Teachers & Admins: Protect Student Data with Strong Passwords

As a system administrator, or even as a classroom teacher, you probably have several cloud app accounts that hold students’ names, grades, assignments, and communications. How many of these accounts do you protect with a strong password?  How many of your passwords give you control over the systems your students depend …

HTML5 Presentations from Markdown to Reveal.js

  This video shows you how you can quickly convert a Markdown formatted presentation outline into an HTML5 presentation using Reveal.js. I think this method is a great way to familiarize yourself with web technologies while producing attractive and powerful presentations that work great on desktop and mobile devices. You can …

WebRTC: A New Standard for Free, Open Video Chat, File Sharing, and More In the Browser

Everybody loves video chatting with friends, sharing files, instant messaging, and web surfing together. In education, it seems like we always need newer and better tools for working together collaboratively on the web in real time to make learning more immediate and dynamic. A new free web technology called Web …

“Can’t Live Without” Apps– Mac & Windows Apps I Install Immediately Upon Getting a New Computer

This week at work, they replaced my ailing but valiant Dell XP laptop with a new HP Windows7 notebook for work, and then surprised me with a dual-booting iMac desktop for me to aggressively customize and evaluate the next wave of standard applications we might adopt across campus. In other …

Your computer has that “not so fresh” feeling? Get AppFresh or TechTracker to update all your apps!

AppFresh is a great app for the Mac which scans through your whole computer, checking to see if all of your apps are up to date. It checks them against the iUseThis database to let you know how many other people are also using your favorite apps. All you do …

Broke free of my iPhone/AT&T Bondage!: Road Test for the Palm Pre on Sprint

Image by zoovroo via Flickr Since its debut in 2007, I’ve been a fanatical iPhone jailbreaker and general enthusiast of the device. As more and more iPhones have begun bogging down the 3G network in the Bay Area, Apple/AT&T seem to be taking their customers for granted (charging ever more …

Over-Extending your Firefox with Extensions? Use Different Firefox-Powered Browsers for Different Tasks!

Everyone loves Firefox because there are so many great user-created Add-Ons that make your web browser into much, much more. Add-ons allow you to customize your browser to make tasks easier. This extra performance comes at a slight cost; the more add-ons you pile on, the more sluggishly your (formerly …