60 WITH SAINT
Weekly Tech Update 4/19 to 4/23
What does Natural Selection have to do with GoGuardian?
Have you heard of MRSA? Antibiotic resistance in bacteria? We have learned in Science that when living things are pressured, they will adapt or become extinct. When humans began pressuring bacteria with the new invention of antibiotics, bacteria began to die in mass quantities. BUT, over time the stronger, smarter fitter bacteria survived and reproduced!
Well, our students who have felt the pressure of GoGuardian have adapted! There is a whole community of YouTube tutorials, created by students for students, on how to circumvent tools that a district may use such as GoGuardian. They are downloading apps or extensions that mask as a browser such as Chrome, or maybe they are learning how to create their own Virtual Private Network(VPN). My favorite tutorial that I watched last week was by a 9-year old. This student learned how to copy and paste source code to unblock any website that her district blocked on her school Chromebook just so she could play Roblox while at home (https://youtu.be/XWi_OtuVFbs). Most of us would be happy if we could get our 20 or so students in our class to watch our lessons, she currently has 64,251 views :). Whatever the method they choose to circumvent a tool such as GoGuardian, it is the equivalent of our IT department playing Whack-a-Mole. Every time an app, extension, or VPN gets shut down, another one pops up.
With that said, here is what we CAN control. When the students are in our classrooms, we CAN control how we structure our lessons. We CAN control what our content is and how we are delivering it. We CAN also control our relationships with our students. I say that because this past week was a rough one with GoGuardian calls. I deployed the age-old ‘if you can’t beat them, join them’ mentality. I finally asked a couple of them to come in and they were eager to spill the beans on how they are doing it. They taught me something new! But they only did it because of the relationship, they knew I wasn’t out to get them. I just wanted to protect the district’s network! I am linking an article, How To Plan For Teaching and Learning from Common Sense Education, to help give you some strategies for teaching with a hybrid model as productive as possible. After all, we should always want our students to be adaptive, their resiliency and creativity will lead to great innovations! I just hope I can stay like the smarter and fitter bacteria to keep up with them :)
If you suspect that a student has circumvented GoGuardian or the district’s filters, don’t hesitate to contact the IT department. They will continue to block the sites, apps, and extensions as they become aware of them. A link to the IT webpage can be found in this newsletter as you scroll down.
Assist with the analogy to @Jennife01012005, Thank You!
"Provide an UNCOMMON experience for your students and they will reward you with an UNCOMMON effort and attitude." ~ Dave Burgess
Cleaning Up Your Google Classroom
Here is a link to help you Clean Up your Google Classroom.
Getting in Compliance
In an effort to get in compliance with New York State's Data Privacy and Security Policy (NYS Ed Law 2D), WCSD has to check and make sure that the sites, software apps, and tools that are utilized at school and with our students are compliant. If there are sites, software apps, and tools that you are using with your students, could you please take a second and fill out the form below to let us know what those sites, software apps, and tools are? Fill it out as a team, a department, or on your own.
Here is the link to the form: https://forms.gle/tmbzuGeP7dttjZ6S8 or you can access it by clicking on the form icon located to the right.
Here is a link to more information on Ed Law 2D (provided by MORIC and RIC ONE).
🚨Update🚨Summer PD Catalog
Get Stuff Done Club & InstaStrategies
The Get Stuff Done Club will hold two, one-hour zoom sessions, every Wednesday from 12 to 1 and then 1 to 2. If you can not attend at those times, the sessions will be recorded and uploaded to the Empower site. Every Wednesday will be a quick demonstration of an educational strategy from one of four popular educational books. The format of each session will be a quick demo (15 minutes or less) followed by Q & A and collaboration time.
1st Wednesday of the Month - Feel The Rush (EDrenanline Rush)
2nd Wednesday of the Month - Don't Kill the Wonder (Ditch That Textbook)
3rd Wednesday of the Month - What's the Protocol? (EDUProtocols)
4th Wednesday of the Month - What's the Play Coach? (DL Playbook)
To join the meeting this Wednesday, click HERE for the 12 o'clock session or HERE for the 1 o'clock session, or email me and I will send you the Zoom link directly. If you would like, you can register for each session below, and I will email you the link on Wednesday so that you don't have to search very far for links. See registration buttons below.
IMPORTANT: Make sure you are signed in with your district Zoom account or you will not be admitted from the waiting room. Sorry, I'd rather be safe than sorry!
