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Tech Tip #68: Check History in Your Browser

As a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems. Each week, I’ll share one of those with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy! Q: How do I check to see where my kids/students have been online without making … Continue reading

How to Instill Digital Citizenship in Students
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How to Instill Digital Citizenship in Students

What is a parent’s greatest fear that first day they drop their precious child at kindergarten? You might think it’s whether they’ll get along with new friends or handle academic pressures. Or even that their eyes will be opened to the vastness of the Universe and no longer see their parents as the Answer to … Continue reading

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Tech Tip #52: Roll Your Computer Back to a Problem-Free Date

As a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems. Each Tuesday, I’ll share one of those with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy! Q:  Something happened and now my computer isn’t working right. I downloaded a program/music/video or … Continue reading

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Tech Tip #44: Clean Your Computer Weekly

As a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems. Each Tuesday, I’ll share one of those with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy! Q: I’m afraid of getting slammed with viruses, malware, all that bad stuff that comes … Continue reading

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Tech Tip #41: Repair Your Computer With System Restore

As a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems. Each Tuesday, I’ll share one of those with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy! Q: I don’t know what I did, but my computer doesn’t run right anymore. What … Continue reading

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How to Teach Digital Citizenship in 3rd Grade

Understanding how to use the internet has become a cornerstone issue for students. No longer do they complete their research on projects solely in the library. Now, there is a vast landscape of resources available on the internet. But with wealth comes responsibility. As soon as children begin to visit the online world, they need … Continue reading

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How to Teach Internet Safety in K-6

The Internet is a wonderful resource for kids for researching school reports, communicating with teachers, staying in touch with friends, and entertaining themselves. They can literally hit a few keystrokes and find out about culture in China, the history of Europe, or take a tour of the American White House. But with that access comes … Continue reading

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29 Steps to Internet Safety for Kids

This is a great list from Deb Ng, founder and former owner of the Freelance Writing Jobs. I thought hard about what she’d written to see if I could add anything, enhance or disagree. Nothing. It’s a great list, as good as any I’ve seen since social media exploded on the education landscape. Read and take … Continue reading

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3 Steps to Keep the Internet Child-Safe

The biggest concern I get from parents at my school is how to keep their children safe on the untamed internet. It’s true, every website links to other places. Children click there by accident–and suddenly they’re where they shouldn’t be. Some parents I know forbid internet use without constant supervision, but that’s onerous to parents … Continue reading

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Tech Tip #41: Repair Your Computer With System Restore

As a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems. Each Tuesday, I’ll share one of those with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy! Q:  I don’t know what I did, but my computer doesn’t run right anymore. What … Continue reading

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FREE Lesson Plans for K-8 Technology

free lesson plans that integrate technology into science, math, language arts, spelling, writing and more Continue reading

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Three Tips to Keep Your PC Safe

These are good reminders that you can’t just plug a new PC in and expect it to work as advertised. Before you go online to download updates, music, online programs (like Printkey, Jing, or other programs I can’t live without), install the alarm systems: Keeping That New PC Clean and Pure By RIVA RICHMOND Published: … Continue reading

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How to Protect Your Computer–for Free

Great list from my fellow-blogger, WhatsonmyPC. FREE Online Virus and Malware Scanners Listed are FREE online virus and malware scanners that can be used to compliment the scanner(s) already installed on your PC.  Some only scan individual files that you upload to the scanner; while others are full blown scanners that will scan your entire computer.  … Continue reading

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Why Do People Hack?

While financial gain is certainly a big driver for web hacking, ideological reasons cannot be ignored. Internet organizations, especially hosting providers, suffer more often from the former and government from the latter.  Financial organizations might be both, and these attacks are either more frequent or disclosed more often. Crackers (bad hackers) continue to use the … Continue reading