Security and Privacy tips from the Westwood Wiki

This has been a very busy week (and its only Monday.) My tenth grade Computer Science class has made an amazing start on their wiki book with Chapter 1 on Online Safety and Privacy:

Here is the chapter outline:

If you want to know how to keep your computer safe and yourself, you should take time to read what my amazing students have done. If you think your privacy is safe, you should look at some of the websites on their effective online privacy wiki. After six months, they have really begun to understand how to make beautiful and attractive wikis. They are using screenshots and making many of their own graphics.

These wikis were based upon their team class presentations on each of these topics. At the conclusion of the project, they were required to create a team wiki. Each person in the 2 person group was required to post. They each had to post at least two external links with information not referenced in the textbook and a graphic.

I have created a wiki hall of fame and now I have at least three of these that may deserve it. What do you think?

This is the power of the wiki. The ability to coax and encourage students to create amazing work that extends its reach far beyond the classroom to improve the lives of others. These tenth graders are amazing!

Wiki tip: Do not put spaces in your jpg file or you will get a dead link on wikispaces!

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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James Byers August 22, 2006 - 5:41 am


These pages look great – congratulations to the class on creating rich content that’s both beautiful and very useful!

Sorry about the trouble with spaces in filenames. The good news is that we’ve put in a fix that will be out on Wikispaces soon. We’ll let you know when it’s fixed.


JenW August 22, 2006 - 3:49 pm

Hey Viki

Excellent work — Excellent. I have bookmarked this to share with other teachers/students as it grows.

I am unsure if this is corrected by the previous post– but the links on …

# Honeypot? What is a honey pot trap?
# for more information on how to prevent computer intrusions

do not work — and (grins) — I am in wonderment of what Honeypot is??

I shall wait to learn from your students and will check back later for the link.

Again — congrats to you! And big CONGRATS to your students!!! They are creating something very very valuable and useful.


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