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Showing posts with label information. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

@NewsLitProject - 8 tips to Google like a Pro

𝚂𝚑𝚊𝚎𝚕𝚢𝚗𝚗 𝙵𝚊𝚛𝚗𝚜𝚠𝚘𝚛𝚝𝚑 @ 🏠 (@shfarnsworth) tweeted on Mon, Jun 07, 2021:
"One of the most important ⭐️ skills to teach students... How to find information online.

Check out our NEW infographic from @NewsLitProject
in collab w/ @CindyOtis_ ⬇️

✅ 8 tips to Google like a Pro! #engchat #sschat #TLchat"

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Shared from Twitter:

@NewsLitProject - 8 tips to Google like a Pro
@NewsLitProject - 8 tips to Google like a Pro

Friday, March 26, 2021

Nieman Lab: "The first challenge is data... The second is money"

"Social media disinformation discussions are going in circles. Here's how to change that."

"On Thursday, the CEOs of Facebook, Google, and Twitter will testify before Congress about online disinformation. Even before the gavel bangs, we can predict what will happen. Some members of Congress will demand that social media platforms do more to stop viral falsehoods from damaging democracy and triggering violence. Others will warn of needlessly restricting speech and say it could even inflame fringe elements and drive them to less-governed spaces.

This same argument repeats itself after every crisis, from Christchurch to QAnon to COVID-19. Why can’t we break the impasse? Because the debate about countering disinformation can itself be a fact-free zone: long on theories, short on evidence. We need better expertise, and that means empowering experts."
Continue reading the article online

Photo illustration by Slate. Photo by Olena Poliakevych/iStock/Getty Images Plus
Photo illustration by Slate. Photo by Olena Poliakevych/iStock/Getty Images Plus

Monday, March 15, 2021

What gets funded is a question of priorities, but who sets them? “Let’s face it, we don’t have ribbon cuttings when we replace a pipe"

A good interactive article at Washington Post on how we miss the boat in funding the basics.
"In the shadow of its exceptionalism, America fails to invest in the basics. 
Stunning advances in medicine and technology have come
alongside systemic breakdowns in infrastructure and health.


America can put a rover on Mars, but it can’t keep the lights on and water running in the city that birthed the modern space program. It can develop vaccines, in record time, to combat a world-altering illness, but suffers one of the developed world’s highest death rates due to lack of prevention and care. It spins out endless entertainment to keep millions preoccupied during lockdown — and keep tech shares riding high on Wall Street — but leaves kids disconnected from the access they need to do their schoolwork. "

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Friday, February 26, 2021

Franklin High School: Important Information and Dates

Important Information and Dates

Winter 2020

  • Do you think you have missed our mass notifications? Please click here to view our Mass Notification archive. The most recent notifications are at the top of the page, chronologically.
  • Hybrid Bell Schedule for all students, including new Wednesday schedule
  • Hybrid Cohort Schedule  This schedule is for Semester 2 
  • COVID Pooled Testing Information-click HERE
  • Senior Graduation Caps and Gowns: Click here for Jostens video and link to order by February 12th to avoid late fee
  • View FHS Virtual Art Show HERE
  • Franklin Public Schools School Re-Opening website click HERE to view
  • Principal's Page<< watch Mr. Hanna's video updates 
  • FHS Students having troubles with your Chromebook or need technical help? Go to THIS PAGE for technology support

FHS calendar at a glance

2021-2022 Course Request window by grade:

  March 1-7             Class of 2024
  March 8-14           Class of 2023
  March 15-21         Class of 2022

March 3          - Half day of school PD Day
March 8          - COVID Pooled testing begins (see above for information link)
March 31        - Half day of school PD Day
April 2              -No School Good Friday
Snow Days:
1. Tuesday, February 2nd 


Franklin HIgh School: Important Information and Dates
Franklin High School: Important Information and Dates

Sunday, February 7, 2021

Go Viral Game

"A 5-minute game that helps protect you against COVID-19 misinformation"
Fun and insightful to play. Give it a try. How well do you do?
Note: I share this cautiously. If you don't know or recognize how things do go viral, you will find out. As with any tool, this information can be used for good or not. Your choice. Please make a good one. 

