April 17, 2017
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Ask A Tech Teacher — Awesome site!
In these 169 tech-centric situations, you get an overview of pedagogy—the tech topics most important to your teaching—as well as practical strategies to address most classroom tech situations, how to scaffold these to learning, and where they provide the subtext to daily tech-infused education.
Source: 169 Tech Tip #20: How to Add a Link to MS Word | Ask a Tech Teacher
April 16, 2017
You are going to hear more and more about Microsoft’s Cloudbook as a competitor to Google’s Chromebook (especially for targeted use in schools)…
April 14, 2017
You have the option with most browsers, for the matter of convenience, to save your passwords. This option is typically used on a computer that you exclusively use, such as, your computer at home.
The problem with this is you are accustomed to the browser remembering the password for you; however when you change to another computer (or use another browser) you suddenly realize that you can’t remember the password. This is where Sterjo Browser Passwords comes to the rescue.
SterJo Browser Passwords is an easy-to-use tool that recovers passwords for most popular web browsers like: Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Opera, Vivaldi and Yandex. Recovered data includes the URL (website address), the forgotten username with password, and the browser used to store those details.
Available as a full install or as a portable app.
Source: Sterjo Browser Password
April 12, 2017
On the same day Microsoft officially began rolling out the Creators Update for Windows 10, they were also rolling out a patch for a zero-day exploit (that spreads malware) for all current Microsoft Office versions used on every Windows operating system (including the latest Office 2016 running on Windows 10). If you are running Microsoft Office at home, make sure you have installed the patch. To learn more, click on the source link below…
All versions of Office on all versions of Windows are vulnerable to this zero-day that spreads malware, so make sure you patch quickly
Source: Microsoft patches Word zero-day booby-trap exploit – Naked Security
April 11, 2017
Typically those in the IT field will not immediately download an OS upgrade (or major update) until there is assurance all the bugs and problems have been worked out; HOWEVER, if you are one of the brave you can NOW download the Windows 10 Creators Update. As a general rule of thumb, backup your personal files.
CLICK HERE and you will be taken to Microsoft’s site where you can download the Update Assistant.
Once you download and run the Update Assistant, the update process will begin with the update files being downloaded to your PC (which will take some time). While the update files are being downloaded you can continue doing what you were doing on your PC; however, when performing updates (or upgrades) such as this, I typically do not do anything. Once the update files have been downloaded, the actual update process will automatically begin (which will also take some considerable time, so be patient).
Source: Microsoft – Download Windows 10
April 11, 2017
If you are using Windows 10 and have a current model printer with a scanner installed, you may want to take a look at the Microsoft Windows Scanner App (called Windows Scan). I know through experience of assisting others, the scanning software that is often bundled with the printers/scanners is difficult to navigate and understand. Windows Scan is about as simple (and easy to understand) as it gets when it comes to scanning documents, pictures, etc…
The Windows Scan App may already be installed on your Windows 10 Computer; and, if not, you can download it from the Windows Store (see source link below). Once installed, make sure your printer/scanner is turned “on”; and, what you want to scan is on the bed of the scanner. At this point, launch Windows Scan and you should see your scanner’s model name; the source (which is typically a flatbed); and the file type (that provides options to save the scan, such as PDF, JPG, PNG, etc…). You will also see “Show More”, which will give you additional options such as changing the resolution of the scan. At the bottom of the Window you can then click on “Preview” (to see what the scan will look like) or you can click on “Scan”. I typically go with the “Preview” selection. Once you click on “Preview” the document or image will be scanned. After it has scanned you will see round handles at the corner of the scanner window. You can move these handles to crop the document or picture down to its’ realistic proportions. Once you are satisfied, click on “Scan” and following the scan the document or picture will open (typically in a software app already built into windows). Typically all scanned documents or pictures are saved to the Windows “Pictures” folder by default.
Once you learn how to navigate Windows Scan, I think you will agree that this app is a real time saver and gets the job done without pulling your hair out.
Source: Microsoft Store – Windows Scan
April 11, 2017
Check out this article from CNET (see source link below) that gives you the skinny on these portable USB solar chargers. These are mini solar panels that typically can be folded up and carried with you when you go camping, at the beach etc…; where you can use the power of the sun to charge your devices (smartphones, tablets, etc…). Here is a sampling of various solar chargers at Amazon — click here…
A 100-watt panel won’t charge your phone 10 times faster than a smaller, 10-watt panel. In fact, it won’t charge it any faster at all. What the larger panel can do is charge multiple small devices at the same time.
Source: Sunny days for solar charging – CNET