RESA Technology Blog…

Technology_BlogDavid Rogers of Heart of Georgia RESA has just started a new TECHNOLOGY BLOG aimed at teachers.    “My ultimate intention is to help people become more proficient technology users.” says David.   “I currently have five posts published. My plans are to post at least one entry per month (more if time permits).”

http://hgresatech.blogspot.com/

Check it out.   Information is always a good thing!

Shelly

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Do NOT upgrade your smartboard software….

To All Teachers:

​This is a reminder of an email that I sent out on August 5th, 2014

If you get a message asking you if you would like to UPGRADE or UPDATE your SMART software, Please do NOT do so.  If you do, it will install a newer version that we do not have a license for and it will not function.

We will then have to uninstall the newer version and re-install the former version.  Probably a 2 hour process.   And your board WILL NOT WORK until we can get to you to accomplish this downgrade.

Thanks,

Shelly​

Last day of school – some fun stuff to end on….

lastdayofschoolimage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Go to Google and type in each of the following:

DO A BARREL ROLL

TILT

ANAGRAM

 

http://elgoog.im/  (google mirror)

Calculate the BACON NUMBER of any celebrity.  Just google their name + Bacon number. Challenge: Try and find someone with a Bacon number above “2”.

Search for “Atari Breakout” in Google Images.

Google “zerg rush”, and try and stop the “o” invasion. A Zerg Rush is an overwhelming attack in a video game. More fun than it sounds. (Chrome/Firefox/Safari).

Go to daskeyboard.com, click “destroy this site” at the bottom of the page, and blow the page to pieces, Space Invaders style! (All browsers).

“Kerning” is a term that refers to the space between characters in a font. So, when you Google “kerning,” it displays the results with odd spacing between the letters.

Did you know there is a PIRATE version of Google?  : https://www.google.com/webhp?hl=xx-pirate

Did you know there is an ELMER FUDD version of Google? : https://www.google.com/webhp?hl=xx-elmer

https://www.google.com/doodles/30th-anniversary-of-pac-man

 

Anyway – Enjoy!

 

How do I keep my computer from getting infected?

The first line of defense against malware is … you!

You can check whether a file is harmful before you install it. Sometimes you can check before you even download it. VirusTotal (https://www.virustotal.com/en/) is a great website where you can check a file against 40 or so antivirus resources to see if it’s likely to be dangerous. It’s dead easy. A more complete explanation of the site is here: https://www.virustotal.com/en/about/. That page explains how to submit a file for analysis, too. If you do a lot of downloading, you might be interested in the advanced tools, here: https://www.virustotal.com/en/documentation/.

Once you’ve downloaded a file, you can (and should) check it before you install it. So given a choice to Save or Run or Save and Run, the best choice on a file you’re not sure about is Save. When the download finishes, right-click on the file. You will see options to scan the file with your antivirus and antimalware program. Do it! That scan takes seconds!

Even great, safe programs will try to force stuff on you. Sometimes it’s Google Chrome (I’m talking about YOU, Avast! Free) or McAfee Security Suite. (What does that have to do with updating your Java? Stop it, Adobe!) Always choose Custom Install over Typical or Express. Custom Install allows you to decline unwanted programs, toolbars, and search hijacks. Typical or Express installs mean that you accept whatever is offered. Clear the check boxes for the stuff you don’t want.