Thursday, January 28, 2016

How to add your Twitter feed to the website...

Useful Tutorial:   Embedding Twitter into Schoolwires



Use the following directions from SchoolWires' Help Center

Embed a Twitter Feed on a Page using an Embed Code App

You can paste the code for the widget on your page using an Embed Code App.
  • In Site Manager, navigate to the page you wish to edit. 
  • Click Actions to the right of the page and select Edit Page from the drop-down list. The page opens in Edit mode. 
  • Add an Embed Code App to your page. 
  • Click on the Embed Code App that you wish to edit. The edit dialog displays. 
  • Position the cursor within the Embed box and paste the copied embed code into it. 
  • By default, the Activate on my page check box is activated. Uncheck the box if you do not want the app to display on the page. 
  • Click Save.
Printable Version     If you need further assistance contact me or submit a helpdesk request  

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Top 5 Holiday Season Scams

This holiday season could be the most wonderful time of year for cyber criminals, according to digital identity company ThreatMetrix. In a new report, the firm reveals that it has detected a 25% jump in attacks! As always, knowledge is the key to avoiding a scam.

Here are The Top 5 Holiday Season Scams to avoid!

1. Black Friday/Cyber Monday Specials 
This time of year, online scams use a variety of lures to get unsuspecting buyers to click on links or open attachments. Bad guys build complete copies of well-known sites, send emails promoting great deals, sell products and take credit card information – but never deliver the goods. Sites that seem to have incredible discounts should be a red flag. Remember that when a "special offer" is too good to be true, it usually is. For instance, never click on links in emails or popups with very deep discount offers for watches, phones or tablets. Go to the website yourself through your browser and check if that offer is legit. 

2. Complimentary Vouchers or Gift Cards 
A popular holiday scam is big discounts on gift cards. Don't fall for offers from retailers or social media posts that offer phony vouchers or (Starbucks) gift cards paired with special promotions or contests. Some posts or emails even appear to be shared by a friend (who may have been hacked). Develop a healthy dose of skepticism and "Think Before You Click" on offers or attachments with any gift cards or vouchers! 

3. Bogus Shipping Notices From UPS and FedEx 
You are going to see emails supposedly from UPS and FedEx in your inbox that claim your package has a problem and/or could not be delivered. Many of these are phishing attacks that try to make you click on a link or open an attachment. However, what happens when you do that is that your computer gets infected with a virus or even ransomware which holds all your files hostage until you pay 500 dollars in ransom. 

4. Holiday Refund Scams 
These emails seem to come from retail chains or e-commerce companies such as Amazon or eBay claiming there's a "wrong transaction" and prompt you to click the refund link. However, when you do that and are asked to fill out a form, the personal information you give out will be sold to cyber criminals who use it against you. Oh, and never, never, never pay online with a debit card, only use credit cards. Why? if the debit card gets compromised, the bad guys can empty your bank account quickly. 

5. Phishing on the Dark Side 
A new phishing email has begun circulating that tricks people into thinking they could win movie tickets for the highly-anticipated film, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," due out on Dec. 18. However, the email is a phishing attack. Leading up to the film’s release, and shortly after, you need to watch out for this social engineering attack and not fall for the scam. Stay safe online! 

BONUS TIP: Never use an insecure public Wi-Fi to shop with your credit card. Only shop with a secure connection at home. 

Let's be careful out there!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Change Class Name in Your Teacher GradeBook

Keeping track of classes of the same subject can be quite annoying...having to click each class to find the right students can make it more cumbersome for entering grades, creating assignments and using checklists, etc.

This gradebook trick will be helpful for any teacher that has multiple sections of the same class! Follow these directions on how to change the name of the class in your class content list.


On your Mac 

Open Gradebook and go to Gradebook Preferences

In Preference Box

                                    Select “Section” Tab

Select “Custom Display Name (Custom section name is added on the class content tab)

In  Gradebook…

 1) Select Class                                     2) Open “Class Content” tab                3) Enter desired class name
                                                                                                                                    in“Custom Display Name” 
                                                                                                    text box


Class content list should now display your new class name!
I hope you've found this tip helpful!