A good question to ask your teens, in the interest of generating a healthy discussion about cyber-safety, is “what do you do online?” And just listen to their responses. They are engaged in online activity that we might not have even heard of . When I asked my stepson this, I had to ask “What’s Formspring?” The answer: another social network where you open yourself up for questions. That’s right. Other people post questions for you to answer. My wife commented that this sounds like an internet spinoff of Truth or Dare.
In a recent study at Ohio State University, teens were surveyed about their blogging habits and teen blogs were studied to find if there was a link to or discussion of risky behaviors online. In fact, the study suggests the opposite.
“This preliminary study suggests that blogging could be used therapeutically to help troubled teens express themselves in positive ways, said Dawn Anderson-Butcher, associate professor of social work at Ohio State.”
This information on password security applies to school, work, and home. Read and apply!
Here’s a great article from Microsoft.
And, here’s a link to Microsoft’s “Password Checker” which will evaluate your password.
Some thoughts before you leave this page:
1) Words in all languages are vulnerable (backwards or forwards)
2) Don’t use Personal information: Your name, birthday, driver’s license, passport number, or similar information.
Wordle, in two and a half minutes. Watch me create a Wordle, an interesting visual arrangement of text, in this brief video tutorial. How might you use it?
This introduction is copied straight from the website www.wordle.net: Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.
The sample above was made in two easy steps.
1) I copied all the text from the document from our superintendent “21st Century Implementation Strategies.”
2) I pasted it into the box on http://www.wordle.net/create and clicked “Go.”
How could you use this to create something to engage students? A thirty-second investment into a five-minute discussion starter for a class? A thirty-second investment into a visual for a class on revising an essay (a wordle made from a student essay) that grabs the attention of the class?
Click here to see the video tutorial of how to Create a Wordle.
This oh-so-handy shortcut can eliminate minutes and even hours of eye-straining searching on the web and in documents.