Saturday, October 6, 2012

Do the Two Step to Protect Your Google Drive, Dropbox, and Box Files

Cloud storage of files is one of my favorite aspects of the modern Internet. Cloud storage services make it easy to access all of my important files from any computer and most mobile devices. And for students cloud storage eliminates the I forgot my flashdrive excuse for not having an assignment ready for class.

The potential problem with cloud storage, and any other online service for that matter, is having your account compromised. One way to make it more difficult for your account to be compromised is to enable two-step authentication.

Two-step authentication for a Google account requires entering a verification code that Google sends to your cell phone. Click here for directions or watch this video to learn more.

If you're a Dropbox user you can activate two-step authentication for your account. Click here for directions or watch the Tekzilla video below to learn more.

Other than Google Drive, Box has become my favorite cloud storage service over the last few months. This week Box added the option to enable two-step authentication for your account. Click here for directions for enabling two-step authentication on Box.

The Most Popular Free Technology for Teachers Posts of the Week

Morrison reminds us that winter is coming.
This week I spent a day presenting on the campus of Bowling Green State University. Thank you to everyone who came out. It was great to meet so many people who have been following my blog. 

As I do every week, I've compiled a list of the most popular posts of the week. And here they are...

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Friday, October 5, 2012

Professor Word - Identify SAT & ACT Vocabulary Words on Any Webpage

Professor Word is a promising new service that should help students learn new SAT and ACT vocabulary words. Professor Word operates as a browser bookmarklet in Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari. When you're reading a webpage click on the Professor Word bookmarklet to quickly identify SAT and ACT vocabulary words on that page. You can also use Professor Word to get definitions for any unfamiliar word on a webpage. To get a definition just highlight the word a small dialogue box containing the definition will appear.

Applications for Education
Professor Word could be a great little tool for students to use to not only read definitions, but to also see SAT and ACT words used in "real world" context.

Big thanks to my friend Mary Beth Hertz for telling me about Professor Word. 

10 Awesome Android Uses

10 Awesome Android Uses is a presentation that I gave last spring at the NCTIES conference (North Carolina readers, I'll be back again in 2013). Back then I posted the slides on my other blog Android 4 Schools. Recently, a reader pointed out to me that the slides I posted had a broken link so I fixed it and also updated the slides a bit. I've included those slides below.

Motion Math - Play With Numbers

Motion Math is a producer of mathematics games that I initially tried out back in June. At that time I was having trouble with some of the games crashing. This morning I tried a couple of the games again and did not have any crashes.

The Motion Math games are available in a freemium model. You can play the beginning levels of the games for free, but you have to pay to play all of the levels. The game that has the most free activities is Hungry Fish.
Applications for Education
Motion Math's Hungry Fish could be a good little game for students to use to practice identifying numbers and practice their basic addition skills.