SafeShare.TV provides a safe way to watch and share YouTube videos.   It is simple, just copy and paste the link to the YouTube video into the provided box and click Generate SafeView.  Here are some advantages:

  • This eliminates ads and other videos that populate.
  • There is no sign in. You make it and take it.
  • You can edit the start and end positions (trim your video, I needed that years ago when I would accidentally leave my video recorder on after the lesson)!
  • You have the ability to make them private so they are not searchable via, but they are shareable via a link.
  • You can turn off the ability to download your video.
  • You can use this to “LOOP” your YouTube videos.  Please note that it takes some time to create the “endless video”, so be patient.  I ended up leaving it overnight, and the next day it was done.  I just did this 4 second video and it took a little over an hour to render. Check it out – no idea who is in that video?!?!  Link to Looped 4 Second Video


Integration Ideas:

  • Use to display your flipped classroom videos.  Many folks hold back from posting their videos to YouTube for fear of privacy.  I will challenge you to post them as “unlisted” and share the link to!  This accomplishes a couple of things.  Students do not have to download the video and hope that the file type is compatible with their device.  It also allows them a safe viewing experience.  Win, win! Shout Out to Theresa Grospitch for using this!
  • Coaches and sponsors, use this at your banquets.  If you use the Loop feature, your videos will continue endlessly. Plus you won’t risk the ads and the end of the video images that populate.
  • Administrators, use this for your presentations.  Especially the all school videos!  You can create the link and share it in advance with all stake holders to be sure that it is the correct video and that it is school appropriate.

Window + L

You can lock your computer by pressing Window + L.  It is your responsibility to keep your data safe.  Get in the practice of locking your computer when you leave it.


Window + L when you walk away!

Mac Users:

  1. System Preferences > Security & Privacy > General. Check the box next to “Require Password” and set an interval that meets your workflow. If you want the highest level of security, set it to “immediately.”
  2. To lock your Mac’s screen, simultaneously press the following keys: Control + Shift + Eject. If you have a newer Mac that doesn’t have an optical drive (and thus has no eject key on the keyboard, such as the Retina MacBook Pro), the command is Control + Shift + Power.


Safe Image Search and Proper Attribution

Have you ever heard the phrase, “just because you can doesn’t mean you should”?  This is ever so true on the Internet.  It is so easy to take an image and use it as if you created it.  We must take time to teach proper and safe image search tips as well as proper and legally correct attribution.  I explain this in 3 simple steps!

Image Search TitleStep1FIND IT!  Here are some great sites:


Be sure that you are searching “creative commons” and “not for commercial use”.

1.  Creative Commons Help – enter your search, uncheck “use for commercial purposes” and you decide whether you want images that you can modify.  Then click the search engine button (Flickr, ccMixter, Pixabay for ex).

CreativeCommons Help2.  Compfight Help – put your search in and then it takes you to the page where you can filter down to Creative commons only.

CompFight Help

3. Photo Pin Help – similar to compfight, you enter your search. Then check “Non-Commercial” as your license type.

4. Photos For Class – this one is already set to safely search for images.  In addition, the images are licensed by Creative Commons so you can easily obtain proper attribution information.  This one keeps it very simple!

Step2Check the Copyright Information

In 2 easy steps!

1.  Once you find your picture, find the “rights reserved” link.   Most will look something like this:SomeRightsReservedIf you are using Photopin – Click “Get Photo” and then the photo should link you to the page that has the copyright information on it.  Or, you can copy paste it from the License or HTML attribution box— look for the link.

Also, several of these sites have “sponsored stock” images at the top.  Those are NOT free.  Scroll past them.

2. When you click on the “Some rights reserved” link as shown in the box above, it will take you to an attribution page that was created by creative commons. Click the box above or this link: to see an example.  Notice, it starts with what you CAN do and follows with the terms (which are often to simply give the author/creator proper credit/attribution).

CreativeCommonsRightsReserved PageStep3Give Credit (Attribution) to the Creator!



Give Credit to the creator of the image that you are using! An example of this is to detail that the you did not create the image/work and to give credit to whomever did. You should provide a link back to their page as well.  You also do not want to give the impression that they endorse you or your work.

