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MARCH/APRIL 2010 Inside this issue:
Important Security Alerts
Quick PowerPoint Tip
Viruses, worms, Trojan horses, botnets, malware and spyware are human-made software programs created specifically to wreak havoc on computers and networks. The chance of contracting one of these malicious programs over the Internet has increased dramatically over the past few years.
Online Media Literacy
Discounts for Teachers
Popular Science Archives
Typically, you get a virus by opening infected e-mail attachments or downloading and installing infected software.
What’s Cloud Computing?
Often, a virus will start with a pop-up while you're on the Internet. It says your computer may be infected, and even offers a free scan. It’s when you click to begin the scan, thinking it’s going to remove the infection, that you’re likely to be installing the virus onto your computer.
Two Cool Google Tools
Quick Word Tip
Using Caution with Email Attachments
Organize Your Programs Menu
While email attachments are a popular and convenient way to send documents, they are also a common source of viruses. Use caution when opening attachments, even if they appear to have been sent by someone you know.
Just for Fun
Mrs. Price’s Virtual Field Trip
Important Security Alerts About Viruses, Email Spam and Hoaxes
Why Can Email Attachments Be Dangerous? Some of the characteristics that make email attachments convenient and popular are also the ones that make them a common tool for attackers. For example, Email is easily circulated - Forwarding email is so simple that viruses can quickly infect many machines. Most viruses don't even require users to forward the email - they scan a users' computer for email addresses and automatically send the infected message to all of the addresses they find. DO NOT OPEN an e-mail attachment unless you know the sender. To be completely safe, view the attachment BEFORE you open it (right click on the attachment and choose “view attachment”). If you receive a suspicious message, delete it immediately from your Inbox, and your trash as well.
"Before you become too entranced with gorgeous gadgets and mesmerizing video displays, let me remind you that information is not knowledge, knowledge is not wisdom, and wisdom is not foresight. Each grows out of the other, and we need them all."
Email Hoaxes There is a real, possibly very large cost to these hoaxes-even if the recipient immediately deletes the message. Hoax email messages overload people with unnecessary messages, waste time, clog servers and may even trick people into damaging their system.
~Arthur C. Clarke, author
Phishing is a scam where users send spam or pop-up messages in attempt to collect personal and financial information. The email directs you to a website that looks just like a legitimate site, or to a phone number purporting to be real. But these are bogus and exist simply to trick you into divulging your personal information, setting you up to be The next time you receive a forwarded email from someone, take a few minutes a victim of identity theft. to check it out before you pass it on. Some messages are more obviously hoaxes than others. One clue that a message is a hoax is the phrase: "forward this to everyone you know." Another is bad spelling, punctuation, and lots of capital letters. Often, these messages appear to be about missing children or military tributes - subjects that would catch the attention of most readers.
For more information on email hoaxes, scams and phishing go to: http://www.onguardonline.gov/
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Quick PowerPoint Tip: You might want to add a summary slide in your
Save Electricity - Set your computer to turn off automatically!
PowerPoint presentation to review items with your audience. Once your slide show is created, itâ€™s easy to create a summary slide. The summary slide will collect data from title text box of each slide. Follow the steps below to learn how to accomplish this:
1. In Normal View, select all of the slides you would like to summarize. http://www.setpowersoftware.com/Free.aspx
2. Click Summary Slide on the Outlining toolbar. * Please note that PowerPoint inserts the summary slide before the other slides - you'll have to drag it to the end of your presentation.
