Winter Tech News Update
Tech News for Kelso Schools
Online Tech Class: Google Forms (and Quizzes)
Are Your Students Consumers, Producers, or Decomposers?
Consumers: Take in and respond to information that is provided for them. They read stories, view videos, play "response" games, answer questions, etc.
Producers (often called creators): Take what they learned to make something new, a drawing, a story, a slideshow, a video, and more.
Decomposers: I'm not talking about how they smell after gym class ;-) . Decomposition is a type of computational thinking. They learn to take something apart, explore the components to see how it works and maybe use their knowledge to create or change something: website evaluation, coding or computer programming, robotics, etc.
Ideally our students should play all three of these roles as they use technology, but often we find them leaning more towards the consumer mode. Here are some ways we can move them to being producers or even decomposers. (It's not as gross as it sounds!)
Consumers- Have students listen to one of the fun read aloud videos on https://www.ryanandcraig.com/read-alouds
Producers- Students create their own read aloud video in the style of Ryan and Craig using the video option in Seesaw on their Chromebooks. (Hint- you'll get better quality if you have them fill out a storyboard and practice a few times prior to recording.)
Decomposers: Use the CSFirst lesson on Characterization to break down character motives: https://csfirst.withgoogle.com/c/cs-first/en/characterization/materials.html .
Consumers: Listen to music performances such as those that can be found on PBS Media.
Producers: Create sounds and songs on the Chrome MusicLab site .
Decomposers: Listen and recreate a melody in block programming in the Play that Tune game.
Consumers: Show students a Discovery Streaming video on the US Constitution.
Producers: Have students recreate a historical event using https://www.storyboardthat.com/storyboard-creator
Decomposers: Have students analyze news articles to see if they are real or "Fake News". Here is a great site to pull from for satirical articles that might seem true at first glance. http://realnewsrightnow.com/ Students can use a site like https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/ to check facts.
Consumers: Students can study vocabulary terms using Quizlet flashcards and finish up with a whole class round of Quizlet Live.
Producers: Small groups are assigned a Biome to research and present a Google slideshow to the class. They wrap it up with a Kahoot quiz that they create.
Decomposers: They can use analytical skills in the activities found on the CSI Activities website.
These are just a few ideas. For more ideas or support in moving students from just being consumers of technology, just contact me. I'd love to brainstorm ideas and share more tools with you. Better yet, I can come help you utilize them with your students.
When Chrome Knows Your Password and You Don't
Are there times when you wish you knew as many passwords as Chrome does? Some folks are surprised to learn that the remembered passwords in Google are accessible, viewable, and removable. If you type this into your Chrome address bar: chrome://settings/passwords it will take you to a Setiings page that lists all of your remembered passwords. They are encrypted initially for security purposes. If you click on the "eye" symbol, it will show you your password, but ONLY after you provide your Windows password (the same one you use to get into your computer/email). This provides another level of security. If you want to remove the remembered passwords, just click on the "more" menu (three dots) and choose to remove the remembered password.
Another option is to use the Google Password Manager: https://passwords.google.com/ This site will ask you to login with your Google Account first, and then will show you your remembered logins. It will also offer to run a password security check which will tell you if you have compromised passwords or duplicated passwords.
All of this password remembering begs the question, "Is it safe to let Chrome remember my logins?". While Google promises they encrypt our passwords, any online storage can fall victim to hacking or breaches. The practice of jotting down passwords or sharing them with others also puts you at risk. If your email and Google address is written on a sticky note near your computer, then that one piece of paper might provide the keys to your online kingdom. The better question to ask is "How secure does this password need to be?". If the password gives access to a site that stores or shares financial or personal information, you should think twice before saving passwords in Chrome. For work logins, email and Skyward passwords should be kept secure in order to protect yourself and your students. While convenience is handy, it's better to be safe than sorry. If you would like to find a way to securely manage passwords, you might want to look into a password managing tool such as https://www.lastpass.com/ (free and paid versions) or https://1password.com/ (small fee).