New law protects student data

11 11 2019

FROM NYSUT United Sept/Oct 2019

Be sure to read the article by Kara Smith in NYSUT United regarding Education Law 2-D. We’ve all used the free websites that provide educational resources and data. Ed Law 2-D was enacted to protect our students’ data from digital hijackers. Regulations have NOT yet been put into place but it is coming and we need to be vigilant.

Jolene DiBrango, NYSUT executive vice president states “Once regulations are adopted, all third-party contractors, and educational agencies — including the State Education Department, school districts and BOCES — will be required to adopt a data security and privacy policy to safeguard student data.” (NYSUT United, Sept/Oct, 2019)

How does this law affect us?

Free sites require that we accept their terms of service. That puts us in jeopardy of violating federal and state law. Be sure to go to your district technology department and get written approval if you are using any app other than those provided by the district.

For further information go to the NYSUT United Sept/Oct 2019 issue and read the article by By Kara Smith
ksmith@nysutmail.org





Policy Board Meeting

17 10 2019

The meeting on October 21st has been canceled.





Welcome Back

20 08 2019

Another summer has come and gone and a new year is just beginning! I wanted to share a tool that I’ve told you about before but is so worth speaking about again. Office Lens is a phenomenal scanning tool that is free. Found an old print worksheet that you wish was digital? Use Office Lens to bring it into Word as a completely editable document.

This video will show you how to take a picture of your document and bring it into Word or OneNote. Also take a look at the immersive reader (used to be an add-on) but is now built into all Microsoft products.

Enjoy and have a GREAT year!
Barbara





Tips for Google Keep

10 04 2019

Hi all!
I’ve been using Google Keep quite a bit lately and found this video that I wanted to share with you. I believe I’ve already written about the app Office Lens that can be used to take a picture of an old worksheet and upload as an editable document in Word. If not, I will next time. This time is all about Keep.

In Keep I have found it very simple to grab text from an image. Very simply, I take a picture of any image that has text, add it as a note in Keep then I choose Grab text from image and Keep will show not only my image but all of the text that I can now edit. Very Cool!!

This video will give you a visual of how to accomplish this task but also some other tips such as setting a reminder for a PLACE! Enjoy 🙂

Barbara





Enjoy your break

21 12 2018

Hi all

Your winter break has arrived! Enjoy the rest! Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas 🙂

On a personal note, we lost a member of the Massapequa family this week. Walter Vohs, Math teacher, chairperson, curriculum associate, was a stellar example and champion of both students and teachers. He made a difference….





The Immersive Reader

28 11 2018

What used to be called Learning Tools is now the Immersive Reader and is available in One Note. One Note is an add-on that works on ChromeBooks. Take a look at the video as well as the articles about the Reader and OneNote. Every teacher I’ve shared this with is blown away!

Click the link for the article to read about the Immersive Reader.
Immersive Reader Article

Click the link for the article to read about OneNote on Chromebooks.
One Note and Chromebooks

Two very powerful tools! Enjoy them 🙂





Exciting News about FlipGrid

19 06 2018

FlipGrid has been purchased by Microsoft and is now TOTALLY FREE for teachers!!! NO MORE LIMITS 🙂

Watch “Ditch That Textbook” author explain WHY:

You may want to visit over the summer to explore.

And speaking of SUMMER, have a GREAT ONE!

See you in September,

Barbara