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Occasionally I post a bunch of links on a Friday. Usually I do this because I found a bunch of things during the week that were not enough for a whole detailed blog post but I want to get them in. Usually on a Monday I post something original or that really excites me. Well this is sort of different. I didn’t have much blog or Internet time over the week end but I have saved a couple of interesting links that I really hadn’t had time to post before so this is a Monday Links post. I hope you find these useful and/or interesting.
For all you Microsoft Surface fans and those who like the educational possibilities of it I have a couple of links.
Technically Speaking is a series of videos on how to give technical presentations. It was developed as a course to teach verbal communication skills to math students but it is very applicable to any discipline. If you are going to require your students to make presentations on their projects – which I highly recommend – or need to make any sort of presentation of your own this site will be valuable for you.
Embedded below is a 13 minute or so video on storyboarding. Storyboarding is a key development tool for creating movies, books, and many other sorts of things. While this video focuses on the way the Disney Studios use storyboarding for cartoon movies I think you will find it useful for students doing any sort of video project. And for other things as well.
I gave a presentation to parents at a local middle school last night about Internet safety. One of the things I left them with was a collection of useful links and online references for parents, teachers, and students. This seemed like a pretty useful list when I was done with it so I decided to post it here as well. There are lots more good sites of course but I had limited space. I hope people find these useful.
· Microsoft Internet Safety Site - http://www.microsoft.com/protect/default.mspx
· Recognize phishing scams and fraudulent e-mails http://www.microsoft.com/protect/yourself/phishing/identify.mspx
· Search for information on Internet hoaxes http://www.snopes.com/
· Phishing Phil – an online game for learning about Phishing - http://cups.cs.cmu.edu/antiphishing_phil/
· Microsoft Xbox 360 Information http://www.microsoft.com/protect/products/family/Xbox360family.mspx
· Nintendo Console Information http://www.nintendo.com/consumer/systems/wii/en_na/settingsParentalControls.jsp
· Sony Playstation Information http://www.us.playstation.com/SCEARegionalOnlineManual/hardware/parental_control.html
· Entertainment Software Rating Board www.esrb.org
· Windows Vista http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-vista/features/parental-controls.aspx
· Windows XP http://www.windows-help-central.com/parental-controls-in-windows-xp.html
· Video on Cyber bullying http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7587383
· Information about strong passwords http://www.microsoft.com/protect/yourself/password/create.mspx
January 28th, 2009 is the second annual Data Privacy Day. Intel has a great information page about this day and includes this explanation:
Designed to raise awareness and generate discussion about data privacy practices and rights, Data Privacy Day activities in the United States have included privacy professionals, corporations, government officials, and representatives, academics, and students across the country. One of the primary goals of Data Privacy Day is to promote privacy awareness and education among teens across the United States. Data Privacy Day also serves the important purpose of furthering international collaboration and cooperation around privacy issues.
Designed to raise awareness and generate discussion about data privacy practices and rights, Data Privacy Day activities in the United States have included privacy professionals, corporations, government officials, and representatives, academics, and students across the country.
One of the primary goals of Data Privacy Day is to promote privacy awareness and education among teens across the United States. Data Privacy Day also serves the important purpose of furthering international collaboration and cooperation around privacy issues.
At the Intel Data Privacy Day page you will find educational resources that you may find useful in class. Items include:
BTW Microsoft will be hosting a big public event on Data Privacy Day in San Francisco, California titled "My Privacy: Safely Navigating Life Online." Why not use Data Privacy Day to draw attention to taking care of privacy at your school on the 28th? It’s just a week away.