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Showing posts from January, 2018

ISTE Technology Standards

Last Fall the State of Vermont adopted the updated ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) Tech standards. This is very exciting news for it helps us develop a framework for how we can fit the goals of Tech education into our curriculum.

Almost 20 years ago there were Tech standards adopted, but the emphasis was different. At that time, the emphasis was on getting our students introduced to and comfortable with these new machines. And 10 years ago the personalization began with laptop carts and higher speed Internet providing more access to technology.

Now the emphasis is on what we can do to change, enhance and collaborate in our content areas because the hardware to access content and knowledge is easy to use and inexpensive. Now we can teach the students how to communicate and collaborate with others all around the world. How to share ideas and tell stories in new and exciting ways.

We have come a long way in the last 20 years, and have a long way to go. In fact, …

Computer and Information Security

By now you may have heard the pseudonyms of Meltdown and Spectre being passed around in the news.

These newfound computer ghouls are putting your information at risk.

The one thing that is most frightening about these latest anomalies is that they are affecting every single computer built in the last 5-10 years that have an Intel processor in them.

The main thing you need to do in response to this threat is to be sure to update your computer. All of those pop-ups, yellow shields, and shut-downs in the middle of doing something important that are a pain, are the things that are going to preserve your privacy and the privacy of your students. Updating your machine is the equivalent of taking your car to the shop for oil changes, tire rotation, or inspection. We do this so the car will be sure to carry us where we expect it to when we expect it to. Why not do this with your computer? If you are unsure of how to update your machine, please consult with your nearest IT person.

The biggest…

Google Calendar Changes

Changes to Google Calendar This is a quick note to alert you to the changes coming to Google Calendar.

For more detailed information, please visit Google's product page here, or here at their support page.
The basic functions are all the same, wrapped in a much cleaner format that is now fully mobile ready.
There is a button at the top of your calendar prompting you to switch. If you choose to not switch, this will happen automatically in the very near future. 
This is just a heads up so you are not startled by the change and wondering if you hit something by accident.