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Start the School Year Securely

As another school year begins, staff and students will be bringing their educational tools like laptops, tablets and smart phones into the schools and classrooms.  They will as well be using the Internet and sharing files as always.  The last statement is what opens the door for trouble if they haven’t protected these computing and communications devices. Read the rest of this entry »

Edmodo – Safe and Secure – Social Media and/or Learning Management System

Edmodo provides a FREE, safe and easy way for your students to connect, collaborate, and access information. Unlike facebook, Edmodo uses a secure interface to provide a safe social media environment for students and staff. It also provides a lot of resources and support. Check out the Edmodo Blog for Best Practices and other important tips and print out the User Guide below.

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Skype for Education – Build Needed Skills

A FREE global community where students, experts, and educators can collaborate on projects as well as find a library of new ideas.

Skype for Education

TRIO students must learn 21st Century technology and collaboration skills. With Skype for Education they can connect globally to different cultures, languages, and ideas. They can attend a virtual field trip, or talk with scientists…the possibilities are endless.

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iPad Applications for Maximizing Productivity

May 9 '12 Mobile Computing, Resources, Software Comments Off

With the growth of the use of tablets like the Apple iPad, we have gotten frequent questions about what the best set of basic applications that one might consider that would be either free or affordable for most programs and students. What follows is a brief list of some of the iPad applications that have been used and recommended by others. Any reference to a specific product or service is not an endorsement but rather an example of the kinds of programs that are available for use. A simple $100 budget can provide a lot of functionality for an iPad.

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WordPress and Social Media

Wordpress to Facebook and Twitter

WordPress is a free content management system that can be used to create and manage websites or blogs. This very blog runs on WordPress! You can start a WordPress site either by creating an account and have it hosted at, or by downloading the software through and installing it on your own server.

There is no need to learn web programming languages like HTML or graphic programs like Adobe Photoshop to create a WordPress site because WordPress comes with a great visual editor and has a library of themes to choose from that you can install. Getting a WordPress website or blog up and running is simpler and easier than you may think!

WordPress can also be connected to Twitter and Facebook, so every time you publish a new post, the information will propagate across your social media. Since more and more programs and educational insitution are using social media as a way to distribute information, I have shared with you on how to do this below. Read the rest of this entry »

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