Remove Antivirus Pro 2015

Antivirus pro 2015

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        Rogue security programs love to disguise themselves as legitimate software such as Microsoft Defender. They all claim the same thing, “your machine has been infected and you should run it right away to get rid of malicious malware”. Those words are enough to make any person panic let alone your grandmother who just wanted to take a look at some new cooking recipes. As for those who have precious data, these programs can undoubtedly make you take actions that actually help it infiltrate your PC. Who wouldn’t believe when you see a legitimately looking message yelling that you are infected up to your neck. Oh and by the way they’re going to ask for your credit card one way or another.

         So why is scareware such as Antivirus pro 2015 so Dangerous? Well, it’s a combination of factors that make it even more lethal than other types of Malware. The first thing is that it leaves you with an  impression that you are using a reputable Security Software, which then cascades to being more vulnerable to further attacks. Just to look more authentic, a message usually appears saying it has successfully removed a virus.

         The developer of the software has his own interest at heart trying to keep the program from being uninstalled in any way possible. Sometimes it stops you from visiting legitimate security software websites, so even if you are suspicious of having malware, you won’t have many options of getting rid of it.

       In the end, you are being forced to pay for a product that may well be practically useless, and most likely dangerous. You could be giving your credit card details to someone who makes a living from such frauds.

         Some of the more sophisticated viruses take things to the next level and even try to disable your authentic security software.

            So next time you encounter security software claiming you have a handful of viruses on your PC. Consider the consequences before clicking to run a scan and unsuspectedly falling into their trap.

 

How to Remove Antivirus pro

 

Usually, you get a message with one of the following infections: Ld Pinch V, OnlineGameSxa, Password.Win32, Win32/Wadnock. Either it will show up in a pop-up window or while you’re browsing the internet a fake message will appear warning that the webpage that you are visiting is dangerous which, most likely is just misleading you. Below we offer you a step by step guide on how to remove Antivirus Pro 2015.

 

Our advice is to enter safe mode with networking and then download Authentic Security software either from Microsoft or from a third party.

Windows 7

Advanced Boot Options Windows 7
Advanced Boot Options Windows 7
  • On startup press, the F8 button on your keyboard and that will bring you to the Advanced Boot Options
  • choose Safe mode with Networking
  • Download security software

Windows 8

windows 8 safe mode
windows 8 safe mode
  1. Hold down Shift while selecting the Restart option on the Shutdown menu. This works with the Settings charm and—in Windows 8.1—right-clicking the Start button.
  2. On the resulting “Choose an option” screen, select Troubleshoot>Advanced options>Startup Settings>Restart.
  3. When the Startup Settings menu appears, type 4for Safe Mode or for Safe Mode with Networking.

 

 

Remove Russian ads

 

Beware, The Russians are coming! All jokes aside, if you got Russian ads popping up on your screen chances are, you have been infected with malware or more exactly with adware that comes with some nasty browser extensions. By all assumptions, this is something that you will want to remove from your computer. Our recommendation is to have some insight on such malware, we don’t expect you of becoming an expert though, a little insight will go a long way.

How it works.

Russian ads display’s itself on your browser showing up in different variations such as coupons, price comparison, banner ads, in search and text, rebates, and popups. The nasty part is that it can track the user activity and browser habits while collecting and even selling the private data to third-parties.

 

How did I get infected?

The most likely scenario is that you installed some free application bundled with our Russian Ads friend, in the form of a video, software, utility etc. The most common trick is when going through those boring agree licenses (the same ones you don’t bother to reading) well that’s when you get into trouble. By overlooking and unchecking the box with additional adware such as Russian Ads.

Remember to always download software from official website and never overlook the terms, and also have a look at the Advanced and Custom section. It makes life much easier afterwards.

How to Remove Russian Ads

STEP 1:

(Works for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1)

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Press windows-buttonand R (both of them at the same time). Type appwiz.cpl  then press OK.

You have now opened the Control Panel.

Find the virus (Russian Ads) and its buddies, you have reason to believe another malware has infiltrated you. But open your eyes – malware sometimes choose different names to hide in plain sight Highlight  anything you find, then Uninstall.

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STEP 2:

Russian Ads has infected ALL of the browsers you use. So you need to apply these steps separately for each one you have installed.

