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.

Do You Think Before You Speak?

Cyber-bullying is something no one should ever go through, because you never know what else they could be going through. Negativity is a horrible thing, and we do not want any negativity, we want positivity! Here are some videos why it is wrong:

This is a video that I have seen before that has the effects of cyber-bullying:
Cyber-bullying can lead to bad things, not just for the victim but for you as well. This can lead to the victim’s parents getting involved, and press charges on you!

Next, why would you hide behind a screen and say something mean, if you couldn’t say it to their face? No one likes it.
If cyber-bullying persists, the victim could become emotionally scarred and very depressed, and it makes them not want to go to school. It could leave them so emotionally scarred, that they will have suicidal thoughts, and maybe even commit suicide because they can’t take it anymore

These are the rates of suicide of people being cyber-bullied:
One more thing, if you wouldn’t want someone saying something horrible to you, don’t say it to someone else. Please think before you speak.

My Review

   is a great app that many people use on their phones. This is a great app to have in school because it will help you on those tough words that are giving you a headache and will give you a definition on the spot. Even better it even has a thesaurus. But what really makes the app great is that you can use it without being on the WiFi.


            So has some extra stuff to do/look at and its great adds some fun to leaning. One of these extras is the Word of the Day that shows up and has you learn something new every day. They also have a cool option to see what others are searching in the area and see what a popular word to learn is. Another extra part to this app is that it has a blog on it that shows over 800 fun language topics.

The good and the Bad

            Alright so we’ve been over some of the cool things and the basics of the app but what are some good or bad parts from having this app? Well there isn’t much bad to the app in my opinion but others say some words of the days are random and pointless such as, “The word of the day is "Yom tov" Who needs to know this? Not even a word.” ~Android User. People also like to complain about the app having a lot of ads but I never seem to have as much as a problem because when I use this app to help me with homework I either get zero ads or one ad at most but that’s looking for 10-20 words. But here’s what another android user said but it’s a good response, “Love It! Love the fact that it saves word searches (recent search) even if favorite word is not checked. Love that if need arises, pronunciations are a finger tap away. This app is used for my tablet exclusively; only wish it was an automatic search while reading a book but that is an easy adjustment. Also, recent word searches can be sent to your email, clipboard or about any other method for future reference and built right in. As far as this reader is concerned this is one of, if not the best app out there.” If that’s not enough to get you to download the free app for extra knowledge then I don’t know what app you should use.


In other words I think this is a good app with a lot more than just a definition of a word. But there is a lot more to check out on the app I’ll add their description of the app for the last caption. That’s my review hope this was a helpful review on and helps you decide if you want it. Description is the leading free English dictionary app for Android – with over 2,000,000 definitions and synonyms.
This app works offline – you do not need an internet connection.
In addition to the trusted reference content from and, this app includes:
• Word of the Day – learn a new word every day
• Audio pronunciation – hear every word
• Voice search – speak to search
• Translator – get translations for over 30 languages
• Blog – explore over 800 fun language topics
• Slideshows – fascinating facts about language
• Quiz widget - test your vocabulary with Word of the Day quizzes
• Word origin - find out interesting etymologies
• Favorite words and search history – never forget the words you learn
• Spelling suggestions – get help with how words are spelled
• Local lookups - see which words are being searched near you
• Advanced learner’s dictionary – special content for ESL, EFL and English learners
Want even more? You can add to your app with our in-app purchases:

• Encyclopedia
• Slang Dictionary
• Idioms and Phrases
• Example Sentences
• Medical, Science and Rhyming Dictionaries

Or you can get all of this additional content and remove ads for one low price with our Premium App.

Do You Know How to Take a Screenshot on Your Computer?

Do You Know How to Take a Screenshot on Your Computer?
By:  Kyanna

  1. Look for the Print Screen key on your keyboard, it might be labeled as  PrtScn.
    1. Sometimes it is shared with the system request button often seen as SysRq and in the row of three next to Scroll Lock and Pause - Break.

  1. To capture the entire screen, which is everything you see on the screen, including all the open windows, you press the PrtScn button.
  2. To capture just the active or foremost window, press Alt+PrtScn.  
    1. Alt keys are on each side of the space bar.

  1. The screenshot will be placed in your clipboard so you can paste.
  1. Next, open an image editing program like Microsoft Paint then select Paste or you can hit Ctrl+V to paste the image into the program.
    1. It also works in Google Docs, Google Slides, Word, and PowerPoint.  

    If you want to attach it to an email; Go to the File menu then choose Save As and save the image to a folder then you can attach it to an email.  

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Tiny bits of goo - the scoop on URL shorteners

Some URLs are long and ugly. Have a look at the link for this Google Form:

Could you ever write that on the board? Of course not.

Problem solved with a handy tool: the URL shortener. URL shorteners take a long URL and make it into a shorter URL alias that directs to the desired web page. It makes your URL easier to say or write on the board, like - or

Here are three commonly used URL shorteners and they all work the same way. Copy your long URL, navigate to one of the links below and paste your long URL into the URL shortener. Optionally, Tiny URL and Bitly allow you to create a custom alias.

Tiny URL: TinyURL is the granddaddy of URL shorteners. What I like about TinyURL is that no login is required and you have the option of creating a custom alias (if it hasn't already been used by someone else). If you can't create a custom alias you will get a shortened URL with random numbers and letters. What I don't like about Tiny URL is that no login is required so I have no way to track my shortened URLs.

tinyurl example

Bitly: Bitly is another no login required URL shortener that will give you an alias that contains random letters and numbers. If you want to create a custom alias, however, you will need to create an account. But - because you are logged in you can keep track of all of your shortened URLs. Because I am always logged in to my Google account my "go to" URL shortener is is easy to use and I can view a list of the URLs I've shortened. Here's one shortened URL: url example

What I don't like about is that I can't create a custom alias. Best of both worlds for me? If TinyURL married and had a URL shortening child that allowed me to create custom aliases AND see a list all of my shortened URLs.

Top ten, five or three...

If you search for best URL shortener the above three are in just about every list. No matter which one you choose, URL shorteners are a handy tool for whenever you need a link that's easy to say or write in the board!