How To Turn on Parental Controls on an iOS Device



The iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch are great resources for many children and adults alike. If you want more control over what your child is doing while using their iOS device restrictions is the place to go. To enable restrictions go to settings then general and then restrictions. From there you will have to set a password so no one else can change the settings. You will want to make sure that you remember the password. Once you have typed in your password you can block access to different features such as the internet, downloading apps, deleting app, FaceTime, camera and more. These built in options are great for parents and educators who want more control over what children are doing on their iOS device.

To learn more and see step by step instructions watch the video above.  

Instant Opinion Polls in the Classroom

For a long time now I have been looking for a tool that enables instant polling in the classroom or in the lecture room. I specifically wanted something that:
  •  doesn't require registration (especially from the people I'm polling)
  • updates very quickly
  • works on any platform from computers to mobile devices
It looks like I have finally found what I've been looking for and best of all it's free. The tool that I have found is Mentimeter and it does all of the above.

Creating the poll was really quick and easy I just went to http://mentimeter.com and typed in my question, then I clicked on 'Create Question',


I then entered my selection of answer choices, chose a theme and clicked on 'Save and Start Presenting'.




The poll is then ready to use. There are a number of ways of sharing it.

You can get a URL with a code to restrict entry or to make it quick and easy to share in presentations (Here's one on the flipped classroom. The URL is always http://vot.rs/ then you have a specific code for the poll, which in this case is 23512 ) anyone with this code can then vote. By all means give it a try.


You can click on share after you create your poll and get a direct web link which you can share through social media, such as Twitter or Facebook etc.


By clicking on 'Share' on your poll page you can also get an embed code or a link to to a public results page. I've embded the poll below to show you how it looks.


So what's so great about creating live polls?
  • Well they are great if you are lecturing or presenting at a conference with a wireless network as you can get instant feedback and responses that everyone can share in and so involve more people.
  • You can use them in class as a quick test to see if students have understood your material.
  • You can get students to create them and test each other.
  • You can use them for opinion polls in class, both before and after discussions to see if there is any shift in opinion.
  • The responses are anonymous, so it's a good tool to use to get honest feedback if you are doing action research in class, especially if it is related to a sensitive issue, such as your own teaching style or methods.
What's not to like?
  • Well there isn't much I can say that I don't like about this tool.
  • I'd like to have polls with more than one question though.
  • You have to be careful about using polls like this on mobile phones if your students are having to pay a connection charge, so it really helps to be able to get them on the wireless network if you are using it in class.
I hope you find http://mentimeter.com useful and enjoy using it with your students.


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Ginger Extension for Chrome Adds Contextual Spelling And Grammar Correction



Ginger, the contextual spelling and grammar correction software is now available as a free Chrome Extension. If you are not familiar with Ginger click here. The software can correct spelling and grammar for any written text in the Chrome web browser. Ginger is great for people that struggle with spelling or people who are learning English. To download Ginger for Chrome click here.



Flipboard Updated to Support VoiceOver



Today, Flipboard was updated to support iOS VoiceOver. The update finally allows people who are blind, visually impaired or have print disabilities to access Flipboard. For those who are unfamiliar Flipboard is a popular news and social app for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Click here to download Flipboard for free.

What Accessibility Features will iOS 6 Include?


Apple's WWDC developer conference is a month away. Last year at WWDC Apple announced iOS 5 and  if rumors are correct Apple is planing to announced iOS 6 in about a month. iOS is the software that runs the iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad. iOS 5 brought many accessibility improvements including, Speak Selection, AssistiveTouch, custom vibration and VoiceOver improvements. In the above I discuss accessibility features that I would like to see included in iOS 6. Hopefully iOS 6 continues the trend of accessibility improvements that benefit people with disabilities.
What accessibility features are you hoping to see in iOS 6? Let us know in the comments.

Text to 911 Will Benefit the Deaf


This weekend Verizon announced its plans to make a nationwide system allowing cell phone users to text message 911. The system will be in place as early as 2013. This service will be helpful for the deaf or hard of hearing who find voice calls difficult if not impossible. Verizon says the following about text to 911's benefit for the deaf or hard of hearing,
"While consumers should always first try to contact a 911 center by making a voice call, this enhanced SMS service, when deployed, will offer an alternative for customers on the Verizon Wireless network who are deaf or hard of hearing and cannot make voice calls or who could be placed in additional danger by speaking."
To be clear if you are able to make voice calls to 911 it remains the preferred method. Text to 911 service has not been deployed so texts to 911 will not be answered. Click read more below to read the Verizon's press release.