~Stewart Brand, writer
Evaluating Online Resources Trying to teach your student not to trust everything they read online? Direct them to these sites and see if they can determine the authenticity of the information. New bio-hazard alert device ready http://www.mcwhortle.com/ Buy Dehydrated Water Online http://www.buydehydratedwater.com/ Californiaâ€™s Velcro Crop Under Challenge http://www.umbachconsulting.com/miscellany/ velcro.html
50 Great Google Earth ActivitiesArranged by Grade Level http://www.associatesdegree.com/2010/03/14/ google-earth-for-educators-50-exciting-ideas-forthe-classroom/
Our personal favorite: Clones R Us http://www.d-b.net/dti/
Discounts for Teachers: Barnes & Noble-20% discount for teachers http://img.sparknotes.com/content/ educators/pdf/edu_discount.pdf Ann Taylor-15% teacher discount http://teachers.anntaylorloft.com/ Apple discounts for educators: http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/ education_routing/ Verizon Wireless discount plan: http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/ employee/emaildomainauthentication.jsp Discounts and coupons: http://www.myeducationdiscount.com/
Thereâ€™s thousands of PowerPoints available online! This site has over 220 presentations ready made for you to use in your class. Download and modify as needed. http://www.pptpalooza.net/
137 years of Popular Science magazine available online in its original format-ads and all! Browse or search the archives at:
This Month’s Technology Buzzword: Cloud Computing “Cloud computing refers to applications and services offered over the Internet. These services are offered from data centers all over the world, which collectively are referred to as the "cloud." This metaphor represents the intangible, yet universal nature of the Internet. The idea of the "cloud" simplifies the many network connections and computer systems involved in online services. In fact, many network diagrams use the image of a cloud to represent the Internet. This symbolizes the Internet's broad reach, while simplifying its complexity. Any user with an Internet connection can access the cloud and the services it provides. Since these services are often connected, users can share information between multiple systems and with other users. Examples of cloud computing include online backup, social networking, and personal data services such as Apple's MobileMe.” ~ www.techterms.com In simpler terms from Yahoo answers: “The ‘cloud’ is a big computer or big hard drive that's not physically attached to your computer in any way. It could be hundreds or thousands of miles away from you, but your files and sometimes even the computer programs you work with are stored on this hard drive. You access your files or programs over an internet connection of some sort, so even if the computer (desktop, laptop, mini, whatever) that you actually own and use breaks down, all your files and programs are safe because they're stored on that other computer/hard drive. This means that you can access your favorite programs or files from anybody's computer anywhere (as long as it has an internet connection).”
GroupWise Tip: GroupWise gives you the option to be notified (a pop up window will appear on your desktop) when you receive a message or have an appointment. To initiate this, you need to make sure Notify (the part of GroupWise that alerts you when you get a message) is activated. Here’s how:
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Select Tools | Options. Double-click Environment. Click the General tab. In the checklist on the right, check Launch Notify at startup.
5. Click OK and Close. 6. Close GroupWise. 7. Restart GroupWise.
On this web site you can: • • • •
Create your own puzzles. Play your own and common puzzles. Send puzzles to friends. Put created puzzles on your web pages.
Two Google Tools You May Not Know About * Call for local info. Calling your phone company's 411 service can be pricey. Google's GOOG-411 (that's 1-800-466-4411) is free and fully automated. It lets you speak to find businesses by name or by category--such as Chinese food in Boston--and then get connected directly. It's particularly useful if you don't have a smartphone with a Web browser, but if you do, you can get a link to a map delivered via text message. Downside: It only helps with business information, not residential addresses. * Tame your telephone. For busy people with multiple phones, Google Voice may be Google's second most indispensable service after its namesake search engine. It gives you a new phone number in an area code of your choice that can ring all your phones at once, so you're never out of touch.
Organize your Programs Menu in Windows XP You buy a nice new computer, and then you start adding new programs and applications. After a while, you start to notice that the new programs get added to the bottom of your Programs menu. And before you know it, you’re searching through a long list to find the program you want to open. There’s an easy way you can organize your programs and applications list. Follow the steps below to learn how:
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Click Start | All Programs. Right-click on one item. A shortcut menu will appear. Select Sort by Name.
“AwesomeStories is a gathering place of primary-source information. Its purpose - since the site was first launched in 1999 - is to help educators and individuals find original sources, located at national archives, libraries, universities, museums, historical societies and governmentcreated web sites...The stories exist as a way to place original materials in context and to hold those links together in an interesting, cohesive way (thereby encouraging people to look at them). It is a totally different kind of web site in that its purpose is to place primary sources at the forefront - not the
opinions of a writer. Its objective is to take the site's users to places where those primary sources are located.”
Quick Microsoft Word Tip: Do you find yourself searching for icons in the Office toolbars? Did you know you can create your own toolbar? To do so: 1. Choose Toolbars from the View menu. 2. Select Customize. Customize 3. Click on the Toolbars tab, then click on the New button. 4. Give the toolbar a name.
http://www.booksshouldbefree.com/ A source for free audio books.
COOLIRIS Cooliris is a browser plug-in that changes how you find, view, and share photos and videos online. C-SPAM covers congressional sessions and White House press briefings, and this online archive spans 23 years and five presidents. More than 160,000 hours of coverage are available.
