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Here are instructions for creating a white list of approved senders in your Postini Spam Filter.  If you follow these instructions you will no longer have specific emails stuck in the filter unless the message contains a virus.

Open a web browser - e.g. Firefox and go to login.postini.com
Log in to Postini using your email address and password.
In the upper right corner locate and click "My Settings".


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In the Junk Settings section of the My Settings window, click on "Approve Senders"

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To approve a single email address use the left most box called "Approved Senders".  Just click to create a new line of text and enter the email address of the user, for example joe@somewhere.com.

To approve an entire domain of users like Cesa12 then use the "Approved Domains" box.  Just click to create a new line of text and enter just the domain such as cesa12.k12.wi.us.  No slashes no www nothing but the domain.

To approve a mailing list such as everyone@csdk12.net use the "Approved Mailing Lists" box.

Be sure to click the Update. . . button under the box where you have made changes.

 
 

Many of you are having issues using Infinite Campus grade book.  There are a couple of things to be aware of.

#1.  Infinite Campus released a new updated version of their grade book just before the launch of the new school year.  We re-imaged your Dell laptops just before you left for summer.  Java has updates to it almost daily.  If Infinite Campus made use of a java version that is so new that your current version will not work then I need to update your Java.  SO if grade book is not work at all - message says Plug-in required, then make sure you get your laptop to me.

#2.  Apple recently sent out an update that removed the ability for Firefox and other NON-APPLE browsers to even detect that java is available on your Mac.  It will be necessary at this point now to download and install the newest version of Firefox - version 5.0.1 or higher, and other than Safari, Firefox may be the only other browser you can use at this time with Infinite Campus on the Mac. 
 
 
Here are several links to articles about technology in the classrooms.

  • National Education Technology Plan 2010  --- Education is the key to America's economic growth and prosperity and to our ability to compete in the global economy. It is the path to good jobs and higher earning power for Americans. It is necessary for our democracy to work. It fosters the cross-border, cross-cultural collaboration required to solve the most challenging problems of our time.
  • The NMC Horizon Report > 2011 K-12 Edition HTML5 Flipbook Version  --- The Horizon Project, as the centerpiece of NMC's Emerging Technologies Initiative, charts the landscape of emerging technologies for teaching, learning and creative inquiry and produces the NMC’s series of Horizon Reports.
  • Many U.S. schools adding iPads, trimming textbooks  ---  The primary reason that technology is not currently 100% infused into teaching and learning is due to the lack of electronic textbooks.  Going to digital text books is truly the only way to move forward with technology as a tool available for every teacher and every student.  I see the physical text book as the actual anchor that is keeping us back.  Remove that anchor and we will go 100% technology based for all instruction.
  • In Classroom of Future, Stagnant Scores  --- A little different perspective on technology centric classrooms. This article just proves that the measurement methods are all designed around legacy print media methods of teaching and learning and that new ways of measuring student successes are needed.