Weekly Geekly

October 14, 2016

Introducing the 2016 ISTE Standards for Students

Tip of the Week

Windows P (We call that Windows Poof!) Changes you from Mirrored desktop to extended desktop. I just learned this! I think it is a big enough deal to be a tip ALL BY ITSELF!

Tool of the Week- Kaizena

Kaizena is an online tool that allows you to comment on student work in Google Docs quickly and efficiently.

Once you create your account (it connects with Google so this is super fast) you can sync it with Google Classroom so that it will add all of your students automatically to Kaizena.

This is an extremely valuable and powerful tool. You can give feedback via text, voice, or even video. You can even create comments to reuse if it is something you tend to say often when commenting on student work, so you don't have to keep retyping (or re-saying) the same thing. You can set up a rubric and grade easily on different skills or objectives. The screenshot below is from their web site and shows some examples of what commenting can look like.

Here are some video tutorials to get started with Kaizena. They have it broken down into several short videos to make it easy to follow.

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Follow Friday

Tony Vincent (@tonyvincent) who you might also recognize if you follow Learning in Hand, is a great Twitter user to follow. He posts about useful stuff like helpful tips and the latest tools that you might find useful.

And don't forget- if you like these folks, check out who they follow too!

Cyber-Safety Tip- What's Not to Like About Facebook?

The old adage is true. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. You have probably seen some incredible giveaways on Facebook. Most recently, the RV giveaway has been hugely popular, but we've also seen dozens of Disney scams, and coupons and giftcards to stores like Aldi and Kohls just to name a few.

Why scam on Facebook? Is "liking" a page a problem? It can be. These so-called "like-farmers" use the info they get in a variety of ways. Some wait until they have enough likes, then they scrub the page clean and sell it to someone who can use the page for another purpose. So maybe you lied a page because of a disney giveaway but now your friends all see that you like a product that helps your hair grow. Or something. Sometimes these sites ask for more than likes. Never give out personal information, even for a sweepstakes.

So how do you spot the fakes? Well, do your research before you click. All the big brands have verified FB pages, which mean they have little blue check marks next to their name (see screen shot). Look for small oddities in the name of the sharing page. Look for hyphens or periods in the name that will signify that it isn't the real deal. Also, go look at the sharing page and see how long it has been around. Most people do not take this step, but it is a simple one- many of these fraudulent pages were JUST created for this scam.

What do you do if you spot a scam?

1- Tell your friends. Do not share it, but you can post and make people aware of it.

2- Report it to Facebook. They don't like this stuff. Go to the actual scammer page and click on MORE under the banner image at the top. Click on Report Page.

3- Block the page. Under the same menu where you reported it, now choose Block.

Oh, and FYI Frisco friends, Andy's Frozen Custard has a verified site and they do giveaways that are legit. In case you were wondering :)

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How Tired Are You of Hearing "Put It In HelpDesk?"

I know, I know, I know! But putting requests in Helpdesk is SO VERY important!

It takes a village. Sometimes (like this week) we have had to rely on folks to help us that have never been on our campus. When we have HelpDesk tickets they can see the history of how problems have developed and what has been done to solve the issues.

PD Opportunity- Parenting in the Social Media Age

On Saturday, November 12th, 2016 at 9:00 am-12:00 pm we are hosting our student and parent workshop held at the Student Opportunity Center. Our presenter, Mrs. Daphne Levenson, is a FISD parent and community volunteer. She will present on the following agenda items related to Parenting in the Age of Social Media—Part II:

1. How Authorities, Kids, Internet Predators all have different perceptions

2. How internet porn is placed to stalk children to desensitize kids to sexting, sextortion and victimization

3. Social Media Dangers: Prevention, Education & Monitoring Elementary Through High School

4. Bullying, Suicide, Peer Pressure & Social Media

5. Types of Applications and Devices Kids Use for Social Media and to hide files

6. Preventing Predators in 2016

Due to the content, parents of elementary children are encouraged to attend, but the subject matter may not be suitable for younger participants. All FISD employees will earn (3) non-contract hours for attending the workshop.

All participants should register by sending Lisa Vernon an email at vernonl@friscoisd.org.