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By TheTechSpec | An ever growing collection of technology rich tools, tips, articles, and ideas all rolled in to one fun to view magazine.

Turn your Mac or PC into a cheap and easy Apple TV

The Reflector 2 app turns your computer into an AirPlay receiver.<p>If you've got an old iMac lying around -- or any Mac or PC for that matter -- you can repurpose it as a cheap alternative to an Apple TV so you can stream your iPhone or Android phone to its larger display.<p>All you need is the …

Smart TV

Black Menu for Google™

Five Language-Learning Apps Tested and Reviewed - Bloomberg

If you’re not careful about your pronunciation, it’s pretty easy to tell someone in France that you’re pregnant instead of saying you’re full. In …

Language Learning

Intel lets you stick an AI brain into your USB port

Want to give your PC an IQ boost? Intel's $80 Movidius Neural Compute Stick lets you plug some computing brains into your laptop's USB port.<p>The device, geared for tinkerers and programmers, can crank out 100 billion mathematical calculations per second while consuming a paltry 1 watt of power. …

Machine Perception

TheTechSpec | Anchor - Radio, reinvented

#TechTipTuesday - Podcasting Made even more easy

For those of you ever interested in creating your very own Podcast then look no further than Anchor.fm<p>By using the Anchor app on your phone or …

Chromebooks: Webcam Record Chrome Extension - Teacher Tech

Webcam Record Chrome Extension<p>My newest Chrome extension, Alice Keeler Webcam Record, is now live in the Chrome Webstore. This allows Chrome (and …

Google Drive

Atari’s new Ataribox console will be like an NES Classic

Atari started teasing its Ataribox at E3 this year, promising a “brand new Atari product.” While we saw a 20-second YouTube teaser that hinted the Ataribox would be housed in wood like the 2600, the video game maker has not provided many details about the console until today. Atari is now teasing …

Atari

Google’s New ‘Backup and Sync’ App Beams Your Photos to the Cloud

Google this week launched a new desktop app that consolidates file backups for both Google Photos and Google Drive. It’s called Backup and Sync, and …

Google Photos

Here's why you'll want to squeeze the Google Pixel 2

Reports suggest the next Google Pixel may boast a squeezable frame. Why would you want that?<p>The Google Pixel 2 is coming later this year -- and we're hearing it may have a "squeezable" frame.<p>What the heck does that mean?<p>It's like a phone you can squeeze<p>With a squeezable frame, you can literally …

Google

Smarter Google Forms to save you time

Google Forms makes it easy to collect information, plan events, solicit feedback, and more. Today, we’re adding new features and using mach...

#GoOpen Missouri Education Initiative

<b>WHY:</b> In 2015, the U.S. Department of Educational Technology launched an Open Education initiative “Openly licensed resources can <b>increase equity</b> by …

#TechTipTuesday - The magic of Shift + Z in Google Drive

If you have not yet used the function Shift + Z while inside Google drive, then I would like to formally introduce you to it.<p>This key combination …

Amazon.com: Save on select Google powered products: Electronics

Deal of the Day: Save up to 30% off on select Google powered products<p>Today only, prime members save up to 30% on select Google powered products. This …

How to use iOS 11's Notes app as a document scanner

With iOS 11, you no longer need to install a random third-party app to scan and sign documents.<p>Apple has a habit of building features into iOS that eliminate the need to install third-party apps for some users. For instance, with the release of iOS 11, Apple is adding a document scanner, along with …

iOS

The best iOS apps for drawing with Apple Pencil + iPad Pro

Since its unveil nearly two years ago, the Apple Pencil has improved dramatically. Even though its hardware has remained the same, Apple has expanded Apple Pencil support throughout iOS, while developers have also released amazing applications that take advantage of it.<p>Last year, I rounded up the …

Apps

8 Tips for Communicating with Parents using Email - Teacher Tech

BCC<p>Use BCC instead of putting everyone’s email in the To line of an email. This protects the privacy of parents who do not want their emails shared …

In #googleclassroom I RETURN those who answer the questions. Makes my life so much easier. #googleEDU https://t.co/E98c6UKyyY

Hot Off the Press: Student-Created Newsletters

"A magazine or a newspaper is a shop. Each is an experiment and represents a new focus, a new ratio between commerce and intellect."<p>-John Jay …

Improving Reading Skills with YouTube Closed Captions

Closed captions, or video subtitles, are an easy, free, and engaging way to help <b>improve student reading abilities</b>. Many times we may only think of …

iOS

Google Earth, class is now in session

So much of what students learn in the classroom—from social studies to history, science and literature—relates to a geographic place on Earth. …

Google Earth

Apple Leaks Suddenly 'Confirm' iPhone 8 Design

Apple is radically altering the iPhone. Having spent years iterating the original iPhone design, the 10th anniversary ‘iPhone 8’ will change everything – as two new (and highly credible) leaks have now confirmed…<p>Long time leak superstar Steve Hemmerstoffer (aka @OnLeaks) delivers the first. Having …

Apple

iOS 11 has a new screenshot tool and it's awesome

Screenshots are now much easier to edit and share.<p>The first time you take a screenshot after updating to iOS 11, you're in for a surprise.<p>The process hasn't changed. You still press the power and home button at the same time. However, when you take a screenshot on the new OS, you'll still see the …

iOS

This app uses augmented reality to turn your smartphone into a ruler

One resourceful company is reinventing the ruler. Creative collective Laan Labs has developed a nifty mobile app that relies on augmented reality technology to turn your smartphone into a legitimate measuring device.<p>To accomplish this, AR Measure factors in the distance between various points in 3D …

Augmented Reality

MakerBot will connect Chromebooks to cloud-based 3D printers

Earlier this year, Makerbot announced in its most recent bloodletting that it would focus more on the education market. Today we're seeing some of the fruits of that decision. First up is "My MakerBot," what the outfit describes as a cloud-enabled browser-based printer monitoring platform that's …

3D Printing

How to install Linux on a Chromebook (and why you should)

EnlargeChromebooks are one of the most secure devices you can give a non-technical end user, and at a price point few can argue with, but that …

Linux

Students Say They Are Not as Tech Savvy as Educators Assume

A love for avocado lattes and Snapchat filters are just a few of the stereotypes following Millennials these days. But students are now pushing back …

Microsoft Word

Ditch the Involuntary Cropping in New Google Sites - Teacher Tech

Uncrop Your Images in Google Sites<p>If you are using the new Google Sites it is pretty easy to use. I especially like that I can right click to insert …

Google Classroom: Record Video Straight to Classroom - Teacher Tech

LookHere is a game changer, from your mobile device you can record video straight to Google Classroom.<p>Record Video to Assignment<p>On your mobile, …