Thursday, December 22, 2016

What is all that talk about Chromecast?



     First and foremost a Chromecast is a device used to stream photos videos or music

to a television by use of a mobile device.

In order to use a Chromecast you may need:

                                                                         - a television with a HDMI slot

                                                                         - Internet connection

                                                                         - any mobile device with a chrome browser

                                                                         - and the Chromecast device.


Step 1: Setup.

           Insert the Chromecast into the HDMI slot of the television. Then by use of a

remote press input to select the HDMI. Once selected you will view instructions on

the website to key into your mobile device as well as your setup name.

Step 2: Launching.

           Using your mobile device download the app and open it. Then it my take a few

minutes of loading and a code will be shown. If it is in correspondence to the one

on your television screen you may select the option ‘that's my code’.

You will then fill out a menu with your Wireless Network and its password. Below

this select a Chromecast name and press continue. Launch your chrome browser

and add the cast extension.
     You may now use your Chromecast by clicking on its icon and selecting ‘cast tab’

 for the website you are on to be projected to your television screen. Once the icon

changes to blue the tab is being displayed on the Chromecast.
Should You Upgrade to the iPhone 7/7+?
iPhone 7 dramatically improves the most important aspects of the iPhone experience. It introduces advanced new camera systems, the best performance, the best battery life ever, and immersive stereo speakers. The brightest, most colorful iPhone display, and it looks every bit as powerful as it is. This is the iPhone 7.
The iPhone 7 and 7+ has come out with amazing colors, and it is even water resistant, which is amazing if you’re clumsy like me! Both the 7 and 7+ come with, 12 megapixel rear cameras, and 7 megapixel front cameras. The 7+ has a dual camera, which makes the background of the photo blurry, and the main object you are taking a picture of crystal clear.
The brightness has greatly improved, and is now 25% brighter than any other iPhone. It now has 3D touch, so you can open apps and do other things with one tap. Definitely a great improvement from the 6s. The Air Pods that came brand new with this new iPhone have gotten a bad reputation, but Apple has fixed the problem, by adding a cord that you can plug into the charging port since there is no more headphone jack, so you can listen to your music through earbuds.
The LTE data coverage is 3x faster than the previous 6 and 6s, which allows you to make calls faster and more efficient. You can roam the internet as well with no issue buffering or freezing!
Everyone now has probably heard about IOS 10, and it has been the biggest update for Apple since IOS 9 came out last fall! It gave all the IOS devices that were available for the upgrade a big change, and people had mixed reviews, but personally I love it, and is much better than the previous IOS’s.
People either hate or love the iPhone 7/7+ but from what I have heard from friends who have the iPhone 7/7+ , is that they love the phone, and they don’t regret upgrading at all. But if you want to take a look for yourself and see if you might want it, here is a link:

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

How to Gimp

Alex Leach
Intro to Gimp

Gimp is an art type of program that is free and allows you to edit pictures any way you would choose as well as make a custom one or new one of your own. This program allows you to draw things onto pictures, insert pictures, cut pictures out, fill on pictures, etc. Will all those types of tools you can use, the program can get a little tricky but it’s actually quite simple after some testing around.

So for add a picture you want to edit just go to the picture and drag it onto gimp and it should automatically format it for you. After you do this you can use any tool you want such as the scissors and cut the area around the focused spot you want to keep to put on a new one. To make your own picture from scratch you can go to the task bar and click new and put in any size paper/pallet you want and start drawing with whichever tool you want. I would recommend the brush though because it is more solid. If you want a background for your blank page you can drag in an image or go to the paint bucket and search the options on there. The one on the left can put in solid colors or if you go to the bottom section located below the icons you can click on pattern and use preset patterns. The icon on the right you can make a background with a mixture of colors by clicking on one of the 2 boxes. If you would like more than one color there are certain options that will help you add more. Those 2 colors also go for the brush except it only uses the color on top of the 2 colors.
This is just a little intro into Gimp. You’ll find out there is way more to this program and you’ll be able to use more icons for enhanced work. Most of these icons do pretty much exactly what they show so it's also not really a huge deal to go over. Hopefully this has helped you have an easier start to Gimp.

Link to Gimp:

Pictures are also from Gimp

Google Translate

Google Translate
Google translate is an application or a multilingual translation machine.
It is most commonly known for translating texts and phrases but it can also translate speeches, images sites and real time videos. It translates nearly 103 languages and serves quite a large number of people worldwide. It is also very easy to use and has a short procedure. The application is free to download and install for all phones and has no monthly payments.
I believe it is very sufficient being bilingual; I use it to translate words I may not know in English. Other than translating it also helps people learn various languages. It helps in communication and promotes easier dialogue. It may even be cheaper than having to find a personal translator and because it is in your phone it’s portable and can be used at any time. You may therefore want to download Google translate now to help you with your day to day activities and trips.


Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Keep Track of Grades With Follett Notifications

Follett Notifications
By:  Kyanna

Not too many students or teachers know about this app. It is used in all subjects. Any teacher can use it from any class. Any administrator can use it. Parents can use to check their kid(s) grades. As long as you have an aspen log in account then you can have access to the use of this app. Like I said before Follett Notifications is very helpful to students. If you have a phone or if a parent has a phone then you are all set. It’s a great reminder for students. I would say it’s worth the download. It’s worth the download for parents especially because I know my parent is always asking me about my grades but now they don’t have to ask they can just take a look themselves. This app does send notifications to the phone when your teacher puts a grade in as well. So, as soon as your teacher officially logs your grade in then you’ll get a notification. It’s great because instead of waiting to get home or waiting for lunch to go online to type all of your login information to find out one grade, you get it sent to your phone right away. You don’t have to log in or try to find Wi-Fi to be able to log in. You don’t have to go through that kind of lengthy process to find out one grade with this app. You don’t just find out what your grade is on Follett Notifications, you can also get reminders. Your teachers can send out reminders about permission slips or a test and administrators can send out information about report cards or if the school day gets canceled. Follett Notifications sounds like a great app so far, am I right?
Follett Notifications is an app that I was told about by one of my teachers. After the teacher suggested the app, a few of my friends downloaded it including myself. They all think it’s very helpful. I think it’s helpful. This is for and used by students, administration, teachers, and even parents. This is a push notification app so you can receive notifications about multiple things. It notifies students about news within the school. Teachers or administrators can just send out a notification and you will receive it instantly. This app was offered by Follett School Solutions, Inc. It’s also in the works with Follett Aspen Student Information System.
It’s easy to get if you have some sort of electronic with an app store. You can just go into any app store like Google Play and search Follett Notifications. The logo is green and white. You can always go to the category section as well and it should be under “Education.” The thing that I love most about this app is that it’s free!
Now, there’s pros and cons to everything. There are very few cons and I would say the biggest one is it doesn’t show what teacher posted what grade. I read some other people’s point of view on this app and students and parents were complaining about how they didn’t know what grade went to what class. Another frequent complaint by mostly students was having to delete the notifications one by one so there is no “delete all” option. Altogether, there are just a few minor cons.
The app is for reminding and informing students and parents as well not to interact with each other. Despite those couple of cons, Follett Notification presents important information to the students and helps them stay up to date. This app is definitely great for you if you like to know your grade instantly, if you are a forgetful individual or if you have a child that forgets to tell you important information, whatever the case may be. Tell your teachers, principal, parents, friends, family, etc. Get the word around about Follett Notifications!   

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Easy Steps to Increase the RAM on Your Phone

How to increase or expand the Random Access Memory (RAM) of any Android phone by using Micro-Sd Card
If you have been using a smartphone for a while and you've been observing that it seems so slow, then the issues of the phone are caused by the Random Access memory (RAM).
Requirement for increasing the RAM of an Android phone
  • Micro-SD Card (4GB and above)
  • A computer
  • A rooted smartphone or tablet
  • A software (Roehsoft RAM Expander)

Note:  In order to expand the RAM of any android phone, the phone must be first rooted. To root means having the privilege to modify the software codes of the device.
To Root your device
To Root your phone can be done in two ways:

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  • Using a computer
  • Using your smartphone
Step 1: Download Kingo root then install. Kingo root app is a powerful app recommended for android 4.4 above., it requires WiFi connection in order to root
  • Click on root in the app then the root progress will start

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Once the root is successful, a message will popup that the device has been rooted. Since the phone is rooted, there is access to the RAM

Increasing the RAM of your phone using Roehsoft RAM Expander

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Since you have a rooted phone, then you can increase the RAM of your phone with the following steps below:
Step 1: Make sure you have a Memory Card that is 4GB above.

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Step 2:  Download the app called Roehsoft RAM Expander, then install

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Step 3:  Then click on the app, a message will popup, then give the app it's root permission and selects the language option.

Step 4: At the left corner of the upper level of your phone, there is a place written “Swap”. Then click on it.

Step 5: This app is powerful on some phones, so it might ask you to create a swap file for the app. If it asks, then create a swap file for the app on the Sd card.
After that, it will ask you the amount of storage that you wish to have. Choose any amount of space on it but make sure that you have up to 1Gb free space on your SD Card.

Step 6: After swapping  a message will  popup  that “congratulations”.

Note:  The new GB of RAM may not be seen in your task manager but the phone will run much faster than it is before.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Google Drive
Google Drive is an amazing app made by Google and was launched on April 24, 2012. Many people use Google Drive because it can store data and can be accessed on any networked computer. The Google Drive is more like a flash drive because it can store large amounts of data. Image result for Google Drive
Advantages of Google Drive
  • Google Drive has free 15Gb disk space.
  • Google Drive can be upgraded to about 100Gb for just $1.99 per month.
  • Google Drive is free to download on the internet.
  • Google Drive is connected to some apps like Google Sheet, Google Classroom, etc.

