Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Pulaski New Website: Fine Tune Settings

Our district site is new and running!  It's fantastic.  Some helpful hints below may help in making the transition easy and efficient for you!

View Clearing Browser History           Read Clearing Browser History

Once the browsing history is cleared, the home page for staff while logged into a school computer can be accessed by click the "home button".

The "Employee Intranet" is an internal portal with a collection of resources only available to a group of people.  Since it is restricted, you will need to use your Pulaski Google Account to view.

You can access this from any computer using: http://www.pulaskischools.org/intranet/  If you are not logged into a Pulaski Google Account, you will be prompted for your Pulaski credentials.  

Need to change your Pulaski profile?  
You may have noticed that you are not on the "Teacher's Websites"

Need to access school Gmail on your iPhone/iPad? View Directions
Need specific school alerts sent to your phone? View Directions
Do you still have information on your CMS4schools site that students need?  Please contact Ken at technology for details on how to view and send that information to your students.  You could also view these directions to understand what needs to be done before June 30.  Remember, you have until June 30.  After that, the information on CMS for schools will be no longer accessible.

Any other questions, please ask via email!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Close Reading Presented Through Movenote

Jamie Barszcz, Reading Specialist, and Becky Wellens, Reading Coach, wanted to provid some insight into strategies for successful Close Reading.  Because of past Movenote productions by our counselor, the ladies thought that Movenote would be the best tool to teach educators. Remember Movenotes can be downloaded as PDFs.

View the Presentation

Monday, April 14, 2014

"Heartbleed" For Educators

As previously taught at a Lunch N' Learn, passwords are very important tools that need to be elaborate and at the forefront of an educators mind.  Over the last week, Heartbleed, has become a household name.

Or that's what I thought.

Most educators have not heard of it, and if they have and ask, "What is it, again?"

Here are the important things you need to know.
It is not malware, spyware, or a virus.
It is a hole in the code that writes the internet.
It deals with this:

There are SO many articles on the web like this one that help you decide what to do!

The most important thing you can do is to...
Check the listing of website that have confirmed they have been affected.  A live and updated list is
growing here!  Another HUGE list that outlines the sites affected exists here!
Major Sites You Need To Know Have Been Compromised:
Google, Instagram, Pinterest, Yahoo, Amazon Web, Netflix, YouTube, Dropbox, IFTTT, and others

What You Need To Do...
Determine what sites you use and if they have been impacted.  HERE's A SITE FOR THAT!!!
CHANGE YOUR Passwords. (School computer ctrl + alt + delete will change school computer AND automatically change your Pulaski Google Account)

STOP using the SAME password for EVERY site.
Set up a password pass phrase system. (See Below)
Enable Two-Step Verification on ALL sites that have it!
Especially Your Pulaski Google Account

Another educator taught Heartbleed in a great way!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Learning On The Loo - Bi-Weekly Faculty Rest Room Reading Material

Providing continuous and relevant technology integration tools and information takes creativity.  Learning On The Loo was discovered on Twitter and has been issued (and by that I mean placed in strategic areas in faculty restrooms) since February 5, 2014.

I place new editions every two weeks on Wednesday.  I have decided to use Microsoft Publisher as it seemed to be the best tool for the job.  As you can see, the design has evolved.  I have even started to be concerned about "color schemes" by Googling it!  I have also posted a copy of each "Learning On The Loo" in our "Lunch N' Learn" area which has generated discussion as well.

Archiving each edition has occurred by uploading a PDF version into a shared Google Drive Folder.  The folder is shared with other Library Media Specialists throughout our district.

View the Folder!

So far, so good!


It was truly a heated battle.  Close to 1,400 total votes.

Google Drive is the people's nAPPtional Champion!

Thank you to everyone who joined in the bracket fun!

Chrome Audio Icon

So many times audio is leaving the speakers of our school computers.  Many times sites will "auto play" audio and you may not know what tab the audio is coming from!

Chrome Web Browsers have AUDIO ICONS that will appear on the tab that audio is playing on.

The image below has an AUDIO ICON toward the right of the tab.  The icon ONLY plays when audio is coming from a resource on that tab.

Mystery Solved.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Spanish Keyboard On Chromebook

Getting Spanish characters on a Chromebook takes a few simple steps.

View The Steps

Monday, April 7, 2014

"OPEN MIC" Lunch N' Learn

So many topics get presented, tomorrow's Lunch N' Learn will be different!

An open mic is a live show where audience members may perform at the microphone. In this case, you just need to submit your technology question in the form or ask the question during Lunch N' Learn.  

Even if you can't make the Lunch N' Learn, your question will get answered!

If questions are limited, a refresher on "Teacher Effectiveness" areas in "My Learning Plan" will be discussed.
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