Some pages will provide the HTML code that you can copy/paste onto your website as attribution.


I popped the code above onto my site so you can see what it looks like!  It is the attribution associated with this beautiful picture.  I read that I can do this but must provide attribution.  Notice, there are 3 links in the photo credit below.  One to the creators’ Flickr website, one to CompFight and one to the Copyright information.  Super Easy!  I also gave credit to my fun fonts that I used to make my banners on this site.


Photo Credit: PeterThoeny via Compfight cc
Font Credit:  Fun Fonts Free from:

Happy Safe Internet Day! #ShareAHeart

Did you know that the 2nd day of the 2nd week of Februray (02) is Safe Internet Day!  I hope you will take a moment and think about how you can “play your part for a better Internet”.

Here is a high school lesson that focus’ on “character”.  The objectives are to understand laws online, what online hate might look like and to consider what we should do when we encounter it.

Resources from SID2016:



Internet Security: Protect Yourself Shopping Online

With today being “Cyber Monday”, I bet you have been inundated with online ads tempting you to save money and buy today.  While I love the convenience of online shopping just as much as the next guy, I have done some research and offer these basic TIPS if you decide to buy online!

  1. HTTPS:  When you are checking out, look for https in the URL.  If you do not see the “s”, then you should bail!  You will get more than you bargained for.  Protect Yourself Shopping Online image attribution
  2. Familiar Sites Only: Only shop from websites that you are familiar with.  If you do not recognize it, don’t buy it.
  3. Avoid Phishing Scams: Even if you recognize it, make sure you get there from their main website and NOT a link to it from an ad.  Call the company if you are unsure.
  4. Use Personal WIFI: Don’t purchase from public WIFI.  Window shop only.
  5. Use APPS: If shopping from a phone or tablet, use Apps, not a web browser. They add an additional layer of security.
  6. Use a PIN:  Lock your phone/tablet. And, “window-L” on your computer keyboard when you walk away.
  7. Do Not Store Data: Do not store your payment (CC/DC) info when asked at checkout.
  8. Check Bank Statements: Check your bank statements frequently after purchases.  Contact them immediately if you see unsolicited activity.

Happy Shopping!


Google Cultural Institute

Bring the world to your classroom.  With this site, you can discover exhibits and collections from museums and archives all around the world.  Explore cultural treasures in extraordinary detail, from hidden gems to masterpieces. You can even create, save and share galleries with friends.

Visit the site here:

BVWTIS overview of the site:

Overview of the site:



Edmodo is a secure microblogger that looks and functions similar to Facebook and Twitter.  It is one of the easiest that I have used.  I set up a “group” for us to use for our end of the year technology to-do’s.   So many of you have GREAT IDEAS and this will be a great way to share.  The best way to learn is to DO.  Be brave… follow these steps.

  1. Go to
  2. Select I’m a teacher.  Register (use your teacher email).
  3.  Once you are in, you will look for “Join” link in the Groups section under your profile picture (yes, you can change that too if you like).
  4. Type in my CODE:  sp1v7g (Teachers at BVW, or anyone if you want to preview what it looks like)!
  5. Take a look around, post a reply to my “welcome” post or create your own thoughts where it says “type your note here”.

SOME Educational Uses: 

  • Students can post their projects (mine post their programs, could be artwork, video documentaries, reports, etc.) and other students will reply to their posts with their “peer reviews”.
  • Teachers can post a blog topic that you want your students to discuss.
  • Students can write comments, opinions or questions on daily news items, current events or issues of interest.
  • Create an Online Book Club.
  • Showcase Student art, poetry and creative stories.
  • Communicate with another class outside of your class.
  • Elect a weekly class scribe to write a “week in review” posting.
  • Use the blog as a reading response journal.
  • Post a statement with no supporting facts and ask students to find resources to support or refute the opinion.

AOL 2.OL?  Yep, check out the SnapShot in Edmodo.  You can create a quick assessment from a common core item bank.

Add the Photos for Class app that will enable a creative commons search engine for student to find and accurately site images.