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A recent article has been circulating, courtesy TheVerge.com : http://www.theverge.com/2016/9/13/12890050/adblock-plus-now-sells-ads ;   Adblock-Plus is a paid program that claims to remove all online ads from your computer browsing experience.   Now, they are shifting to selling ads through their program to Advertisers.   If this seems backwards, it is!    The marketplace is full of these software programs - some we come across regularly: System Mechanic, DriverUpdates, etc.   Don't install any programs that you don't absolutely need to get your work done - And even for THOSE programs, be sure to buy and download from reputable sources   -Ryan P.  5-Star Rated Tutor in the San Fernando Valley 

Working at a college IT help desk, I have found that many people choose to not seek help when it comes to technology, as they are ashamed of how little they know about it. However, technology gives to us so many new and fun opportunities to learn, communicate, and play! As I am growing up in an age where new and exciting technology has become the norm, it is sometimes hard to remember that there was a time when all of these luxuries did not exist. Most people would rather not use it, but they miss out on a vast amount of new knowledge. That's why no one, no matter their age, should be afraid to ask for help. While new technology is sometimes easy to pick up and learn, it isn't always as easy to troubleshoot and fix. This doesn't mean that one should get frustrated. Instead of worrying about calling a help center and waiting on hold for "the next available representative", it's never too late to learn how to fix it yourself! 

The pressure can be high on kids to be productive in the summer, and to make the most of their free time.  One can understand where such expectations come from -- after all, summer is also prime time for the feared "achievement gap" to sneak in between kids who do nothing academically-stimulating, and those who continue their educational pursuits.  However, you don't have to go to an exotic summer camp to learn new things; you don't even have to leave your house.   What I suggest is not limited to the simple adage that reading a book will take you to new worlds (though that is absolutely true).  Rather, I encourage kids of all ages to see learning as a state of mind:  if you are looking to learn, then you can cultivate your mind almost anywhere, doing almost anything.  Books are in fact a great place to start:  try the thirty-second exercise of thinking of something which fascinates you and doing a google search for books on that... read more

I love looking up information on a subject I know little about and learning something new. I love teaching what I have learned even more. I rely on reputable websites and apps to make sure the information I convey to my students is accurate. My favorite resources are from other teachers, and tutors. Educators explaining the topic I want to learn is always the easiest to understand, and then regurgitate to my own students. Unfortunately, These resources are not always available, so I have gone into the "dangerous" world of wikipedia, on occasion. Wiki's can be very tricky because they are notorious for people changing any of the information they want. But Wiki's can be useful resources if they are not taken at face value. For example, If I am learning about photochemistry, I may read some information on Wikipedia, then compare it to other information I have found. Most times It checks out just fine, as long as it's not your last stop. Also, good wikis include links to other... read more

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