For Internet Explorer Users:

Open IE, then click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Locate Russian Ads in the new window. Also, search for others of its kind. Disable them.

Check you Home Page, if it was changed, click IE GEAR —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box, type your original one, then click Apply.

For Mozilla Firefox Users:

Open Firefox, click on mozilla menu (top right) ——-> Add-ons.

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Hit Extensions next.

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mozilla firefox extensions

The adware should be somewhere around here –  Remove it.

For Google Chrome Users:

Start Chrome, click chrome menu icon —–>More Tools —–> Extensions.

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google chrome extensions

When you’ve reached Extensions,  find Russian Ads ——-> select  .chrome-trash-icon

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Now click chrome menu icon  again, and proceed to Settings —> Search (the fourth tab), select Manage Search Engines. In there, delete everything but the search engine you use.

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For Safari Users:

Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions

Find Russian Ads  then Uninstall.

 

How to Remove Ads by MacSpend

What is Ads by MacSpend?

Ads by MacSpend is one subject of a vast trend of viruses that have been popping up lately (you can read more about this trend on howtoremove.guide websites like this one). In reality, MacSpend can be quite dangerous, but it does this not through its abilities, but with a sheer stubbornness in trying to trick you into allowing a more dangerous breed of malware to enter. They, especially adware, are usually tricky enough to warrant caution even when you have identified them, and they are even worse if you haven’t a clue you’ve contracted one. What makes matters worse is the fact that your PC will progressively become more sluggish and unresponsive as long as the virus remains. The full range of effects felt because of adware, includes:

  • As mentioned, a slowing down, particularly in activities using a large portion of your CPU’s full resources.
  • System errors on start-up and occasional freezing.
  • Sound glitching/stuttering when playing music or videos on Flash Player
  • Browsers may start crashing.

But since you are here, then you have already identified what your problem is, most likely by viewing the advertisements’ sponsor. MacSpend is a typical specimen of its breed. Do not be tricked into following the ads even if they hold a strong promise to give you a good discount. There is no real way to know if the offers are real, or as full of crap as this whole advertising. There is also a significant chance they lead to a lurking malware. Which leads US to our next point:

How Ads by MacSpend Entered My Computer

According to security specialists, the top 3 ways PC infections spread is through corrupted links, spam email, and via free software. The first one pretty much doesn’t need an explanation – these are exactly the types of links the discounts lead to. On spam email, well everyone knows they shouldn’t open them, but many users still do. They get tricked when they see that a seemingly legitimate institution (sometimes it’s even the FBI, lol) contacting them. Trust me – if such an institution wishes to contact you, it won’t be through an email you may or may not even look at.

The third option is definitely the most prominent one. Malware spreads a lot like the fabled Trojan horse from ancient Greek mythology. Basically whenever you download a free software, it may contain, as a “bonus” Ads by MacSpend or something of the sort. The setup is obligated to ask you if you want to install it, but the yes button is automatically checked, so if you aren’t paying attention, it will install it.

How to Remove Ads by MacSpend

STEP 1:

(Works for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1)

Press and R at the same time. Type appwiz.cpl  then hit OK.

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This is the Control Panel.

Find the virus (Ads by MacSpend) and anything else that seems like one to you. Occasionally malware confuse you by going with other names – so definitely look around. Highlight them, then Uninstall.

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STEP 2:

Ads by MacSpend has infected ALL of the browsers you use. Removing it from just one will not help you.

For Internet Explorer Users:

Open IE, then click   —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Locate Ads by MacSpend in the new window. Also, search for other possibly malicious extensions. Disable them.

Check you Home Page, if it was changed, click  —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box, typoe your original one, then click Apply.

For Mozilla Firefox Users:

Open Firefox, click on  (top right) ——-> Add-ons.

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Hit Extensions next.

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The virus should be somewhere around here –  Remove it.

For Google Chrome Users:

Start Chrome, click  —–>More Tools —–> Extensions.

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When you’ve reached Extensions,  Ads by MacSpend  should be somewhere around here ——-> select  .

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Now click   again, and proceed to Settings —> Search (the fourth tab), select Manage Search Engines. In there, delete everything but the search engine you use.

