How secure is your student’s data?

How secure is your data? Have you stopped to think what someone would have access to if they got into your email? Twitter? Facebook?

I had a realization while listening to the amazing Leo Laporte, and his explanation of Google’s Authenticator app, that my accounts may not be as safe as I thought. Maybe, just maybe, my password isn’t the equivalent of Fort Knox security. So I began to install 2-step verification, and the Google Authenticator app. This app is fantastic, it provides a 30 second code for 2-step verification. When your account is accessed from a new device, it prompts you for not only the username and password, but also for the Google Authenticator code. This code appears on your iPhone, Blackberry, Andriod phone in the app, and it only “live” for 30 seconds. I am very happy with this new step in security, but the real question is, why did I do it?

During a recent fire drill, it struck me that schools are required to practice various security measures for our students physical safety, but I struggled to think of any security measures we use to protect their digital safety.

I have countless emails, projects, essays and other student data on my Gmail, Google Docs and other digital mediums. What if someone got into those accounts? I would feel horrible if a student wrote me an email to explain an embarrassing personal situation, and that email became public. What would I do if a student slaved away on a project, emailed it to me, but then my account was wiped clean? These situations, although we think unlikely, occur more than we realize. This is why I initiated 2-step verification on my Google accounts, because if we aren’t showing students the proper way to stay secure, how can we expect them to do any better?


Google Video: 2-Step Verification



PD While You Drive – Podcasts


Over the past few months, I have become more and more fascinated by the various podcasts in the iTune Store, and the variety of topics they cover. I have compiled below a list of podcasts that I rely on to increase my knowledge, both professionally but also socially. I have used a lot of what I hear in these Podcasts in my lessons, planning, technology integration and everyday conversation with my students. Since listing to these podcasts doesn’t take any additional time from my day, as I listen on my runs and during my commute, all of this content is without cost to my productivity.



For iOS Downcast is the most impressive app. Allows iCloud Sync between devices and blows the Apple Podcast app away.





Some of my consistent podcasts:


Instructional Tech Talk – Jeff Herb


iPad Today – Twit  (This Week In Tech)

MacBreak Weekly – Twit

This Week In Google – Twit

This Week In Tech – Twit

NPR Topics: TEchnology Podcast – NPR


Techstuff – How Stuff Works

Lifehacker Podcast

The Cult Cast – Cult of MacImage


History of Rome – Mike Duncan 

History of WWII

Freakonomics Radio – NPR