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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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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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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Powtoon: A closer look at this engaging presentation platform for the classroom
Jul23

Powtoon: A closer look at this engaging presentation platform for the classroom

Powtoon is a web-based presentation platform that allows the user to create animated presentations.  Originally designed for business, Powtoon may prove to be another way for students to “show what they know” and demonstrate understanding of a concept or learning expectation.  Educators can try Powtoon for free and for those looking for another alternative to PowerPoint, Keynote or Prezi, Powtoon may be worth checking out....

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Review: Chromecast in the Classroom
Jul19

Review: Chromecast in the Classroom

The Chromecast is a small, portable streaming device that is backed by Google’s Chrome browser.  A winning combination right?  But how does it fit within the classroom environment and infrastructure? Strengths Small form factor – The Chromecast looks like an oversized thumbdrive that essentially plugs right into the HDMI port of a data projector or display. This makes for an easier installation as there is no need to stow...

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Goodbye Surface RT: Back to the Drawing Board
Jul01

Goodbye Surface RT: Back to the Drawing Board

Microsoft’s Surface event on May 20th, 2014 outlined the future for the Surface tablet and unfortunately the Windows RT-based Surface does not seem to be in their plans moving forward.  For schools and educators who were looking to the Surface RT tablet as a versatile yet affordable tool to support learning, it seems time is running out for this struggling tablet.  Looking back, it can be argued that there were several signs...

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