Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Some New GREAT Sites and Apps.............

I have just been digging around again and have found the following to be pretty cool:

1. Coggle - This a pretty cool site to use for mind mapping and brainstorming.  Students can create their own "coggle" or they can use ones already created there for studying purposes.  IT IS COOL!  They can also share it with someone, similar to a Google Doc and work collaboratively with it - LOVE THIS:)!!!

2.  Green Screen by Do Ink: Our Kindergarten teachers have been LOVING ON this app ALL YEAR LONG!  They have a few areas in their classrooms painted green, for their screen, and then take photos of kiddos by that.  They are then able to insert just about ANY background onto the back - they have taken field trips, written about jobs they wish to have, and even shared Olympic themes for Olympic Day.  CHECK THIS ONE OUT - it's $2.99, but would be worth to put on student iPads as the creativity they would have would be amazing.  Really, you could hang green paper, green table cloths, green fabric, etc in common areas for kids to access the use of it - pretty neat:)

3. AnswerGarden: This is a great tool to use for online brainstorming and coming up with ideas as a group.  The answers are then compiled to create a cloud of words with the answers. You can also create a QR code, which is embedded in there, to use for scanning and directly having access to the question and site.  It is pretty cool:)!

4. Flipgrid:  This website allows students to post responses to your questions, topics, or discussions in short video clips and share them on grids.  Students can then watch one another's clips and respond.  You can use their responses in assessments or use them for collaborative purposes.  Create your own of use already created and uploaded ones - check it out!

That's all I have for today - have to get working on social studies curriculum - take care and happy Tuesday all!
Mrs. I:)

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.


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:)