Monday, February 1, 2016

EdTech Expo 16 - free educational technology conference - 2-12-16 Westchester NY



Ed Tech Expo 16 is a free educational technology conference being held on Friday, February 12, 2016 at the Westchester Marriot in Westchester, NY.

There will be some great sessions around edtech, along with vendors with demos and products.

"2016 looks to be a milestone year in educational technology. Curriculum and testing requirements are driving a move towards 1:1 and large scale mobile device deployments. This new model will require a fresh approach to traditional IT support infrastructure. Every aspect of a school's framework for technology will need to be evaluated and strengthened. This year EdTechExpo will be focusing on the technology and support needed to sustain this new paradigm."
Register and get more info below:

http://www.edtechexpo.com/ 

Friday, February 12, 2016
9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Marriott Westchester
670 White Plains Road Tarrytown, NY 10591 Phone: (914) 631-2200


Friday, January 22, 2016

YouTube record from webcam no longer available - try ClipChamp instead



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YouTube used to have a feature that allowed you to record directly from your webcam. As of January 16th, this feature is no longer available. According to Google, "it was rarely used and based on old technology".

Here is a nice option, especially for Chromebook users.

Clipchamp is a nice site that allwos you to record a video file and then upload it to YouTube or Google Drive. It's very easy to use - go to the site and click "record video". You can share directly to YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, or Google Drive or save it to your computer.

There is also a Chrome extension for it.

It looks like there is a 5 min limit, but it should be good for most needs.

And of, course WeVideo is always an option.





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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Evernote Clearly is going away - here are two alternatives



Evernote Clearly is a great browser extension that cleans up a web page so that jus the article is visibgle for viewing, eliminating distractions like ads and other links. It is a great tool for students to use to help them focus on what they are reading. Unfortunately, Evernote is not going to support it anymore (to focus more on their core app) and you won't even be able to download it after tomorrow.


Here are two options you can use going forward:

1. Evernote Web Clipper - the Evernote web clipper can perform a similar function. Click on it while on the site you want to clean up, click "simplified article" and then read it. When done, just close out the clipper window and it goes back to the original site.




2. Readability - Readability is a web and mobile app that zaps clutter and saves web articles in a comfortable reading view.The official Readability extension for Chrome provides a better way to read online, turning any web page into a comfortable reading view right in your web browser. Features: • "Read Now" to disable surrounding webpage noise and clutter • "Read Later" to save content to your personal reading list • "Send to Kindle" to send any web page to your Kindle in a comfortable reading view • Tagging to help you keep your reading list organized • Automatically sync your reading list to your Kindle every day with Kindle digests • Printing • Sharing through email, Facebook, and Twitter • Configurable content appearance: font color and size





Both options work well and provide a useful tool for students.

There are other options also, but these are the two I like.



Related:

Evernote in Education Resources



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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Successful Studying Tips and Resources for Students



Study skills are often lacking in many students. They struggle to learn material and retain it, no matter what is done in the classroom. Here are some resources and tips to help them learn better study skills to help them learn and succeed.


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Study Tips and Notetaking Resources

Important Skills Students Need for the Future that we need to help them learn

10 Important Skills Students need for the Future

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Backupery - free backup of Evernote and Google Bookmarks for Education users

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Backupery is a service that provides back up of your Evernote Data and Google Bookmarks.

It is free for education users. Backupery provides free licenses for teachers, students, or faculty members at a qualified academic institution, high school, university, or community college. The process to get the license is very simple - a user just needs to contact us and provide his/her name, and name of the institution or URL of the institution web page. http://www.backupery.com/edu/,

Backupery for Evernote is a Windows software application that performs regular backup of your Evernote data. This backup can be saved to your computer, external hard drive, USB memory, Google Drive and much more. It is easy to use and setup, easy to restore your date, backups attachments, works in the background, is secure and even has de-duplication and free space optimization.


Backupery for Chrome Bookmarks is a Windows software application that performs regular backup of your Google Chrome bookmarks. This backup can be saved to your computer, external hard drive, USB memory, Google Drive and much more. It is easy to use and setup, easy to restore your date, backups attachments, works in the background, is secure and even has de-duplication and free space optimization.


It is very important to have backups of your data. When I was CIO, I had my school district backing up all data to Barracuda Backup (on premise and 3 offsite) and had all of our Google Apps for Education data backed up with Backupify.

I backup my personal Google Drive files using the Google Drive sync app, and I do regular backups using Google Takeout of all of my Google Data. I also do regular exports of my Evernote data. All of my backups are also copied to an external hard drive, which I store in a fire-proof safe. I will now be using Backupery to also backup Evernote. I was using Revert.io but they were bought by another company (ThisData) and are no longer free (they do have excellent tools, including Google Admin, and pricing though).


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