Friday, 24 June 2016

Useful Google in Education posts this week #60

After looking through all the Google posts that were shared to various subscriptions recently, these are a selection that look useful for teachers. All the previous posts in this series can be accessed on this link http://bit.ly/1VEJp3r: (Google links)


Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Local Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts Hack the Classroom in Joburg...


On 8 and 9 June 2016, Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts (MIE Experts) from across South Africa and Lesotho attended a Hack the Classroom Forum at Microsoft in Gauteng. The aim of the Forum was to bring together the most active MIE Experts to learn from one another’s best practices and get up to speed on the latest Microsoft educational tools. 

MIE Experts particularly enjoyed networking with other teachers who are using technology in creative and engaging ways in their classrooms. A highlight of the Forum was a group work task which involved MIE Experts working together to develop an idea for a project that would hack a common problem shared by the team. The winning “hack” was produced by Keshma Patel, Mabore Lekalakala and Andries Bogatsu who came up with a project idea to answer the question “Can technology encourage a heathy diet?” which they presented as a sway. Some of the MIE Experts who attended the Forum shared their ideas for using technology in the classroom during the TeachMeet. A range of clever project ideas and uses of tools were presented and Mokhudu Machaba’s TeachMeet idea on “Using Apps to Create Content” was voted as being the best of the session. Phuti Ragophala was recognised for being active on social media and using this tool to share ideas for using technology with teachers in her network. After learning how to use the Office Mix add-in for PowerPoint, MIE Experts were challenged to create an Office Mix to teach others about a randomly assigned topic. Well done to Catherine Mullen, whose Office Mix on making pancakes made excellent use of the interactive features of Office Mix.

If you think you’ve got what it takes to become a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert in 2016/2017, applications are now open for the next round of the Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert program. Find out more on the Microsoft Educator Community and apply by 15 July 2016.

Monday, 20 June 2016

Useful Microsoft in Education posts this week #55

The Internet is currently full of posts about using Microsoft products effectively in the classroom. Here are a number of them from this past week:

Friday, 17 June 2016

Useful Google in Education posts this week #59

After looking through all the Google posts that were shared to various subscriptions recently, these are a selection that look useful for teachers. All the previous posts in this series can be accessed on this link http://bit.ly/1VEJp3r: (Google links)


Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Not going to ISTE? Participate from afar in these two ways...

One of the biggest technology conferences in the world is about to take place next week - ISTE in Denver, Colorado in the USA. However if you are not attending here are two ways to participate from afar for free:

a) Join the NOTATISTE online Google Community
Experience similar fun events with them. This group was formed by Jennifer Wagner last year. I joined in and it was a really great experience. https://goo.gl/LF6UZF 


b) Join in the EdtechTeam's ISTE ON AIR event


This is what the EdTechTeam says:
"Can't make it to ISTE in Denver this year? Don't fret -- we're providing the #NOTATISTE crowd some fun and learning virtually! Door prizes given all day, so stop on by! We'll be patched in LIVE from the EdTechTeam Teaching Theater Booth all day, Monday, June 27th. RSVP and pop into this link at any time to pick up some just-in-time inspiration on a ton of different learning topics! We'll be highlighting sessions on Creating UnGoogleable Questions, Using Data in the Classroom, Telling Stories with Tourbuilder, Critical Thinking with Google, and MORE!"

Date: Monday, June 27th

EdTechTeam backchannel: http://todaysmeet.com/edtechteam

Landing page to watch this live event, and RSVPhttp://bit.ly/isteonair

Some of the presentations to listen to live:
  • How to Create an UnGoogleable Question 
  • Apps That Make You Say HMMMM - Cool Apps for the classroom and professional use
  • Google Cardboard - See the world in Virtual Reality 
  • Let the data do the talking 
  • Trending Up: Critical Thinking with Google Trends 
  • Digital Portfolios with Google Tools 
  • Google A - Z: The Unknown Google Gems 
  • Souped Up Searching - Getting just what you need just when you need it
  • Telling Stories with Tourbuilder - Creating Context with Geo Location 
  • Shake Up Learning with Google Apps 
  • GAFE Trail Mix: Creating Engaging Lessons for Learning
  • Google Slides, More than Just a Presentation Tool 
  • Keeping it Real While on the Go - Google Keep