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For Safari Users:

Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions

Find Ads by MacSpend  then Uninstall.

 

STEP 3 (Optional)

This step to remove the virus is completely optional. You need to do this only in the case when the steps up until now were not enough to make your troubles go away. If they WERE enough:

  • You are now clear of the virus. Please consider following us on our channels on Google+, Twitter and Facebook. It will be immensely appreciated, because it will help us grow and in turn – that way we will help more people.
  • If you were not successful, then continue reading.

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How To Remove Sasa Ads

How Harmful Is Sasa Ads

Sasa Ads is an adware-type virus with limited capabilities that should nevertheless be removed before it poses more serious problems. Straight to the point of this section, Sasa Ads is more harmful the more it remains in your system; its type is famous for trying to trick users into installing other malware, while blatantly displaying intrusive advertisements you can’t turn off. The most important thing about any of this is to remember, not to update any programs until you remove Sasa Ads. Even if it’s Java in need of updating, Flash Player, a message displaying that there’s a missing plug-in, or anything else of this sort, it’s most likely a fake. This is the main punch adware viruses pack at unsuspecting people. Basically they do not have the needed credentials and rights to tamper with the security of your system, so they attempt to trick into allowing them. As soon as you click “yes” it will instead download a virus, and these viruses are like a lottery of bad things happening. Some of them may start encrypting your personal files and asking for ransom, others may even collect your browsing history, cookies and passwords, and proceed to send them their masters.

Another barrage of effects associated with this virus is a slowing down of the CPU, general sluggishness of the system, browser crashing, and even system errors. The longer it remains the more pronounced this effect will be, but they should not last longer than you allow Sasa Ads to exist.

How Sasa Ads Entered My Computer

Basically by you not paying attention. It resorts to trickery, similar to that I already described. There’s a variety of paths Sasa Ads can take, but it all boils down to you unsuspectingly contracting the virus. It can come through spam email links and attachments, just visiting corrupted websites, or through being installed with another program. If you recall recently installing a free program, then the setup also installed the malware. To avoid falling in this trap in the future, monitor each of the installation steps. At some point, the program has to ask you if you want a “bonus.” Always say “no.”

How to Remove Sasa Ads

STEP 1:

(Works for all versions of windows including Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1)

Click  Windows    and R simultaneously. Type appwiz.cpl inside the search field, then OK.

appwiz

 

You are now inside the Control Panel.

Here, keep an eye out for Sasa Ads plus any and all programs that look like a virus to you. Occasionally they may go with other names – so definitely be wary. Highlight them, then Uninstall.

control-panel

 

STEP 2:

Sasa Ads has infected ALL of the browsers you use. Removing it from just one will not help you.

For Internet Explorer Users:

Start the browser, then click   —–> Manage Add-ons.

internet explorer manage add-ons

When the new menu appears, you should be be able to locate Sasa Ads. Also look around for other extensions you’re not sure of. Hit Disable to get rid of them.

In case your Home page was moved, click  —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box, put in the page you want, then click Apply.

For Mozilla Firefox Users:

Open the browser, click on  at the top, go to Add-ons.

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Then select Extensions.

mozilla firefox extensions

The malware should be somewhere around here –  Remove it.

For Google Chrome Users:

Start Chrome, click  —–>More Tools —–> Extensions.

google chrome extensions

 

When you’ve reached Extensions, the virus should be lurking around with its buddies ——-> select .

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Now click again and proceed to Settings —> Search (the fourth tab), select Manage Search Enginesand leave only the search engines you use.

google chrome settings

For Safari Users:

Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions

Find Sasa Ads  then Uninstall.

