Tuesday, May 8, 2018

#TechTipTuesday - iPhone Camera

This week, is the week to check your iPhone camera setting to make sure your photos can be used outside of the Apple ecosystem. Watch the video below to learn how, listen to the podcast to learn more, or follwo the steps below to just make the change today.

Steps to changing your setting:

Open Settings on your iPhone
Scroll down to Camera and tap on it
Locate the word formats
Tap on it
Tap on the option labeled "Most compatible"

Go back to your main settings page and continue using your phone per usual

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Sunday Post Tech on the Side - Ep. 15 To code or not to code, that is the question

The Tech Toys That Secretly Teach My Kids Coding Skills

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.

Teach kids creativity. Ultimately, machines will be better at coding

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 rolls out Focus portrait mode for videos and photos

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.

Adobe Launches Spark With Premium Features for Every Student, Free of Charge

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.

Introducing Anchor Cohosts: the easiest way to find someone to record your podcast with

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.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Sunday Post - Ep. 13 Tech on the Side, now with YouTube

Tech on the Side

Talking all about learning and learners with a side of tech.

Here is how to delete Facebook

Some of us have been on Facebook for more than a decade, but all good things come to an end. Over the past 18 months, Facebook has been in a downward spiral. The social network is in the eye of a c...

Can this robotic fish fool real fish into revealing their secrets?

Pale and plump with a tail that swishes side-to-side, the one-eyed robotic fish was built by scientists at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). It is designed to swim naturally alongside other fish in open water and spy on them without raising suspicions or disturbing their natural habitat.

Peer Feedback with Forms

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 announces creative education event on March 27

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

Sunday Post - Episode 12 Tab-aholic

Tony Vincent on Twitter

🔖 Add more of the webpages you frequently access to Chrome's bookmarks bar by deleting the bookmarks' names (leaving just the icons). #GoogleEdu

Fortnite Battle Royale is coming to iPhone and iPad

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.

Slice of Life 2018

Please click on the blogger's orange slice to be taken to their most recent slice of life!

Mario can now guide your route in Google Maps

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 now lets you talk to Alexa without saying 'Hey Alexa' EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

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.

TheTechSpec Blog

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

Sunday Post Ep. 11 Anchor 3.0 and BEYOND

Anchor's new app offers everything you need to podcast

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.

Introducing the all-new Anchor: Podcasting for everyone.

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.

Google Drive: Press V - Teacher Tech

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).

Thanks, Boston Dynamics! We are doomed.

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...

Download Backup and Sync - Free Cloud Storage

Get 15GB of free cloud storage today and keep your life connected by downloading Backup and Sync from Google for your Mac or PC computer.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Sunday Post - Ep. 10 Alexa, say what.

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The 20 best Amazon Alexa skills and tips

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.

What's New in Google - January 2018

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.

Now You Can Comment on Microsoft Office Files Directly from Google Drive

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.

Best Apps for Book enthusiasts

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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The latest Tweets from Tech on the Side (@TechontheSide). Stay tuned and stay connected

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Sunday Post - Tech on the Side ep. 9

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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. 

Steve Jobs's Advice on the Only 4 Times You Should Say 'No' Is Brilliant

In the frantic pace of life to do more and be more, we hardly think about the importance of focus. That's why, for those free-spirited, creative thinkers and entrepreneurs chasing after their dreams, this prophetic quote by Steve Jobs 21 years ago hits the nail on the head even more so today.



How to check your internet speed right from Google's homepage

There are a lot of great ways to test your internet speeds. Maybe you're trying to figure out your internet connection's download and upload speeds to ensure your network is working correctly, or perhaps you just want to show your friends how fast your internet is for some reason.

Publish sites to a specific audience in the new Google Sites

Some sites aren't for everyone. That's why we're making it possible to specify exactly who can view your content in the new Google Sites. To publish your site to a specific audience, select the "Share with others" icon and change the Published settings to "Specific people can view when published."

List of Movies and TV Shows on Netflix | Flixable

Are you wondering what's new - or what's best - on Netflix? Flixable is a Netflix search engine that offers a complete, searchable and browsable list of all the movies and TV shows that are currently streaming on Netflix in the U.S.
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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

#TechTipTuesday - Flixable

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List of Movies and TV Shows on Netflix | Flixable

Are you wondering what's new - or what's best - on Netflix? Flixable is a Netflix search engine that offers a complete, searchable and browsable list of all the movies and TV shows that are currently streaming on Netflix in the U.S.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Tech on the Side - Ep. 8

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GIF Stickers Just Arrived on Instagram Stories, and They're Absolutely Glorious

Here's a fun fact about me: if you ever catch me staring intently at my phone and tapping at it with reckless abandon, chances are I'm not looking at my email or checking social media; instead, I'm messing around with a photo or video.

Tech for 2018: 10 things worth trying this year

The joy of teaching in the 21st century is that there's so much available for teachers and students to use. Sadly, that's also the frightening, crippling thing about it. There's so much out there. And tomorrow, there will be more.

Are twitter chats 21st century PD?

When we get our teacher or administrative certification, it doesn't mean it's time to stop learning. In fact, for most educators it indicates that the learning has just begun. In a school - a teaching and learning organization - having educators who pursue learning is vital.

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