Monday, 13 June 2016

Useful Microsoft in Education posts this week #55

The Internet is currently full of posts about using Microsoft products effectively in the classroom. Here are a number of them from this past week: 

Friday, 10 June 2016

Useful Google in Education posts this week #58

After looking through all the Google posts that were shared to various subscriptions recently, these are a selection that look useful for teachers. All the previous posts in this series can be accessed on this link http://bit.ly/1VEJp3r: (Google links)


Please join in the iEARN Virtual Media Festival on Friday June 17th 3pm (UTC+2...)


iEARN is celebrating 10 years of the Adobe Youth Voices Program with a wonderful virtual media festival showcasing films, design work and other youth productions from the iEARN collaborative media projects. This is the culmination of the AYV inspired iEARN Media Production and Exhibition Mini-Grants.  This is a video conference event using Adobe Connect so all are invited to join virtually. 

Details
Date: Friday, June 17 at 1:00 pm UTC (9:00 am EST). 
RegisterPlease register here: http://goo.gl/forms/CFWleCr6nr9hgwHH3

The event will feature student produced media work primarily from the mini-grants projects. 

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Keep your passwords safe using a reputable online Password Manager

This is a guest post from Carolynn Bruton, a past teacher from Cape Town. She wrote about these online Password Managers in one of her IT at Home newsletters, and has offered the post as a guest post to SchoolNet.

"One of the most annoying things about online applications, including banking and applications like Twitter and Facebook, is that they all need passwords for personal log-ins. Many people continue to use the same email address and password for all their applications. Often these passwords are quite intuitive and people who do this are making their personal details vulnerable to suspicious characters, malicious spyware or hackers. It sounds scary but if you are really careful about password creation and never use the same password more than once, you will save yourself many problems.

I use “The Vault” on my iPad and iPhone, and a programme called 1Password on my Windows laptop.
The Vault The Vault is only available for the iPad. It is not the fictional defunct USA prison facility, but is a secure documents and data storage application. It is completely free and is the perfect place to store those important usernames and passwords on a completely secure site which only requires 1 digit or 1 Alpha-numeric password.
Besides the usual usernames and passwords, you can add photos of confidential or insurable items, e.g. jewellery, credit card and ID details, or those important model and service tags which are found underneath your devices or in the About section of your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. You can store any number of photos from your camera or e-mail the information directly from the app. You can also import them from Dropbox, Safari, Google mail. The secure AES (Advanced European Standard) 256 bit encryption is an encryption algorithm for securing sensitive but unclassified material by US government agency. Here is the link to the Vault app in iTunes https://goo.gl/G8ogd5 Now all your password secret codes used in is an important documents can be safely stored and available on one Apple website, and you only need to remember one password. This will simplify and speed up shopping for those who enjoy making online purchases.

1Password
1Password is recommended by many reputable PC magazines and is available for Android, Mac, Windows and iOS users https://goo.gl/2jDg4m. It is reviewed by CNet here. It allows you to generate strong passwords which are 256-bit encrypted (definition here).It is not free.

Other online Password Managers
There are a number of other password managers however and I would recommend that you chose one of them and start filling in all your details, including photos or videos of valuable possessions and serial numbers such as those on your TV or laptop so that they can be submitted to your insurance agent and can be individually itemised. I DON’T recommend LastPass as it has had poor reviews.
  • mSecure is another password protection manager. The Windows version on the app store costs R115.90 and the free version for an iPad is available here. What I like about mSecure is that you can import data from another password manager app which is useful if you have upgraded your device.
  • KeePass has also had some good reviews – especially for those who use open source software.
  • PasswordBox is another free password manager which I haven’t tried, but which has had good 2016 online reviews.
So to, remember all your passwords easily, and know that they are safely stored for you to peruse them whenever you need to, why not try one of these Password Managers!"