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Norfolk County Sheriff's Office Career Information Session - Feb 23

Norfolk County Sheriff's Office Career Information Session

Are you interested in joining a multi-talented, multi-cultural and professional organization dedicated to providing the utmost in public safety to the citizens of Norfolk County? 
Meet representatives from the Norfolk County Sheriff's office and learn how to prepare for a successful career. They will answer your questions on how to prepare for their career opportunities as a correction officer. 
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
This is a VIRTUAL Event

Event information page
Download a copy of the flyer

Norfolk County Sheriff's Office Career Information Session - Feb 23
Norfolk County Sheriff's Office Career Information Session - Feb 23

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Washington Post: "8 facts about the coronavirus to combat common misinformation"

"Living through a pandemic in the Internet age means misinformation can sometimes spread more rapidly than facts.

Faced with a deluge of claims about the coronavirus and the illness it causes, covid-19, you may be wondering whether gargling with saltwater is a cure or if the pathogen was man-made in a Chinese laboratory. (Spoiler: Saltwater doesn’t work, and scientists believe the virus occurs in nature.)

To help you out, we rounded up eight facts about the coronavirus to keep in mind if you see claims to the contrary."
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BFCCPS: Applications for 2021-2022 school year open and information session videos available

"In a traditional year, BFCCPS hosts information sessions so that interested families can meet us in person, learn more about the school and have a building tour.  As a result of the continuing health crisis, in person meetings will not be possible this year so we’ve adjusted our plans accordingly.

This year, we have arranged for videos featuring our staff, parents, teachers and even a BFCCPS alumna to help you learn more about the BFCCPS Experience. While these videos can’t truly replicate our traditional face to face events we hope that our enthusiasm for the school is evident.

A virtual Question and Answer Session will be held in January 2021. Please stay tuned for details and registration.  If you would like to watch all the videos in sequence, you can visit this YouTube playlist otherwise, you can watch selected videos below. "

Video link = 

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

"all of the social science shows that if someone really believes a conspiracy theory, it is just about impossible to change their minds”

"President Trump stands as a singular figure in American history for his willingness to entertain conspiracy theories from the Oval Office, and none has been more damaging or far reaching than his unsubstantiated claim that the 2020 election was rigged against him. One out of every three Americans believes that there was widespread fraud in the last presidential election, according to a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll, despite no evidence to support that view. Two in three Republicans believe so.

The social conditions that brought so many people to believe the falsehoods Trump has told about the election and a litany of other issues took root decades before he became a political figure and will extend far beyond the four years of his administration, according to scholars of disinformation and conspiratorial thinking.

“What’s unique about Donald Trump is that he took advantage of this widespread distrust of government and media to say everyone is lying to you except for me. We have never had a president so devoted to spreading disinformation and trying to overturn an election,” said Kathryn Olmsted, a historian at the University of California at Davis. “The people who stormed the Capitol are absolutely convinced that the election was stolen. They’re not being opportunistic; they really believe this. And all of the social science shows that if someone really believes a conspiracy theory, it is just about impossible to change their minds.”

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Sunday, January 10, 2021

Franklin Arts Academy - Info Night - Jan 13, 2021

The FAA is a rigorous, 3-year interdisciplinary pathway offered at Franklin High School for grades 10, 11, and 12. Using multiple intelligence and interdisciplinary teaching models, students experience their academic courses (English, History, Science) with strong connections to architecture, design, music, theatre, visual arts, and video production.

The Franklin Arts Academy prepares a diverse community of aspiring scholars and artists to be successful in their college and professional careers and to be engaged members of our democratic society. The FAA operates as a focused learning community within the comprehensive school system of Franklin High School. The FAA offers both Honors and College Preparatory course levels. 

Entrance to the FAA for upcoming 10th and 11th graders  through an application and review process.

To find out more, join us at our Info Night!

For the complete notification flyer

Franklin Arts Academy - Info Night - Jan 13, 2021
Franklin Arts Academy - Info Night - Jan 13, 2021

Saturday, December 19, 2020

"What we know – and still don’t – about the worst-ever US government cyber attack"

The Boston Globe has the following:

It’s going to take months to kick elite hackers widely believed to be Russian out of the US government networks they have been quietly rifling through since as far back as March in Washington’s worst cyberespionage failure on record.

