March 2019 Technology Newsletter

By: Michael Kealy

Reminder: Password Changes Coming

Reminder From January Newsletter

It seems Cybersecurity and Safety continue to be at the forefront of everyone's minds including NYSED. After sharing with you that I met with the FBI last month the Technology Dept. and I also met to discuss best practices in determining how we could better protect the districts users. As a result the department will be adjusting our current I.T. policies in the coming months to prohibit users from using the same password over and over again while adding password complexity requirements.

While we understand that this may be frustrating to some, it is one of the easiest ways to ensure the districts data remains secure. In many reported circumstances users have not even realized that their user credentials and/or password(s) have been compromised until it is too late. By keeping our scheduled password resets, prohibiting users from reusing passwords, and requiring more complex passwords we can better prevent unauthorized access to district data.

Google: Did You Know?

What's New In Google Classroom

Do you Remember? Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego? #TBT

Where on Google Earth is Carmen Sandiego?
The world's greatest super thief has struck again! Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Google have created an interactive quiz that takes your students across the globe to find clues and solve the mystery of the Crown Jewels caper. Click Here to begin.

Google Sites

Consider having your students create websites as part of a classroom project! Google Sites give you and your students the ability to create interactive websites. Check out the 12 minute video below to learn more.

Microsoft Movie Maker

The Technology Department recently received a few help tickets regarding Microsoft Movie Maker. Microsoft Movie Maker was part of the Windows Essential 2012 suite which went end of support 2 years ago on 1/10/2017 and is not available for Microsoft Windows 10.

Microsoft suggests that Windows 10 users use their Photos app to enhance and edit photos and videos.

Another alternative is to use YouTube Studio Editor to trim videos or cut out sections. Click here for more information.

Please submit a help ticket if you need assistance using one of the new tools.

Did You Know: Adobe Flash Is Going Away in 2020

Check the websites you frequently use and in your instruction now to see if they use Adobe Flash as Adobe announced in 2017:

Adobe is planning to end-of-life Flash. Specifically, we will stop updating and distributing the Flash Player at the end of 2020 and encourage content creators to migrate any existing Flash content to these new open formats.

If the website(s) you use contain Adobe Flash please begin thinking about alternatives. Adobe has said they will end support for this product on 12/31/2020.

Public Service Announcement: Computer Virus Scam In Dutchess County

Reminder: You Asked! We Listened... TEQ Online Professional Development Has Returned

Just before the holidays I shared that the district had renewed TEQ Online Professional Development.

A reminder, Teq is an approved NYS CTLE PD Provider, so any qualified courses that you complete can be used towards your state-mandated professional learning hours. Just be sure to take the quiz after completing a course to receive your certificate of completion!

Accessing the platform is easy! We have enabled Google Single Sign On so you don't have to remember any passwords. A welcome email was recently sent to all teachers. You can access the program by logging in ( and selecting “Login with your Google Account”.

Reminder: Discovery Education Streaming

A few reminders about Discovery Education Streaming Plus:

Did you know...

  • Discovery Ed has a built in professional development tool for teachers

  • Discovery Ed is more than just a video streaming service

  • Discovery Ed has a library of still images to use in lessons

  • Discovery Ed has lesson plans and activities

  • Teachers can search lesson plans, activites, and videos by topics or standards

CLICK HERE to check out my presentation from the March 8th PD Day.