Category Archives: Helpful Tips

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

Start At the Wall

Holidays are a very interesting time if you work in technology leadership or support. Ideally, people want to have some time-off. Therefore, making a list of essential projects to finish starts months before the holiday plans. Then a list of … Continue reading

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Freedom VS Structure

I left it alone. Everyone was using it. Everyone had the permissions needed to customize their space. So I left it alone. I set some guidelines. I spoke to everyone about best practice. I even made exemplars and samples so … Continue reading

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Our favorite Chrome Extensions/Add-ons

At IT Babble Chrome is our browser of choice for its speed, its auto updates and the myriad of fantastic add-ons you can … well add on. These add-ons give Chrome various different functionalities and we thought it would be … Continue reading

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Get crap done!

Now that the 2016 is right around the corner it is time to start making some resolutions of organizing yourself a little better and being more effecient. So someone out there created a To-Do list app comparison chart. Yeah, it … Continue reading

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Have You Tried Turning It On and Off Again – Have you said ‘Thank You’ recently?

As the holiday season approaches, it is time for everyone to stop using their smart phones, close down the browser windows, smash their Apple Watches with a ball-peen hammer, and take a walk. Walk down the hall, through the courtyard, … Continue reading

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Behaviour, Non-Negotiables, and Devices

I had a meeting recently about some behaviour issues related to students using iPads. These meetings are not unusual for me, or anyone who manages technology. For that matter, this is common for anyone working in education. Students have “things” and … Continue reading

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SignUpGenius for Parent Conferences – Not so fast! – UPDATE!

For years parent conferences have been done the old fashioned way. The teachers send home a form. The parents fill out the form, the teacher reviews the forms, checks with other teachers (for students with siblings) and then sets the … Continue reading

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Want to make an app? Better research first!

I’ve seen a lot of people asking about making apps with students. I think it could be a great idea, but if you think you’re going to pair students off and then have them make an app in 4–6 weeks … Continue reading

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Browse This My Way- Low Tech & Free Browser Standards Implementation

Without directly managing software on student laptops, sometimes it is frustrating to implement simple standards, such as, which browser should students use. I decided to take the simplest approach possible and consider users on Apple laptops, Windows, and iOS devices. … Continue reading

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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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