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Education & Tech, was created to build hope that education based on social technologies, can transform the new century, and enable abundance not only spiritually but economically. Milton Ramirez, Ed.D. - @tonnet is the founder & editor. He is a teacher, tech blogger, writes on education, and hails this blog from Union, NJ. For further questions, tips or concerns please e-mail him to:miltonramirez [at] educationandtech [dot] com

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Top Four Mind-Blowing Games on Android You can Play Today

By Vaishnavi Agrawal *

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Ready to drain your battery playing the tappy timewasters? Our list would help you do that. Read our top android game picks

The internet has turned the whole world into an integrated global village. Then comes the Smartphone which have migrated the universe into your hand. These days, you have an app to predict the weather, to do your office work, to even file your taxes besides finding out a route using GRPS.

But what if you are tired doing all those stuff? What if, instead of being workaholic, you’d rather want to waste your time playing games? We understand there's joy in games too and for most of you who is reading this article, games are also a productive way to spend time since it opens up boring minds. Read on as we enlist some of the most popular and trending games on Android.

Disclaimer – A marketplace like Android is so wide and vast that it is almost impossible to enlist the best games out of it. There are board games, word games, shooters games, runners games and etc. So, we have rather enlisted some of them we think are good. Parameters of deciding include popularity level.

Disco Zoo – The name says it all. The creator of Tiny Tower has done it again, now with more goodness. In Disco Zoo, you try to assemble a zoo consisting of pixilated animals. You go on discovering hidden animals, manage and expand your zoo to maximize your earning. The best part? You can throw parties for making thing happening.

How is it educationally useful?

Disco Zoo is an educationally useful application in the fact that it improves your rational thinking. The more aggressively you work around accumulating creatures and make them work for your rewards, it teaches you to tackle challenge-oriented goals.

Marvel Contest of Champions – Warm up your tapping fingers in this one-to-one fighting game that is so simple yet fast-paced. If you are an ardent marvel comic fan, we bet you will love playing this cool time waster.

How is it educationally useful?

Your kids will be more vulnerable to evil sides of a battling games if the games are not constructive and more into battling and fighting. Marvel contest of Champions is different in the fact that it is more about defending yourself and meeting a specific goals. So, more than fighting, you get to learn about self defending skills and understand the value of outperforming opponents – useful in later part of life.

Vector – If you ever liked Mirror’s Edge, we bet you will like this game as well. In it, you will find a silhoutted hero with a nice flair for run in a city. The animations are simply superb and the movements resemble human. Jumping from one rooftop to another with a flair for improved turns is a real fun.

How is it educationally useful?

It improves your eye sight, logical thinking and rational attitude. The game is useful in the fact that it is more about tackling challenges than about running.

Speedy ninja – Swords, fireballs were never so exciting and fun. In Speedy Ninja, you race, battle and defend yourself. Players usually need to utilize their time properly, and use their ideas on the run to defend.

How is it educationally useful?

The move and tricks you use to rescue yourself, helps you in problem-solving. The more you play, more you achieve a useful stature. The challenges are factors to improve your skill.

These are just four games from the most trending games on android. As you get to play these games, you realize how important it is to utilize power.

(*) Vaishnavi Agrawal loves pursuing excellence through writing and have a passion for technology. She has successfully managed and run personal technology magazines and websites. She currently writes for, a global training company that provides e-learning and professional certification training.

The courses offered by Intellipaat address the unique needs of working professionals. She is based out of Bangalore and has an experience of 5 years in the field of content writing and blogging. Her work has been published on various sites related to Data Science, Hadoop, Big Data, Business Intelligence, Project Management, Cloud Computing, IT, SAP, Project Management and more.

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Here’s How to Effectively Deal With Online Blackmailers

By Jessica Barden*

This is an unfortunate reality that many online blackmailers are active over the internet and threatening people to make money. According to a computer security expert every year a large proportion of internet users especially students become the victim of online blackmailers. Therefore in this article we would discuss some effective tactics that can empower students to effectively deal with online blackmailers. Here’re few effective tactics that you could learn to get secure from online frauds.

Keep Calm

If you have received a message or call from a blackmailer who is threatening you and demanding money, then you must keep calm and develop a plan to deal with him smartly. It is observed that teens who become stressed very quickly not take good decisions. Thus keep yourself and think about the ways by which you can provide a tough time to the blackmailer so that s/he will never commit a crime again. Otherwise you will strengthen the blackmailer to keep on threatening teens to reap more money.

