Aug
4
2012

OSX Tip: 2 Using preview to resize images

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Tweet Like the previous post (link) we discussed how powerful Preview is in OSX. In todays tip we will resize images using Preview. Preview has become a very powerful tool it allows you to resize images, crop, annotate, remove backgrounds etc. As you find more and more of these useful features of Preview you will find yourself opening tools like Photoshop less and less. Lets take a look at resizing images in Preview.

Aug
1
2012

OSX Tip: 1 Using preview to remove backgrounds

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Tweet As OSX progresses I have noticed the built in functionality is getting better and better. For the next few posts I will be highlighting built in features of OSX that not may people know about. This little tips and tricks will help you  simplify your workflows and make you more productive! For years I have used Photoshop to remove backgrounds on images so they are translucent / clear. Instead of opening up Photoshop, here is […]

Jul
26
2012

Setting up Triggers in Google Apps for Debugging

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Tweet In my previous article I wrote about setting up a workflow for users to enter data into a Google form and the information is merged into a document and a PDF is created. You can read that article here. When you are trying to diagnose issues triggers with notifications can really help your debugging problems. Lets take a look at setting up triggers in Google Apps scripting.

Jun
12
2012

Apple Configurator Part II: Restoring Devices

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Tweet Previously I did a post as well as a video introducing the Apple Configurator. Today we are going to walkthrough setting up the devices for the first time in a cart situation in which you do not have to activate all of the individual devices. You can think of this like “imaging” the devices.

Jun
11
2012

Find The Best Apps For Your Classroom with @edshelf

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Tweet As many of you know I meet with my teachers once a week for Cyber Mondays to share several different Web 2.0 tools to use in the classroom. I find these tools in several different ways such as Twitter, Blogs, and Diigo. This can be a struggle sometimes to try and find the best tools that will work in each individual’s classroom. Edshelf has solved this problem by building a platform in which teachers […]

Jun
11
2012

Mirror your iPad screen to your Windows PC

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Tweet A few weeks ago I shared an app called Reflection that mirror’s your iPad screen onto your Mac. At that time I was un-aware of a Windows alternative. Andrew Mitchell shared an app that will project your iPad screen to your Windows computer as well as your Mac. Lets take a look at AirServer!

May
17
2012

Cyber Monday May 15th 2012

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Tweet So every Monday I meet with my elementary teachers and I share 5-10 resources with them that I have found or we talk about possible ideas they want to implement. I figured I would do a quick blog post recording these so they can go back and see what we went over in case they miss it.

Apr
30
2012

Cyber Monday April 30th 2012

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Tweet So every Monday I meet with my elementary teachers and I share 5-10 resources with them that I have found or we talk about possible ideas they want to implement. I figured I would do a quick blog post recording these so they can go back and see what we went over in case they miss it.

Apr
27
2012

Checking Google Drive Available Space

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Tweet Earlier today while playing with Google Drive I noticed they did not display how much room I have left like they do in Gmail. While poking around I did find it. Here is a super quick tutorial on finding how much space you have left in your Google Drive.

Apr
24
2012

Cyber Monday April 23 2012

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Tweet So every Monday I meet with my elementary teachers and I share 5-10 resources with them that I have found or we talk about possible ideas they want to implement. I figured I would do a quick blog post recording these so they can go back and see what we went over in case they miss it.

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My name is TJ Houston.
I am the Director of Technology at Huron City Schools. I love integrating technology into the classroom and helping teachers find the way on the information super highway. Things I love: My family, My awesome Girlfriend, Technology, Education, and Photography.

I run PD sessions twice a week and run community training the first Saturday of the month. I love teaching people new things.

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