Whether you're browsing the Web or your desktop, Cooliris presents media on an infinite “3D wall” that lets you view images without clicking from page to page.
http://www.c-spanvideo.org/videoLibrary/ Download it at: Just for fun…
http://www.skrbl.com - an online collaboration tool What’s the difference between similar terms and objects? http://www.differencebetween.net/ http://happynews.com/ - All happy news! http://www.webenglishteacher.com/fun.html - English at play Wonder what all the fuss is about? See Apple’s new iPad in action: http://www.apple.com/ipad/
Podcasting Why use podcasting in your classroom? Check out this video?
Mrs. Price’s (HPE) third graders recently visited the FASNY Fire Museum via Video Conference. They learned about fire safety, fire prevention, stop, drop and roll, and even got to see a puppet show!
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Come share your “SMART” ideas! Did you know HP has a SMARTBoard Users’ Group? Once a month we get together to share ideas and help new users. Everyone is welcome. even if you don’t currently have a SMARTBoard in your classroom! Join us and check out the amazing things you can do with this
exciting technology. Our next meeting will be announced soon. In the meantime, check out the resources assembled on the HP SMARTBoard webpage (www.hpschools.org, click on Technology in our Schools. Feel free to leave share your own ideas and tips on our blog!)
A free, online community for sharing instructional videos. Learn from others, and upload your own videos.
Questions? Email Krista DiCesare or Margaret McNamara.
SMARTBoard Quick Tip: Anything you add to the SMART Notebook page is an object, including Gallery items or items created with a pen tool. After you add an object, you can format or animate it by selecting the object and clicking the Properties tab. The options that appear depend on the type of object that you selected.
Games that make you think-created with the SMARTBoard in mind! http://www.zoopz.com/ zoopz/zoopz2.html
Find lesson ideas, templates to download and more! http://exchange.smarttech.com
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Back by popular demand-Mac OSX keyboard shortcuts: Clipboard Commands Cmd-C = Copy Cmd-V = Paste Cmd-X = Cut Cmd-A = Select All
Cmd-Shift 4 = Select an area to be captured to a file Cmd Ctrl Shift 4 = Select an area to be captured to the clipboard Cmd-Shift 4, then press Space = Capture entire window
Finder Navigation Commands Cmd-N = New Finder window Cmd-W = Close Window Opt-Cmd-W = Close all Windows Cmd-Down = Open File/Folder Cmd-Up = Navigate to parent folder Cmd-Right = Expand folder (in list view) Cmd-Left = Collapse Folder (in list view) Opt-Cmd-Right = Expand folder and its subfolders (in list view) Opt-Cmd-Up = Open parent folder and close current window Cmd-Shift-H = Jump to your Home folder Cmd-Shift-A = Jump to your Applications folder Cmd-Shift U = Jump to your Utilities folder Cmd-1 = View as Icons Cmd-2 = View as List Cmd-3 = View as Columns Cmd-Delete = Move file/folder to trash
Universal Access Commands Opt-Cmd-* (asterisk) = Turn on Zoom Opt-Cmd-+ (plus) = Zoom in Opt-Cmdâ€“ (minus) = Zoom out Cmd-Opt-Ctrl-8 = Invert Screen colors
Menu Commands Shift-Cmd-Delete = Empty Trash Opt-Shift-Cmd-Delete = Empty Trash without dialog Cmd-H = Hide window Opt-Cmd-H = Hide Others Cmd-N = File New window Shift-Cmd-N = New Folder Cmd-O = Open Cmd-S = Save Shift-Cmd-S = Save as Cmd-P = Print Cmd-W = Close Window Opt-Cmd-W = Close all Windows Cmd-I = Get Info Cmd-D = Duplicate Cmd-R = Show original Cmd-T = Add to Favorites Cmd-E = Eject Cmd-F = Find Cmd-Z = Undo Cmd-B = Hide Toolbar Shift-Cmd-A = Go to Applications folder Cmd-M = Minimize Window Cmd-? = Open Mac Help Screen Capture Commands Cmd-Shift 3 = Capture the screen to a file Cmd Ctrl Shift 3 = Capture the screen to the clipboard
Window Management Commands Cmd-W = Close window Cmd-Opt-W = Close all windows Cmd-M = Minimize window Cmd-Opt-M = Minimize all windows Cmd-H = Hide Application Cmd-Tab = Bring up the Application Switcher. Cmd-Q = Quit application
Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them, disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward. Maybe they have to be crazy. How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art? Or sit in silence and hear a song that's never been written? Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels? We make tools for these kinds of people. While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who