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Facebook Finally Offers Users Encryption

Posted on 10 February 2011 | 4:54 pm — 
If you regularily use Facebook in the lab or on unsecured wireless hot spots (like Starbucks or Barnes and Noble), you should read Tim Brookes article from from  The articles explains how to use Facebook’s new setting so your entire Facebook session will be encrypted and less vulnerable to hijacking.

Facebook Finally Offers Users The Encryption They Deserve by Tim Brookes

If you’re an avid Facebook user then there’s one new feature you’ll probably want to enable straight away – the option to login, browse and do all your social networking worry-free, using a secure HTTPS connection to the server.

Facebook previously used HTTPS to handle logins, but from then on the site reverted to a non-secure version. Using the new setting found in the Account Security area under Account Settings (look for Secure Browsing) the whole session will be encrypted and less vulnerable to hijacking.

Users considered to be most at risk are those who regularly login from public access computers and unsecured wireless hot spots. If you do regularly use Facebook from any public places then we’d recommend changing to the HTTPS option as soon as you can.

As a consequence of the secure connection, pages may take longer to load than usual. There are also a large number of applications that are not yet compatible with the HTTPS.

In a blog post, Facebook’s Alex Rice said: “Some Facebook features, including many third-party applications, are not currently supported in HTTPS.

“We’ll be working hard to resolve these remaining issues. We are rolling this out slowly over the next few weeks, but you will be able to turn this feature on in your Account Settings soon. We hope to offer HTTPS as a default whenever you are using Facebook sometime in the future.”

Faculty Focus: Education Remix: Unlocking Creativity to Boost Learning

Posted on 3 December 2010 | 5:18 pm — 

John Orlando posted a great article this week on Faculty Focus titled Education Remix: Unlocking Creativity to Boost Learning discussing social media and remix culture.  One of the most common forms of remix culture is making videos, which can be used as a great learning activity in the classroom.  As Orlando states, “remixing is also a fundamentally creative process, as the creator must develop links between two different topics. The process forces the creator to see the topic from new perspectives.”

Orlando also notes that “one simple way to use remixing in your classes is to provide extra credit to students who develop a short video that reinterprets some part of popular culture in a way related to the class subject. The original can be a song, commercial, movie, etc. Students can also remix elements of photographs or text.”

If you are interested in using remix culture in the classroom, or are considering how remixing can foster engagement, creativity, and learning, take a moment to read John Orlando’s article and follow the helpful links he provided in his article below.

Remix examples:


Faculty Focus – Using smartphones to conduct polls

Posted on 5 October 2010 | 4:45 pm — 

If you are not familiar with Faculty Focus I highly recommend it.  It is full of great information and ideas for teaching.  Today’s article by John Orlando, PhD is about Using Polling and Smartphones to Keep Students Engaged.

I was familiar with some of the polling software provided in the article, but many were new to me.  I enjoyed reviewing the different recommendations.  If you have considered using polling in your class but do not have access to iClickers (or other clicker technologies) or just want to try it out and see what you think of it, this may be a great option!

I am including a brief excerpt and the “Links” section from the article below.

While many instructors consider smartphones the bane of teaching—causing distraction and even cheating during a test—polling turns the technology into a teacher’s advantage by engaging students with the content.

Orlanda has also provided an informative screencast, demonstrating how easy it is to use polling software. Watch it here »


  • Vorbeo (
    Another system for creating a poll to embed in your website.

Work together in real time on the same Prezi with Prezi Meeting!

Posted on 14 September 2010 | 5:19 pm — 

PREZI recently announced that you can now work together in real time on the same prezi! With Prezi Meeting, teams can collaborate live or simply present prezis with up to 10 people in a prezi at one time.  What a great enhancement to an already great presentation program. Click HERE to learn more about how to start Prezi Meeting!

cinfolit cinema + information literacy

Posted on 6 August 2010 | 2:38 pm — 

A great new blog found by Jannette Finch, Librarian at the Lowcountry Graduate Center.

cinfolit available at compiles popular film scenes, TV shows and YouTube examples to help demonstrate information literacy skills in the classroom.

Posted by Ellie

Twilight in the Classroom!

One way to ask students to create their own criteria for evaluating the reliability of websites is through a clip from the popular film Twilight. We see the main character, Bella Swan, use Google to find a website about the Cold Ones and use the website to come to a conclusion about Edward Cullen. Students are asked questions about the reliability of the site based upon what they see and what other kinds of conclusions Bella can draw outside of vampire.

Here is the clip from YouTube:

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