August #1

Hey, there!
Welcome to your dose of ed tech tips.

All good things must come to an end and here we are, back to work. Ready to tackle this second semester with all your might?

This week’s topic is security. I came up with it when I attended an eye-opening workshop on online security at Google two weeks ago.

Have you ever given a thought to the way your information is protected online? Or your family’s? Do you take the necessary measures to protect your email accounts, home banking information, etc?

No panicking. Let’s dive in.

Site of the week

The site of this week is Google’s My Account. I’m going to focus on Google this time (because, you know, I’m a Google fan), but if you don’t have a Gmail account, you should still check out the security settings of your email provider.

My Account comprises all your account’s data. Take my advice and spend a couple of minutes going through it. Do you have a recovery email (in case you forget your password, which happens ALL the time)? Has anyone accessed your account from another device? Maybe, even, from another country? How much do you want to share online? You can customize all this to your liking.

I don’t want to bombard you with too much information, so if you want to learn more on how to create a safer password, how to browse safely and how to protect your account, you can read all about it here.

App of the week

I had a hard time trying to decide on just one app – so I’m sharing two.

Google Authenticator: this is a very useful app if you enabled two-step verification, the extra layer of security Google offers free of charge to its users. In short, if you log into your account from an untrusted computer you will be asked for your password and a code, which is sent to you via SMS (more details here) This app, available for IOS, Android and Blackberry, provides you that code even with no Internet connection or mobile service (great for trips)

Shield for Chrome: This Chrome app makes sure all the apps and extensions you have installed on your browser are bug-free and works also for future apps you install.

Video of the week

In just under 6 minutes, Juan Enriquez manages to introduce a novel and fascinating concept: electronic tattoos. He basically posits that everything we share online, on social media for instance, becomes an indelible mark that can end up haunting us.

This is an interesting concept to bear in mind every time we go online, but especially suitable for our students. Granted, they are ‘experts’ on social media and technology, but that doesn’t mean they know how to use it, nor do they realize the ramifications of a negligent use (not just in their future, but also in their present)

By now, most of you (if you have a Facebook account) have seen a picture teacher holding up a sign asking you to repost it to show his/her students how far it can get. That should get you thinking about the incalculable reach of our online posts.

Juan Enriquez – “Your online life, permanent as a tattoo”

OK, this newsletter was shorter than usual, but you still made it till the end of it, so you deserve an inspiring quote 🙂

Our kids are growing up on a digital playground and no one ison recess - Kevin Honeycutt

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