping "show less"
- Turn off your "Do not disturb" setting right from the lock screen
- Messages feels a bit more snappier as do the built in Apple keyboards
- Voice memos app for iPad and eventually Mac
For those of you with iPhone X you will have more access to:
- Memoji - Create a digital likeness and use it as everywhere
- Animoji updated with tongue detection...that's right
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Ok, now that we have that out of the way...
For those of you who have Amazon Prime accounts did you know that this also grants you access to Prime video and Prime music!
If you want to check out all the music you can stream just point your web browser to
Keep in mind that they have a second tier offerings that you will be prompted to consider purchasing Amazon Music Unlimited which is not necessary to listen to the music you already have access.
You can also download the app Amazon Music for iOS or Android and login with your amazon account.
To check out what videos you can watch follow the link below and login with your amazon account or download the Prime Video App
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
That the camera app built right into your iPhone can also be used to scan QR codes?
Give it a try today.
Find a QR code, open up your camera app and point the lens at it. After a second on the QR code a message will pop up on the top of the screen "QR CODE DETECTED" to follow the QR code to wherever it may be taking you simply tap on the message and be directed right to the page in your web browser.
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
For many of us in the education world we are starting a new year and with that in mind it's time to remember to take care of that piece of tech you use more often than your front door.
Once upon a time we called it a smart phone, nowadays we just call them our phones. Honestly though it's a teeny tiny powerful computer in your pocket or more likely in your palm, and just like a regular sized computer it needs to be shut down. Like all the way. Hold the power button, swipe to power it off and let it rest a minute.
Then when you can't take it anymore turn it back on.
Repeat this process at least once a week to let it rest, refresh and be it's best self.
Happy New (school) Year
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Sunday, April 15, 2018
My 4-year-old son has plenty of toys, and now that we have a daughter, too, it's probably only a matter of time before the house is teeming with kids' stuff. Most of the toys we have - building sets, board games, and art supplies - will be familiar to anyone, but over the last few years, we've also become quite acquainted with STEM (that's science, technology, engineering, and math) toys.
If you want to bring up a kid to be a successful investor or entrepreneur, the current education system says they should be studying STEM subjects, cramming facts and figures, and immersing themselves in coding class.
Instagram is one-upping Apple with a portrait mode feature that runs on a wider variety of phones and works with video, not just photos. Last month, TechCrunch reported about a Focus feature buried in Instagram's code, which began publicly testing a week later.
SAN JOSE, Calif.--( BUSINESS WIRE)--Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) announced today that Spark for Education with premium features and additional functionality is now available to K-12 and higher education students free of charge. This follows an announcement during Bett 2018 and successful trials with K-12 institutes in various school districts across North America.
Everybody is passionate about something. Whether it's foreign films, sushi, politics, or baseball, there's probably something you can talk about forever. At Anchor, we've always wanted to make it really easy for people to talk about the things they love and be heard by people all over the world.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Sunday, March 25, 2018
Class presentations are a lot of fun, and it's essential to give students the experience of speaking in front of others. Very early on in my teaching career, I realized it was difficult to keep presentations flowing, because in the transition time between presenters, students saw this as an opportunity to chat--and they had a...
Apple is sending out invitations to an education event on March 27. Using the tagline 'Let's take a field trip,' Apple says that the event will focus on 'creative new ideas for teachers and students' ... We've seen two invitations so far, in the USA and UK, both inviting people to an event taking place at a high school in Chicago.
Sunday, March 11, 2018
🔖 Add more of the webpages you frequently access to Chrome's bookmarks bar by deleting the bookmarks' names (leaving just the icons). #GoogleEdu
Epic Games is bringing its insanely popular Fornight Battle Royale to iPhone and iPad. It will be exactly the same 100-player game you've been enjoying on consoles, with the same map and the same weapons - and it will support cross-platform play between PlayStation 4 and PC.
Please click on the blogger's orange slice to be taken to their most recent slice of life!
It's Mario Time! Beloved gaming character Mario is coming to Google Maps, thanks to a partnership between Google and Nintendo ahead of Mario Day, March 10. (MAR10...get it, Mario?) In addition to the various deals and sales on Nintendo games, the mustachioed plumber will also make an appearance in Google Maps' navigation, if you opt in to have Mario accompany you on your journey.
Amazon is today giving Alexa perhaps its most useful update since its inception: You can now speak to the assistant without saying "Hey Alexa" for every single command. The feature, called Follow-Up Mode, simply allows Alexa to listen for another command for five seconds after your last request.
from the Flipboard magazine, Tech on the Side, an editorial exploration of curated content. It's Sunday, and as I continue this fun journey of (attempting) to blog each and everyday I thought I would try doing this week's Sunday Post a little bit different than I have done in the past.
Sunday, February 25, 2018
Broadcasting app Anchor, which helps anyone record and share audio, is relaunching its app today with a new focus on serving the larger podcaster community.
With nearly 70 million Americans now listening monthly, podcasts have officially crossed over into the mainstream. Yet like radio, podcasts are incredibly difficult to make, distribute, promote, and monetize. Despite the increasing demand, expensive tools, confusing software, and fragmented, friction-filled workflows have held creators back.
V: Switch Between Grid View and List View In Google Drive press the V key. This will toggle you between grid view and list view easily. List view shows the title of the documents in a concise list. (Tip: click Q Q quickly to adjust the comfort level of the spacing).
I'm sorry to inform you, but it appears the end is nigh. Boston Dynamics, the robotics company now owned by SoftBank (and once deemed too creepy for Google to keep its hands on), released a new video today (Feb. 12) of its latest four-legged creation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUyU3lKzoio The video shows the latest iteration of its Spot...
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Sunday, February 11, 2018
Many of us have welcomed our first smart assistant into the home, with Amazon's Echo smart home hub bringing the Alexa voice assistant into households across the country. Alexa is the Amazon voice assistant. Launched in 2014, it provides a way to ask questions, play music, get news bulletins or check the weather all through your voice without having to touch your device.
Catch up on everything new in G Suite for Education from January 2018, and see great ideas and resources! Below is the recorded video from our January 2018 Google User Meeting, along with the meeting agenda and all the awesome resources and G Suite updates from the last month.
Google Drive is getting a new feature that lets users comment directly on Microsoft Office files, PDFs and images uploaded on it. Users will now be able to comment on files right from Google Drive, rather than having to open them in Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides first.
The way that we read is changing most people no longer rely on their local library or book club to stay up-to-date with the latest bestsellers. Instead, we are turning to the small devices most of us have glued to our hands for the latest titles and bookish discussions.
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Sunday, February 4, 2018
This week, I thought I would include the latest episode of the podcast and below are the associated links to the articles mentioned in the Podcast.
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