Wired Wednesday Sites Training

posted Oct 29, 2013, 7:42 PM by Kara Turner   [ updated Oct 29, 2013, 7:43 PM ]

Take a look at the Google Sites Training site for information on how we will be spending our future Wired Wednesdays.  Please take time to read the details of the site requirements and to explore the options available to you with Sites that are not with School Fusion.  

Take advantage of the Wednesdays as an opportunity for you to get 1 on 1 help with your site and also utilize resources like Atomic Learning and to take advantage of other learning opportunities that come available throughout the year on Wednesdays.

Feel free to scan in the QR code and book mark it on your iPad!d  Good luck!  Ask if you have questions!

Site Updating!

posted Sep 15, 2013, 1:06 PM by Kara Turner   [ updated Sep 15, 2013, 7:33 PM ]

Not only does your www.BrownDeerSchools.com website have a new look and links, but your Employee Portal has changed as well!

Note that some of your links have changed places.  In our attempt to make things easier to navigate and hopefully clearer we have moved some of the links around.  

Atomic Learning

posted Apr 5, 2013, 6:23 PM by Kara Turner   [ updated Jun 10, 2013, 9:23 AM by Lisa Albers ]

Check out the Training Resources link to access the information for Atomic Learning, how to log in and complete the necessary modules.  Watch the YouTube video if you are a visual learner!  The modules can be completed prior to the 10th, and the 11th at the latest. **

Atomic Learning Login Access Tutorial

**Please note:  you were give 2 hours to watch tutorials and explore the modules, reports will be run to see that you have spent two hours of time logged in and that the tutorials were completed

Please turn off all technological equipment when you leave for the day

posted Mar 20, 2013, 12:45 PM by Lisa Albers   [ updated Mar 20, 2013, 12:47 PM ]

Sneaky Accidental Installations

posted Apr 23, 2012, 9:29 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Mar 20, 2013, 12:43 PM by Lisa Albers ]

Accidental installations are kind of sneaky and not good for your computer and your health.  It's easy for companies to fool you into accidentally  download them on your computer so you have to pay attention when you update or download programs to to your computer.  Here is how they get on your computer; an update or a download of some sort comes up and usually it’s mandatory.  For this example we’ll use Java.  We’ve all seen the little orange box come up saying there’s an update available.  Typically these kinds of software’s (Java, Adobe, and Microsoft) are all trusted hosts but some sneaky softwares will tag along onto these trusted sites in the form of check boxes.

Notice the check box that reads: “Yes...”

That is the culprit.  Make sure to pay attention when installing any form of update or software to see if they are trying to add any form of additional “FREE” software or trial software or even any form of TOOLBAR.  Avoid these at all costs.

Another way to accidentally install something is thing is when you go out looking for downloads.  A good example is something you may have seen someone use: Daemon tools.  The download page is somewhat tricky.  Look at this picture.  

Notice the black arrow where the actual download link is, and the big green download is the evil doer.  Notice in the red box, the word ADVERTISEMENT.  They don’t do a good job at differentiating between the two, but why should they? Every time someone clicks that link, the host site makes money. Can you blame them?

The moral of the story is to be careful of what you click on. Make sure there are no hidden chock boxes and read download pages carefully.  If you have any questions or comments please feel free to email the any member of the tech team.

How to Spiceworks

posted Apr 20, 2012, 12:02 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Jul 16, 2012, 2:23 PM by Unknown user ]

Avoiding Malicious Software(s)

posted Apr 16, 2012, 6:41 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Apr 16, 2012, 6:41 AM by Unknown user ]

Hello District Staff,

Today I would like to take a few minutes of your time to go over some very important information.  As of late, we have been experiencing some virus issues that seem to root from malicious strikes on users in the form of Windows notifications.  These notifications seem legitimate, and pose as a real issue that your computer is trying to overcome.  They come from emails, websites, advertisements on websites, really anywhere.  They are smart too, they mask themselves so that the average user cannot distinguish a true Windows error message from the virus/malware.  In no way are we pointing fingers, we just want to share some knowledge.

Let’s go over a brief description of what these things are;

Malware: Software that is intended to damage or disable computers and computer systems

Virus: Software program capable of reproducing itself and usually capable of causing great harm to files or other programs on the same system.

