Cyber Safety

The following websites provide invaluable information about safety online, including tips, lesson plans, games, and activities:

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p@ssw0rds

Password Security

For some insight on how easy it would be for someone with a little bit of skill to figure out your password, read this article from Lifehacker:

The article also offers tips on how to create a secure password, and suggests using a password manager like KeePass or LastPass to keep track of your passwords.

Password Tips

Here are some tips you can pass along to tweens and teens, from the McAfee article:
Tips on creating p@ssw0rds for teens and tweens:

Tip 1: Use a vanity license plate: “GR8way2B”

Tip 2: Use several small words with punctuation marks: “betty,boop$car”

Tip 3: Put punctuation in the middle of a word: “Roos%velt”

Tip 4: Use an unusual way of contracting a word: “ppcrnbll”

Tip 5: Use the first letter of each word in a phrase, with a random number: “hard to crack this password” = “htc5tp”

I recommend also taking a look at McAfee’s 10-Step Internet Safety Plan.

To Facebook or Not to Facebook?

Facebook is a very popular social networking tool. Even if Facebook was to disappear, another social networking tool would probably take its place. So as a teacher, should you use Facebook?

Facebook in the News

Facebook for Teachers

How To Properly Use Facebook

Acceptable Use Policies

In the ICT Program of Studies, general outcome F3 states:
“Students will demonstrate a moral and ethical approach to the use of technology.”

Here are some sites that can help achieve this outcome:

Acceptable Use Policies, aka AUPs, are rules that tell you what you can and cannot do on a computer network. It is important that you as a teacher understand these rules so that you can explain these rules, and the moral and ethical implications, to your students.

Here are the AUPs for RDC and RDPS:

Here are the notes from the class brainstorming session of what is NOT acceptable:

I’ll Be Scanned! QR Codes in Education

QR codes (aka Quick Response codes) are everywhere, from newspapers and magazines, to billboards and bus benches. You can even find them in classrooms!

You can scan these codes with your smartphone for shortcuts to URLs and all kinds of other information.

Learn More!

QR in the Classroom

Scan Me with your Smartphone

Zombies!

What do zombies and information literacy have in common?
They are both part of the fun in a unique new graphic novel called Library of the Living Dead!

“The library has just released an online 23-page library guide in graphic novel format called Library of the Living Dead that features students taking cover in the library from zombies run amok on campus, and the flight to safety becomes a point of departure for a blood-stained lesson, replete with decapitations, in the Dewey Decimal system and other library tools.” —Library Journal

Scene from "Library of the Living Dead"

Library of the Living Dead
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