 

STEP 3 (Optional)

This step to remove the virus is completely optional. You need to do this only in the case when the steps up until now were not enough to make your troubles go away. If they WERE enough:

  • You are now clear of the virus. Please consider following us on our channels on Google+, Twitter and Facebook. It will be immensely appreciated because it will help us grow and in turn – that way we will help more people.
  • If you were not successful, then continue reading.
  • Step 3 optional guide

 

Remove Pua/linkury.gen2

How Harmful is PUA/Linkury.Gen2

Generally speaking, PUA/Linkury.Gen2 is just another adware that should be removed for security concerns. It’s not very damaging on its own, but rather it uses its influence to manipulate you into installing other viruses of its kind, which eventually could become a real problem. From that logic, basically it is more harmful the more you allow it to remain on your PC. The label “PUA” means “Potentially Unwanted Application” and although the first word doesn’t quite paint this software in a supremely negative light, trust me – you don’t want it on your PC. The whole debate with these things is that sometimes they can actually be useful. The counterpoint on the other hand is that the bad points far outweigh the good ones. With that in mind, I urge you to come back and read the rest here, because it can help save you from a lot of trouble in the future. I’ll outline the general factors that most concern users when they are infected with malware.

The first and foremost you should know – do not update any programs. These are most likely the virus, posing as a real software (Flash Player or Java typically). This is the oldest trick in the book for malware. As soon as you’ve made the mistake of allowing the “program” to update, it will instead download additional malicious software. The key here is that malware have no options whatsoever to infiltrate you if you do not let them. If you simply do not update or install anything until you remove Linkury.Gen2, then you should have no troubles.

Now, this needs to be said: I hope you started reading this as soon as you detected the infection. The real big problem with such viruses is that you can’t know what type of “colleagues” it may bring aboard if you’re not careful. One mistake and you can end up with a virus that collects your personal browsing activities, files, and the most frightening – passwords. Yes, I’m serious. Some malware (not Linkury.Gen2 , but some it may download) are known to collect passwords and send them to whoever created the virus. This may be really bad news especially if you have active online baking accounts.

How Linkury.Gen2  Works

First of all, it does what the rest of its type – poisoning your browsers with hyperlinks, banners, pop-ups and advertisements. Its general goal is to limit your options and make you click the advertisements, because they are made to either promote affiliate websites of the people who created Linkury.Gen2, or to monetize through pay-per-click means. Another thing this virus does is to slow down CPUs through its activities. So if you are experiencing lagginess, system shutdowns (blue screen) and browser crashing, then you should be glad to know these will stop once you remove the virus.

How Linkury.Gen2  Entered My Computer

The first way is via spam email – many users get confused and open the letters when they see a seemingly legitimate institution’s name. These are all fakes, easily discernible by bad grammar and misspelling. And whatever you do, do NOT open any attachments. That’s the precise way the virus infiltrates your system. The other way it comes through is by being installed on your system with another program, probably a free one. Freeware are quite known publicly to harbor malware. When you install utilities, toolbars and so on, some useful extension, there’s a chance it will contain a threat inside. To avoid installing it you need to pay attention during the steps of the setup; it 100% has to inform you about the installation. Most people however either do not pay attention, or simply choose Express Install, which includes the virus in the package.

How to Remove Linkury.Gen2

STEP 1:

(Works for all versions of windows including Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1)

Click  Windows    and R simultaneously. Type appwiz.cpl inside the search field, then OK.

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You are now inside the Control Panel.

Here, keep an eye out for ScreenGlaze plus any and all programs that look like a virus to you. Occasionally they may go with other names – so definitely be wary. Highlight them, then Uninstall.

 

STEP 2:

The virus has infected ALL of the browsers you use. Removing it from just one will not help you.

For Internet Explorer Users:

Start the browser, then click   —–> Manage Add-ons.

When the new menu appears, you should be be able to locate the malware. Also look around for other extensions you’re not sure of. Hit Disable to get rid of them.

In case your Home page was moved, click  —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box, put in the page you want, then click Apply.

For Mozilla Firefox Users:

Open the browser, click on  at the top, go to Add-ons.

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Then select Extensions.

The malware should be somewhere around here –  Remove it.

For Google Chrome Users:

Start Chrome, click  —–>More Tools —–> Extensions.

 

When you’ve reached Extensions, the virus should be lurking around with its buddies ——-> select  .

Now click   again, and proceed to Settings —> Search (the fourth tab), select Manage Search Enginesand leave only the search engines you use.

For Safari Users:

Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions

Find the spyware  then Uninstall.

 

STEP 3 (Optional)

This step to remove the virus is completely optional. You need to do this only in the case when the steps up until now were not enough to make your troubles go away. If they WERE enough:

  • You are now clear of the virus. Please consider following us on our channels on Google+, Twitter and Facebook. It will be immensely appreciated, because it will help us grow and in turn – that way we will help more people.
  • If you were not successful, then continue reading.

