Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Skyward: Teacher Course Recommendations [Secondary]

Skyward Teacher Course Recommendations                                          

1. From the Home Screen, select the Gradebook for which you would like to make course recommendations.
Step 1

2. Once inside the Gradebook, click on ‘Other Access’ (Note: If you hover over ‘Other Access’ you can then click on ‘Recommendations’ from there and move on to step 4.)
Step 2

3. On your left menu, click on ‘Recommendations’.

Step 3
4. Once in Course Recommendations you can now create/modify recommendations for your entire class. Click on ‘Modify for Entire Class’

Step 4

You now have two ways to proceed:
  • Recommendation by Class
  • Recommendation by Student

Recommendation by Class

5. You can see what class you are currently in at the top of the new window (see highlight below, Hon Eng 9).
6. Then select (click) which class you are recommending (i.e. English 10 has been selected).
7. Click ‘Add’. Do Not Click ‘Add All’. Recommend only one class per student.
8. Scroll down, you will see the list of students in your class, check those specific students you wish to receive the recommendation you have selected (i.e. English 10).
a. Depending on how many and what students are receiving the same recommendation you may choose to use the buttons on the right.
  • i. ‘Select All Students’
  • ii. ‘Unselect All Students’

9. When the correct students are selected, click Save
***If you have students in your class that are being recommended for different courses, you will need to repeat this process for as many different courses you are recommending. In this example, twice. (i.e. One time for English 10 and one time for Honors English 10).

Steps 5-9

Recommendation by Student

If you have forgotten to give a recommendation, need to change a recommendation, or choose to give recommendations by student, repeat steps 1 through 3 and use this process.

10. From the ‘Course Recommendations’ screen, expand (click) the arrow before the student for which you wish to make recommendations.
Step 10

11. Once expanded, you may expand the arrow next to Course Recommendations for more information or Click ‘Add Course Recommendation’.
Step 11

12. Then select which class you are recommending (i.e. English 10 has been selected below, next page). Click on ‘Add’.

13. Click Save.
Steps 12-13

***Please note that you may have conversations with your counseling department that may not be included in this tutorial, please see the counseling office for recommendation questions and your IT helpdesk for all technical ‘how to’ questions or if you are experiencing technical problems.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Protect Yourself from Gmail Phishing - Your Info is VERY Valuable

What is Phishing?
Phishing is the practice of sending emails, that look like they are from a reputable company or person, in order to get the recipient to reveal personal information like usernames, passwords, or credit card informations.  This is why you always here people caution against clicking on a link in an email if it "doesn't look right".

How does the New Gmail Phishing Scheme Work?
Recently, we learned about a new phishing scheme making the rounds.  This new one is very tricky because, unless you know what to look for, everything seems normal.  The way the new attack works, is the hackers will send you an email to your Gmail account.  That email will look like it is coming from someone you know (this person has probably had their account hacked using this same technique).  It may also include something that looks like an image of an attachment you recognize from the sender - for example, a google doc they would share with you.  When you click on the image, instead of getting a preview of the attachment like you would expect, a new tab will open and you will be asked to sign into Gmail again.  The kickers is, it isn't really the Gmail login page - it is a spoof page.  It looks EXACTLY like the login page you would expect, so you go ahead and sign in.  The minute you do, the hackers have your username and password and access to everything in your google account.  They can download all your info in seconds.

How can I Protect Myself?
So, how can you protect yourself?  The best way is to look at the URL/Address bar.  When logging into Google, make sure there is nothing at the beginning of the address bar, other than http:// or https://.  It should look like this:

It should not look like the address bar below.  Here is a sample of what a phishing address may look like:

Notice the data://text/html before the https://?  That clues you in that the website isn't legit.

Another really good idea is to sign up for 2-step verification, otherwise known as two factor authentication.  Google provides an excellent resource to help you get this set up.

I think I've been Hacked?
If you think your PPS account has been hacked, please change your password and contact the PPS help desk immediately (help@portageps.org or x5102)

Read the original article to learn more on the Wordfence Blog.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Let's Sing our Multiplication Tables! Using Music to Learn Math.

Many of our students have a hard time learning their multiplication tables, but have no problem learning the lyrics to their favorite songs.  Well, what might happen if we were to rewrite their favorite songs so they sing their multiplication tables to the tune of their favorite pop song?  Well apparently this isn't a new idea...Mr. DeMaio has beat us to it!  Check out his Multiplication Song Playlist here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLb7Q5jsm9eh_fdDPQmVpyp4XRu-raUbHc

Using music to help with learning is not a new idea.  We have shared many posts with you on this very subject.  Some of our favorites include:

Also, remember that PPS has our very own YouTube scrubber that will eliminate all the distractions that accompany a typical YouTube video.

What are your favorite learning resources that incorporate music and songs?  Share in the comments below!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Google Classroom: Assign work to individual students for differentiation and small group work!

The beauty and the burden of Google is that they are always making changes and improvements.  The latest updates to Google Classroom will definitely fall into the beauty category.  Yesterday, Google announced the ability in Google classroom to assign work to individual students instead of just the whole class.  WOW!  We've been waiting for that feature.  Now when you are doing small group work, you can assign the post to just the students in that small group.  Have a student who needs extra, targeted practice?  No problem, post an assignment and assign it to just that student.  I can't wait to start using this feature.  To learn more, check out this post from Google's Keyword Blog.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr. - January 16, 2017

There are certain historical figures who have, through their own actions and feats, earned a place in history which warrants annual recognition so that their deeds and works won't be forgotten.  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is one of those people.  This year MLK day falls on January 16, 2017.  Many educators like to take an opportunity to honor Dr. King with their students.  I have shared numerous teaching resources in the past, but have found a few more treasures to help us celebrate and remember.

Scholastic has created a collection of resources specifically for MLK day including lesson plans, and videos, focussed around the theme: The Spirit of Service.  They have broken the lesson plans down by grade level for 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12.  They also have classroom resources for MLK day and Black History Month.

Tynker is also helping students remember the life of Dr. King.  They have created a A Coding Project to Honor MLK Day in which students can code a timeline of the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.  This project is completely free.

If you have other projects that you have done in the past that you really like, we would love to hear about them!  Please share in the comments.