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What is ransomware, and what can I do about it?

Ransomware acts much like a virus, but is specifically designed to encrypt your files, and hold them for ransom. Typically, users are instructed to call a phone number, and pay a fee to have their files unlocked.

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Cite your sources with Explore in Google Docs

Students writing research reports, analysts crafting whitepapers, and others looking to credit their sources can now insert citations as footnotes with the click of a button in Explore in Docs on the web.

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Getting Started with BookFlix / K-3 Resources

Listen and read. Storybooks, e-books, videos, games, and more. PreK-3. All Ohio K-3 students and their parents, as well as K-3 educators, can use the state-funded INFOhio Resources free-of-charge.

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21 Chrome Extensions for Struggling Students and Special Needs

Technology can be a powerful tool to assist students with special needs or any sort of learning challenge. In particular, the Chrome web browser allows users to install a wide variety of web extensions that provide tools that can help all learners, regardless of ability level.

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iPad / iOS Basics

In these iPad tutorials, you’ll learn the basics of operating and getting the most out of the Apple iPad running iOS.

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3 text to speech tools and 5 ways your students can use them

Many times people are accused of talking to their computers. Well with text to speech tools, your computer can talk back. Google Chrome has several extensions that will read web pages and Google Documents aloud, often with a variety of voices and adjustments for speed and volume. Read more to learn 5 ways to implement these tools with your students!

6 awesome uses for Revision History

It used to be that all we had was the final version of a student’s work. We couldn’t see revisions, trial and error, and collaborate work with others. However, with Google Apps that is not the case. Google provides you with your own personal time machine in a tool called Revision History, which lets you see every change ever made to a document, when the change was made, and who made the change. This powerful tool is available in Google Documents, Slides, Sheets, and Drawings.

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Addressing student cheating in Google Apps

Modern technology provides schools with amazing options for the “4 C’s” – Creativity, Communication, Collaboration, and Critical thinking. Unfortunately it also provides new opportunities for a fifth “C” – Cheating. Read on to discover some simple techniques to curb cheating and plagiarism in Google Apps

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How to Play YouTube Videos Safely in School

YouTube can be a powerful resource for education with over 4 billion videos watched every day. Despite the number of cat videos, there are actually quite a lot of educationally valuable videos. Google even has their education channels at https://www.youtube.com/edu where they have currated videos by grade level and subject area.

However, even if you find the perfect video explaining how to add fractions or the phases of meiosis or how the pyramids were built, you can still run into a problem when having your students watch it. By default in addition to seeing the video they will also see ads, user comments below the video, suggested videos on the page, and then more suggested videos after their clip is done. At best these could be distracting. At worst they could be inappropriate for your students.

So what can you do? Continue on to learn more…