Today I finally got caught up on over a month’s worth of Voxes in the #ConnectedTL Voxer group. One conversation during that time was about how to manage Hyperdoc game boards that have collaborative elements when using it with multiple classes or periods.
The issue that was put forward was how to manage having multiple classes get the same game board with each student getting their own copy while still having linked collaborative documents that are unique for each group of students.
The solution that I came up with is to have an intermediary document that serves as a launch pad for those different collaborative documents. The solution I found also restricts access to those documents to the group of students that I want to have it.
Visually: Each individual student’s game board -> Launch document -> All different collaborative documents with access restrictions enabled.
Because describing this is words is difficult to make clear, please watch my screencast of how to make this work.
I would love any feedback about the process and how to make it clearer!
As a part of the EdTechTeam Teacher Leader course we had to look at redesigning our learning space to make it more conducive to meeting our students’ needs. We looked at seating, arrangement and choice of furniture, and how we used our wall space.
I decided to use one of my walls to put up a 5.5ft wide, 8ft tall whiteboard. When I ran the idea by my principal he immediately dubbed it an “Idea Wall”. I installed it for about $45
On a lark I decided to also extend my whiteboard at the front of my room to the ceiling so that I could use it as a giant screen. This added a third sheet of panel board to my project and increased the cost to about $60 total.
Today I came across another company doing the same thing. Look out for snip.ly links. They are also compromising your security and privacy.
You have to remove Linkis from a desktop browser. The correct settings page doesn’t show up in a mobile browser or app.
This is something that we educators need to teach our students as a part of Digital Citizenship.
A disturbing trend on Twitter.
In the last several weeks I have become aware of an insidious, disturbing “service” called Linkis. Linkis.com man-in-the-middle attacks your browsing to inject their content into your stream. This violates your privacy allowing Linkis to track your browsing and modify what you see on pages you visit.
“In cryptography and computer security, a man-in-the-middle attack (often abbreviated to MITM, MitM, MIM, MiM attack or MITMA) is an attack where the attacker secretly relays and possibly alters the communication between two parties who believe they are directly communicating with each other.”
When contacting the people who have been using this “service” I found a disturbing trend, none of them knew that they were using it. That is right they had a service linked to their Twitter account (and possibly Tumblr) that was changing their posts without their knowledge.
How does this happen?
Linkis spreads like a virus. One person gets it but doesn’t notice the symptom of the changed link in their post. After all, with Twitter using link shortening sometimes the link changes for a valid reason. Then another unsuspecting person opens the link and when it opens it looks exactly like what they expected to find except for the URL and a box on the side of the webpage.
Linkis then pops up a window that looks like this that can make you think that you need to click it to see the content you planned to view. If you click connect then it links to your Twitter account and you have caught the Linkis bug.
Once you have caught the Linkis bug then when you post a link in your tweets Linkis will replace the links in your tweets with their link. Anyone that clicks this link goes to Linkis’ site instead of the place you intended to send them and is vulnerable to accidentally adding Linkis to their account.
I figured out that I caught the Linkis bug, how do I fix it?
In order to stop Linkis you have to go into your Twitter, Tumblr, and other sites to deauthorize their access to your account. I also recommend that you report them to Twitter. The gif below shows how to do it and here are links to how-to videos on my YouTube channel. Remove Linkis from Twitter and Tumblr. Edit: 7/13/16 Videos embedded at the end of the post.
Please share this with everyone you know so that we can block Linkis from spreading. You might also think about contacting or tweeting to the Electronic Freedom Foundation (@eff) about Linkis and its man-in-the-middle attacks. The EFF is an organization that champions people’s privacy and security on the internet.