123D Circuits: An online circuit builder and emulator (Tech tip 8 of 31)
May22

123D Circuits: An online circuit builder and emulator (Tech tip 8 of 31)

123D Circuits (from Autodesk) is a free, online tool for designing, building and testing a variety of different electrical circuits.  Working within their web-based Electronics Lab, you start with an empty, virtual circuit breadboard.  A pop up menu reveals a variety of electronic components that can be quickly added to your breadboard.  Batteries, resistors, capacitors, servos and motors are just a few of the components available to...

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Lock exposure and focus on your iPad (iOS) camera (Tech tip 7 of 31)
May14

Lock exposure and focus on your iPad (iOS) camera (Tech tip 7 of 31)

If you want to maintain or hold a specific point of focus and exposure while using the native camera app for iOS devices (iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone) simply press and hold on the area of the frame that you wish to focus on.  After about 2 seconds you should see the message “AE/AF Lock” indicating that the focus and exposure are now locked.  You can still manually adjust exposure by sliding your finger up or...

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Apple TV in the Classroom: Naming and managing Apple TV (Tech tip 6 of 31)
Apr26

Apple TV in the Classroom: Naming and managing Apple TV (Tech tip 6 of 31)

Customize the name of your Apple TV so it is easier to find If you are in a school with several operating Apple TVs, it may be necessary to a use a naming convention that is more specific (and more appropriate) than the stock labels that Apple provides (ex. Office, Living Room , Kitchen, etc.).  Create a custom name for your Apple TV in order to make it easier to identify it from other units.  Typically, I have always recommended...

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Use IFTTT to coordinate your favourite apps and platforms (Tech tip 4 of 31)
Apr22

Use IFTTT to coordinate your favourite apps and platforms (Tech tip 4 of 31)

IFTTT allows the user to connect different online platforms and applications by establishing conditional relationships between them.  IFTTT stands for “IF This Then That” and it nicely sums up how one connects two applications together.  Changes in one application or platform will trigger an action in another.  These simple chains or strings of commands are referred to as “recipes” and they can be shared to...

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Status Board: A simple solution for school digital signage (Tech tip 3 of 31)
Apr21

Status Board: A simple solution for school digital signage (Tech tip 3 of 31)

It is not unusual to see a mounted LCD (or LED) panel in the foyer of a school as a way to display school updates and information for students, parents and teachers.  Some schools may choose to display a school website, loop a PowerPoint presentation or employ a 3rd party digital signage software (ex. http://www.ucview.com/digital-signage-markets/k12-schools) to help manage how the information is presented on the screen.  For those...

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Find out what is streaming on Netflix, Hulu, etc. (Tech tip 2 of 31)
Apr20

Find out what is streaming on Netflix, Hulu, etc. (Tech tip 2 of 31)

Searching for a movie or television show within and across different streaming services (ex. Netflix, Hulu, Google Play, etc.) can be a painful and lengthy process.  If you know what you want to watch but have no idea what streaming service is currently offering the title, check out Can I Stream.it.  This is a free service that also allows you to search for titles available as digital rentals, digital purchases as well as disc...

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