A professional web hosting platform that has a reputation will protect your website because they will back up your data. It’s easier to host your own website than to use a large, cost-prohibitive hosting provider. It also helps you avoid hosting providers with weak data recovery and hardware security policies. Here are some advantages of using dedicated hosting plans for your website:

No website security vulnerabilities

Web hosting companies want to protect their customers and maintain the website, but not from other security breaches. This makes them vulnerable to a large number of viruses, trojans, and other forms of malware. Since these could have a permanent impact on your website’s credibility, a better security solution might be a hosted platform.

Websites have been optimized for mobile

Most web hosting providers have a mobile-friendly mobile website hosting solution. Mobile devices have small storage space, which allows you to install all the plugins that you need without having to worry about how much you have to store. They also don’t require a lot of memory to access content.

Premium hosting

Premium website hosting solutions are more expensive than free web hosting options. A premium host will offer advanced web security, IPv6, SSL, access from different countries, and backup plan features. Those features will keep your website safe from hackers who will steal sensitive or private information. Premium hosting services are also more expensive than free hosting and offer additional security benefits for higher-paying plans.

Faster website performance

Web hosting companies know that hosting faster websites is important for boosting the conversion rate and providing superior website experience. The faster the website will load, the more traffic will visit it. An extremely fast website will help your site to be seen more often by online visitors, boosting your website’s ranking and trust. These are also features that make for faster online business.

Mobile friendly website hosting

Mobile website hosting is something that is not popular today, but it is set to explode as the mobile web continues to grow in popularity. This is especially true for website hosting. Since users will be accessing your website from their mobile device, you will want to host your website on a fast and mobile-friendly hosting platform.

Have back-up hosting

It might seem daunting to have a large amount of servers in place, but a properly configured web hosting plan will allow you to have backups for your servers, ensuring that you don’t lose any data. If one of your servers crashes, it’s not a problem. You will be able to easily restore your website from backup. If one of your servers were to go offline, you will still be able to access your website. You can take a backup of your server’s data and access the backup remotely.

Managed WordPress hosting

WordPress is an easy to install blogging platform that allows you to easily create a site using WordPress that also saves your WordPress files. WordPress lets you maintain a website that you can manage remotely. The most convenient part is that if your website ever goes down, it’s not a problem because you can restore it from the WordPress website’s backups. WordPress hosting is ideal for small businesses that have limited resources and budgets, such as freelancers and companies that run their own websites. WordPress offers a reliable platform that allows you to host your own website, but

February 2018

Best Practices

Compare Contrast

Compare & Contrast Ideas

We know that students learn best when they are truly engaged in what they are learning, when they have the opportunity to explore, debate, discuss, examine, defend, and experiment with the concepts and skills they are ready to learn.

Give each student a small stack of sticky notes (5-10 notes, depending on how many responses you anticipate).  Present students with a question related to the content. Questions with multiple correct answers or that ask for opinions or votes work well.

Students write one answer or response on each sticky note

Click the link for more ideas http://www.fortheteachers.org/instructional_strategies/#StickyNoteGraph


Digital DooDads

Super QuizGoogle Sheets Super Quiz Add-on

Super Quiz adds brilliant functionality to a quiz made with Google Forms. By completing the quiz once with an answer key, all future submissions are automatically graded correct or incorrect. What’s more – you can get a break down of class understanding and a list of incorrect students for each question – perfect for intervention!

By filling out a few cells of information, you can also generate personalised differentiated written feedback emailed to students as soon as they submit a response. No need to monitor and ‘re-grade’ – just set-up and go!

Full Instructions here.


Google Classroom

Google Classroom: List Docs  Add-on

List Docs does what it sounds like it does: it gives you a list of all of the documents students have submitted through Google Classroom. It makes a spreadsheet — one sheet has a list of all of your Google Classroom folders, and the subsequent tabs list all of the documents students have turned in to each folder.

How to use it: Alice’s blog post (and tutorial video) outlines it in detail,

Directions: Open the template here: alicekeeler.com/showdocs. You’ll need to provide the folder ID for your Google Classroom folder (directions are in the link above). Run the add-on called “Show me all the docs” that’s already pre-loaded in the spreadsheet. It will create a spreadsheet with links to all of your docs.


Professional Resources

Control Alt Achieve

Control Alt Achieve

Eric Curts is a well known tech integrationist and writer. He has a great blog that showcases best practices with technology integration. He is an Authorized Google Education Trainer and a Google Certified Innovator, and has provided thousands of hours of training and consulting for schools and organizations all across Ohio and around the country for more than twenty years.

Visit Control Alt Achieve for more information.


Social Media – Who to Follow

Jimmy CasasJimmy currently serves as a Senior Fellow for the International Center for Leadership in Education. He is the co-founder and CEO of ConnectEDD, an educational leadership company aimed at organizing world class professional learning conferences and professional development services for educators across the country.

Follow Jimmy on Twitter: @casas_jimmy

*Interested in getting started on Twitter?  Contact your ITS!


Professional Development
Online Courses (can be taken asynchronously – at your pace):


Webinars: (Live presentation with a set time – virtual):

Face-to-face Sessions:

TIP: you can always search for professional development opportunities offered by Instructional Technology by browsing the “Online/Web,” “Technology Services,” or “Webinar” categories in Eduphoria.