The following is copied from Verizon's press release.
Verizon Selects TeleCommunication Systems to Provide Text to 911 National Gateway Solution
New Service Will Enable Customers to Send 911 Short-Code Messages to Emergency Response Centers
BASKING RIDGE, N.J., May 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Demonstrating its continued commitment to advancing public safety, Verizon Wireless is taking steps toward offering many of its customers a new way to communicate with 911 call centers run by public safety officials. The company announced today that it has selected TeleCommunication Systems Inc., of Annapolis, Md., to participate in an initiative that will enable customers to send 911 SMS (Short Message Service) texts to the call centers, which are known as public-service answering points, or PSAPs.
While consumers should always first try to contact a 911 center by making a voice call, this enhanced SMS service, when deployed, will offer an alternative for customers on the Verizon Wireless network who are deaf or hard of hearing and cannot make voice calls or who could be placed in additional danger by speaking.
"Verizon is at the forefront of 911 public-safety innovations, and today's announcement is another step in making SMS-to-911 service available to those who cannot make a voice call to 911," said Marjorie Hsu, Verizon Wireless vice president of technology. "Our company is continuing its long-standing commitment to address the needs of public safety and our customers by offering another way to get help in an emergency by using wireless technology."
The company is working on plans to make the new capabilities available to select PSAPs by early 2013. Verizon plans to use its existing CDMA SMS network for 911 text notifications. The new service will be offered to Verizon Wireless customers who have a text-capable phone and a service plan that includes text messaging.
"TeleCommunication Systems has worked closely with the FCC over the past two years to develop its innovative technology for SMS to 911," said Maurice B. Tose, president and CEO of TCS. "As the preeminent U.S. supplier of SMS and pioneer in wireless E911, TCS is well positioned to enable Verizon in advancing its public safety commitment."
Verizon is working with others in the communications industry, PSAPs, the Federal Communications Commission and other federal and state agencies in the eventual deployment of this new service aimed at giving consumers new ways to communicate with designated public safety agencies.

Apple to Introduce New Software with Accessibility Features Built-In

WWDC 2012 June 11-15 in San Francisco. It's the week we've all be waiting for.

Apple recently announced that they will hold their World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC). At the conference apple is expected to announce iOS 6 the operating system for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Last year at WWDC Apple announced  iOS 5 which included features such as AssistiveTouch, reader, speak selection, custom vibrations, reminders, Siri and more. If Apple continues its habit of making its mobile devices accessible to a wide variety of users, iOS 6 should have a lot in store.

What accessibility features are you hoping for in iOS 6? Let us know in the comments.

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Important Facts About Vorticella

Are you interested to know more about vorticella? Many times classroom instruction is not enough, leaving students with several unanswered questions. It is not practically possible for a teacher to pay attention to each and every student in a class. If you wish to learn more, consider hiring a private tutor who will answer all your queries. In this article, we will discuss regarding some of the interesting facts of vorticella:

For instance, it is quite interesting to note the behavioral pattern of this species. There are more than hundred diverse species of vorticella that are listed under kingdom protoctista and phyllum ciliophora. Each cell appears like a stalked ciliate, which is shaped as an inverted bell. There are also some other types of genera such as carchesium that look like vorticella. However they are quite different in shape and structure. Learning about the various facts of this organism will help you differentiate it from other similar types of genera.

The vorticella is a sessile organism, but the young ones can swim freely. The adults can also swim freely if the stalks are cut, or if they separate themselves from the substrate under the unfavorable conditions. It is amazing to note how the adult organisms attach themselves to the substrates with stalks.

One amazing fact is that its peduncle or stalk is capable of contracting; and the contractions are caused by the spasmoneme, which is the wavy filament present inside peduncle. The filament gets shortened when stimulated, and the stalk coils just like a spring.

The filament was earlier known as myoneme, before it was discovered that the chemical system administers the narrowing of spasmoneme. This is quite different from the system used by a true muscular fiber.

The spasmoneme actually consists of three cellular membranes, an outer sheath, and an extracellular matrix. The coiling of the stalk at the time of contractions is supposed to be a protection mechanism to defend vorticella from the various environmental hazards. The contractions also help the organism to capture food particles when it is hungry. When the food supplies are scarce, they need to find a new place. These organisms are often found in clusters, which create a tiny jelly-type mass that can be easily seen by the naked eye.

