Thursday, October 30, 2014

Duolingo Review

Duolingo Review

Duolingo is an app that helps you to learn languages. It offers lessons on: Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Irish, Danish, and MANY more!

It’s easy to use, teaches pronunciation, uses fun pictures and is interactive (advances you to levels when you become proficient).
You can easily understand the words because you can slow them down to hear them better.
You can start at the beginner level or take a placement test so it begins at the level that’s perfect for you.

The main negative is that the pictures don’t help you learn the language because they sometimes give the answer.

This is a great app if you are looking to learn a language or enhance and language class that you are taking!

App Review by Jillian C.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tech Tips from Josh

  1. To save battery life, disable Bluetooth, and turn the brightness as low as you can without straining your eyes


  2. If you are playing a game with ads, turn on airplane mode to disable those distracting ads. Obviously, this will only work if the game does not require internet connection


  3. If you use an accented letter such as รถ, your passcode can be very hard to guess.

  1. You can cut an iPhone-shaped hole in a Pringles can to amplify sound. 


  2. If you are worried about your music playing in your pocket, do not keep your headphones plugged in, because the remote will cause it to play. Instead, disable Control Center on the lock screen. 


  3. If you really can’t stand that Apple decided to put U2 songs on everyone’s devices, or you just hate songs you downloaded a while ago,  go to Settings>Music and disable “Show All Music.” 


  1. If you’re worried about missing important notifications from certain people, but don’t want your friends waking you up with useless, pointless texts like “I like food”, you can go into settings and add contacts to a list that bypasses Do Not Disturb


  1. The new Weather app is greatly improved, as many new features were added. It also switched away from Yahoo Weather to the more-accurate Weather Channel.

  2. If you have iOS 8, It’s probably a good idea to fill out the Medical ID information in the Health app. This is so if something ever happened to you, EMS can see this information immediately.


10. When hearing an unfamiliar song, but want to know its title, you can ask Siri. 


Review of

Match the Memory is a good website because you can use it for both studying and your social life. At first it’s tricky, but it’s easy to learn, and super fun. 


Instead of using pictures you can also use words. 
You can change the background.
Also you can change the font, font color, as well as font size. There are many options for the cards; for example you can use text and text, picture and text, picture and picture. You can choose to make it public, or not.

Reviewed by Becca and Jamillah

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Student Spotlights: Helpdesks Own Dynamic Duo and our New YouTube Channel

You can check out our Brand New YouTube Channel 
(Thank you Mrs. Floyd for creating it) here:

Here is a creative video Student Spotlight created by Helpdesker Twins Meaghan and Jamie:

We hope you will check out our videos!

*Leave a comment below to let us know what you think*

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Student Spotlight- Jillian

HI! My name is Jillian and I’m an eighth grader. If I had a superpower, I would want to be able to read people’s minds. I love circus peanuts and moose tracks ice cream. Snapchat, Instagram and pandora are a part of my everyday life. This summer I read The Fault in our Stars and I rate it 2 out of 5 stars. Filet Mignon with broccolini is my favorite dinner. I’m sensitive to bad smells and I do not like mean people. My family embraces Halloween and we go way over the top. During helpdesk I want to learn about certain apps and gain a deeper understanding of them.

Introducing Our 2014-2015 HelpDesk Crew and Logo Contest!

We are happy to present our new group!

Jillian, Noel, Jamillah, Becca, Meaghan, Jamie
Josh and Phillip

With Advisors, Mrs. Barkley, Mrs. Floyd and Mr. Carroll

If you like to CREATE LOGO's, consider entering our CONTEST: