Showing posts with label web 2.0. Show all posts
Showing posts with label web 2.0. Show all posts

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Tri-County: New Community Website Promotes a Healthier Society

One of the greatest assets a community has are its schools. With the ever-increasing rising costs of healthcare, Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School Medical Careers and Dental Assisting students wanted to help the community to find and be aware of the many medical resources that are available to them. The students sought to foster participation in the community through a community-wide health promotion called, Tri-County Take Care, so members could educate themselves in finding the answers to concerns they may have regarding their health.

The students in the Dental Assisting and Medical Careers vocational programs were challenged with working in each of their individual vocation to create and research healthcare opportunities to educate the larger Tri-County Community. The goal of the initiative is to provide their Tri-County classmates, their families and the community with health information, tips, and resources to be better informed leading to a healthier community. The Computer Information Systems (CIS) career vocation was then brought in to create the website that would house the information.

Under the supervision of licensed vocational teachers, students acted as the project managers in order to ensure the website met certain specifications. "Tri-County students were really the driving force behind this project," said Ariel Dagan, Library Media Specialist at Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School. "We were there to provide support as needed, but they were able to use their prior knowledge, research skills, collaboration techniques, creative thinking and personal investment to come up with an informative website that the members in our community can benefit from basic health information."

To assess the community's health needs, knowledge and comfort level on the subject matter, the students began the project by conducting a community-wide survey. The assessment provided data on which topics to address health concerns. Through interpreting the data, Medical Careers focused on the topic of flu and prevention as well as heart health. Dental Assisting opted to look at how periodontal disease can affect the entire body and how some systemic diseases, such as diabetes, can impact the oral cavity.

Once all the information was compiled, CIS coded/designed the Tri-County Take Care website that provides interactive information to the community. The website also contains demonstration videos and fact sheets with the relevant health topics. To access the website go to
Tri-County Take Care
Tri-County Take Care

"The support and nurture of the students by the Tri-County instructors provides these types of initiatives to come together and help our students understand how the education they are getting directly impacts the people within their community," said Dagan. "In addition, a project like this provides the students a window to see the opportunities that have a direct relationship on future careers that serve the people who live in our greater Tri County community and beyond (through online impact)".

The students are excited about the possibility of influencing the community with their knowledge. In fact, this year Dental Assisting students are engaged with Early Education preschoolers and their families to train them on oral health. Forthcoming, a brochure is being designed that will be distributed throughout the school and in the community to spread awareness.

Opportunities presented by communities offer Tri-County students valuable real-world experience that plays a part in their career-focused technical education. Students are able to see the relevance of their academic and career skills that they learn in school and use these skills throughout their career.
Tri-County RVTHS, located at 147 Pond Street in Franklin, is a recipient of the High Schools That Work Gold Achievement Award and serves the communities of Franklin, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, North Attleborough, Plainville, Seekonk, Sherborn, Walpole, and Wrentham.
Tri-County: New Community Website Promotes a Healthier Society
Tri-County: New Community Website Promotes a Healthier Society

Thursday, October 11, 2018

FTC Alert: It’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

FTC Alert: It’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
by Ari Lazarus
Consumer Education Specialist, FTC

October is spooky enough with its ghouls and goblins. National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is here to remind us how to stay safe and secure from real (and maybe even scarier) threats – malware and scammers.

Read more

This is a free service provided by the Federal Trade Commission.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

MassCEC's HeatSmart Mass Program Overview - via webinar Aug 1

MassCEC's HeatSmart Mass Program Overview - via webinar Aug 1
MassCEC's HeatSmart Mass Program Overview - via webinar Aug 1

HeatSmart Mass Technology and Program Overview Webinar

MassCEC is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, August 1st 3:30 - 5:00 PM, to provide an overview of the HeatSmart-eligible heating technologies and the HeatSmart Mass program, as well as to answer questions about the recent HeatSmart RFP.

HeatSmart Mass is a community-based outreach and education program that encourages the adoption of clean heating and cooling technologies, including air-source heat pumps, ground-source heat pumps, modern wood heat, and solar hot water.

Webinar Details:

When: August 1, 2018, 3:30 - 5:00 PM

Presenters: Josh Kessler, Lisa Dobbs, and Jonah Ury from MassCEC

All inquiries related to HeatSmart Mass should be submitted by email to

The HeatSmart Mass Team 
Click here to register for the webinar

Massachusetts Clean Energy Center  
Grow the state's clean energy industry while helping to meet the Commonwealth's clean energy and climate goals.

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Our mailing address is:
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Boston, MA 02110

Phone: 617-315-9300
Fax: 617-315-9356

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Be aware of dark patterns - Video

To be good consumers of information on the internet, we need to be aware of dark patterns: 

"Dark Patterns are tricks used in websites and apps that make you buy or sign up for things that you didn't mean to. The purpose of this site is to spread awareness and to shame companies that use them."
Quote shared from the home page of Dark Patterns

Nerdwriter posted this recent 7 minute video explanation of dark patterns (note he does do a promo at the end as he supports himself via ads and donations via Patreon. His videos are really good so going all the way until the ad sell is worth it!): 

Check out the types of dark patterns:

If you have found a dark pattern and want to share, you can add it to the dark pattern website listing:

Harry Brignull provides a 30 minute version on dark patterns:

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Code to the Future - Scratch Video Game Design Class




for Spring 2018
Code to the Future - Scratch Video Game Design Class

Grades 3 and 4
3:30-4:30 PM

Grades 5 and 6
4:45-5:45 PM

Beginning Thursday
Feb. 8
Franklin High School
218 Oak Street

Franklin Public Schools            Lifelong Learning Institute

Lifelong Community Learning
Brenda Reed, Director
FPS - Lifelong Learning Institute, 355 East Central Street, Franklin, MA 02038

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

As Data Privacy Day approaches, do you know where your data is?

Data Privacy Day began in the United States and Canada in January 2008 as an extension of the Data Protection Day celebration in Europe. Data Protection Day commemorates the Jan. 28, 1981, signing of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection. Data Privacy Day is observed annually on Jan. 28.

As parents/guardians you can share these tips about data privacy with your kids

Find out more about data privacy and Stay Safe Online

Find out about protecting your privacy online

As Data Privacy Day approaches, do you know where your data is?
As Data Privacy Day approaches, do you know where your data is?

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Help Around Town - web service to connect work and helpers

Have you tried this site/service?

"At we connect people who need help with neighbors seeking local, flexible work opportunities. Get paid or volunteer, get rated and  recommended, build your professional reputation as you earn money and help a local neighbor, business or non-profit. Free to post a job, get jobs and get custom job alerts tailored to your interests and location."

Link directly to the Franklin section:

Tip of hat to Ryan Jette for the link

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Franklin resident Ethan McCarthy Earls graduates from Massachusetts Virtual Academy

Ethan Robert McCarthy Earls of Franklin, Massachusetts graduated with the Massachusetts Virtual Academy Class of 2017 on Friday, June 9. The commencement ceremony was held at Greenfield Middle School, in Greenfield, Massachusetts.

The Massachusetts Virtual Academy (MAVA) is the state's first virtual K-12 public school of choice. As a Commonwealth Virtual School, MAVA delivers a transformative education with unique strengths and flexibility perfectly suited for the modern world.

MAVA's approach encourages critical thinking and an independent learning style that meets the key needs of diverse learners by providing educational resources that cultivate curiosity, exploration and inquiry.

As a public school of choice, MAVA is open to all students in Massachusetts.

For more information on MAVA, visit

Massachusetts Virtual Academy (MAVA)
Massachusetts Virtual Academy (MAVA)

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Communications and Civic Engagement - update to the Town Council

The presentation document scheduled for discussion at the Town Council meeting Wednesday, Jan 18, 2017

Town of Franklin webpage for dog license renewals that can be processed online
Town of Franklin webpage for dog license renewals that can be processed online

You can also find this document on the Town of Franklin webpage

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Emily Waite, FHS senior wins Samsung Mobile App Scholarship

Emily Waite, a senior at FHS has received the Samsung Mobile App Scholarship for $20,000. Emily finished on the top in the 2015 contest. She will be receiving her award at a press conference at the end of April. 


