Page 1

Canastota Central School’s Technology Newsletter




Google’s New Privacy Policy March 1, 2012 is when the new Privacy Policy and Google Terms of Service will come into effect. If you choose to keep using Google once the change occurs, you will be doing so under the new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. According to Google executives, “We’re getting rid of over 60 different privacy policies across Google and replacing them with one that’s a lot shorter and easier to read. Our new policy covers multiple products and features, reflecting our desire to create one beautifully simple and intuitive experience across Google.”

Inside this issue: Google’s New Privacy Policy


GroupWise tip, More 2.0 tools


Just For Fun Sites


Create Free Worksheets Online


Save a Website as a PDF




Great sites for SMARTBoard use


Copy Formatting in Microsoft Word


Facebook Settings to Check Now


Be a Mac Power User


You can read the new policies here:

“We're still in the first minutes of the first day of the Internet revolution.”

What’s different about the new Privacy Policy?

~Scott Cook. founder of Intuit, Inc., an American software company

Scientific America notes, “Google’s new policy replaces more than 60 existing product-specific privacy documents, for services including Gmail , YouTube and Google Docs. Google says the unified terms will provide better search results and serve up ads that are more likely to be of interest. By combining your history across products, it will have more data to work with.” To learn more about the new privacy policies, go to this site: To answer the question "What does Google know about me?" go to and sign in. The Dashboard gives you an overview of all your activity through Google. You’ll see a listing of the products you use and your most recent activity for each, including the last Web page you visited, your top three contacts and how many Google docs you’ve created. It also provides links to adjust your settings, privacy and security for every Google service. If you're only worried about the increase of targeted advertising, pay a visit to Google's Ad Preferences Manager at https:// It allows you to opt out of targeted ads both when you're signed in and signed out.

Take Note: In the event the district website is down, follow these links to check your email or access SchoolTools: GroupWise email SchoolTool canastotacsd/


Page 2

Just for fun‌ - Free printable paper including graph, lined, music notation, calligraphy, score sheets and more! Design and decorate a home in 3D - Watch free, legal, classic movies online - http://

Create free educational worksheets such as flashcards, game boards, and quizzes. The offered subjects are language Arts, Social Studies, Math and Science. In addition to English, the dozens of different word lists come in Spanish, French and German.

A free, editable repair manual for everything from game consoles to mini vans!

Time management is a crucial skill for older students and adults alike. Developing a schedule is a good way to examine the amount of time a student dedicates to sleeping, studying, commuting, jobs, family, etc. Use this tool to get started on scheduling but then don't forget to look at the other tools offered on this site to foster time management and study skills.

GroupWise Tip: Is anyone reading your emails? Check your sent item and see! By default, GroupWise keeps copies of outgoing email messages in the Sent Items folder. To view the properties of a sent message

Many websites are about text, but the page layout and graphics can enhance the text. What do you do if you want to preserve a Web page as is? You might want to read it at a later time when you don’t have Internet access. You could print the page, but that gets expensive. Most browsers have an option to save the page, but that doesn't always get everything. Instead, you can turn the page into a PDF file using PDFCrowd. It will capture the page exactly as it appears. To use PDFCrowd, just copy and paste the page link of the site you want to save and click Convert to PDF. The site instantly creates a downloadable PDF. Making a basic PDF doesn't require an account, but you can purchase additional options.

1. Click on the Sent Items folder in your folder list or on your Sent tab. 2. Right click on a message in the item list on the right hand side. 3. Select Properties from the shortcut menu.

Keep up to date on Facebook scams!


Page 3


Tips for a SMARTer classroom!

Page Description Professor Fizzy and the other Lunch Labbers have gone missing! Solve math problems and puzzles through multiple levels to solve the mystery behind the missing Lunch Lab gang! Learning Goals A variety of math skills including: spatial sense, sorting, counting, estimating and measurement and comparison of length, height, weight, and volume.