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Remove infected vc32loader.dll

How could I have  been infected by VC32Loader.dll ?

 

Station VC32Loader.dll standard advice on this entry box. As a rule, he uses the old system, but subject to burglary. The basic absolute there are lifts with free or terrant for e-mail Connections, bogus sites or links. It can also act as a false frame or the revision of the system. You can be if you are redesigning your Java or Adobe Flash Player, but when you click on the “insert”, “update”, or something to show you, you fucking through VC32Loader.dll. As simple as the system may be Freeware still is probably the easiest of all. This is because, most of the customers seem to recognize that do not go through the conditions in the middle of the methodology implemented in major idea. They want all the crowd, and soon discovered that it is a “big” brand, is still very close to the “horrible”.

 

Why you should Remove VC32Loader.dll?

 

When you met gaffe VC32Loader.dll at Windows startup, you should realize that your PC was infected with search software, protecting the pipeline. VC32Loader.dll is the use of adware. Just in case you never went to master advertising before, and you think about what it really is? As the name suggested, it is a device that uses the destruction to sow support spyware. This system allows the malware to discover the path of the shot, and once that happens, it better act quickly to evacuate. Honestly, you know, as a promotional expense may be-the endless pop-ups, slow computer, accidents consecutive frames, the issues of security and the reduction continues. Try that it is very difficult for you and your PC, and remove VC32Loader.dll from your computer, if possible. You’ll love it.

 

 

Why VC32Loader.dll is it dangerous?

 

When VC32Loader.dll tilt to one side or another in the frame, it will be like a magnet, attracting in harmful software and advertisements. VC32Loader.dll and various parts of its kind for commercial offenders attack very well known. Believe it or not. Once in, the advertising takes after. In addition, if advertising sneaks into your computer, you agree better than dragged along through the forest and some disadvantages. When you try to use the program, you will be greeted by the promotion of a pop-up window. The shares will be appearing relentlessly and their regular District will result in you visit accidents and reduce the performance of your PC to a crawl. Scan your exercises will be monitored, and any movement will not be listed and shop until his envoy in the evil aliens who will use it for their individual increases. Save time and vitality to manage VC32Loader.dll chaos will bring, and remove the double

Remove Crypto Torrent Locker 2015

Contact CryptoTorLocker2015 real rocket?

CryptoTorLocker2015 is an infection that racketeers all files when coding gain access to your computer. This infection is very dangerous because not only can destroy all data on your computer, but is able to perform actions harmful to cause further damage. You can reach the existence of CryptoTorLocker2015 with a message that appears when you start your computer. You will find in this message encryption private key file, and you need to buy the files are decrypted. However, you do not have access to applications, this means you do not have an antivirus program that is easy to use, if you can be there. We understand that all this sounds very scary, but should be handled cyber same pay CryptoTorLocker2015. Do not pay money and follow our guidelines for deletion or infection.

How I got infected?

As a typical Ransomware infection CryptoTorLocker2015 reach, especially when the attack spam emails. Very often the subject of letters says “urgent”, “important documents enclosed”, “congratulations, you won die.” or something like that. This is to draw your attention and make you open the email and download the application or click on the link. In this way, opening the door of your house that someone without royal permission records. This means installing other infecties starten CryptoTorLocker2015 will be whether email from a sender unknown to bypass spam folder does not. Make sure you know how to prevent infiltration CryptoTorLocker2015 future. Because CryptoTorLocker2015 is dangerous? There are many, because CryptoTorLocker2015 redenen is considered malware. First, data loss is associated with death. You should know that once the files are encrypted, it is almost impossible to correct them, unless you have a backup. Even private key to die, you are required to buy it, there is no reason that you should not spend money Moët. Another thing to worry CryptoTorLocker2015 trying to connect to the Internet and download infecties additional computer. Using also the phonebook can CryptoTorLocker2015 Send an e-mail to friends infection. Therefore, friends, also prevents infection last of your system. In general, the effects can be devastating CryptoTorLocker2015 computer, so before you remove the infection better.

