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Recently I was invited to attend a technology workshop for language teachers.  Now mind you, I am not a language teacher – but seeing as I support faculty who are language teachers; I felt it behooved me to attend.  Boy, am I glad I did!  The workshop was led by Edwige Simon, PhD of The University of Colorado at Boulder.  Not only was she knowledgeable about technology relative to language education, but also provided a wealth of information that applies to diverse curricula.

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Internet Security Myths That Delude Users

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Internet Security Myths vs Facts

Many surveys have highlighted the fact that end users are not security-conscious and do not think about the implications of their online activities, making them vulnerable to attack by cyber-criminals. Below, eWEEK identified the top 11 myths about online security and paired them with up-to-date facts pulled from the “How do users assess threats on the Internet?” report. Continue reading

Eight Tips for Creating Bulletproof Passwords

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I will use strong passwords!

Strong passwords are an important way to protect your corporate and private data from theft – and to avoid joining the more than nine million Americans victimized by identity theft each year. Jennifer Lawinski, a contributor to eWeek, quoting Darya Gudkova, head of content analysis and research for Kaspersky, emphasizes the need for strong passwords. She recommends long passwords with a mix of different characters and letters. She also throws in several different languages to make her own passwords even tougher to crack. How do you create a bulletproof password that hackers can’t crack? These tips from myID.com can help you set passwords that will keep your data stays secure. Continue reading

Did you know that you can easily insert an “ALT tag” in a Google document?

Google Document ribbon with purple arrow pointing to the Format tab.

Google Document ribbon with purple arrow pointing to the Format tab.

When you insert pictures in your Google document, you’ll want to add an “alt tag” to it. The term “ALT tag” is a common shorthand term used to refer to the ALT attribute within in the IMG tag. Any time you use an image, be sure to include an ALT tag or ALT text within the IMG tag. Doing so will provide a clear text alternative of the image for screen reader users.  The “ALT tag”  can help make the object accessible and provide clarification. The “ALT tag”  will also help you refer to the image within the document.

Fortunately, Google makes it easy for you to insert an “ALT tag” for picture. Just follow these steps:

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Adding captions to your MS Word 2013 document

Ribbon location of the caption option in  MS Word 2013

Ribbon location of the caption option in MS Word 2013

Did you know that you can easily insert a caption in a Word 2013 document?

When you insert tables, pictures and other objects in your Word 2013 document, you’ll want to add a caption to it. The caption can help make the object accessible and provide clarification. The caption will also help you refer to the object within the document.

Fortunately, Word makes it easy for you to insert a caption for your table or picture. Just follow these steps:

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