Technology in Action

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How to go (almost) completely invisible on Facebook

Click on the link below to find out how to change your settings to limit your public Facebook presence. How to go com...

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Top 10 Ways to Teach Yourself to Code

Do you want to learn how to make games or apps? You need to learn to code! Lifehacker has a good article about how you c...

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Your kids and social media? Just ask...

This article, written by James Aitchison (Director of Learning Techologies -- Foothills School Division), talks about ho...

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8 fundamental Internet lessons to teach your kids

8 fundamental Internet lessons to teach your kids

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Would you want your mom to see this?

Would you want your mom to see this? One of the most comprehensive discussions about online posting habits -- adults A...

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The Netsmartz Five

Netsmartz is a website that promotes internet safety for children and teens. The Netsmartz Five is a regular feature...

School Learning Coach -- Kylie Kissel

Technology is a huge part of our lives, at work, at school, and at home. We hope to use this page as a sort of 'clearinghouse' of interesting information about technology: security, tech in education, tools, cool links, and news. Because so technology changes so quickly, there will likely be a high turnover of information and links on this page! If you have something in particular you'd like us to find out more about and post, let us know.

Wolf Creek Code of Conduct

All students and staff of Wolf Creek schools are required to sign their agreeement to the Wolf Creek Public Schools Code of Conduct.

WCPS Code of Conduct - Students

WolfNet Collaboration Services Network - Student and Parent Agreement

Access to the school's wireless network is part of our network. Users may connect to WC-SSDZ Silver or Gold, depending on the capabilities of their devices. If your device is not able to make use of the Gold network, it will not appear as an option on your device.

Those wishing to use laptops on the wireless network will need to manually add one of the SSDZ networks to their machines. Specific instructions on how to do that will be made available ASAP.

Google Apps for Education

Wolf Creek Public Schools uses Google Apps for Education (GAFE) for all staff and students. This means that every member of the WCPS community has an email address and access to the various Google Apps available to us. Teachers and technology coaches will work with students to help them learn how to use these tools effectively. GAFE will allow our staff and students to do their work from just about any device, in any location. Gone are the days where we have to be able to log into our home server to access our files -- they're right there, in the cloud.

In the simplest terms, cloud computing means storing and accessing data and programs over the Internet instead of your computer's hard drive. The cloud is just a metaphor for the Internet. 

~~PCMag.com - March 13, 2013

GAFE work best on the Google Chrome browser, but will also work on other browsers such as Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari. Apps are also available for Apple and Android devices.

Watch for upcoming parent sessions on using Google Apps and how you can help your child(ren) use these tools to enhance their learning. In the meantime, if you install Google Chrome on your home computer, have your child log into his Google account on the browser (click on the three bars in the upper right corner of the browser and select Sign into Chrome), and then go to http://www.synergyse.com/ and install the Chrome extension. Synergyse will allow your child to get help with using whatever Google App they are working on at that time. Another good resource for help and hints is Google Gooru.

As always, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!

Links of Interest to Parents

Common Sense Media -- Reviews of movies, games, websites and TV shows, along with articles of interest to parents and educators.

A Parent's Guide to Facebook -- presented by ConnectSafely. From the main webpage of the guide: "It’s designed to help you understand what Facebook is and how to use it safely. With it, you will be better informed and able to communicate with young Facebook users in your life more effectively. That's important because 1) if something goes wrong, we want our children to come to us and 2) as the Internet becomes increasingly social and mobile, a parent’s guidance and support are ever more key to young people’s well-being in social media and technology."

Family Online Safety Institute -- an American site, but the resources are just as valuable for Canadian families. From the FOSI home page: "The Family Online Safety Institute works to make the online world safer for kids and their families by identifying and promoting best practice, tools and methods in the field of online safety, that also respect free expression. We do this through the development of public policy, technology, education and special events. FOSI is a trusted convener, bringing together leaders in government, industry and the nonprofit sectors to collaborate and innovate new solutions in child safety in a Web 2.0 world."

 

 

   

Help Your Kids Stay Safe Online

21st Century Skills?

Perhaps you've heard or seen this phrase either in something you've read or heard about school in the news or online. And you're wondering -- just what are 21st century skills? Well, simply put, 21st century skills are the skills your children will need to be successful in their world as adults.

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills defines these skills as including:

  • Core Subjects & 21st Century Themes (traditional school subjects, plus global awareness, financial, civic, health and environmental literacy)

  • Learning and Innovation Skills (creativity and innovation, critical thinking and problem solving, and communication and collaboration)

  • Information, Media, and Technology Literacy/Skills

  • Life and Career Skills

We probably knew many of these skills as life skills, but there is so much more to be learned with all the information we have available at our finger tips. We have to teach our kids to be critical consumers of information so that they can decide whether or not the information is credible and has value to them.

Because so much of their lives involve the use of technology, they also need to learn principles of what is known as Digital Citizenship. In many ways, digital citizenship is no different than common courtesy, but there are also additional issues around safety and security, health and wellness, online business transactions, and copyright.

Ten Common Tech Questions (and their high-tech explanations)

This article appeared on the Lifehacker website. The explanations aren't really all that high tech, and there are links to other articles that explain some of the answers in greater detail.

Top Ten Commandments of Password Protection

This article, posted by Facecrooks (a site that reports on Facebook scams and other online security issues), talks about important things to keep in mind when you are creating passwords, especially for social media sites.

25 TED Talks Every Parent Should Watch

TED is an organization that organizes conferences about what they call "Ideas Worth Spreading." In the past few years, TED has started posting videos of the 18 minute (or so) conference presentations online. Nursing Schools, an online nursing school resource, has compiled a list of TED videos on a variety of subjects related to parenting and children. More TED videos can also be found on YouTube.