Record Everything

The first step that you will need to take to effectively deal with online blackmailers is to collect evidences against him. Try to keep the screen shots of all the emails, chat messages and anything that s/he sends to you. In addition use a call recorder to record every call as well as voices messages in which the fraud person had spoken to you. By collecting solid evidence you could legally challenge the fraud in the court to put him behind the bar. So stay calm and collect as many evidences as you can to punch the person blackmailing you via a legal process.

Report to Authorities

Once you gather solid evidence then spend some time to figure out concerned authorities that can help you to put blackmailer behind the bar. One of the best ways to figure out departments that take actions against blackmailers is to research online. Internet is the best resource to learn about anything in an easy and speedy manner. By using the power of internet within a minute, you could easily create an extensive list of departments that could help you to punish the blackmailer.

Never Fulfil the Demands Of The Blackmailer

Normally blackmailer demands a hefty amount of money from teens to get out of their life. If the person who is blackmailing you is demanding monetary value or anything else, never fulfil his/her demand as there is no credibility of such type of people. The best solution to get the blackmailing person out of one's life is to report the matter to police. This way you will not only save a hefty amount of your hard earned money but also punish the blackmailing person in the right way to secure others.

Protect Yourself

Consider everything online as a public property and never share your stuff with any strange person. A lot of blackmailers use public chat rooms and dating sites to cheat teenagers. Thus, avoid the use of platforms that can provide you tough time as well as negatively impact on your career. Surely this way you will secure yourself as well as your friends by sharing this post with them.

(*) Jessica Barden is an invited writer to this blog. She loves to serve students at Dissertation Club who need to grow their careers. Nowadays, she is writing advice blogs to facilitate students.

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Tips to Protecting Your Student’s Online Activities

By Jennifer Thayer*
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More and more school districts across the country are starting to provide students with tablets for use in the classroom and for homework assignments. Millions more kids use their own mobile devices to stay in touch with friends via social media. This should come as little surprise, as this new technology offers innumerable benefits over traditional text books and can be a tremendous tool for learning.

Of course, online time can also pose a potential risk if not properly monitored. It's important to note that the Internet, for all its advantages, makes it easier than ever for students and children to access adult material. What can be done to prevent this from occurring while also enabling children to reap the benefits that being online provides?

No single online security solution will solve all of your problems. Whether you are a teacher, parent, or grandparent looking to safeguard children, taking a multi-tiered approach to online security can go a long way towards ensuring that your student, son, or daughter isn't accessing materials that are inappropriate.

Here are some safety measures you may want to consider.

The Technological Solution

One of the easiest and most effective ways to restrict a student's access to inappropriate material is through the device's built-in parental control settings. Most mobile devices include some type of restriction access within the settings. By activating these settings, you can limit access to Web content, applications, camera usage, texting, online app stores and more. You can also deactivate the phone's GPS should you have concerns about other parties tracking the location of your student's device.

The best thing about a phone or tablet's built-in parental control settings is that they're fairly bulletproof. Once activated, they can only be deactivated with the passcode you create. Keep this passcode to yourself, and you alone will have control over the content that is accessed on the device. Though third-party anti-virus and security applications are available, they won't be as effective as the device's internal controls.

Monitoring the Old-fashioned Way

A number of applications are available (such as My Mobile Watchdog) that will allow you to monitor someone else's device from your own. Should you decide to go this route, we encourage you to share this information with your student, son, or daughter. If your student knows that the phone activity is being monitored, he or she is less likely to partake in inappropriate behavior. After all, what would be the upside? Perhaps more importantly, this conversation will enable you to maintain a clear and open relationship. Though no student wants to be spied on, either by a teacher or parent, it is only made worse if it's without their knowledge.

You don't have to resort to such tactics, however. If you're in the classroom, you can simply be active and engaged with the students' mobile device usage. Monitor which websites they're visiting, which applications they're using, and whether or not they're attempting to access things that they shouldn't be. Simply walking around the room may be enough to discourage such behavior. As a parent, it's no less important to monitor your son or daughter's mobile device usage. If you have concerns about what he or she is doing, lay down ground rules.

Making Expectations Clear

Children are curious (and sometimes a bit mischievous). You likely won't be able to completely control what they access using mobile technology on their tablet or smartphone. However, they can also listen. It never hurts to have a conversation with your student about what you expect of him or her in terms of online behavior.

(*)Jennifer Thayer is a long time contributor for Education & Tech.

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