Removal instructions for CryptoTorLocker

Step 1: 2015 start responding to your computer in safe mode support careful not to have any floppy disks, CDs and DVDs in your computer network computer startup again, when you see a table begins tap the F8 key every second until the advanced options laarsscherm advanced startup options, use the arrow keys to select safe Mode options meet the network, and then press ENTER. Press to turn on the same operating system? Currently, the button and the Windows logo key, r. Open dialog box. Type Iexplore www.virusresearch.org/ download Internet Explorer opens and we offer a professional scanner Download Rush contractor, follow the instructions and professional tools for removing malware detection of drug-resistant virus. After doing a complete scan of die, you will be prompted to register the software. You can do this using a revocation exporting installation. 2015 Cryptolocker removed manually you need to remove the following files and registry keys. This is, in our case c: / Users / username / AppData / Roaming / Microsoft / Windows / Start Menu / Programs / Startup: How to decode ago

The conference may have ended, but not the learning

I have been meaning to write a couple more posts about ISTE 2013, but time got away from me as I moved into the next part of my summer adventure. So while this post is a few days later, I have had a bit more time to reflect on my very first ISTE.

How would I rate the overall experience? Overwhelming! (Imagine many more exclamations marks.) Because I had read so much and received a lot of advice, I really thought I was prepared for how big the conference was going to be. But I wasn’t even close. I cannot imagine what it would have been like to arrive without even a smattering of understanding. I realize now that  I was lulled into a false sense of security when I attended the Hack Education preconference the day before. It was a lovely sized group and almost felt like a family. In fact, it is where I made some new friends. Then ISTE started, and thousands of my new friends arrived, and the lines began.

Will I attend again? I will admit that there were times during the conference that I wasn’t sure, as I was so definitely on learning overload. On Wednesday night, I even told a good friend during a delicious dinner that I didn’t know if I would come back. I know she was surprised, as she had just attended her 11th conference. Now with days and sleep and a plane ride between the conference and me, I am rethinking my comments.

What did I struggle with at the conference? I may seem to be approaching this from a negative point of view, but I prefer to call it honesty. The overall size of the conference physically challenged me. I do know that I need to make walking a part of my exercise program before I attempt the conference again. Thank goodness I had brought extremely comfortable shoes to wear. This was a godsend. I am sorry I can’t tell you what the shoes are as I bought them at a market when I was leaving Beijing last summer. Suffice it to say they were worth every penny I spent on them and that was not much. The amount of knowledge and information available was staggering. I had thought that I had used my online planner in a very organized manner, but when I got to the conference and was handed the hard copy of the program, I realized that I had barely scratched the surface of what was available. There were workshops, hands-on Playgrounds where you could spend hours chatting with experts, the Bloggers Cafe, Spotlight sessions, posters and tables featuring different ideas based on rotating themes such as Global Collaboration, mini sessions, student showcases, Birds of a Feather gatherings, and countless opportunities to hear about new projects from speakers who were well known and those not so well known but who rocked their presentations. And, of course, there were the three keynotes. My mind hurt each night when I went home.

 

Heather Davis with the women from Simple K12

What am I glad I did not miss?  I am so thankful for the people I met. The ones that I only knew online but got to meet face to face, including:

  • my personal rock stars, the ladies fromSimple K12 with their blue bunny slippers (which I seriously envy)
  • my friends from Flat Classroom
  • other international teachers especially from Latin America with whom I hope to build collaboration projects for our students
  • my face-to-face friends from Beijing and Australia from whom it was so good to get a hug.

I am also glad I did not miss the opportunity to get the Microsoft Surface tablet. Thank you, Microsoft. I am having so much fun learning about this new device. The opportunity to spend time with my teaching partner Martha Beltran. We enjoyed having an opportunity away from school to share all the great things we were learning.

Martha Beltran on the ISTE 2013 shuttle bus

Do I recommend ISTE?  Definitely. It is a conference like no other. Where else would I have the opportunity to write blog posts for such a large and diverse audience? To share,  connect and begin to collaborate and communicate with so many people who love what I love.

