TechKNOW Tips: Week of 11/11/13

Technology that YOU should KNOW!

Website or Youtube video not working?

If you've ever attempted to go to a web site and saw this screen, OR gone to a Youtube video that gave you an error, you may have given up, thinking that it was the end of the road. But, did you know that as a staff member, you have elevated privileges that still may allow you to view that seemingly blocked web site or Youtube video? Check out this video on how to log in to the Lightspeed filter, allowing you to often view web sites and Youtube videos that are typically blocked for students:

Big Huge Labs

Big Huge Labs is an online resource that let's you do fun stuff with your digital photos. Create and print personalized motivational posters, calendars, movie posters, magazine covers, badges, mosaics, collages, etc.

Smart Apps for Kids

I get asked a lot how to find free apps for the iPad. Smartappsforkids is not an app, but a great site for finding age appropriate apps, many of them for free. What I like about their site is that they separate apps by categories such as age, subject, and "Free" apps. Sign up for their email newsletter to be notified of free apps here. Looking for apps for special needs kids? Check out their "Smart Apps for Special Needs Kids"

Garageband for iOS for FREE (for a limited time)

Garageband for iOS (iPad, iTouch, iPhone) is FREE for a limited time. Garageband is a popular app that allows you to create and edit music. There are several built-in instruments for use. If you would like to install this app on student or staff device, remember only one person needs to install the app (department heads?). Once it is installed on one device, it will automatically be available to all other devices sharing that same Apple ID.

BONUS TIP: to lock your computer when you walk away from it, hit the Windows logo key and "L"

Chad Belford-ITS

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