"A 12th grader at Franklin High School in Franklin, MA. Emily's idea, Med Kid, aims to make frequent medicine-taking fun for children with serious illnesses; Med Kid gives in-app rewards each time a medicine is taken."

Emily Waite (photo from Samsung webpage)
Emily Waite (photo from Samsung webpage)

"Six Samsung Mobile App Academies were held during the summer of 2015 in Miami; Houston; Boston; San Francisco; New Brunswick, NJ; and Washington, DC/ Baltimore, MD, with the goal of igniting top-performing 11th and 12th graders' interest in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), and the related careers. Students learned about mobile app concept development and coding basics, plus the research, logic, design, and marketing that developers use when conceptualizing and creating mobile apps. Afterward, students had the opportunity to submit their own app concepts for a chance to win scholarships!"

For additional info on this program and the other awards, check out the Samsung site

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

"We want our website to be much more friendly"

"The town is looking at ways to improve its website, including making services available to those using mobile phones and tablets. 
Deputy Town Administrator Jamie Hellen, who started in his position earlier this year, said the town has been in the midst of evaluating its communication with local residents. 
"Since I've been here, I've been talking a lot with town departments, folks in the community and the Town Council, and there's at least some interest in a recharged effort to expand some services we offer online," he said. The exact nature of the expanded services has yet to be determined."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

I applaud the efforts Franklin is taking in this arena. Jamie 'gets it' and in a short time has made good progress with more underway.

online bill pay
online bill pay

Thursday, January 21, 2016

"The best way to protect your kids online? Talk to them"

"The best way to protect your kids online? Talk to them. Research suggests that when children want important information, most rely on their parents."

The net cetera booklet can be found here or here

net cetera - chatting with kids about being online
net cetera - chatting with kids about being online

In advance of National Data Privacy Day, January 28th, we'll share some tips, tricks and other resources to be safe online.

"Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data, and Enabling Trust" is the theme for Data Privacy Day

“Brain training” with Lumosity — does it really work?
"Let’s set the record straight. Playing Lumosity’s games might make you better at those games, the FTC says, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it will sharpen your memory or brain power in the real-world. And those testimonials from satisfied customers? Many were from people who were offered prizes to say good things about Lumosity, and that wasn’t made clear. According to the FTC, that’s deceptive."

OnGuard Online

Protecting your Privacy

Stop Think Connect

Friday, January 15, 2016

Tri-County Students Compete In National Mobile App Contest

A mobile app concept created by sophomores in Tri-County Regional's Computer Information Systems Program is in the running for the national Verizon App Challenge Fan Favorite award.

The app proposal, which would transform the school's late bus pass system to an all-electronic format, won Best in State in the high school section of the Verizon Innovative App Challenge. Each team member won a tablet computer and $5,000 to be used for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) initiatives at Tri-County.

Tri-County students working on the app challenge
Tri-County students working on the app challenge

Team members Dylan Ross, of Franklin, Micah Perkins, of Medway, Victoria Rezza, Dylan Lavimodiere, and Robert Paige, all of North Attleborough, Eric Bernard, of Plainville, and Tyler Mello, of Seekonk, said the idea for the app came to them very early on in the brainstorming process. Currently, students who stay after school for academic help, athletics, or extracurricular activities must visit the Main Office to get a pass for the late bus. The late buses transport students to designated stops within their hometown.

"We had to go from one classroom to get a pass to go either to the Main Office or the Homework Center to get a pass, to then even just get on a bus, and then sometimes the bus would be full and we'd have to wait for another bus. So basically, we just had the idea to make an app that would do all that for us, so then you would click ‘reserve,’ select the bus that you want and just wait," explained Eric Bernard.

