Facebook is letting non-registered users find pictures and names of private accounts owners. See link below for official Facebook statement and the page you need to keep your pic and name truly private. This would be good information to pass around to your colleagues. Many teachers have Facebook accounts they have made private to keep prying students at bay. This change would give the students access that most responsible teachers try to prevent. Link to Facebook’s explanation of the privacy change Link to page where Facebook users can (again) restrict search access. via Lifehacker
Another page. This one’s focused on making sure your students know what to do should they accidentally encounter something “bad” on the Internet. I also made some minor touch ups to earlier pages. Full package here Click the picture to enlarge.
The saga continues . . . This one mentions room arrangement and minor things you might do to keep kids honest. I think in the end I’ll have links out that describe how to arrange the room, how to check history etc.
An educational technology blog I followed out of Georgia (SEGA Tech) seems to have been abducted by a porn site. It’s possible the author has turned to the porn business but I kind of doubt it. A not so nice reminder to keep your passwords secure and your software/apps updated. That’d be quite a nightmare. It’d be all some people would need to outlaw school blogging forever or get you fired. I’d suggest going the passphrase route if at all possible. I’ve been using pass phrases when possible after reading this article. It’s kind of long but I’ve cut out the relevant chunk below. So here’s the deal – I don’t want you to use passwords, I want you to use pass-PHRASES. What is a pass-phrase you ask? Let’s take a look at some of my recent pass-phrases that I’ve used inside Microsoft for my ‘password’. â€œIf we weren’t all crazy we would go insaneâ€œ (Jimmy Buffet rules) â€œSend the pain below!â€œ (I like Chevell too) â€œMean people suck!â€œ (it’s true) So why are these pass-phrases so great? 1. They meet all password complexity requirements due to the use of upper / lowercase letters and punctuation (you don’t HAVE to use numbers to meet password complexity requirements) 2. They are so freaking easy for me to remember it’s not even […]