As we all travel around, one of the first things we like to do is connect to the internet as soon as we arrive at our destination. This makes sense because most of our professional life is contained somewhere in the "Cloud" now.
Most times we just expect it all to work, right?
You open up your laptop and go to Google and you're in!
Don't be so sure...
If you notice that the connection may be slow...or you cannot print to the location you could previously...ask yourself...
Am I sure I am connected to the correct network?
Never take for granted that you are connected to the network you think you are. When you are in a different location than usual, check to be sure your connection is the one you expect.
There is a reason to be concerned.
If you connect to a strange network without knowing, there is potential for compromising confidential information.
You could be connected to a spoofed router that was set up to steal your information (unlikely here in…
“Where did I put that cord? My computer is dead!”
How many times have you heard this in your classroom? So much of middle school is developing systems to stay organized: “How do I get to all these classes? How do I open my locker?” And with the addition of technology: “How do I keep track of my school computer? Which Google Doc is the homework in? ”
Let’s look at 4 ways students can learn independence and grow leadership through the care and organization of technology.
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.