Today, our headlines include an important security alert. There's a new enemy in town: ransomware. The Crypto virus is a sinister ransomware virus that has stores selling out of $300 certificates and bitcoins, except for one thing. Now the government has shut down the encryption servers and no one can get their hard drives back. Educate those you love about being wise not to click on suspicious attachments, even those that are not so suspicious from unsuspecting sources.
In other news, US schools should take the time to nominate their best math, science, and computer science teachers for the Presidential Awards in Math and Sciences.
While I'm using Socrative as my student response system (SRS), I'm testing a new system from Exit Ticket with robust capabilities for those making standards based decisions and tracking student improvement across time. Developed in the classroom, this is an excellent data driven way to use exit tickets or even assign homework.
The Hour of Code is coming up in December. If you want to call yourself a 21st century school, you can't miss this event. They have lesson plans on their website for all types of scenarios (even those without computers) and now they have very cool prizes for educators and schools participating. I got my packet in the mail yesterday, have you signed up yet?
Security Alert: Crypto Locker Ransomware
Principals, Teachers, Parents, and Students can nominate the best math and science teachers for the presidential award
New Student Response System: Exit Ticket
The Hour of Code has Prizes
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