Keep Cool with these coding Apps during the Summer.

These apps are a fantastic way to spend the long summer days.

Exercise your thinking skills while having fun. Use your IPad or PC in a smart way.  Have fun!

Kodable Pro is a great programming practice. You will need an IPad.

Tynker has coding puzzles with visual code blocks. IPad needed.

 Scratch is a fun, creative, interactive programming language. PC needed. Visit their website: Scratch.mit.edu

 

 

 

 

Computer Safety Task Bimester 1

Teaching you about computer safety is a priority. We have shown you several videos at school that teach you how to stay safe while surfing the web. We know you are a 21st century student and that´s why you keep connected with your friends, teachers and relatives on various social networks.

Your next task will be to visit the netsmartz website and watch a video. Return to this blog and write a comment, let me know what you think about computer safety.

Follow this link.

http://www.nsteens.org/Videos/Mike-Tosis

Due DATE: September 21, 2012

Remember to write your FIRST NAME  , Group and list number.

 

 

Password Safety Tips

Due date: January 20, 2012

Practicing password safety is quite challenging. Computer users may have several passwords for many different websites and software.  Each of these  requires unique password safety rules.

Here are some tips for making your passwords more secure. The more secure a password, the less likely someone will be able to “crack” it. Using password safety techniques will help keep your computer and your files safe.

How to Create Strong Passwords

* At least 8 characters in length

* At least 1 number

* At least 1 special character like % or #

* Both lower and uppercase characters.

Passwords with difficult combinations make it harder for password cracking tools to figure out your password.

I also think that using a phrase for my password makes it strong but easy to remember.

For instance, if I use the first letter of each word of the phrase “Dad went to New Mexico in 2001!“, my password can be “DwtNMi01!“. Don’t use personal information such as birthdays, family names, or first and last names when creating a password. Avoid using words or phrases that could be found in a dictionary or easily guessed.

Don’t share your password with others.

 

Visit  the Gibson Research Corporation at https://www.grc.com/haystack.htm and find out how fast it can be cracked, experiment with password length and composition.

John Pozadzides, an Internet expert  has done the math. Find out how long it will take a computer to try all the combinations of characters.

GoAnimate.com: passwords by masdyer

Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate.com. It’s free and fun!

 

 

Bullying is wrong.

Remember that your WORDS HURT !

What do you think about my wordle? Leave a comment.

Words hurt! Stop bullying.

Word cloud about bullying.

1.Visit http://wordle.net

2. What´s your passion?

3.  Create your own wordle ( follow instructions on the page) and print it . You must write the words to create it.

Try using between 15 – 20 words that describe you. DO NOT USE PERSONAL INFORMATION (name, address, telephone, etc.)

You can print it . We will display  your word clouds on our bulletin.

5. Due date: Friday, June 3, 2011

Learning to type is a great challenge!

I am trying to teach my elementary school students how to type.  Most of them are willing to practice and follow the instructions to become effective typists.  Following the guidelines can be of great help.

1. Sit up straight, feet on the floor.

2. Adjust monitor.

3. Relax your shoulders, place hands on the homekeys and keep your wrists off the desk.

4. Practice the lesson and if at first you don´t succeed…. try again.

Links to try if you feel like practicing:

http://www.rapidtyping.com/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing/