Archive | February, 2018

Language Translating Ear Buds

26 Feb

When I was kid, I remember a specific scene in The Last Starfighter that blew my mind. A simple device was clipped to the lapel of Alex’s space suit and suddenly it translated all the alien languages around him. The teenager that was asked to save the galaxy could now properly communicate with other international  starfighters. Now this same technology is here with translating ear buds from Pilot. You don’t have the save the galaxy but perhaps you can travel through it productively 🙂

The Pilot translating earpieces:

  1. Translate 15 different languages
  2. Stream music
  3. Answer calls

The reviews on this earpiece and app seem positive so it might be worth giving a try. If you’ve used them please let us know. Welcome to the future – the future is now.

http://www.waverlylabs.com/pilot-translation-kit/

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So You Want To Be A Goalkeeper?

25 Feb

For years, I’ve kept these rules of being a goalkeeper in a binder. They are written by Sam Snow, U.S. Youth Director of Coaching Education and a U.S. Soccer National Instructor. Below are his 5 rules of being a goalkeeper. If you think about, they could apply to almost anything!

  1. Go for everything
    1. You may not be able to stop every shot that comes your way, but if you make the attempt, you will find that you are stopping shots you never before thought possible. You will also have the personal satisfaction that at least you made the attempt and your teammates will be more forgiving even if you miss.
  2. After a save – get up quickly
    1. If you have gone to the ground to make a save get back on your feet as fast as possible. Look for a fast break distribution or to direct your teammates into position to receive a build-up distribution. This aspect is particularly important if you are injured. You cannot show weakness, you may tend to your injury after you have started the counterattack. This will particularly intimidate your opponents and raise the confidence in your teammates.
  3. Do not be half-hearted – 100% effort
    1. Every time you make a pay it must be will all of your ability. If you go half way you will miss saves and injure yourself.
  4. Communicate loudly
    1. You must constantly give instructions when on defense. When you team is on the attack, come to the top of your penalty area or beyond and talk to your teammates and after support to the defenders. Be mentally involved in the entire match, no matter where the ball is.
  5. No excuses! No whining! Just get on with the match.
    1. If a goal is scored against you, a corner kick is given up or the short is a near miss, do not yell at your teammates even if it’s their fault. Do not hang your head, kick the ground or post if it was your fault. During the match is no time to point fingers or make excuses. The play is over, its ancient history, get on with the remainder of the match. Focus on what lies ahead!

https://www.ussoccer.com/

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Be Inspired 

24 Feb

Disney helps kids and families to be their best with the Be Inspired Campaign. The effort focuses on simple ways kids can strengthen communities, conserve nature, think creatively, and live healthier. The site features simples things parents and kids can do together to be their best. Download free creative arts, sports, nature and reading projects. Discover resources, recipes, and activities you can do together.

Beinspired.com

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Free Photography for All

23 Feb

Do you need that perfect photo for your next blog post or email campaign? I recently stumbled upon Unsplash which is a free stock photography resource. Whether you are looking for a image that is business, computer, or nature related – look no further! Find beautiful, free photos at Unsplash.

https://unsplash.com/

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Raise Money For Your Nonprofit

20 Feb

Are you a nonprofit trying to figure out how to properly build a community & fundraise? Flipcause is a fundraising and engagement platform for nonprofits that is recommended by many groups. I personally have not tried the platform but I hear it it works well. However, I discovered the group has a nice blog that provides information to help nonprofits plan better marketing and sales campaigns. Explore fundraising top tips and ways to run events like a pro.

http://themodernnonprofit.com/

 

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Breathe And Stay Calm App

18 Feb

Did you know that your breath is fuel for your body, the number one indicator of your mindset, and is in your control? The easiest way to monitor your stress, activity and sleep is to breathe. Spire is an app that gives you control of your breath. You put on a monitoring device on your waist and it communicates with the app to help you breathe and stay calm. Check it out and see it for yourself!

Spire.io

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Easily Compare Utilities In Your Area

14 Feb

Are you looking for a local utility resource? We talked about the Mover Hotline in the past, however you should also check out Allconnect.

We know moving from city to city is a pain and the same utility company may not be available at your new location.We also know the only way to save on your utility bill sometimes is to switch companies from time to time. Whether you are looking for Bundles, Internet, Cable TV, Home Phone, Electricity, Natural Gas, or Mover Services check out this site. Allconnect.com is integrated with over 200 utility providers, eliminating the need to make multiple phone calls to find the right provider. The best part: it’s free to use.

https://www.allconnect.com

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Improve The Vocabulary Of Your Next Essay

13 Feb

Need to improve the vocabulary and your overall writing skills for your next essay? IELTS Vocabulary means using a more academic style and word choice (Lexical Resource) when writing your essay. Using Topic Specific Vocabulary, collocations and words from the Academic Word List will help considerably. Topic Specific Vocabulary also contains lots of collocations, so you can expect a thorough explanation on what they are and how to use them.

This tutorial focuses on what to learn, the importance of context, and how to learn / memorize these new terms so you can improve your writing. The site gives you plenty of detailed explanations, tips, examples and resources for practice on this subject.

https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-vocabulary/lexical-resource/

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Find All Certified Gluten Free Products

11 Feb

I just saw this mentioned on LifeHacker and I thought it’s a cool tool because this search engine locates gluten free products! According to the site, “The Gluten Project is the first and only place to find the entire list of certified gluten free products.” 

  • Everything certified by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO)
  • Comprehensive list of all certified gluten free products
  • Built to make it easy for us to find and buy certified GF products for Evelyn who has (undiagnosed) Celiac disease

https://glutenproject.com/

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5 Classroom Apps for Teachers

8 Feb

Are you a teacher? Do you need some apps to keep your classroom organized? Here are some apps we saw on Education World that you might like to use in the classroom.

TeacherKit

  • Teachers can build classrooms with student and course data, take attendance with the tap of a touchscreen, as well as take quick behavior notes to monitor classroom performance and participation. The app provides a full gradebook (with weighting options), and report summaries for parents and guardians, all backed up to the Cloud.
  • Price: Subscription

ClassDojo

  • With ClassDojo you can build a classroom, take attendance, and store general student information. Although ClassDojo doesn’t include a formal gradebook or reports section, it does add some cool communication tools. With ClassDojo, you can privately message parents using their email or phone number through the app.
  • Price: Free

Remind

  • With Remind, you can add students and parents to a class by sharing an email link or by simply having them send a text to your Remind username using their devices. The beauty of using communicators like this is your ability to communicate through the app while maintaining your private phone number.
  • Price: Free

Google Classroom

  • Google Classroom is free for all schools signed up for Google’s Apps for Education (which is also…free). In short, if you are already using Google Drive, Docs, Slides, Sheets, and Sites, you need this app. Google Classroom streamlines the submission process for these features by allowing teachers to build classroom folders, give online grades and feedback, post conversations and announcements, ad share classroom calendars.
  • Price: Free

PowerTeacher

  • PowerTeacher is your all-in-one organizing system. Create classes, take and track attendance, monitor grades, keep detailed student and parent information, and print complete reports. Students and parents can download the PowerSchool app to access the gradebook, attendance reports, check the school’s calendar, read announcements, and contact educators and administrators. It’s a phenomenal gradebook system that seems to improve yearly.
  • Price: Suscription

http://www.educationworld.com/five-incredible-apps-classroom-organization

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