Follow Wally the Working Ant as he walks students through examples and theories of how simple machines help us do work. WebLessons/SimpleMachines/machines004.htm

Search the World Wild Web! Search thousands of animal clips from one of the largest collections in the world and enjoy exclusive features from ITV's wildlife programs.

This interactive infographic explains the anatomy and function of the human heart. Find out how the blood flows through the different chambers and valves, and visualize the blood flow using the scroll bar. You can also embed this animation into your classroom webpage! the-human-heart


Page 4

Copy Formatting: MS Word (We’ve mentioned this before but it’s worth another look!) In Microsoft Word, once you've gone to the trouble to apply the various formatting options to your text, you may want to reproduce specific formatting in other places within your document. For example: if you decide the body of your document looks fine with an 11-point Times New Roman font, but you’d like to make the headings 14-point Arial Bold Italic in blue, with a bold green underline, it would take a lot of time to highlight each bit of text and apply the individual formatting commands. Instead, you can save time by copying the format you've already applied to text. Copy and Paste reproduces not only the formatting, but also the text itself. In this case, you want to copy formatting only, but not the text. Word has three different methods for accomplishing this task: Repeat command, Format Painter, and Create a style and apply it. Repeat Command - If you've just formatted something, you can use the Repeat command to duplicate that action. You can use the menu or a shortcut key:

• •

Choose Edit | Repeat (the menu's wording changes to match the action you just performed). Press F4; the command will only repeat the operation you have just performed. If you click the bold button and then click the Italic button, for instance, it will repeat only the Italic, but not both. For example: the menu command will be "Repeat Italic." However, if you use the Font dialog box to apply both formats and then click OK, the Repeat command will repeat all formatting you made in the dialog box. In this case, the menu command will be "Repeat Font Formatting."

You can use the Repeat command to duplicate any operation you just used. It's useful for repeating, typing, inserting items, editing, and other operations. Format Painter - Unlike the Repeat command, the Format Painter will copy formatting you have made at any time. To do so:

1. 2. 3. 4.

Select the text that has the formatting that you want to duplicate. Click the Format Painter button. (It looks like a small paint brush). Drag with the special Format Painter mouse pointer to highlight the text you want to receive the formatting. To repeat the command several times, double-click the Format Painter button and when you're done, click the button to turn it off.

As soon as you release the mouse button, the text you dragged across receives the format of the other text and, if you single-clicked the button, the feature is turned off. If you double-clicked the button, you must click it again to turn of the format painter. Creating a Style - The most sophisticated way to apply the same format to text is to create a style. A style is a set of formats that have been grouped together and given a name. Word has a number of styles already defined that you can access on the Formatting toolbar. The Normal style, which you usually see in the Style box, is the default. You can create and apply your own styles to keep the formatting consistent throughout the document.

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Apply the formatting that you want to use on some part of the text and then select the text. In the Style box, type a name for this format and press Enter. Highlight the text to receive the formatting. Click the arrow next to the Style box to drop down the list of styles. Click the style you want to apply. Click the arrow next to the Style box and choose Normal to change back to the regular font style.

As with the Format Painter, the formatting is carried over consistently from one part of the document to another. It's conveniently available on the formatting toolbar.


