Thursday, February 8, 2018

The Countdown Continues.......

Just received this from our Tech Coordinator, Casey:

We are 2 days from the one year anniversary of the ransom virus that hit us. Since then we've been running pretty smooth. Our firewall and virus programs have caught quite a few things, but so far none have got by and done any damage.

On that note, everyone has done a great job of being aware of emails and attachments etc. Please keep being attentive and contacting me if things just don't seem right. There's been some emails coming in with attached pdf files, that look legit but were not sent from these people. As of know it looks like things are still safe, but just remember if you weren't expecting anything from somebody always error on the safe side. You can call that person or call me just to make sure. Things can flip instantly when dealing with all these attacks.

Thanks,

COME ON - STAY AWAY:)
Happy Thursday All,
Mrs. I:)




Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Getting a Little Nervous.........

SO we are FOUR DAYS AWAY from the ONE YEAR Anniversary of the Ransom virus hitting us - YIKES!!!  Now, things have been running really GREAT, and we have been having NO problems - BUT our system now is also "catching" a TON more than we have in the past, so with that known, Casey reminded me that last year at this time in fours days IT HIT!!!!



NOW, I know that we can't prevent everything, and if something happens, something happens.  BUT, I also know the amount of stress, time and worry that Casey especially had to go through so that makes me a little on edge.

Knowing this, we have done everything possible to try and prevent viruses from hitting our computers - just HOPING that everyone has backed up their computers into Google Drive or an external hard drive - this is SO SO important!  If ANYTHING else can be taken from what our experiences was a year ago - BACK UP YOUR FILES AND PHOTOS!!!!

Happy Tuesday all -
Mrs. I:)

Monday, January 8, 2018

Laser Cutter Did This;)

Mr. Suter, our vocational/Tech Ed teacher here in Barnesville, has a laser cutter that he teaches the kiddos to use through the CAD class that he offers here.  Basically, the kids come up with a design and then cut it out onto a material - wood, plastic or glass being the most common.  WELL - Mr. Suter one day decided to cut THIS guy out - each individual puzzle piece had to be snapped together - BUT - he simply used CARDBOARD = FREE:)!!!!  We also DO have a 3D printer in there, that the kids learn about and use, but he was trying to come up with a way for the kids to cut stuff 3D but not use all the plastic that is required with our printer.  I think they are SO SO cool;)!  He is going to have the kids make them soon as well - so when they are done, I will snap a few pics and upload here!



Happy Monday all - take care
Mrs. I:)

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Items for Checkout -----

I have been trying to start a collection of things that are Makerspace type items for check out in the library.  We don't have a physical "space" for this, but I am hoping that some of these items can get in the hands of our teachers:)

1.  Sphero - iPad/iPod/iPhone controlled rolling robot.  SO cool - can be used with cones, ramps for physics and coding beats to a song - love this guy:)

2. Google Cardboard/VR Goggles - these are perfect for virtual reality apps - the Google Cardboard ones run like $13 each or even can be found for like $5 if you put together yourself - the SMART VR I just learned about and is early to carry along to places and doesn't bend, break - BUT costs a little more at $24.
3. Osmo - This is just lovely!! You use this in conjunction with an iPad and do can do a variety of things.  Numbers tiles and letter tiles let you do math and work with words, the coding one shows beginning coding to kiddos - pretty neat.  The starter kit runs around $75.


 4. Snap Circuits - I LOVE THESE:)!  Talk about creativity and problem solving.  They each come with some "solve me" type booklets, but in all reality the kiddos could do whatever they wanted creating it however they choose.
 5. Dash and Dot - I have devoted an entire blog post about Dash and Dot.  Little robots that are run via iPad/iPhone - super neat - apps flow with them and you can move, code, run, play the xylophone, etc.. pretty neat:)  A little more expensive at $280 or the entire starter kit, but worth the money!
 6. Thinkfun Games - they have some great "games" out there that are NOT games at all but thought provoking problem solving mazes and towers.  These two are super challenging, but the collaboration that takes place is priceless!  Each game runs around $30ish,  They even have online components for educators and students.

Happy New Year all!  Take care and try to stay warm.  Temperatures have averaged -30 degrees - so we are SO ready for something above zero!!

Happy night -
Mrs. I:)

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

zSpace - THE NEXT BEST VR AVAILABLE!!!

I know that I have blogged before about zSpace.  zSpace is a virtual reality "system" that is Windows based, it is preloaded with curriculum and apps, and you need the "special" glasses to see and view the 3D components of it and I T  I S  A M A Z I N G!  I feel it has been a LONG LONG time since I have been BLOWN AWAY by something technology wise.  Don't get me wrong,  I have seen a TON of really cool and neat things that I LOVE LOVE and that I share and want to learn more about - BUT - zSpace BLEW ME AWAY!!!  AND, the BEST part, EVERYONE that was here to demo the unit yesterday was ALSO BLOWN AWAY:)!!!  There is NO way to describe it, but our Superintendent, Mr. Loeslie said last night when mentioning it to the school board, "It's like trying to describe fireworks on the 4th of July - the WOW factor doesn't hit until you see it in person, have the glasses on, and are interacting with the system."  TRUTH!!!





We would love to get some systems (maybe 10 - fingers for sure crossed here) into our schools and have our teachers start using them!  There is a ton of curriculum, but the most powerful that I saw is the Science and Technical learning areas - again others are there, but these were POWERFUL, and since it's a STEAM based system, that would make sense why!  I can really see these systems working perfectly with a Makerspace if your school has an area for that as it fits perfectly into that "higher order critical thinking" topic.

WOW - If you are AT ALL interested in this - please contact me and I can you get you in touch with the company - or our contact - WOW!!!

Happy Tuesday all,
Mrs. I:)

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

PUT IN GOOGLE DRIVE PLEASE!!!!!!

I think last year I wrote about the Ransom Virus that hit us last February - OH it was SO SO BAD!  MANY teachers lost things that they hasn't backed up, and some even lost things that they HAD backed up as they had their jump drive still plugged into the computer that was infected - UGH!  SO, this - two week ago actually - we showed ALL of teachers how to put EVERYTHING into Google Drive and then gave them an hour and a half to DO IT!!!!  Now - I KNOW that maybe this isn't the answer to it as I still back my stuff up on an external hard drive - BUT - at least it's ONE MORE PLACE to have your things safe!  I created a "cheat sheet" that basically shows them step by step what to do -

FEEL FREE to use this yourself or with fellow teachers as I WANT STUFF SAFE:)!!!

Take care - and PLEASE be diligent about this and keep your items safe -
Happy Tuesday
Mrs. I:)

Monday, November 27, 2017

I Am Malala in the Classroom.....

Mrs. Gross, an English teacher here, is going to teach the novel I am Malala: Young Readers Edition with her 9th graders in a few weeks.  I have been trying to find some materials to go with this as far as technology goes and I came across the following videos that not only show the community of Swat Valley, where she grew up, but the heart, passion and empathy that this young woman has!!

This TED talk is just precious!!  Malala's father tells the story through his eyes, and explains the life that Malala grew up with and why is wasn't enough for his daughter! "Why is my daughter so strong?" Yousafzai asks. "Because I don't clip her wings."


She is amazing - she says this during the interview with Jon, "If you hit a Talib with your shoe, then there would be no difference between you and the Talib.  You must not treat others with cruelty.  You must fight others, but through peace, dialogue and education!  WOW - simply WOW!!


I was also able to find some really great resources on Teachers Pay Teacehrs that were WORTH THE MONEY!  If someone else HAS created amazing things, I have NO TROUBLES paying them for their time and effort!

You MIGHT want to think about this one!  Even if you don't teach the book, it's definitely one that is worth reading aloud to your class and kiddos for discussion and journal entries.  SUPER AMAZING SHE IT):!!

Happy Monday all,
Mrs. I:)