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Disadvantages of Google Drive
  • Hackers can hack through your device if your password is not properly secured.
  • Uploading and downloading speed may be slow because millions of people are using it.
Google Chrome
Google Chrome is an amazing browser that was produced by Google in 2008. Google Chrome is also known for the main component of the Chrome OS (Chromebook). This browser is really fast and it is the latest browser for the internet used by people today. Google Chrome apps are free on the internet, so it is easy to download. This browser works on both smartphones and computers. Google Chrome has access to some apps that are made by Google. Examples of these apps are Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheet, Google Slides and some other apps.
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Advantages of Google Chrome  
  1. Google Chrome is the fastest and latest browser among other browsers used for internet access.
  2. Google Chrome is directly connected to other Apps made by Google.
  3. Google Chrome is easy to use, especially for App developers, because they can get their jobs done much faster than those who use Mozilla Firefox and some other browsers.
Disadvantages of Google Chrome
  1. Google Chrome consumes a lot of Random Access Memory (RAM) on phones and on PC.
  2. Google Chrome themes cannot be changed.
  3. Google Chrome does not save pages like other browsers.
  4. Navigation bar on Google Chrome cannot be configured.


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Math Students Engaging with Desmos Graphing Calculator

Desmos Graphing Calculator is a great app to use on your smartphone. A lot of math teachers nowadays don't think about smartphones as being excellent tools to have in class. Obviously students shouldn't have their smartphones during testing, but they can have their smartphones while doing normal assignments. In today's society almost every student has an Android or Apple and this app is available on both!

Usability: Desmos Graphing Calculator is very easy to use. There are no tutorials however it has a very simple setup. To get going all you need to do is type in the equation you want graphed, and the calculator will automatically graph it on the screen above the symbol keys.

Support: Desmos does not have any instructions or tutorials, but the app is very simplistic. If the user ever used a calculator before then they will know how to use Desmos.

Engaging: This app is very engaging. Since it has such a simple design anyone can use it. It can be downloaded on all IOS and Android phones. Students will naturally pick this app because it works with all equations that are able to be graphed. In the time that I have used it, I did not come across any bugs. It works well and it is a very useful tool for math classes.

Export/Sharing: This app is completely offline so there will be no need for an internet connection to use it. This also means that there will be no sharing of any sort while on the app. Within the app you will not be able to send any graphs to others online. The app does offer you to make an account. This will allow you to save your graphs in the cloud.

Customization: You will be able to customize what types of graphs you will need from the equations, but that's about it. Since this app is just a simple calculator there really isn't any need to customize anything else. Looking at the button layout and the menus everything is straight forever, and no editing of the app is necessary.

Collaboration: Desmos does offer a cloud system, but that is only for saving graphs for the future. There is no collaboration between accounts. The accounts are only there to load and save progress.

Import: There are no import options for this app. This app is only to help with graphing equations. It’s a simple but useful tool. No imported files are needed. The app stays relatively updated throughout the year, so if any new advancements are made in math than the app will be up to date.

Desmos Graphing Calculator is exactly what it says it is. This app is a very simple tool for all math students. It's responsive and easy to use. The app also allows users to create an account so that they are able to save progress in the cloud. Students will pick this app over others because it's easier than a regular graphing calculator, free, fast, and it isn't as clunky as some graphing calculator simulations.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Instagram... in 7 Easy Steps!

 Instagram is a social media app that many of us use! It is a picture sharing app that allows you to share memories with friends and family. Instagram was established and put out for citizens all  around the world on October 6th 2010. Instagram is behind Facebook with the most downloads on smartphones and users with ages ranging from 13 to 35. Statistics say that there are 500 million monthly active users, and is popular worldwide.
 How to Create an Account!
  1. Go to your app store on your phone and search “Instagram”                                                
  2. Then click the install button!
  3. Once you have the app, click on the “sign up with email or phone number”
  4. Enter your email address in the space provided, or you can just log in with Facebook which is above that option.
  5. Then make your name and create a password.
  6. Next, create a username and make sure it’s one that you like!
  7. You can also do the same thing on a computer as well! Just go to:!

Facts about Instagram
The most followed page on Instagram would be Instagram’s account actually, with 53 million followers and counting. With the recent updates, you can direct message people, post stories like Snapchat with multiple photos or videos at one time! You can make your account private as well which means that people cannot see your photos and they have to request to follow, and you can accept or deny their request. You can also private message people through Instagram, or group chat. Instagram is still used today, and will probably still be used 100 years from now!

Who are Internet Trolls?