Experts say there simply are not enough skilled threat-hunting teams to duly identify all the government and private-sector systems that may have been hacked. FireEye, the cybersecurity company that discovered the intrusion into US agencies and was among the victims, has already tallied dozens of casualties. It’s racing to identify more.

“We have a serious problem. We don’t know what networks they are in, how deep they are, what access they have, what tools they left,” said Bruce Schneier, a prominent security expert and Harvard fellow.

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
While Franklin suffered from the spear phishing attack which resulted in a diverted payment, the attacker/nefarious character did not access the Franklin network. They used the person inside to do their work. The Russian hack into the major systems of some companies and several government agencies was sophisticated in planning as they apparently hit the supply chain for a piece of software used to protect networks. Once inside, the "trojan horse" allowed access and control. The scope and objective of the hack remains to be determined.
Related articles:

Multiple federal agencies have been targeted in a sweeping cyber attack. Photograph: Patrick Semansky/AP
Multiple federal agencies have been targeted in a sweeping cyber attack. Photograph: Patrick Semansky/AP


Friday, November 27, 2020

Phishing, spear phishing info

Via Cyber Security Intelligence:

"Spear phishing is a targeted attempt to steal sensitive information such as account credentials or financial information from a specific victim, often for criminal reasons. A highly targeted form of phishing, spear phishing involves bespoke emails being sent to well-researched victims.

Spear phishing is an email or electronic communications scam targeted towards a specific individual, organization or business. Although often intended to steal data for malicious purposes, cyber criminals may also intend to install malware on a targeted user's computer.

Barracuda Network researchers worked with leading researchers at UC Berkeley and UC San Diego, to study the growing threat to business of email account crime using Spear Phishing methods.

It is all hard to spot without close inspection and difficult to stop with technical controls alone. In 2016 the Fancy Bear attack group used spear phishing tactics to target email accounts linked to Hilary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. They attacked more than 1,800 Google accounts and implemented the domain to threaten targeted users."

Continue reading the article online


How Big Is Phishing in 2020?

"It is big. Sadly, it is growing even bigger if historical data is any indicator for the imminent future.

Not all spam consists of phishing emails, but it’s safe to assume a spam message might be a phishing attempt. And there are tons of it, cluttering inboxes far and wide, as these phishing stats clearly show.

 -   Spam is 45% of all emails sent. (Source: Propeller)
 -   About 14.5 billion spam emails are sent every day. (Source: Propeller)"

Continue reading more about the phishing trends

Additional info can be found on the FBI page

Friday, November 6, 2020

FM #381 School Comm DTFA Info Session 11/04/20 (audio)

FM #381 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 381 in the series.

This session shares the Franklin, MA Davis Thayer Facility Analysis Subcommittee
Community Information Session held on Wednesday, Nov 4, 2020. The meeting was conducted via conference bridge to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.

Quick Recap:
  • With info gathered, they can update their five step process, they are currently in Phase 2
  • Overview of the highlights of the facility analysis report and presentation as covered in the prior School Committee meeting 10/27/20
  • Discussion of possible timeline for the next steps
  • Survey out for community input

The show notes contain links to the meeting agenda and to the presentation document.

The recording runs about 1 hour and 15 minutes, so let’s listen to the Community Information Session of Nov 4, 2020. Audio file =


Survey link =

Agenda doc

Comprehensive Facility Analysis presentation doc

Facility Assessment report doc

My notes from the meeting  


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FM #381 School Comm DTFA Info Session 11/04/20 (audio)
FM #381 School Comm DTFA Info Session 11/04/20 (audio)

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Franklin voters: Election Day is here

Election Day is here.  Please note the following:
- The drive-thru window will be open until 8 PM on 11/3
- Ballots sent via USPS must be postmarked by 11/3
- The white mailbox will be checked for the FINAL time at 8 PM on 11/3
- Polls will be open at Franklin High School from 7 AM - 8 PM

Other election information can be found here

or on the Town Clerk page

Franklin voters: Election Day is here
Franklin voters: Election Day is here

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Davis Thayer Facility Analysis Subcommittee - meeting Recap - Oct 29, 2020

Quick Recap:

