Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Essential steps for securing your phone, and what else can be done to foil thieves | Smartphones - CNET Reviews

If you have a smart phone, be smart and protect your investment and personal information.

Essential steps for securing your phone, and what else can be done to foil thieves | Smartphones - CNET Reviews

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Using your Kindle for Educators and Homeschoolers

Every day, I get free e-books for my Kindle as a variety of bloggers take the time to find some of the
best free books of the day and post them.  I have reviewed these in the past, but what about kids? What about home educators? Well, this could save you time, money and headaches.  Add the books to your Kindle library and they are available when you need them.

Also, Amazon has thousands of free classics available to download saving you a trip to the library (don't give up your library card as that is very important too).  These classics are older, out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books, many of which are worthwhile reading for your student.  Many are well known authors such as G.A. Henty, Jane Austin, Louisa May Alcott, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Rudyard Kipling and so many more.    Here is a blogger who has done some of the research and categorized some of them for you.

One of the great advantages I have found with the Kindle is that when reading a book, if I come across a word I don't know, I can touch the word and get a definition. That makes reading and learning new words so much easier so you don't loose the flow of the book.  But I digress...

What did I find today that was free?

CK Geometry - CK-12 Foundation's Geometry FlexBook is a clear presentation of the essentials of geometry for the high school student. Topics include: Proof, Congruent Triangles, Quadrilaterals, Similarity, Perimeter & Area, Volume, and Transformations.

Algebra -  The Boundless Algebra textbook is a college-level, introductory textbook that covers the important subject of Algebra -- one of the basic building blocks of studies in higher mathematics. Boundless works with subject matter experts to select the best open educational resources available on the web, review the content for quality, and create introductory, college-level textbooks designed to meet the study needs of university students.

CK-12 Biology 1 - Honors - CK-12 Biology I is a textbook for high school students covering cell biology, genetics, evolution, ecology, and physiology.

Jaimito va a la escuela (Spanish Reader Elementary Level) (Funny Tales In Easy Spanish 1)  - JAIMITO VA A LA ESCUELA (JAIMITO GOES TO SCHOOL) is a funn tale about a young rascal who doesn´t like school, written in simple, easy Spanish for elementary-level language students. Fun and easy to read, the text was edited and simplified to increase language comprehension and ease reading practice using simple wording, short sentences, and moderate, elementary-level vocabulary.

The Agony of Apostrophes - The Agony of Apostrophes is for anyone who has ever had trouble working out where an apostrophe should go or whether an apostrophe is needed at all. It deals with almost every apostrophe dilemma you are likely to come across and is packed with examples and explanations to back up the rules.

Memograms: Easy Anagrams of Hard-to-Spell Words - Are you lost without your spelling checker? Don’t know whether “diction•ry” is spelled with an “a”… or maybe an “e”? “Memograms: Easy Anagrams of Hard-to-Spell Words” is a collection of humorous mnemonics (memory-helpers) for 120 words that many people find surprisingly difficult to spell.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Changes in Youtube Comments

If you haven't already viewed some of the recent changes in YouTube, be forewarned. Google (the owner of YouTube) now requires a Google+ account to post comments.  There are many that are up in arms about this. Personally, something needed to be done about the unmoderated comments found on many YouTube videos, many very rude, nasty and even downright pornographic in nature.  Now, there are ways to not view the comments as reported in this recent CNET article. Shutting off or filtering the comments might work if you have children, teens or even if you just don't want to see the comments and just enjoy the video. What do you think about the YouTube changes? ☺