The key terms here are in bold, disabling a computer will stop the user from being productive. A virus that reproduces itself infects multiple files, that can then be spread to other machines via email, USB Flash drives, etc. Both of these are not good for the health of the computer, the network, the user, or anyone attempting to fix it.

Preventative action is the best action, that’s why we have anti-virus software.  There are many out there that claim to work wonders.  After using many different programs myself, and testing them, I have my own opinions that I have formulated on these software’s, but that isn’t important right now.  What is important, is that we here in sunny Brown Deer Wisconsin use a small and light weight program called Vexira.  It’s red and not very cool looking. It looks like this;

Sometimes you may get a small pop up in the bottom right of your screen, typically when you plug something new into your computer, like a flash drive or a new cd. It will be a tiny white box with a red top on it that asks if you want to scan the new device, typically you can ignore it.  It’s just Vexira being cautious.  This should be the ONLY THING you ever get prompted about in terms of anti-virus. 

Windows pop ups that people see from time to time claiming there is a threat to their data or files or anything of that nature that may be compromised ARE NOT REAL.

These come from the internet and are the primary source of malicious software attacks. They are evil, and they may look like this;

Please notice some key giveaway’s that this is false. There is no title of the error message in the top left corner of the blue bar. “Your PC is at risk of a virus AND malware attack.”  A true error will give you the EXACT problem followed by an error code at the bottom.  “Your system requires immediate check! No true error message will say check, nor will it have an exclamation point.  The dead giveaway is quick and free”.  Nothing is free, that’s life.

Upon seeing ANY message that even remotely resembles this please press the red X at the top, and close out. Upon doing so it may prompt you with another scam message, this is how you can be 110% certain that these messages are malicious.  Another way to close this is to go to the bottom of your screen, on that start panel, and RIGHT CLICK on the message and go to close. This screen capture is off my computer, my start panel is on the left side of my screen, and I’m running Windows 7, however it works EXACTLY the same way on your computer.

This information is invaluable to know, because it will not only help prevent horrific virus infections on our beloved BDSD Network but it will also help you as a computer user be more aware of malicious software when you are at home using your own computers.        

If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to discuss this further please feel free to email Anthony or I and we would be happy to go over this in more detail.  Also, if you do manage to get what you may think is a Virus or any form of malware attack on your computer please put in a ticket so we can address it accordingly.

Thank you for your time.

Browsers and You

posted Apr 12, 2012, 10:34 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Apr 16, 2012, 7:21 AM by Unknown user ]

Good afternoon Brown Deer Staff,

I trust that all of your spring breaks are going well!

Today I would like to spend a few minutes and talk to you about what we here have to offer you, and our students, in terms of internet browsing capabilities.  For those of you that are not familiar with the term "Internet Browser" it is the software that allows us to navigate the world wide web.  Like the many varieties of cars, there are many varieties of browsers in the world.  The ones that we are going to focus on are Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome.  These would be considered the top three or "mainstream" internet browsers.  They are also the only ones we currently support here at the Brown Deer School District. Each one of these browsers has something different to offer.  Lets start with a very brief history lesson.  Internet Explorer was first, and it comes prepackaged with Microsoft's Windows Operating System.  Eventually, as the population of programmers got smarter and the internet became more efficient, Mozilla Firefox was born and was the reigning champ.  About one year ago, Google being the massive internet mogul that they are launched the Chrome Project.  Google Chrome, as we know it, is the fastest and lightest Internet Browser known to man.

What does this mean for you? Well, we here in the tech department strongly recommend using Chrome for everything on the internet with just a few exceptions.  Skyward, we know, doesn't get along with Chrome because they're not up to date with their software/server configurations.  We're confident that in the future, they'll come around.  Google Chrome's ability to function on such a low amount of resources allows it to be so fast and "light".  It loads quicker, renders information and search statistics faster.  Also, with this summers planned transition to Google Doc's, it will really centralize our ability to communicate with each other and our students.  If you ever run into a problem loading anything in Google Chrome, we would recommend trying it in Internet Explorer simply  because the location which you are trying to gain access to, may not support Chrome entirely. 

Please, enjoy Google Chrome and all of its wonders.  If you have any questions or concerns, you know where to reach us.

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