  • Meeting opened 7 minutes late. Prior meeting minutes approved.
  • Review of current step by step process and where they are, now in Phase 2 of Stage 1 (see chart)
  • Specialized programs conducted at DT and Parmenter not part of the analysis and should be considered. Concern over turnkey reference. Appearing to rush into keeping the mentioned Nov 4 community information night (when it will have conflict with the Town Council meeting, and won’t be able to be broadcast).
  • Discussion around the work of this committee to complete in their term (before Nov 2021) and work of another ‘long term’ committee as separate.
  • Discussion on questionnaire, what it captures, what does success look like, and communications around that survey and for the meeting itself

Photos captured during the meeting and shared via Twitter can be found in the album

Agenda doc 

Comprehensive Facility Analysis presentation doc 

Facility Assessment report doc 


As with most meetings in this pandemic period, I took my notes via Twitter during the meeting reporting in real-time via the virtual session.
The Twitter hashtag can be found online  #dtfa1029
  • Real time reporting ready for facility analysis subcommittee meeting (when it starts) #dtfa1029
  • Meeting opens at 6:07 PM, approved minutes of 9/30/20 meeting 3-0 via roll call Stage one of phase 1 complete with receipt of reports #dtfa1029
  • For reference, the process of step by step (no timeline) #dtfa1029
  • Specialized programs currently at DT and Parmenter not included in the report which are important considerations. There is a need for a broader analysis and plan, hesitant to do so without some further discussion on the Parmenter program #dtfa1029
  • Turnkey reference makes it seem like it would be simpler than it is. #dtfa1029 awaiting update on demographics from McKibbens to see what he forecast vs. what did happen as of Oct 1. Will be interesting to watch along with housing market activity
  • Discussion on complete report out to SchComm before next Nov when the SchComm membership may change. #dtfa1029 very luxurious to meet once a month, should be able to move quicker from here. All depends upon the real state of the pandemic as next year goes
  • Maybe able to start putting dates to the steps in the plan moving forward to the decision. Ability to keep the DT folks together is an advantage. #dtfa1029 segway to questionnaire, when to start it, keep it open for a period before closing. Cover letter req'd to frame study
  • Discussion on how to determine the end date, when do they have a representative sample of the various groups for the stats; 50% student/family, 50% staff, and 10% community in general. #dtfa1029
  • Discussion on info session for next Weds, Nov 4 (would be in conflict with Town Council) same time to start 7 PM, target ending 8:15. #dfta1029 start with demographics, overview not study received, next steps on recommendations, etc.
  • #dtfa1029 use of 'chat' (not within Zoom) to enable question capture and used for web page updates. Discussion on use of webinar vs meeting, webinar overly formal, if all could fit in living room with a beverage, that would be great
  • Meeting info out Friday, questionnaire goes out Monday, can then follow up at meeting on Weds at meeting #dtfa1029 schedule audio session for radio update. Meeting adjourns via roll call vote 3-0 catch you all next time!


Davis Thayer Facility Analysis Subcommittee - meeting Recap - Oct 29, 2020
Davis Thayer Facility Analysis Subcommittee - meeting Recap - Oct 29, 2020

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Davis Thayer Facilities Analysis Community Information Night - Nov 4

Davis Thayer Facilities Analysis Community Information Night

Virtual Meeting (Links in agenda doc)

Wednesday, Nov 4, 2020 - 7:00 PM



“The listing of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which may be discussed at themeeting.  Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up fordiscussion to the extent permitted by law.”


  • Overview of 5-Step DT Facilities Analysis Subcommittee Process
  • Presentation of major themes from Kaestle Boos, Inc. Comprehensive Facilities Analysis Report to the School Committee (October 27, 2020)
  • Next steps
  • Q and A


Davis Thayer Facilities Analysis Community Information Night - Nov 4
Davis Thayer Facilities Analysis Community Information Night - Nov 4

Monday, October 5, 2020

Franklin Community Voting Guide - November 2020

The Franklin Community Voting Guide for November 2020 is ready for your use to prepare to vote.

Download your copy here: 



Franklin Community Voting Guide - November 2020
Franklin Community Voting Guide - November 2020


Wednesday, September 23, 2020 Information For Voters for 2020

Dd you get the election information booklet in the mail from the Secretary of the Commonwealth

You can get your copy at the page 

or with this Google doc copy: Information For Voters for 2020 Information For Voters for 2020