10 Tips to Prevent Zoom-bombing 💣

“Zoom bombing” is when uninvited participants appear in a Zoom class with the primary purpose of causing chaos. To help mitigate the obtrusiveness, you may want to implement the following safety measures:

You will want to update the Zoom app and remind students and parents to do so, also. Zoom provides a pop-up notification when there is a new mandatory or optional update within 24 hours of signing-in. If you have the Zoom desktop client installed, you can check for updates by clicking on your profile image and then click Check for Updates.

If you use the “Recurring” Zoom feature, it will not provide as a unique ID. Because the same ID and settings are used, it may make it easier for uninvited participants to access.

By enabling the Waiting Room feature, students will not be able to join the Zoom call until admitted. The teacher/host will be able to review who wants access and admit one participant at a time or use the “Admit All” option.

You can remove participants or send them to the Waiting Room.

Once your students have joined the Zoom call, you can Lock the meeting. The Lock a Meeting feature will prevent unwanted guests from entering.

When students join using a parent account, the teacher/host can rename students from the chat rather than letting students rename themselves. By disabling the renaming feature, it removes the temptation for students to take on a different persona.

The Teacher/Host can always allow students to share their screens when needed.

By turning off the annotation and whiteboard features, participants will not be able to draw over the teacher’s presentation.

Do not share the meeting URL on social media so that uninvited guests will join the call. You may want to establish expectations with your students to not share the URL with people who are not in their class.

10. Hide Participant Profile Pictures in a Meeting 📷

When participants’ cameras are turned off, and the Hide Participant Profile Picture feature is enabled, only the students’ initials will show. The feature prevents the possibility of students sharing inappropriate images.

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Even More (.)New Stuff from Google

Last October, I posted a Tech Tip called A (Dot) New Way to Google in which I showcased Google’s shortcuts to start new Docs, Sheets, Slides, Sites and Forms. For example, simply entering docs.new into your browser’s address bar will create a new Google Doc. They are very cool timesavers!

Now Google Calendar and Google Keep have gotten into the action!

Simply go to cal.new or meeting.new to create a new Google Calendar event. Add your title, choose options and presto – new event! Super easy! read more

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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

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Adding Lit Trips to Google Earth on a Chromebook

This Tech Tip came after working with some teachers at Patrick Henry schools at an inservice. They were trying to load a Lit Trip that had been emailed to them into Google Earth on their teacher Chromebooks and it was not working correctly.

If you are wondering, “What is a Lit Trip?” you might not be alone. Many teachers have not heard of this wonderful tech idea which is essentially a series of locations that you can load into Google Earth and have the students fly and visit virtually, the places described in a piece of literature. read more

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Gmail Shortcuts Revisited

In my Tech Tips article series on Curation, the most recent installments talk about Gmail and how to organize your Gmail to be a Gmail Ninja. Looking back in the archives Chris Malanga wrote about Gmail shortcuts back in September 2017.

Let’s revisit the idea of shortcuts and look at some of the most useful ones that fit in with the ART of Gmail as outlined in my November 2018 tech tip. Remember you have to turn keyboard shortcuts on in your Gmail settings. See Chris’ tech tip linked here. read more

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