July/August 2015 eNewsletter

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Special Windows 10 Upgrade Offer Free!

On Wednesday, July 29th Microsoft releases Windows 10. Whether you are an early adopter or want to wait to see how it works for others first, you have a year to upgrade free.

Click on the Windows Icon as shown below.
If you do not have a icon it could be because:
1.  You're Windows Updates are not turned on or up-to-date
2.  You are in a server environment (domain) (which does not allow you to individually control your PC operating system)
3.  Your PC operating system does not qualify for the upgrade. (i.e. Enterprise, RT)
4.  Some other reason.  More information here.

Skype certainly has name recognition.  Since its inception in 2003, it has grown to a community of over 300 million. With so many users that stay in touch with family and friends through Skype, the addition of Skype for Business will bring anywhere - anytime communications to your company.  Add ease of communications to a powerful business platform and you have Skype for Business.  It gives a robust, enterprise-class experience.  Skype for Business has the Lync features you love with some great new additions!

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Brand your business-class email address with your company name to build name recognition, and market your business with customized marketing materials that are easy to create. Connect better with customers and colleagues with a range of communication tools, from email and IM to social networking and video conferencing.

Google Computational Thinking for Educators - Free Online Course


It's not just for educators. You can sign up at the link below.


Computational thinking is a problem solving technique that breaks down complex problems into small manageable pieces. One of the strategies is that you can break into sections that can be solved by a computer.  Of course, you have to have or create information that you can turn into usable data.


Here is a very simple computational thinking example for a marketing campaign. You want to do a marketing mailing to prospects in your most active territory. You will need information on current customers and prospects.  From your customer database, sort by zip code to find the highest collection of customers. Use those top zip codes to compile a list of prospects for your campaign. A computer program or spreadsheet can easily do the sorting and identify those to include in your mailing. 


This simple example shows some of the components that you use in your solution by using computational thinking. Even very complex problems can be solved using this procedure to break into smaller parts. If you have ever developed a flowchart, you have used the basics of computational thinking. 
Sign up for the Google Computational Thinking Course here! 


TechBridge Technology Assessment Grant


Do you know a non-profit organization that needs help with their technology?


For more information on the grant offered through The Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta, click here. 



Assessment Awards - A detailed technology assessment is critical to help a nonprofit understand where the organization is now, what its goals are and how it can best leverage technology to reach these goals. The assessment is conducted by TechBridge staff, who walk nonprofits through the technology planning process, from creating a vision of how technology could be most effective in the organization, to assessing and prioritizing its needs, and generating recommendations that can be shared with the nonprofit's board, staff and potential funders. Get more details here.