Teen charged after using teacher’s admin password to access school computer

This is a cautionary tale:  a good reminder to be careful with our passwords and our computers. I think we forget that there is sensitive information on our computers – we leave our screens for a second with a confidential email open and anyone can see it.

He’s been charged with trespassing on his school’s computer system after snooping away an administrative password and swapping a teacher’s desktop wallpaper with an image of two men kissing.

Source: nakedsecurity.sophos.com

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The NFB’s Seven Digital deadly Sins

How come I never knew about this? The NFB did a series called The Seven Digital Deadly Sins. I was expecting the usual fare of young people talking about their experiences online (which is totally valid, mind you). What I got was Gary Shteyngart talking about how he is now 87% digital content and relegates his social media to his Dachsund, or Josie Long talking about how she has given up having boyfriend for Twitter.

It is a beautifully designed website with interactive quizzes, articles and hilarious, darkly funny (and wonderfully brief- all of them last for about 2:25 minutes) videos about our digital sinning. Check it out!

Source: sins.nfb.ca

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Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Email Etiquette Tips for Students – Some for Teachers Too

The article below contains a friendly and fun info video about email etiquette for students. Almost more interesting though is the presentation software they used, powtoon. A cursory look does not reveal any iOS platforms however, but perhaps it works online on the iPad? Yes! Stay tuned for a more in depth review of Powtoon!

Source: www.freetech4teachers.com

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Privacy Pitfalls as Education Apps Spread Haphazardly

Those apps that we download, get our students to sign up for and use – how much do we know about their security? About how they use the student data?The article below highlights an issue  we have not thought about before as we try to keep up with the massive potential as well as challenges that integrating technology in a mindful way poses.

When reading about the big school boards in the U.S. (who actually have someone called the Chief Technology Officer for the districts) and how they are trying to get a handle on teachers using un-vetted apps in the classroom (as the app companies are marketing directly to the teachers, often offering their product for free at the beginning), it occurs to me that the challenge will be how to foster an atmosphere of open, spontaneous exploration while still keeping student privacy and safety in the foreground. I can see how a top-heavy vetting process could get cumbersome and be a deterrent for teachers who are already reticent to use the technology.

Or perhaps we could demand the onus of privacy and safety be put squarely on the educational software companies- perhaps they cannot call themselves an educational app without meeting certain criteria in the realm of data security?

Any ideas? This will definitely go on the agenda of our next IT meeting.

Apps and other software can put powerful teaching tools at teachers’ fingertips, but concerns abound over data security, effectiveness and marketing.

Source: www.nytimes.com

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For those of you who were intrigued by the mention by our WOW speaker, Wanda Bedard from the 60 Million Girls Foundation, of the use of Rasberry Pi technology as a portable digital library for schools in developing countries (which, OMG so fantastic and innovative!), here is a brief overview of what it actually is and how other people are using it.

As technologies like Internet of Things (IoT) and wearable tech are evolving in the present day scenario, Open Source technologies are playing a key role in the evolution of such technologies….

Source: www.musemalady.com

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Fair Use for the Visual Arts

With all our recent talk about best practices in attributing images in our visual presentations, this publication from the College Art Association is especially prescient, especially this section on teaching art.

The Center for Social Media showcases and analyzes media for public knowledge and action—media made by, for, and with publics to address the problems that they share. We pay particular attention to the evolution of documentary film and video in a digital era. With research, public events, and convenings, we explore the fast-changing environment for public media.

Source: cmsimpact.org

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Digital Bytes | Common Sense Media

Hmmm. This is worth a closer look. I know that Commen Sense media has some amazing lesson plans for within the class. It looks like these offerings are more student-led (air at least students can access and do them on their own) and shorter. It might be another tool to keep the Digital Citizenship conversation on line.

Also, I learned a new word: slacktivist. I think you can guess what that means (online petition signing, anyone?)

Here is a quick video tutorial:

Common Sense Media improves the lives of kids and families by providing independent reviews, age ratings, & other information about all types of media.

Source: www.commonsensemedia.org

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