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Securing Your WordPress Website

security lockWebsite security isn’t a light matter.  There are hackers, bots, malware, buggy scripts, and other things to defend your hard work against.  Just recently I discovered how one out of date WordPress plug-in can easily put you on high alert.  

The first lesson I learned was the value of a great hosting provider, I use SiteGround to host all the sites I administer.  I’ve tried several providers before using SiteGround.  I was sold on their extremely speedy shared hosting plans.  In this situation they pulled one of my accounts offline while it was under attack, this saved the site.  They were easy to work with and quick to respond to my requests, even providing me a list of the evil files that had gotten uploaded in various places on the site.  I could have paid for them to clean up the mess, but I enjoy learning while tackling such a challenge.

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Adobe Voice

Quick Video Creation using Adobe Voice on iPad

I love seeing students create rich content for classroom assignments.  Some teachers are intimidated by the thought of teaching the class how to make a video.  Thankfully apps like Abobe Voice are available to make video creation as easy as possible. Consider this video I made in only 20 minutes using only the app.

One drawback I’ve found with the app is the inability to add video clips to these projects.  This is by no means a deal breaker.  If you explore many of the videos made using the app you’ll discover many schools are already using it.  Any number of projects can use these sorts of videos in place of written or typed assignments.  Some examples are current events, literature reports, journalism pieces, and foreign language projects.  Finally, it’s easy enough to use that it could be used in primary and secondary grade levels. 

 Adobe Voice – for iOS – Free

Tinkerplay

Create 3D Printable Models Using iPad

Updated on: 3/22/14

The 3D printer can be a terrific tool in STEM / STEAM classrooms. For most teachers they are begging for ways to have students easily create models or projects without needing knowledge of complicated CAD tools. For some, printing precomposed models from Thingiverse or the like just isn’t the level of engagement they are looking for. Thankfully, the field of options is growing.  I’ll introduce you to a few iPad apps that are easy enough for Elementary students to use. The final result of each app is a model you can print from your classroom 3D printer.

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