When you connect to a global network of learners, you have to expect gems to pop up from moment to moment. In fact, I took a quick glance at my phone earlier today and saw the following from fellow educator, Steve Morgan.
Hoping to learn more? Check out these two upcoming events in the San Antonio and Austin area:
Innovate to Elevate TCEA Area 13 Conference (Register | View Schedule of Presentations). I am looking forward to this conference and will be presenting at it with colleague Diana Benner, sharing the ins and outs of Google and MS Classroom products. This event cost $29 for TCEA members.
Technado: Taking Technology by Storm Area 20 Conference. They are now accepting proposals to present at this FREE event! You can apply to propose and register by going to our website at www.tinyurl.com/AXXTechnado.
These conferences will take place Saturday, October 1, 2016 and Saturday, November 5, 2016 respectively.
|Image Source: Minecraft EDU|
On November 1, the full version of Minecraft: Education Edition will be available to purchase. For educators interested in trying the new title in their classroom for free before purchasing, the early access version of Minecraft: Education Edition will still be available for free through November 1.
Some key features appear to include:
- Classroom mode that:
- “enables educators to manage world settings”
- “communicate with students”
- give items and teleport students in the Minecraft world.
- list all students in the world
- world management settings with chat window
- Some neat additions that I had the chance to see at a recent Minecraft EDU:
- Leads and horses
- additional player skins
- pistons (wow)
Engadget reports the following good news for GoogleDocs users:
the Drive team added a couple more often-requested features to the product today, including: autocorrect for misspelled search terms, the ability to split documents into multiple columns and an auto-save feature that creates a copy whenever importing and converting non-Google formats.
Sure enough, you can find it quite easily:
One neat feature is that you can highlight the content on the page and format it in two columns, as shown below:
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How long have you been waiting for GoogleDocs to include columns?
“I told you so.” The words popped into my head as soon as I read the headline this morning on my phone. Those annoying 4 words are for everyone I told to switch from YahooMail to something else, anything else. Of course, I promptly flushed those words in the toilet. Who wants to hear they were wrong? I get it. We all cling to technologies that we’ve grown familiar with, that, perhaps, we began our digital journey with.
Still, after seeing several people have their Yahoo accounts hacked through no fault of their own, I realized that Yahoo was just a way for bad people to get access to your contact lists, your username, and password.
A recent investigation by Yahoo! Inc. has confirmed that a copy of certain user account information was stolen from the company’s network in late 2014 by what it believes is a state-sponsored actor. The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers…Yahoo believes that information associated with at least 500 million user accounts was stolen
You can check to see if you’ve been “hacked” or “pwned” online via this aptly named web site at https://haveibeenpwned.com/
Note: This blog entry originally published online at TCEA TechNotes blog – http://www.tcea.org/blog
Listen to TCEA Podcast #3: ELL/ESL Support Gaps
with Dr. Chris Moersch (@lotiguy) and
Dr. Desiree Marks-Arias (email:
Three ESL Support Pillars
HEAT Framework and ELPS:
Note: This blog entry originally at TCEA TechNotes blog – www.tcea.org/blog
Earlier this evening, during dinner in fact, friend and colleague Dana Bickley asked via Twitter:
At first, I thought, “Wow, why can’t you do this with IFTTT.com?” But then Dana clarified….this is a chat that took place in the past. I’ve often used IFTTT.com in combination with OneNote, Evernote, or GoogleSheets to capture tweets as they happened (I set it up ahead of a twitter chat).
What was interesting was how to capture tweets from a past twitter chat? One approach that I stumbled upon–after running into various services that wanted to charge me for the service –was Twitter Archiving Google Sheets (TAGS), which is completely free and runs as a GoogleSheets add-on. Watch this video tutorial.
As you might guess, I took advantage of the easy version (TAGS v6.1). And, to be honest, it was pretty easy. You can watch a video about TAGS:
Here are the steps I followed:
- Clicked on Get TAGS v6.1 – This will open up a copy of a GoogleSheet and add the TAGS scripts. In a moment, you’ll see it:
- Be sure to SETUP TWITTER ACCESS, add your hashtag search term (use the dropdown to select something different).
- Be sure to RUN NOW! and then add summary and dashboard…you’ll get awesome data like:
|You can see the published GoogleSheet online here.|