Weekly Geekly

October 7, 2019

State of the Chromebooks

  • The ENTIRE UNT Cart is out because of a broken plug on the cart.
  • The ENTIRE Texas State Cart is out because of a broken plug on the cart.
  • The ENTIRE Baylor Cart is out because of a broken plug on the cart.
  • The ENTIRE Texas Tech Cart is out because of a broken plug on the cart.
  • Trinity #8 is still out for repair because it will not charge
  • Socrates #30 is out for repair
  • Navy #4 is out and needs a new battery.


  • The Navy Cart is back after having a plug fixed.
  • We had two WALL PLATES replaced recently in C133 where people yanked them out of the wall while trying to move carts that were still plugged in. Stop the madness.
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Happy Dig Cit Month!

October is Digital Citizenship Month! Every school day in October I will be posting a digital citizenship tip on Twitter. Feel free to follow me @hamptech!

See all of our tips in one place here. This will be updated as new tips are added.

Matt Miller and Printable PD

Matt Miller is an educator and speaker I follow on social media, who is the well-known author of Ditch That Textbook. He is also a Google Innovator and his blog has several awards. You can visit his blog (ditchthattextbook.com) to subscribe to updates or follow him on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, or Pinterest. He is also part of the Google Teacher Tribe podcast which is excellent. There are lots of ways to connect with him and get ideas!

I subscribe to his blog updates and they are really chock full of content. He even makes a one page PD handout (see below). I took a look at the Halloween activities and there is a huge variety. My personal fave was using Google slides for magnetic poetry.

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Simplek12- More Information

Simple K-12 was purchased as an online professional learning resource for teachers and administrators. Access information for Frisco ISD employees will go out in The Beat next week. Due to 4000 employee limit, there are select groups who may not have access since the content is not as relevant for them.

All Simple K-12 sessions are 30 minute webinars. Administrators may use these as a part of professional learning or individuals can access them anytime as they seek learning opportunities related to their goals. The PL Dept. will be curating some of the resources as the year progresses, but we encourage everyone to watch the short videos they send to learn the system and play around with it to see what is available. It is user-friendly and we have found national presenters offering webinars, so we are excited to offer this resource to teachers and campuses.

New Tile in the Student Portal for Tech Help

The web site that I shared with you earlier for student tech help now has a tile in the student portal to direct them there! Also, remember students can check the LTHS web site for information on the resources page under Technology. Please talk about this in class with your students so they know where to go when they need assistance!

What Makes a Password Strong?

What Makes a Password Strong?

The key aspects of a strong password are length (the longer the better); a mix of letters (upper and lower case), numbers, and symbols,
no ties to your personal information, and no dictionary words.

Use a phrase and incorporate shortcut codes or acronyms

These examples let you use phrases that means something to you:

  • 2BorNot2B_ThatIsThe? (To be or not to be, that is the question - from Shakespeare)
  • L8r_L8rNot2day (Later, later, not today - from the kid's rhyme)
  • 4Score&7yrsAgo (Four score and seven years ago - from the Gettysburg Address)
  • John3:16=4G (Scriptural reference)
  • 14A&A41dumaS (one for all and all for 1 - from The Three Musketeers, by Dumas)

Or take a word that means something to you, and change it around:
Sassafras -> S@ssAfr@s4me

Use passwords with common elements, but customized to specific sites

Don’t use the same password for everything. Use your base password then add characters at the end to identify with the website:

  • L8r_L8rNot2day_AMZ (Amazon)
  • L8r_L8rNot2day_FB (Facebook)
  • L8r_L8rNot2day_BoA (Bank of America)
  • L8r_L8rNot2day_PP (PayPal)