Category Archives: Helpful Tips

These posts are just helpful, not really a review or a how-to, just some helpful tips

Your School’s Wikipedia…Did you write it? Are you sure?

We have all been there. Normal day at work. Focusing on something we feel is important. Then, the call comes in. Something has been, or is in the process of being, hacked. What? You haven’t been there? Well there is … Continue reading

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How to Help Your Dude Named Ben

If you are not aware, “A Dude Named Ben” refers to the generic and often ignored systems administrators who work at/in organizations. When the IRS lost all their emails, they claimed total ignorance, and had no idea who their tech … Continue reading

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YouTube Safety Mode with Google Apps for Education

Yep, this is a thing. If your school is Google Apps for Education and you guys leverage the huge power of YouTube in your teaching then maybe you have fallen victim to the YouTube Safety Mode automatically being turned on. … Continue reading

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Google Drive issues – it may be Adware!

  So recently, I’ve had a number of students and a few teachers stop by complaining that their Google Drive wasn’t working properly. After exploring a short time with these people I discovered a common thread – they were getting … Continue reading

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Great programs at a great price

If you have a computer, whether it be a Mac or PC software bundles are a great way to get great software at great prices. Yeah, I may need a thesaurus but this doesn’t take anything away form the Ultra-Premium … Continue reading

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Study smarter – not longer

Three posts in two weeks my lord! What will happen next? Will Omar actively use Facebook or even post an article – only time will tell :) Now onto the topic at hand. I saw this post in LifeHacker titled … Continue reading

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Happy Safer Internet Day – from Google

This Safer Internet day (yes this is a thing) is being celebrated by the good people at Google too. They are encouraging all their users to go and do a security check up for your Google account, which is a … Continue reading

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Google Drive + mail merge = formMule

Mail merge can be done with Google Drive and I’m going to show you how. Some of you out there might be thinking Patrick – what the hell is a mail merge? Well my friendly readers, a mail merge allows … Continue reading

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Clarify – Write better instructions

If you are an IT teacher, coordinator, director or just the techy teacher in your school, you’ve had to make instructions for people. Any technical instructions worth their salt have nice screenshots, are organized and are clearly written. Believe me, … Continue reading

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The Punctuation Guide

Punctuation – love it or hate it, you need to know it if you want to be taken seriously. I’m not the best but upon finding this (via LifeHacker) I feel like I can get quite a bit better. It … Continue reading

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