Google Docs Grammarly, Word Count, Explore
Tech Tool(s) of The WEEK
WCSD Informational Technology Website
Let's Talk Tech Integration
HT Wiley: Wiley IMC
Case Middle School: Room 210
WHS: Student Help Desk 1st Floor
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Archived Editions of 60 With Saint
Rich Text Formatting in GC, Getting in Compliance, EOY Project Ideas, Google Tote, Summer PD Catalog, RTF in GC, Update Sites connected to GC, Text Anim 2.0
EdTech Champion, Video Lessons, Bring and Brag, Pixton, Screencastify Update, Put Agenda in Canva for Zoom, Update Sites Connected to Google Classroom, Canva
Chrome Update Part 1 Jamboard, Chrome Update Part 2 Screen Recorder, New Entrants Update Sites, Make it Pretty, InstaStrategies, InstaStrategies GC, Built-In Screenshot and Screen Recorder, Update Sites Connected to Google Classroom, Highlight Tool
GoGuardian and Groups, Photo Vaults and Fake Calculators, Virtual STEAM Faire, Movie Buffs, End of Year Ideas, InstaStrategies, Access G Drive Files Quickly & Clean YouTube Links, Knowt
EdTech March Madness, Watching and Waiting, GoGuardian Announcements, CLZ Challenge, Clubhouse App, Emoji Movie Madness, BOLD Virtual Conference, InstaStrategies, Sending Announcments Using GoGuardian, Google Keep
EdTech March Madness, Upgrading EdPuzzle & Domain Postmaster, Email and Security, Puzzle Lovers, BOLD Conference, InstaStrategies, Tips to Organize Your Google Drive, Email Security with Mimecast, Answer Garden
Conundrum, Thank you, Updates to Google, New Entrants Update Sites, InstaStrategies, Quick Actions in Outlook, Classroom Q
Influence vs Control, Interacting With Google Fonts, Twice as Nice, Tips for G Suite, OETC 21, Kami Connect, Blessing or a Curse Part 2, InstaStrategies, Chrome's Built-in QR Reader, Esther Parks Valentine Template
Colleagues Challenging Colleagues, Blessing or a Curse, Teaching in the Concurrent Classroom, #EatYourOwnDogFood, Don't Wait...Update, InstaStrategies, Upload a PDF into Google Slides, PDF2JPG.net,
Leveraging Social Media w/Our Students, InstaStrategies, Who the heck is Rosenshine, Cleaning Up Your Google Classroom, Organize Your Google Tabs with Chrome Tab Groups, Recording Zoom Screen Share Only, Full-Screen Interactive Google Slides
15 Remote Approaches to Remote Learning, InstaStrategies, Calendly, Remote Learning Activities DTTB, Google Templates for Students, Phone as Doc Camera, Record Screen Share Only
Loom and Screencastify, Focus on Connections, Making Instructional Videos, 5 Tips to Effectively Flip Classroom, Secret Sauce Twitter WInner, Who Got Caught, Lost it Can't Find it, Recording Lesson During a Zoom, Empower Web Page
Secret Sauce, Station Rotation Dr. Tucker, Push to Slides, Text Giraffe
Google Docs Multiple Orientation, Update Chromebook, Jamboard File Version History, #DitchSummit, Who Got Caught, Story Map Knight Lab, Christmas Fun, Remote Learning APP-vent Calendar, 12 Days of Tech-mas, PDF Candy
Google Updates SItes and Jamboard, Who Got Caught, Pixel Art, Christmas Fun, APP-Vent Calendar, 12 Days of Tech-mas, Teacher Made
Zoom and Loom, Who Got Caught, Keeping Parents in the Know, Holiday Movie Trivia, Zoom Security and Settings, Using a Bookmark to Create New Google Files, Record to Slides,
Notifications are Back, Domain Postmaster, Chrome Shortcuts, GC Cleanup, Word Walls, Remove.BG, Remote for Slides, Chrome Shortcuts
IT Help Desk, Change in Email, Split Dock or Print, Directions, Change Date in ST, Bookmarks in Chrome, Clean Up Google Classroom, Classwork Zoom, Whiteboard.fi.
Clean Up Google Classroom, Upgrade Zoom, Update Chromebook, Assignment Boards, Copying Grades From GC to Sheets, Use Emojis to Grade, SlidesMania, Go Soapbox, Cisco IP Phone
We be Jammin, Flat IO for Music, Dreaded Reply All, Free Up Your Time, Submitting Corrections in Kami, Locking in Jamboard, Cool Font Generator, Flat For Docs, Go Soap Box, Cisco Phone
Notifiactions Workaround, No Dice From Go Guardian, Turn In vs. Mark As Done, Casting With Google Meet, Form Notifications Add-On, To Review in Google Classroom, Math Editor in Kahoot, Equatio, Classroom Screen, Go Soap Box, Cisco IP Phone System,
Google Workspace, Google Trash Update, Casting Using Google Meet, Print Participants in Zoom, Screenshot with Lightshot, Schedule Zooms in Google Calendar, Mote
Kami Update, Google Classroom, and Notifications, Split and Merge with Kami, Page Marker