Author: Chris Malanga (page 1 of 10)

Do you use 123456 or password? STOP!

What do “123456” and “password” have in common? Since 2012, these two words have topped SplashData’s list of Worst Passwords of the Year.

After evaluating more than 5 million passwords leaked on the Internet, the company found that computer users consistently use the same unsafe, easily guessable passwords.

Did your password make the list? Check out the full list here: https://www.teamsid.com/100-worst-passwords/

It is inevitable that sometime or another, you will be the victim of a breach. But you can take action to prevent it, or minimize the damage when you do. read more

Create QR Codes Right in Google Sheets

You know what QR codes are, right? They are those funky square images that you can scan and be instantly transported to a website. But QR codes are so much more than that.

You can create QR codes that provide directions, prompt the user to make a phone call, share contact information and more. QR codes are very useful, especially to educators. But how can we easily create them? Sites such as QRStuff.com are helpful, and the Goo.gl URL shortener had them built in (but Goo.gl is going away in a few weeks). read more

Save Time by Reusing Google Forms 

Google Forms is one of my favorite G Suite apps. Why? It is just so useful for many things.

Maybe you need a training evaluation… online Voting for Homecoming King/ Queen… an easy Registration Form… collecting Student IEP data… a quick Discipline Form… or a Reading Log. Not to mention the awesomeness of self-grading quizzes.

All these things and more are possible with Google Forms.

One of the biggest problems is that we have so darn many Forms cluttering up our Google Drive. Let’s say I have my students complete a weekly reading log. If I’m teaching reading to three groups of students, times 36 weeks… that’s potentially 100+ forms that I will create. read more

No more Remind texts for Verizon customers

Remind – the secure text-messaging service used by thousands of teachers to communicate with students and parents has announced that they are going to discontinue text messaging for those who use Verizon Wireless.

The reason for this change is that Verizon has increased the fee it charges Remind to deliver text messages to its customers. Even though parents and students opt-in to the messages, Verizon will now be classifying them as Spam and charging Remind an extra fee (making each text 11 times more expensive). read more

Math + Pixel Art = Engaging Activity

This week’s tip builds on a previous one that Kristie Hughes did on Pixel Art. I highly recommend that you read Kristie’s tip when you get a chance, but the TL:DR version is this: You can use conditional formatting in Google Sheets to color cells to make pictures. This is called pixel art, and it used to be done manually using graph paper. Here’s an example of a Mario character that is done as pixel art:

I have been helping the second grade classes at Montpelier Elementary School to learn more about using Google. Since the holidays are coming up, I wanted my last class before Christmas break to be a fun and engaging one (teachers, you know all too well how the kiddos can be right before a break!). So I decided to combine pixel art with math facts and it was an awesome activity! read more

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