The Hidden Rules: Digital etiquette is just what you probably think it is. It’s what you should and shouldn’t do on the internet. There are standard rules on the internet that most people don’t know about. These rules can compare to social rules in society. Social rules aren’t written down anywhere but people still follow them because it’s the “right thing” to do. Every culture has their own social rules and the internet is no different. It can be a fun and scary world on the internet and these “rules” try to organize good and bad social interaction so that the internet is safe but still enjoyable. These rules are very simple and you probably already know them but you choose not to follow them. Some example of these rules would be “don’t download illegally”, or “Do not hack other computers.” That’s how “basic” these basic rules can get. All of it almost seems silly because of course you shouldn’t do these things, but just like in society of course you shouldn’t rob a store or cause harm to one another. Some people think that they have the power on the internet because there are never any face to face reactions. The internet is all words, and words can sometimes hurt worse than physical pain.

The Internet “Trolls”: Internet “trolls” aren’t actual trolls but it is slang for someone who seeks hate and sadness on the internet. A “troll’s” goal on the internet is to start arguments in online communities such as blogs, chat rooms, or forums. They also seek to upset people by posting off-topic or extraneous comments to get a reader to respond in an emotional way. They would normally state an unpopular opinion which they themselves probably don’t believe and wait for people to respond so that they can respond back with an even more unpopular opinion. No matter how mad or confused you might get from reading these comments DO NOT respond. Responding is exactly what they want you to do, and if you do respond then they won’t stop arguing with you until they win. It is very simple to spot a troll. A trolls name normally give it away. If the person’s name is derogatory in anyway then they are a probably a troll. Use common sense. Don’t let someone on the internet get you mad. Think about it in a logical way. Odds are that you aren’t ever going to meet that person in real life so who cares what they think. If you don’t like what someone says then just ignore it. No harm will come if you just hit the block button.
Mistakes Were Made: Don’t mistake someone for a troll. Calling everyone a troll because you don’t like their opinion isn’t a good thing to do. Don’t be the one people try to avoid. As said before, use common sense. Think about the opinion you are reading and come to a conclusion. Is the opinion logic or is it not related? Trolls and jokes are two completely different things. If you get offended by almost everything then the internet isn’t a good place for you. A lot of people are on the internet and a lot of opinions are shared. If you post an opinion be prepared for someone to comment on it either negatively or positively.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Stay Safe on the Forgotten Side of the Internet

The Unknown: Always stay away from websites that you don't know anything about. A lot of websites that you haven't heard of before could be a program where when you click on the link it automatically downloads something to your computer or phone. The downloaded program could be malware. Malware is software that is intended to damage your computer so stay away from it at all costs. Some websites could also be what they call screamers, or knockers. Screamers are exactly what they are called. Once you have clicked on the website and the window opens a loud scream with a spooky image pops up. This is intended to scare the user and is normally targeted towards younger users. Knockers are a little bit more harmless. Knocker websites are normally blank and after 1 second or so a realistic knocking sound is heard. These websites are extremely effective towards users who are using headphones. Its purpose is to confuse and to even maybe scare the user into believing someone or something is knocking on a window or wall near them. Both screamer and knocker websites can also be viruses which then could download malware to your computer. Websites can also try to trick the user into a scam of some sort. Stay clear of this by using common sense. If something sounds too good to be true then it probably isn’t true. Always double check a URL if you don’t know exactly where it leads to. Some URLs can be very similar to normal websites such as google. An example of these scam URLs could look like or

The “Deep Web”: When searching through the “Surface Web” you might come across something saying the “Invisible Internet,” “Invisible Web” or “Deep Web.” All these terms mean the same thing. I will be using the “Deep Web” to describe it. The “Deep Web” makes up 96% of the internet as a whole. The “Surface Web” is the internet you are very familiar with. The only way to access the “Deep Web” is through an onion browser. The most common onion browser is “Tor.” Going to the “Deep Web” is not a difficult process. You simply need to install and use “Tor.” It can be fun going through the “Deep Web” but you have to be careful on what links you click on. The “Deep Web” can lead to many illegal sites that you should never go to. While searching through the “Deep Web” you are also prone to much more scams and malware downloaders. If you choose to search through the “Deep Web” make sure you know exactly what you are clicking on. One wrong move and you might have to kiss your computer goodbye.
Social Media: Every social media platform has some sort of privacy setting that you can set on your account. If we use Facebook as an example they have the setting for private accounts. This means that only your friends can see your account. Some random who is online cannot look at your details unless they friend you and you accept it. Always make sure you know who you are befriending or following. Don't just go all willy-nilly when accepting friend requests. Click on the person account that sent you a friend request and confirm that you know them in real life. If you don't want to make your account private, make it so that your account doesn't have everything about you. For example don't put your home address or your personal phone number on your account. Anyone can see that information and potentially use it in bad ways.