These were some important and interesting facts about vorticella. If you wish to learn more about it then consider hiring a private home biology tutor.

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Impact of Space Technology on Science & Scientists

Space Technology: This studies the exploration of space as that relates its surroundings, its environment, its form and retrieving living form availability or else if it can be used for living beings. Space technology helps scientists to know about the complete universe, its origin, age and its future.

Impact of Space Technology on Science & Scientists: Space technology has become one of the biggest study and challenge for the modern scientists. Space technology in association with other subject helps forecasting weather- its origin, time and magnitude, remote sensing, satellite television, moon mission, astrological predictions and also helps medical science in great deal. In short we can benefit the following things:

1. Movements & facts on Solar System and more about other stars

2. Forecasting Weather- Tsunami, cyclone can be forecasted.

3. Through Communication Satellites Telephone, TV transmission and sending messages can be fast.

4. To locate hidden things under earth i.e. locating natural resources, lower part of Oceans, Seas and its contents and day to day movements of earth.

5. Helps studying X-rays, ultra-Violet rays and disease cancer.

Modern scientists though have tested the success of space technology in the form of spacecraft, space mission i.e. moon mission, mars mission and many other things but the scientists are still on job for finding many unknown things about universe and like earth any other planet or stars have living being possibility or not.

Scientists are using various space technologies to know more about space and its use to the mankind through continuous research and experimentation. For this development they refer Newton's Law of motion, Einstein's theory of relativity and ancient philosopher's like Aristotle and Galileo.

Space Mission: Though space mission is very old but its success came on October 4th 1957 when 'Sputnik' an artificial satellite was sent to space by Russian scientists and in the same year on November they sent another satellite Sputnik 2 with a dog in it. On 12 April 1961 Col Yuri Gagarin a Russian astronaut became the first human being to go around the earth in space in a spacecraft called Vostok. On 16 June 1963 Col Velentina Tereshkova a Russian astronaut became the first woman to went around the earth in space. In between and after that many countries have sent their scientist and astronauts to the space and many things about the space have come out.

Future of Space Technology: There are a lot of things unknown about the universe till today which is to be explored and for this NASA is playing a crucial role in developing technology and collecting information about the universe. The way the spacecrafts are made and its technology being developed in high standard we will come to know much more things what are trying for years. This also will give one day an industry called space tourism.

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Science and Technology

How someone could define what is Science and Technology?

Science is search for the profound knowledge. Scientists investigate the world around us. They observe how things work and develop ideas about ways to make them work better. Sometimes they try to test an idea to explain how something works. Scientists perform experiments to find out how things work. The knowledge that they discover is useful for many things. It can help to build new machines. It can help scientists to develop new medicines or cure a disease. Technology is the use of scientific knowledge to create new things.

Then what is an Inventor?

An inventor is a person who creates a new idea or device to perform a task. An invention is the new technology created. An inventor with a new idea or design for an invention may decide to have the idea protected. The idea gets protection from the law in a paper called a patent. A patent prevents other people from making, using, or selling the new idea without permission from the inventor. Some inventions are simply a better way of doing or building something. They may improve an existing technology. Other inventions are much more complicated.

Today's technology has been in the process of development for thousands of years. New inventions are constantly changing how people work and play. They change how people think and live. The future constantly brings us even more changes. This will happen as we continue to learn about the world.

Do we depend on science and technology?

What did you do today? Did you talk on the telephone? Did you ride in a car or on a bus? Did you use a computer or turn on a light? If you did any of these things, you used technology.

Almost everybody uses some form of technology at work, home, or school. Computer programmers use computer technology to write a computer program. People may write letters using a computer program called a word processor. Many people work in the entertainment industry. Camera operators use television and motion-picture cameras. They use them to make TV shows and movies. Disc jockeys, or DJs, play records and CDs on the radio.

Scientists use all sorts of technology to study the Earth and the Universe. Businesses often have telephones, fax machines, and computers. Graphic designers use desktop publishing programs to create books and magazines. Doctors frequently use medical technology. They use it to treat injuries, illnesses, and diseases such as cancer. Pilots fly airplanes and helicopters. Who knows what jobs will be created by new technologies in the future!

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Stuff They Don't Want You To Know

Almost 95% of all Americans have a cell phone and use it regularly. I use my cell phone only for texting and calling, but both activities can be recorded without me knowing it, either because I didn't read the fine print, or such fine print doesn't exist, and there's something in your phone doing stuff they don't want you to know about.

I believe the company is entitled Sirius IQ. In every single cell phone, there is a microchip that can record your conversations, both by text messages and calls. While this chip may not record all the content of every phone call, it can search for specific words. When you say the word it's looking for, it sends information to the government, and may continue recording the rest of your conversation.

For instance, it may search for 'bomb' or 'terrorist', in suspicion of random violent plots against someone or something. It will continue recording until the government can track down your motive and location for said plot.

We must also be aware that these chips can also track down the exact location of your cell phone, among the following:

   1. All contacts
   2. All memory left on your phone
   3. Whose fingerprints touch it (if yours is a touchscreen)
   4. All numbers dialed and whose are dialed most frequently, and
   5. All downloads, voice messages, and ringtones on your phone: just to name a few!

I never knew all this until I saw it on TV. The program I saw it on was later banned from all stations because of the content allowed on it, so I am not allowed to mention the name of the program any longer. But what the program did make me understand was that even in the smallest, unsuspecting devices, the government can be invading our privacy, and we don't even know it! Can you trust your cell phone? What we do know is that caution should be exercised at all times.

What about your Internet service? Deep inside your network modem, could there be another microchip of some kind, recording our Internet activity at all times? Find that out in Part 3 of this series.
Why should caution be exercised when using a cell phone?
What we say in a text cannot be deleted once sent.
We never know what the government is doing with us.
When planning a terrorism plot, it might be revealed.
Our personal information could accidentally be made available on the Internet.
Anything convenient isn't always to our advantage.
By Jacob Morales

Nike Training Club for Women

When women go to the gym, they usually want to try to slim down and tone up. This can be difficult though, when they enter the gym and look around at the huge array of options for weight training, cardio workouts, and fitness classes. It can be daunting to even know where to start, especially without the help of a personal trainer. Luckily, Nike has developed an app for that. The Nike Training Club is a workout program for women that allows you to keep a personal trainer in your pocket when you are at the gym.

About the App

The app is only for the iPhone and mostly for women, though there is no reason men cannot use it too. It has 85 workouts developed by various personal trainers and professional athletes. Each workout works your whole body, and lasts between 15 to 45 minutes. The workouts are categorized into four sections. The first is 'Get Lean', which consists of cardio drills that will help you drop fat. The second is 'Get Toned', which is made up of light weights to help build definition in your muscles. Next is 'Get Strong', which uses more weights and more reps to help make you stronger. The final category is 'Get Focused', where you will find 15-minute workouts that focus on specific muscle groups. Once you select a category, you must specify if you are beginning, intermediate, or advanced in your fitness. From there, you can select a specific workout. Once you do that, you will be taken to a screen that shows you the entire list of exercises you will be doing, and for how long. You can select each exercise and view a still-picture, captioned slideshow of an athlete performing the exercise, or you can watch a video of an athlete performing the exercise too. Once you decide you want to do that particular workout, you can select 'Set Music' to decide what playlist you want to listen to, and then you can select 'Do Workout' to get started. The trainer will then talk you through your exercises as you work out. It also tells you when you are done with a particular exercise and need to move on to another one. On the whole, the app has been divided into sections like yoga, indoor/outdoor training, dynamic sport, your sport, and training for runner. A bonus to use this app is that it is absolutely free.

Rewards

The app tracks the total minutes you’ve spent working out, and you receive rewards for set intervals of workouts. These rewards can be recipes for healthy food, or bonus workouts to shake up your routine. Once you’ve earned a reward, you can access it from the home screen by selecting 'Rewards', and then selecting the badge that you want to view. This is a great way to entice you to work out more, because the rewards are definitely worthwhile.

Sharing Your Workouts

The Nike Training Club app also allows you to share your workouts with Facebook and Twitter. You can set the app up to automatically share when you begin a workout, and as your friends like the post, it cheers you on. After you complete a workout, you are able to select options and customize messages to share with your networks.

Safety First

Please remember to consult a doctor and a fitness professional before beginning any workout routine. These workouts are meant for you to be able to do them alone, but it’s always a good idea to have someone watch over you for proper form, and give you some suggestions the first few times you work out. Doing this can prevent injury. Also, some of these workouts are very intense. If you are new to working out or strength training, be sure to select from the beginner workouts. After working out consistently, you’ll be up to the advanced level in no time.
By Buzzle Staff and Agencies