Showing posts with label Computer Skills. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Computer Skills. Show all posts

Friday, January 13, 2012

PassCreator Helps You Create Strong Passwords

One of the best ways to protect your online identity is to create strong passwords containing unique characters. Sometimes it's difficult to think of new strong passwords. When you're having a mental block thinking up a new password try PassCreator. PassCreator is a free service that helps you create a strong password. To use PassCreator just select the attributes you want your password to have (number of characters, character type, etc.) then press "create." If you don't like the password created for you, just press "create" again to generate another password.

Applications for Education
If your students are having trouble coming up with secure passwords, have them try PassCreator. In my experience it's often teachers that have weak passwords (using the default "HelpDesk" or "ABC123" password given to you is a bad idea). If you're in charge of distributing laptops or tablets to the faculty at your school, have teachers try PassCreator to generate a strong password.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Software Cheat Sheets and Posters

I sent out a link to this on Twitter today and it was retweeted numerous times. Based on the Twitter response I thought it might be worth sharing on here too. Make Use Of has published a list of 14 Software Cheat Sheets and Posters. Covered in the list are Microsoft Office 2007, Firefox and Google Chrome use tips, Linux guides, Photoshop tips, and Twitter use tips.

Applications for Education
These cheat sheets and posters can be downloaded as PDFs and printed for use at home or at school. The posters could be very useful if they were displayed in your computer lab or in your classroom near your computer stations.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Quick and Simple Drawing Tools

Occasionally, you or your students may need to create a quick sketch to diagram or illustrate an idea. Fortunately there are free websites that will allow you to do that in less time than it takes to enter an email address. Two of these websites are Art Pad and Online Sketch Pad. Neither Art Pad nor Sketch Pad requires users to register in order to start drawing. Both websites let users share their work privately via email or by contributing to their public art galleries.

Sketch Pad and Art Pad do essentially the same tasks, allow users to draw free hand with a mouse or track pad. Sketch Pad is the website I used to create the drawings for the Cartoon Explanation of Cloud Computing that I posted yesterday. Art Pad is the website I used to create the image you see posted with this blog entry. Art Pad has a few more features than Sketch Pad does. Art Pad offers a selection of drawing tools including a paint brush and an eraser to clean up mistakes. Sketch Pad's erase options only allow you to undo the last action or start over. The coolest feature of Art Pad is the drawing actions playback that allows you to playback the actions taken to create your drawing.

Applications for Education
Art Pad and Sketch Pad are simple tools for creating drawings to use in presentations. Both websites are very intuitive so a teacher could, without spending a lot of classroom time on instruction, have a class creating images very quickly.

Free hand drawing programs like Art Pad and Sketch Pad can also be used as fun ways for younger students to learn to use a mouse or track pad.