Monday, February 2, 2015

NICE Mini-Conference Resources

The NICE mini-conference was held at Niles North on January 30th, 2015. Approximately 475 teachers and administrators from all over the Chicagoland attended. Our own Nathan Gray, Dan Kleinschrodt, Judy Duesenberg and Cindy Kukla presented. The Technology Leaders were on hand to help with navigation and the technology department provided logistical support. The full schedule can be found here.

If you were not able to attend this year's conference and would like to look at some of the resources the presenters provided you can follow this link.

Phishing Attacks Making their Rounds in D219.

The article below was published in a previous newsletter, but a few of you still fell victim to a phishing attacks.  The latest was disguised as "you had met your e-mail quota". But. they can come disguised in many ways, even by phone.

Do Not give personal/private information to anyone unknown to you via e-mail, phone, letter, fax.
You may be thinking about fishing and so was my spell checker but no, this is about the cyber crime activity known as phishing and its newer cousin, spear phishing.

Phishing, as you may know, is when a cyber attacker, just like a fisherman casting his fishing net to the sea hoping for the best, would send a mass email with misleading information with the intent of stealing some valuable information from you. His hope is that some unsuspecting victim would fall into his trap.

Spear phishing, on the other hand, is when a cyber attacker singles you out of the whole school (no pun intended) and delivers a customized email, the spear.

I won’t repeat the “don’t click links on emails” or “don’t open attachments from unknown sources” but rather, I invite you to watch a quick video to raise your awareness on phishing.

News from the Sudent Help Desk

Tech Leader Tidbits

In the Spirit of Valentine's Day, the Tech Leaders would like to list the things they love about the Chromebook.

Reema G.,  “I love the fact there’s a Netflix app!“

Alec B., “ I love the fact that I can open it up and start working in less than 15 seconds.”

Raj G., “I love the ability to work on my Google Docs offline, when my internet is out. I do not love U-verse though! ”

Haresh K., “I love the fact you can’t get a virus on the Chromebook!”

Congratulations to all students that are D219 Certified Digital Literate!

Many students have earned their Digital Literacy Badges. Students still finishing the program should be encouraged to see the Digital Literacy Coaches in their study hall or stop by the Student Help Desk. Our Tech Leaders are there throughout the day to help students struggling with Digital Literacy concepts. All of our Tech Leaders have successfully navigated the program and are D219 Digital Certified. Students should seek them as technology mentors.

What's new in Google Calendar   

Gmail on your calendar

Reservations for flights, restaurants, and more can now be automatically added from email. You can change this in Settings.

New Google Calendar Android app

A new Schedule View with photos and maps of the places you’re going, and Assists to make event creation quicker and easier with suggestions that save you time.

We are always available to answer your question.  Anywhere, Anytime Learning

Student Help Desk
Abraham Sihweil

Room 1500

Student Help Desk
Craig Phillips
Room 2150

Google Cultural Institute

The Google Cultural Institute is a vast repository of digitally accessible culturally significant artifacts. Originally the Google Art Project, this rich resource has expanded to include not only art, but the World Wonders Project and Historic Moments.

Browse World Wonders collections such as the Archaeological Survey of India, Galleries curated by other users like the Hiroshima gallery. Users can even build their own galleries.

Digital exhibits such as Vital Voices: World Changing Women, Street Art, and The Fall of the Iron Curtain, allow students to experience artifacts and views that would otherwise be inaccessible to the average student.

The Historic Moments projects has collections of resources from institutions such as the Chicago History Museum, the Opium War Museum, the Eiffel Tower and the Computer History Museum.

Check out these resources to augment your students' experience and exposure to relevant topics that are available Anywhere, Anytime.'s newest Beta Test: PLIX

What’s a PLIX? 
PLIX are byte-sized modalities to “Play, Learn, Interact, and Explore” a concept. PLIX help students gain a deeper understanding of the concepts through interaction. They focus on one or two relationships versus more complex interactions like those modeled in simulations.

Can I try it?
Sure, play with hundreds of PLIX here:

How can I use it?
We encourage you to use it in a way that helps you. Recommended ways are: 
  • As a warm-up when introducing a concept
  • As a chance to explore more after being introduced to a concept and to gain a deeper understanding
  • As a review of a topic
  • As a fun homework assignment
  • As a demonstration of a real world example of math or science
How can I help spread the word about it?
Please let your fellow teachers/colleagues know via teacher forums, email and share on Facebook, Twitter using #plix.

Where do I provide feedback?
Please email; we value every piece of feedback, so keep it coming!