New Teacher Tools: Geocaching and Education


first_imgLouie Bliss and Foxfire working the Geocaching BoothTeachers say geocaching can be a powerful learning tool that involves critical thinking, hands-on learning and active engagement.Over the past few years, geocaching has become more commonly used in the world of education. Now Geocaching.com offers more help to teachers who incorporate geocaching in the classroom. Geocaching.com just released a  Geocaching and Education page to provide educators with a range of useful resources. Geocaching.com employees, known as Lackeys, are also attending education conventions to spread the word about geocaching in the classroom.Teachers have traditionally created their own material to incorporate geocaching into geography, math, science, history, English, and physical education curricula. The passion to use the activity in school has become so great that we over at Groundspeak are now actively partnering with teachers to better support geocaching and education.Just this past week, Lackeys smelly_kelly, Foxfire, Louie Bliss, Katie-b, and bethany_b attended the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Convention in Seattle, Washington. The conference featured more than 50 booths and hosted more than 3,000 attendees. The Geocaching.com booth proved to be a great success as geocachers and non-cachers alike stopped by to learn about the activity and how it can be used as a teaching tool.Geocaching and EducationThose working the booth were pleased with the number of teachers already using geocaching in their classrooms. It was equally encouraging to see how many teachers plan on incorporating geocaching into future lessons.According to Lackey Louie Bliss, “people were really impressed that we have a brand new section dedicated to Geocaching and Education. Most people had heard of geocaching and done it themselves, but many had never thought to teach it to students. They walked away really excited to try it.”Lackey’s found that both students and teachers are using geocaching to teach a variety of subjects. “We had a number of science teachers discuss how they plan to co-teach with social studies or geography teachers,” said Louie Bliss.smelly_kelly and Louie Bliss with a 10-foot astronautCheck out the education forums if you are interested in posting questions, ideas, sharing curriculum, and more. The forums are a fabulous way for teachers to learn from one another and for Groundspeak to learn from teachers.Resources available on the Geocaching and Education page include educational screencasts, geocaching videos, a link to the Intro to Geocaching PowerPoint Presentation, and a link to the education forums. SharePrint RelatedGeocaching Finds Its Way To the ClassroomAugust 4, 2011In “Community”Teaching Geocaching and a Lackey to Complete a 5/5November 22, 2011In “Community”How Dr. Polley, edu-cacher extraordinaire, incorporates geocaching in his classroomOctober 28, 2015In “Community” Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Does Windows 8 Need Add-On Security Protection? And What Are Your Choices?


first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Microsoft#security#web Lock image courtesy of Shutterstock. For example, both 360 and Norton Internet Security attempt to sniff out scams on social networking sites like Facebook. Widgets on Windows 8 allow users to control and manage their Norton installation. And though toolbars may be a (thankfully) thing of the past in the built-in IE10 browser, Norton is developing a custom, secured version of the IE browser with its own built-in protections, for users who want the extra security. Panda Security also announced its own security suite this week, which includes Panda Antivirus Pro 2013, Panda Internet Security 2013 and Panda Global Protection 2013. None of them seem particularly optimized for Windows 8, although they’re compatible with the new operating system.According to the company, the new suites offer a series of technological improvements:Better disinfection capabilitiesImproved on-access scanningA new operating system vulnerability disinfection systemA new built-in system to submit questions to technical supportA new password manager that protects users’ digital identity and allows them to store their credentials securely.According to the company, if consumers buy now, Panda will toss in an extra month on top of its annual subscription. Prices range from $40.99 for Panda AntiVirus Pro to $60.99 for Panda Internet Security 2013 to $71.99 for Panda Global Protection 2013. Kaspersky Lab, for its part, recently announced its Internet Security and Antivirus suite, which costs $79.95 for a year’s subscription to the former. In addition to improved performance, Kaspersky Interent Security includes Safe Money, a virtual keyboard to log into financial sites and avoid keyloggers that can sniff your hardware keyboard commands. markhachman Security vendors say add-on security products will be needed for Windows 8 – and they’re rolling out suites of solutions to enhance whatever Microsoft offers with its new operating system.According to Gerry Egan, a senior director of product management for the Security Technology and Response Group at security vendor Symantec, the new Windows 8 “Modern-UI”-style apps (formerly known as Metro) are sandboxed, or isolated from the rest of the system, as well as curated. But one of the “myths” of Windows 8 is that it’s more secure, because underneath the Metro interface lies the traditional desktop, Egan said.Security Vendors Say Windows 8 Still Needs Security HelpThat’s the standard line for most security vendors. For them, there’s no question that Windows 8 will require protection, no matter what improvements Microsoft has made.“[Microsoft has] minimal changes there,” Egan said. “They have SmartScreen [dialogues asking if a user wants to install new software] in more places; they’ve revamped the heap manager. But in our studies, most traditional malware runs there unchanged. [It] might be a little difficult to get at the system, but far from impossible.”“So, in that sense, the statement ‘Windows 8 is safer because it’s sandboxed is only partially true under certain circumstances,’” Egan said. “That’s our opinion, anyway.”Windows 8’s security enhancements include both the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI), an improved version of the BIOS software that runs when a PC boots up, but one that requires modern hardware. Then an Early Load Anti Malware (ELAM) driver loads, which Egan said basically provides signature-level protection, the more traditional method of virus detection. (Most modern anti-malware now incorporates behavior-based heuristic detection and even reputation to sniff out new malware.)Neither approach can block social engineering attacks like phishing, which have become more and more common, Egan said. Naturally, social engineering is an area that Norton is focusing on. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Norton, Panda and Kaspersky Update Their Security SuitesSo although Symantec may or may not be able to sell security solutions for Windows RT devices, its traditional security solutions will be available for Windows 8, including Norton 360; Norton Internet Security, its “all-in-one” security suite; Norton Internet Security, which lacks the file backup and maintenance capabilities of Norton 360; and the stripped-down Norton AntiVirus solution, which protects the PC from malware.Norton 360 will cost $89.99 and Norton Internet Security will cost $79.99, both covering for a year’s subscription for three PCs. Norton AntiVirus will cost $39.99, but will cover a single PC for a year. All have been designed for Windows 8, Egan said.last_img read more