Page 5

Facebook Settings To Check Now Facebook now places privacy and location controls next to everything you share. You can choose who sees your status updates, photos, and location before you post. If you post a status update that you regret later, you can go back now and delete it or change the audience for it. This gives you more control over your privacy, but you'll still want to check your default settings. Edit your profile to make sure you're not sharing unwanted information. Go to your profile by clicking your name at the top of the screen. Then click the Edit Profile button in the upper right hand corner. To the right of every piece of information you can share about yourself, there's a drop-down menu where you choose Public, Friends, Only Me or Custom. Facebook calls it the inline audience selector. The Public, Friends and Only Me settings are self-explanatory. The Custom setting allows you to choose specific people who can see your information. Alternately, you can choose to hide information from specific people. It’s important to find a balance of being connected with friends and family, while not becoming a target for stalkers and identity thieves. For example, you can set personal information such as your birthdate to Only Me. Your offline friends already have that information, and your online “friends” don’t need it. As you're tweaking your profile information, you'll see a View As button in the upper right hand corner. This feature allows you to test how your profile looks to friends and to the Public. Don't forget to review your photos and notes. Make sure those are being seen - or not seen - by the right people. When you're done editing your profile, click Save Changes. Then, take a look at the privacy settings page. Click the upside-down triangle in the upper right corner of your screen and select Privacy Settings. Facebook gives you the option to set all your privacy settings at once. You can set everything to Public, Friends or Custom. This is the option that will appear by default when posting content. You can still set the privacy of each individual post with the inline audience selector system. Once you're happy with the global settings, you might want to look at all the individual options. Start with How You Connect and click on Edit Settings. Here you can choose who can look up your profile, send you friend requests, send you Facebook messages, post on your Wall and see Wall posts by others. Click the Learn More link to get more detailed descriptions. Next, look at How Tags Work. If you turn on Profile Review and Tag Review, when a friend tags you in a post, it won't automatically appear on your Wall - you can manually approve the item first. You might want to turn off Tag Suggestions and Friends Can Check You Into Places. Tag Suggestions allows Facebook's facial recognition system to tag you in photos. Friends Can Check You Into Places could allow your friends to reveal your whereabouts with the mobile Places app. Under Apps and Websites, take a look at the apps, games and websites you use and decide if you want to edit them or delete them. Some sites and games use and share your profile information to personalize your experience. You also might want to check all the options under "How people bring your info to apps they use." It’s a good idea to turn off Public search, especially for minors. That will keep a preview of your Facebook profile from appearing in a Google search. The Blocked People and Apps section can help you manage problematic friends and apps.

Always keep in mind that social networking is great for keeping in touch with friends and family. However, it isn't always the safest place to be!


Page 6

Can’t access Flash on your iPad? Rover, an education browser for your iPad, will stream free content to your iPad! And, it’ll link you to many free classroom tools. If an Orangutan can do it... The Milwaukee Zoo received a donated iPad after the gorilla keeper posted on Facebook that she would like to obtain some iPads for the gorillas to use. The gorillas were not interested because of their stoic nature, according to Jan Rafert, curator of primates and small mammals at the zoo, but the orangutans went crazy for it! Under the careful supervision of their keeper the orangutans have been using the iPads to use apps such as Doodle Buddy and watch videos. Reportedly, one of the orangutans is particularly fond of David Attenborough’s BBC Nature Programs. The rest of the orangutans seem to enjoy a wide variety of videos, but movies of other orangutans have been the biggest hit. Watch the orangutans in action here: This fascination with videos of other orangutans has inspired the zookeepers and they plan to obtain iPad 2s, and when Zoo Atlanta, the Toronto Zoo and the Phoenix Zoo also get them, they plan on setting up FaceTime chats between the apes at the different zoos.

Quick tips: ≈

Did you know your Mac has a second clipboard buffer for text? In addition to Command+C/X to copy/cut and Command+V to paste, you can use Control+K to cut and Control+Y to paste (Note: Control, not Command). And this is a separate storage space from Command+C/X. So you can store one piece of text in the Command+C/X buffer and another with Control+K.

To revert to original new document settings in TextEdit, do TextEdit>Preferences, click New Document and click Restore All Defaults

In iBooks on your iPad, to view books in full screen mode, tap the Appearance (fonts) button, then tap Theme and turn “Full Screen” to ON.

In Mail, mouse over (but don’t click on) a link in an email to see a pop-up showing the actual URL you will be taken to.

Cymbol, an iPad app providing fast, easy access to symbols, special characters, and scripts used in scholarly, business, and legal content, is now available from Choose from 44 special characters that are not available on the iPad’s onscreen keyboard. The Cymbol app saves text sequences, provides Unicode conversion and much more.

Canastota Well Connected! February 2012  

technolgoy newsletter

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you