Securly Update for Chromebooks

posted Jul 19, 2017, 11:09 AM by Thomas Davis   [ updated Jul 19, 2017, 11:09 AM ]

New Feature

The Securly Chromebook filtering service that filters Chromebooks via the Chrome extension has now been made free for all K-12 schools within the US and outside.

Chromebook, DNS, iPad


July 11, 2017 7:09AM - 7:09AM PDT

July 11, 2017 7:09AM PDT[Update] The Securly Chromebook filtering service that filters Chromebooks via the Chrome extension has now been made free for all K-12 schools within the US and outside.

July 11, 2017 7:09AM PDT[Update] release

Ransom-ware Attacks

posted May 15, 2017, 4:58 AM by Thomas Davis   [ updated May 15, 2017, 4:58 AM ]

On Friday a massive ransomware attack spread across the globe, locking up thousands of hospital, telecommunications, and utilities systems in nearly 100 countries. The attack used data stolen from the NSA to exploit vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows and deliver the WanaCrypt0r ransomware. The demand was for $300 per PC.


Once the infection is present, the malware begins encrypting files and folders on local drives, any attached drives, backup drives, and potentially other computers on the same network that the victim computer is attached to. Users and organizations are generally not aware they have been infected until they can no longer access their data or until they begin to see computer messages advising them of the attack and demands for a ransom payment in exchange for a decryption key. These messages include instructions on how to pay the ransom, usually with bitcoins because of the anonymity this virtual currency provides.?


It is not clear the attacks are over and where they might spread.


More info on the attacks can be found here: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/05/12/528119808/large-cyber-attack-hits-englands-nhs-hospital-system-ransoms-demanded


What should you do?


1) UPDATE SOFTWARE to ensure the most recent security patches have been applied.


2) BACKUP CRITICAL FILES so that if you are attacked, your most critical data has been saved. In a ransomware attack, you may or may not get your files back.


3) IF RANSOMWARE STRIKES, you'll need to decide whether to pay. If you pay, you may or may not get access to your files again and it is possible your machine is still infected. The Ohio Attorney General has indicated that the State will hold public entities harmless for decisions they make in this regard.


Tips from the Federal Bureau of Investigation for dealing with ransomware (primarily aimed at organizations and their employees, but some are also applicable to individual users):


  1.  Make sure employees are aware of ransomware and of their critical roles in protecting the organization's data.

  2.  Patch operating system, software, and firmware on digital devices (which may be made easier through a centralized patch management system).

  3.  Ensure antivirus and anti-malware solutions are set to automatically update and conduct regular scans.

  4.  Manage the use of privileged accounts-no users should be assigned administrative access unless absolutely needed, and only use administrator accounts when necessary.

  5.  Configure access controls, including file, directory, and network share permissions appropriately. If users only need read specific information, they don't need write-access to those files or directories.

  6.  Disable macro scripts from office files transmitted over e-mail.

  7.  Implement software restriction policies or other controls to prevent programs from executing from common ransomware locations (e.g., temporary folders supporting popular Internet browsers, compression/decompression programs).

  8.  Back up data regularly and verify the integrity of those backups regularly.

  9.  Secure your backups. Make sure you have a set of backups that are not connected to the computers and networks they are backing up.

10.  Consider removing from the network or upgrading ALL devices running unsupported operating systems (i.e. Windows XP).



Thank you to various OECN personnel from around the state for compiling this information.

Google Phishing Attack to All Users

posted May 5, 2017, 11:06 AM by Thomas Davis   [ updated May 5, 2017, 11:07 AM ]

Article Posted 

There was a recent and public attempt to compromise Google accounts with a smart hacking tactic (phishing).

It is recommended you read and share with your colleagues, including tips to maintain your security and privacy.

SOITA Webinars

posted Mar 28, 2017, 8:13 AM by Thomas Davis   [ updated Mar 28, 2017, 8:14 AM ]

The Following SOITA classes have been signed up for the ESC. Please Go to the Training Calendar for more info about the class and to register 

Thu Apr 20


4:00pm – 4:30pm

EdTech Sites for Busy Educators - SOITA Webinar

Mon Apr 24


4:00pm – 4:30pm

Oh the Places You'll Go with Google Maps - SOITA Webinar

Mon May 8


4:00pm – 4:30pm

New Quizzes in Google Forms - SOITA Webinar

Wed May 10


4:00pm – 4:30pm

Get Animated: Websites for Creating Gifs - SOITA Webinar

Thu May 11


4:00pm – 4:30pm

Extend Learning with Virtual Field Trips - SOITA Webinar

Google Cheat Sheets Download

posted Mar 28, 2017, 8:09 AM by Thomas Davis   [ updated Mar 28, 2017, 8:11 AM ]

Google Cheat Sheet available for download created by Kasey Bell and Shake Up Learning. 

Best of Scholastic.com

posted Feb 28, 2017, 10:28 AM by Thomas Davis   [ updated Mar 6, 2017, 5:21 AM ]

Flippity in the Classroom.. Flash Cards and more....

posted Feb 22, 2017, 8:27 AM by Thomas Davis   [ updated Feb 22, 2017, 8:27 AM ]

Easily turn a Google™ Spreadsheet into a Set of Online Flashcards and Other Cool Stuff.

Flippity is a series of web apps that can easily turn a google spreadsheet into a set of online Flashcards or Quiz Show. There are cards for helping a teacher create random groups, or mix and match activities.   Students accomplishments can be tracked using the Badge Tracker and the Certificate Quiz.   There is even a Spelling Words that can read the word to you.

Google Tone

posted Feb 22, 2017, 8:22 AM by Thomas Davis   [ updated Feb 22, 2017, 8:23 AM ]

Google Tone turns on your computer's microphone (while the extension is on) and uses your computer's speakers to exchange URLs with nearby computers connected to the Internet. You can use Google Tone to send the URL for any web page, including news stories, pictures, documents, blog posts, products, YouTube videos, recipes—even search results. Any computer within earshot (including over a phone or Hangout) that also has the Google Tone extension installed and turned ON can receive a Google Tone notification.

You need to be logged into your Google account to use Google Tone, and your Google profile name and picture will be displayed with the URL in a Google Tone notification.

To receive a URL with Google Tone, Chrome needs to keep your microphone on. Google Tone may not work in loud spaces, over a distance, with a poor Internet connection, or on computers without a microphone or with a microphone incapable of detecting sound broadcast by Google Tone.

Free Special Edu Camp June 2017

posted Feb 22, 2017, 8:13 AM by Thomas Davis   [ updated Feb 22, 2017, 8:18 AM ]

June 12, 2017

SpEdCamp Ohio
Clark hall/Gahanna Lincoln HS - Columbus 

Jodie Pierpoint - Worthington City Schools

You can find her on Twitter https://twitter.com/jodiepierpoint

For More info - @jodiepierpoint / @SpEdCampOH

Tips, Tools and Tech Resources for Special Education Teachers Click "View Google Powerpoint

Teachers! Check out Plickers

posted Feb 22, 2017, 8:03 AM by Thomas Davis   [ updated Feb 22, 2017, 8:04 AM ]

Plickers is a powerfully simple tool that lets teachers collect real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices.

No waiting for students to log-in on a computer or even open the right app. Plickers integrates seamlessly into the way you already teach.

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