Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Technology Share Day

Last Friday was CPT (Common Planning Time) for us, which means a two-hour late start.  The time is then spent on learning new things, collaboration, or whatever deems fitting for the time of year as seen as a need.  Last month's CPT we had a speaker for part of the time, which turned into the whole time - but he was WONDERFUL so needed indeed.  The second part of last's month CPT was supposed to be spent on tech sharing, but since we didn't get a chance to, we did it THIS month.  The following things were shared during this time:

1.  Mr. Schmitt, one of the Science teachers here, shared THIS PDF that he learned about and discovered at TIES.  I DO NOT remember the session, so my apologies as Mr. Schmitt didn't make this, but I thought it was worthy of sharing.  It was found on Learning in Hand  it's a pretty cool infographic.  The author on the website also gave it a Creative Commons license, so feel free to share it and photocopy it or print and post it - THANK YOU AS ALWAYS FOR THIS:)!!

2.  Mrs. Gross, an English teacher here, shared online blogging and the importance of writing digitally.  Her 9th grade students and media/journalism students all keep a blog.  What they write about is up to them, as they choose a topic and name the blog at the beginning of the year and continue writing on that topic as the year goes on.  She has them use Google + for their blog, since they all have Google accounts and access to it, and that way it is somewhat "controlled and safer."

3. Mr. Meyer, a health/physical education teacher shared how to use videos to support curriculum in your classroom.  He went to Andi Bodeau's session on YouTube.  She shared this link as her presentation.  She talked about challenges in using videos as there is so much content out there - here were her basic suggestions:

Challenge #1 - Curate Content
*Subscribe to 10 channels that you can use in your classroom
*Create a list and add 5 videos to the list

Challenge #2 - Create Content
*Find a video and make it interactive
*Add 3 questions to the video

PlayPosIt is GREAT!  You can take ANY YouTube video that you like - pause it, embed questions, comments, etc.. for students to learn as they go and then continue the video.  It really is a great one if you haven't checked it out yet, do so:)

Happy Tuesday all - hard to believe April 1 is ALMOST HERE - UGH! 
Where does time go - have a great one -
Mrs. I:)

Monday, March 6, 2017

More Viruses Out There - BACK UP YOUR STUFF:)!!!!

Casey, our technology coordinator for our district, sent out the following message this morning:

"Just wanted to give everybody a heads up on a new virus that's making its rounds. It's called Trumps Locker and it wants to encrypt the files on our PCs and charge a fee to get a key to unlock them.

These threats are only going to get worse. PLEASE - keep making wise choices on emails that come into your account. Store valuable files on external hard drives. Use Google Drive for files. Every teacher has a FREE unlimited storage amount tied to their email account. I will try and do staff training on this option. No matter how much protection we have in place, one bad virus can wipe things out. The more I've researched and talked to others the scarier these threats have become. MANY MANY schools have been hit by a ransom type virus. It's going to keep getting worse so we all need to work together. Never hesitate to call Cary, Holly or I if you have a question or something just doesn't seem right."

Just a HUGE REMINDER - BACK UP YOUR FILES!!  Whether it's through Google Drive, DropBox or an external hard drive - DO IT PLEASE!!!!

That is all,
Mrs. I:)