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How to update Seesaw class settings

The ES are doing great things in Seesaw, including lots of student, teacher and parent activity. There are a range of different settings you can explore to find ways to customise the Seesaw experience to your class or grade level. In the following video, I’ll show you how to:

  • Add specialist and co-teachers to class journals
  • Edit students’ preferred names & icons
  • Add parents & allow parent access
  • Add/edit folders & skills
  • Allow student comments & “likes”

We will continue to add Seesaw resources to the Ed Tech blog. In the meantime, please let Bec and myself know anytime you have a question or celebration around Seesaw or if there is another resource you think would benefit the school.


Checking Hard Drive Storage Space in your Macbook

At ISB, Macbook Pros have more storage space than Macbook Airs. When you need to migrate to Macbook Air using Time Machine, you will need to ensure that you have UNDER 200 GB of storage space free on your hard drive. This post will take you through the process of checking storage on your computer.

1. Go the apple on the top left corner of your screen and click “About This Mac”

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2. Click on the “Storage” Tab

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3. Check that you have under 200 GB free

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4. If you are over, you can check where you can go through and delete some files. (Note: You may want to check you movies, music or photos first.)

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5. If you need assistance with this, please go to the Ed Tech office, or ICT.

MacKeeper and Other Software Installs

diskutilityimageYou’ve probably seen ads for MacKeeper. It’s hard to avoid them. They pop up at the top of webpages promising that your Mac will run much better if you install it but do you really know what MacKeeper is or what it’s doing?

These days we have to be careful. Don’t install software unless you’re sure it’s good. Just last month we learned of some ransomeware that was released that if it gets installed on a Mac it will encrypt files which will only be unlocked if the computer’s owner pays a ransom.

There are a few ways to protect yourself from these attacks. The most important thing is to be careful and know what you’re installing. With great power comes great responsibility. In this case it means informing yourself before you install software. An easy way to do this is to only install software from the MacApp Store or from Self Service at ISB. If the software you’re interested in isn’t available at these two places then you need to be more careful. Do your homework. Do a quick search online to see what others are saying about the software.

I did a quick Google search for MacKeeper. Here are some of the hits I had on the first page of Google. What ‘MacKeeper’ is and why you should avoid it | iMore, How to uninstall MacKeeper from your Mac | Macworld, Is MacKeeper Really A Scam? | Cult of Mac, 13 Million MacKeeper Users Exposed — Krebs on Security, and Here’s what MacKeeper is — and why you should avoid it.

I don’t know if MacKeeper is bad but it doesn’t pass my test for software. It isn’t available on the MacApp Store or Self Service. Also, my quick online search suggests there are a lot of people not happy with the software. I’m not installing it!

BTW the ICT Office did a quick scan and found 131 people at ISB have installed MacKeeper on their MacBooks. Here’s an article at MacWorld that shows how to uninstall it.

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