Do you know your Destiny Homepage?
Destiny is the turquoise icon on every desktop at Columbia High School. It is the school library’s catalog and also an efficient way for students and teachers to search the Internet.
The first page you see when you open Destiny is the Homepage. The Homepage lists databases that support our curriculum. There is a link to a free Typing Game. Faster, more accurate typing is a useful skill for everyone who uses a computer which includes each one of us. There is a link to the College Board website with sample SAT questions as well as a link to Khan Academy where students will find thousands of practice questions approved by the College Board, 4 full SAT practice tests and prep questions that are personalized by linking your PSAT results to Khan Academy. There is a link to a Vocabulary practice site and a Research Skills site. Links to the Georgia Milestones test prep sites and to the Georgia DOE Standards are on the Homepage. Columbia teachers, parents and students have free access to the World Almanac online and to 7 World Book Encyclopedias from the Homepage. See Media Specialist for access codes to the World Book and World Almanac.
And teachers, parents and students have access to the Media Center Homepage on their home computers by going to the Columbia High School website, to the Media Center page and opening the Destiny link on that page.
Every parent, student and teacher at CHS has free access to a wealth of information resources just by opening the Destiny Homepage.
How to Increase Your Internet Security
After Yahoo announced that 500 million users had had their private information stolen, we have all had increased concern about protecting the security of our private information that is stored online.
Many experts are recommending that anyone who had a Yahoo account when the security breach took place (late in 2014) should change their Yahoo password and also change the password for any other sites for which the same password as the Yahoo password was used.
The New York Times gives the following advice about how to create secure password protection for your online information.
“How do I create stronger passwords?
Try a password manager like 1Password or LastPass.
These sites create a unique password for each website you visit and store them in a database protected by a master password that you create. Password managers reduce the risk of reused passwords or those that are easy to decode.
If you must create your own passwords, try creating long, complex passwords consisting of nonsensical phrases or one-sentence summaries of strange life events and add numbers and special characters.
My favorite number is Green4782#
The cat ate the CoTTon candy 224%
Or, if you’re extra paranoid, consider mimicking this setup:
Jeremiah Grossman, a web security expert, memorizes only a few passwords, including one to unlock his computer, and another to unlock an encrypted USB drive containing a file with a list of all his passwords for dozens of services. None of his passwords are memorable because they are random.
“I select them quite literally by banging on the keyboard a few times like a monkey,” Mr. Grossman said, adding that his setup is “a bit more paranoid” than that of the average person.
Create the strongest passwords for the sites that contain the most sensitive information and do not reuse them anywhere.”
The November 2016 issue of Consumer Reports, which we have in the Media Center, gives the same advice.
Copyright Tips for
Teachers and Students
These are a few quick tips
A more comprehensive guide to copyright for teachers and students is in your Mail Box in Room 5
Printed Material: Teachers may make multiple copies for classroom use or teachers and students may incorporate into a multimedia project: 1) a poem less than 250 words or a 250 word excerpt from a longer poem, 2) articles, stories or essays less than 2500 words or an excerpt from a longer work (10% of the work or 1,000 words whichever is less), 3) One chart, picture, diagram or cartoon per book or periodical issue.
Photographs or illustrations: Single works may be used but no more than five images by a single artist or photographer. From a collection, no more than 15 images or 10 % of the collection whichever is less may be used.
Videos for viewing: Teachers may use legitimately acquired materials for instruction in a classroom.
Videos for Integration into multimedia or video projects: Students may use portions of lawfully acquired copyrighted works in multimedia. Portions must 10% or less or 3 minutes whichever is less. Copyrighted works included in multimedia projects must give proper attribution to the copyright holder.
Music for Integration into multimedia or video projects: Up to 10% but no more than 30 seconds of a copyrighted musical composition may be used as part of a multimedia program produced by an educator or student.
Internet: Images may be downloaded for student projects and teacher lessons. Sound files and video may be downloaded for use in multimedia projects subject to the restrictions for use of music/sound and video above. Resources from the web may not be reposted on the Internet without permission, however, links to legitimate resources may be posted. Any resources downloaded must have been legitimately acquired by the Website.
Television: Broadcasts may be used for instruction. Cable programs may be used with permission. Schools may retain programs for 10 days unless the copyright holder allows more time than that.
NEWSFLASH: Bob Dylan has been awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. He is the first American to receive the award since Toni Morrison in 1993.