James Moore, Technology Coordinator
Winston County School District Technology Acceptable Use Agreement
Essential PC security tips:
Use more than one email account. It's convenient to have a single email address for all of your correspondence, but concentrating all of your social networking, newsletters, personal mail, and financial messages in a single account is asking for trouble. If that account gets hacked, you might lose everything. It's a reasonable precaution to operate several accounts and to keep all of your banking and financial emails going to a separate account that doesn't get any other traffic.
Use separate passwords for all Websites. Don't use the same password for your email account, social media accounts and banking. It's just that simple. You don't want to find that someone has compromised your LinkedIn account and then used that same password to hack your PayPal account.
Don't open attachments or click links in email. Obviously, if you're expecting an attachment or a link from someone, it's fine to use it. And if you get an unexpected attachment or link from someone you know, you can generally use common sense to know if it's safe. Hover over the link, for example, and see if the pop-up matches the text in the mail. If they are different, it might be malicious. And don't open an attachment if the tone of the email is uncharacteristic or nonsensical; the sender's account might have been hacked.
Tips for Spam emails:
Never reply to Spam. Replying confirms your email address (confirmed addresses get more Spam). Never use the unsubscribe me option in Spam. This will also confirm your address.
Tips to avoid Phishing:
You get a phone call from someone who says they are from your bank. They want to update your checking account information. Would you give them your social security number and birth date? Of course, you would not! No bank would do this by phone. This is a scam called Phishing. It happens regularly by email. You may get an email (ex. Ebay, PayPal, Wal-Mart) asking you to click a link and update your information. If you click on that link, you may go to a website that looks legitimate but is really a scam to get your private information. For more information on Phishing visit the Anti Phishing Work Group.
Spyware can be any software that covertly gathers user information through the user's Internet connection without his or her knowledge, usually for advertising purposes. It is commonly installed, unknowingly, while installing other programs.
Once installed, the spyware monitors user activity on the Internet and transmits that information in the background to someone else. Spyware can also gather information about e-mail addresses and even passwords and credit card numbers.
Alabama Connecting Classrooms, Educators, & Students Statewide (ACCESS)
ACCESS is a statewide distance learning initiative that uses technology to deliver free, high���quality multimedia courses to students in Grades 8���12 across the state of Alabama, regardless of where they attend school. This program provides access to high-quality instruction by certified and highly���qualified teachers; a statewide network infrastructure that delivers quality learning opportunities through quality of service delivery; cutting edge technology and additional multimedia and tools to enable teachers to enhance instruction; and a wide range of courses that are available to relatively few Alabama students today. Course offerings include basic core courses, advanced and honors courses, Advanced Placement (AP) courses, dual credit courses, electives, and remediation and supplemental resources. These courses are taught via the Web, interactive videoconferencing, and a unique blended approach that seeks to address the individual learning styles of all students.
ACCESS website: http://accessdl.state.al.us
Alabama Educational Technology Conference (AETC)
AETC is a state technology conference dedicated to the professional development of educators. The conference features nationally���known and home���grown experts that deliver presentations and hands���on workshops on current topics in the use of instructional technology. Additionally, the conference hosts one of the largest vendor shows in Alabama featuring state���of���the���art hardware and software for education.
AETC website: http://alex.state.al.us/aetc
Alabama Learning Exchange (ALEX)
ALEX is the free, state educational Web portal designed to provide the best, high���quality resources and one���stop shopping for Alabama’s teachers, principals, parents, and students. Over 38,000 Web���based interactives and panel���reviewed Alabama Teacher lesson plans linked to Alabama’s official Courses of Study are available for all teachers to use in their classrooms immediately. This award���winning Web portal contains a wealth of additional resources to enhance learning in every content area—all digital, all online, all completely Alabama's.
ALEX website: http://alex.state.al.us
Technology in Motion (TIM)
Technology in Motion (TiM) is a statewide initiative that provides high-quality technology integration professional development for all K���12 public schools. This program serves every teacher and administrator across the state through continuous school���based, hands���on professional development opportunities. Our TiM curriculum specialists provide on���going support that enhances teachers’ professional growth in effective teaching practices, the creation of technology���rich learning environments, and project���based learning.
TiM website: http://technologyinmotion.alsde.edu
eLearning Alabama is Alabama’s implementation of the e���Learning for Educators Initiative, a project initially funded through a federal Ready to Teach grant and multi���state collaboration between nine state education agencies and associated public broadcast stations. eLearning Alabama partners are Alabama Department of Education (Technology in Motion/ACCESS) and Alabama Public Television. eLearning uses a Web���based model to provide effective professional development that leads to gains in teachers’ content knowledge, improvements in their teaching practices, and increases in the achievement of their students.
eLearning website: http://elearning.alsde.edu
Alabama Public Television offers every school and teacher in the state FREE access to APTPLUS, an online, multimedia resource of K���12 core curriculum content and professional development through video���on���demand. Teachers and school administrators also can enroll in a password���protected section of the service, which is supported by 100% of Alabama’s school districts, atwww.APTPLUS.org
Alabama Virtual Library (AVL)
The Alabama Virtual Library provides all students, teachers, and citizens in the State of Alabama with online access to essential library and information resources. It is primarily a group of online databases that have magazine, journal, and newspaper articles for research. Through the AVL, an equitable core of information sources are available to every student and citizen in Alabama, raising the level of excellence in schools and communities across the state.
AVL website: www.avl.lib.al.us
Alabama Library Media Online (ALMO)
The Alabama Department of Education advocates exemplary school librarians and library media programs in public schools in Alabama to ensure that students, faculty, and staff have access "to information that is appropriate to student development and features diversity in perspective, format, and interest" (Literacy Partners, 1999, p. 3). This website has been developed to provide librarians throughout the state with valuable resources needed as a School Librarian and a resource for questions on library issues.
ALMO website: http://alex.state.al.us/libmedia
Alabama Joint Purchasing Technology Website
OnGuardOnline.gov provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information.
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Lesson Plans & Web Resources. Organized by grade level and subject. (ALEX)
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