November 2018 Technology Newsletter

By: Michael Kealy


"The best teachers are inspired themselves" - Chris Bashinelli

With Watson's teacher-specific search and recommendation tool, you can now find relevant lessons, activities, standards information, and strategies faster than ever—all from a collection of proven-effective materials recommended by educators.

Because Teacher Advisor leverages Watson's Ability To analyze the high quality content collection for a wide-range of key concepts and keywords, teachers can search a wide-variety of elementary math terms and concepts, and gain immediate, targeted results faster than anywhere else on the web.

Create Virtual Field Trips

You voted! We listened... Creating virtual field trips was a runner up in our Professional Development Day survey. While we weren't able to offer specific sessions on this topic we wanted to give you some ideas and tools to help you get started.

Google Street Views

Can be used to explore world landmarks, discover natural wonders, and step inside locations such as museums, arenas, parks and transport hubs.

Google Earth

Can be used to explore any place on earth. Google Earth's new Voyager feature brings visualization and geospatial storytelling to the fore in the redesigned application. Fly through landmarks and cities like London, Tokyo and Rome in stunning 3D, then dive in to experience them first hand with Street View. See the world from a new point of view with Voyager, which brings you one-of-a-kind stories and associated classroom activities from partners like National Geographic, PBS, and more.

Google My Maps

Google My Maps is a service launched by Google that enables users to create custom maps for personal use or sharing. Create maps for your students or even better have your students create maps to share with their classmates.

Knight Labs Story Map Creator

StoryMapJS is a free tool to help you tell stories on the web that highlight the locations of a series of events. Story Map authors can include multimedia to tell a story. Use the story map creator to create custom maps for your classes or use the tool to have your students create custom maps to share with their classmates.

Enhance Your Google Slides Presentations

Click the link below to see tips on how to enhance your Google Slides presentation from 2 teachers in the Mahopac Central School District.

Real News vs Fake News How Can We Help Our Students?

In 2016 Stanford Researchers found Students Have Trouble Judging the Credibility of Information Online.

In this report 170 high school students were asked to view a picture of daisies (posted below) along with a claim that the flowers have "nuclear birth defects". "Less than 20% of students constructed "mastery" responses or responses that questioned the source of the post or the source of the photo. On the other hand nearly 40% of students argued that the post provided strong evidence because it presented pictorial evidence about the conditions near the power plant.

As educators it is important that we continue to teach our students how to properly vet sources and information.

You can check out this 9-12 lesson from to start the conversation.

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Cybersecurity Tip

Public Wi-Fi

You may encounter public wifi or guest wifi at conferences or while traveling. Public wifi or guest wifi should be considered unsecured networks. Always verify that the name of the network you are connecting to is a legitimate network as hackers can spoof the name of legitimate wifi networks to steal your information.

Never enter usernames, passwords, and/or credit card or financial information

on public/guest wifi networks.

Never view confidential or sensitive information such as student information

from PowerSchool or other sources on public/guest wifi networks.

Don’t let It Happen To You!

Check out the video below.

Reminder: BCSD Public Wireless Access Changing 12/5

This is a reminder that beginning on Wednesday, December 5th the district will be requiring users to authenticate and acknowledge the district's use policies prior to accessing the BCSD PUBLIC wireless network.

What this means for you:

  1. When connecting the the BCSD PUBLIC wireless network you will need to enter a password. The password will be: beaconcity
  2. After you enter the password, open a webpage in your web browser, and you will be automatically taken to a splash page (copy attached) with the district's use policy. Please click the check mark box acknowledging the policy and click "continue to the internet" to use this network normally.
  3. Users will be required to complete this process every 90 days.