Finally, I return to the question I posed earlier in the post: Will I return to ISTE?  After going through my notes and writing this blog post, the answer is a definite YES! I am not sure I will attend in person or virtually in 2014 but definitely in person in 2015. Regardless, I hope we can continue to make sure our relationships are a major part of our technology life. We are not alone but part of an amazing group of educators who are passionate about what they do.

How ISTE 2013 Made Me a Technology Ambassador

ISTE 2013 was different from the previous ISTE conferences I attended. This year, I found a new reason for attending sessions. I wanted my colleagues to stop thinking I was crazy for spending my money and part of my summer to attend a conference. I wanted them to understand the value of this four-day inundation of knowledge and enthusiasm. So I set out to help them discover what I already knew.

All educators who attend an ISTE conference have something to offer. Genius is not limited to the ed tech superstars we covertly try to photograph. The problem is that so much of this genius remains contained at the conference. We have a responsibility to our colleagues—and our students—to share far and wide the information and ideas we gleaned.

Become a Technology Ambassador

I have colleagues who want to implement new learning tools in their classrooms, but they don’t know where to start. As an early education integrator, I decided to use ISTE 2013 to step into the role of ambassador. After my first day in San Antonio, I stopped going to sessions for myself and instead found topics I wanted to share with specific teachers in my building.

I didn’t wait until I returned home to share. During the conference, I pushed out new resources I’d found via Twitter. And I shared more than classroom tools.  I became a matchmaker of sorts, using Twitter to connect educators I had met at ISTE with those I already knew. I also used EdCanvas to share resources on a variety of subjects, including science, social studies, technology and Edmodo.

As I prepare for the new school year, I’m excited about incorporating what I’ve learned in trainings for teachers, students and hopefully parents too. Here are some of the highlights I’m excited to take back with me:

Graphite: This tech website that launched at ISTE 2013 provides reviews and “top picks” as a starting point for teachers who are new to using technology. I am excited about its potential uses.

Google Hangouts: Students are sure to embrace this tool for its rich study purposes, as it includes some of the social elements they love.

ParentCamp: This is not a tool, but an idea. I envision a world where parents could request session topics they could learn about together. The education world is changing so fast, all parties need to be kept in the ever-changing loop.

Google Glass: We have a BYOT Club to keep students excited about technology and learning. Robert Pronovost has agreed to be the Google Glass Genie for the club and to make some of the students’ wishes come true. I know from last year’s success with the club that when students get excited, it’s contagious.

Looking ahead to ISTE 2014

At ISTE 2014 in Atlanta next summer, we have the opportunity to prepare more educators to be technology ambassadors—a role that’s not just for IT directors, tech coaches or ed tech superstars. Everyday teachers make great technology ambassadors because we understand the challenges our students face and the policies that influence our teaching.

So what can ISTE do to help other educators realize their potential as ambassadors?

  • Provide conversation starters related to key themes of the conference to help attendees initiate productive conversations with new people.
  • Create a daily digital publication attendees can forward to the #notatISTE crowd. It should include a mix of conference highlights and resource links.
  • Offer newbie mentors, an idea that Jen Wagner proposed on Twitter. These mentors could provide perspective on gathering and sharing information with teachers at home.

At ISTE 2014, I want to be a technology mentor, ambassador, translator, cheerleader, guide—or anything else that will make my colleagues excited for ISTE 2015. Assuming I achieve this goal, I should have a large posse for 2015.

Explore the Possibilities of GPS in the Classroom

Create a multisensory learning environment for students. Encourage collaborative, real-world problem solving. Pique interest in STEM applications.

Name an education goal, and you can craft a GPS-based lesson that helps achieve it.

GPS (global positioning system) technology augments learning across all subjects and grade levels, which makes it a powerful and versatile tool for teachers who understand how to integrate it effectively. Join Alice Christie, Arizona State University President’s Professor Emeritus, as she discusses GPS strategies in her upcoming webinar, Use GPS-enabled Devices to Deepen Student Engagement, August 14 at 4 p.m. PST/7 p.m. EST.

Christie will delve into how teachers can use GPS-based activities, such as educaching, to transform their classrooms into empowering, exploratory environments that encourage students to take ownership of their learning experience. Registration costs $29 for members and $49 for nonmembers.

Don’t forget to look for a special Twitter hashtag during the live event for the chance to win a free webinar!