The students thanked their teachers, Kim Zogalis and Christopher Cadorette, for encouraging them to participate in the initial “Best in State” competition. The group was elated upon learning from Mrs. Zogalis that they advanced to the national App Challenge Fan Favorite contest. The group could win an additional $15,000 for their school. 

To win this award, the students must get the most votes. Voters must text "LatePass1" to 22333 by January 31 to vote for Tri-County's app.

The winner of the app challenge will also have the opportunity to work with experts at MIT on building a working app, but the students at Tri-County are wasting no time in developing their product.

"Right now, we're wire-framing it, which is basically drawing what is going to look like," said Bernard.

The 30 second concept video of the app is shown here:

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Franklin TV: "It Takes a Village" - What every parent should know

From Anne Bergen:

What are kids really doing on-line when we think they are doing homework? Amy Leone, a therapist who is a leader on the coalition to fight the disease of addiction, is so concerned about how kids are using social media, she came back on the program to share her insights with parents on this topic. 
Franklin TV
Franklin TV
Her interview on "It Takes a Village.." (Comcast Channel 8 and Verizon 26) will be aired on Tuesday morning at 9:00 and again on Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. 
Kids are using all kinds of apps to go off the parent radar, sexting is increasing, access to internet porn is easier and easier and there are some unknown dangers lurking behind the most innocent of video games.

Ken Norman shared your blog post on Google+
"Actually Anne forgot the coverage appears on the Education Ch Comcast 96 and Verizon 28. Tue 2PM, Fri 9AM, and Sat 12:30PM"

Below is a PowerPoint for a parent forum she presents. She graciously offered to share this with the community:

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

How does this amazing mind reader do it?

How does this amazing mind reader do it?

A nice lesson here. What are you revealing online?


A couple of related links on privacy. Well worth spending some time reading!

"Why I make my kids read privacy policies"

"Is student privacy erased as classrooms turn digital?"

Thursday, June 27, 2013

How many web apps have access to your info?

From Richard Byrne's Free Technology For Teachers website comes this good service to consider.
Many services allow you to register and use their services by logging-in with your Facebook, Twitter, or Google credentials. If you use that option a lot, you might forgot just how many services have access to your Facebook, Twitter, and Google accounts. MyPermissions is a handy tool that will show you all of the services that you have authorized to access your social media accounts. The service can be used in your web browser or you can download the free MyPermissions iOS and Android apps.

The original post can be found here

MyPermissions can be found here

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Social media and the workplace

Social media and the workplace, a new explanation by the folks at Common Craft is available at this link:

In less than 4 minutes, Common Craft thoughtfully lays out how a company can use social media to help deliver and respond to what is being said about the company in the social web (Facebook, Twitter, blogs, etc.).

Franklin, MA

Monday, November 22, 2010

TEDxPhilly - High School Stinks

A quick set of slides from Chris Lehman, who presented this at TEDxPhilly,  asks some good questions about making education more relevant and worthwhile.

TEDxPhilly - High School Stinks

If you have the opportunity to participate in the visioning exercise for FHS, it would be a good thing to do. Time intense, yes - but a good thing. Details available here

and here:

Note: email subscribers will need to click through to Franklin Matters to view the slide deck.

Franklin, MA

Saturday, November 6, 2010

If Franklin matters, you can help

I believe Franklin matters, hence the name for this site. I have written of how the site came to be and how it is my public service effort here.

I am realizing that as much as I can do, there is still more to be done and hence can use some help.
  • If you believe that Franklin, MA matters
  • If you have some skill in writing
  • If you have a willingness to learn some Web 2.0 tools
I would like to expand the writers on this site.
I would like to include those who have answered Yes to the questions above and would be willing to help.

In particular, there are Planning Board, Conservation Commission, and Design Review meetings that would be good to attend and report on. I have focused on the Town Council, School Committee, Finance Committee and Financial Planning Committee to "follow the money". These other areas are important to cover and I can not do it all. Nor would I attempt to.

If you already have some skill and interest and a topic that would be good to share with the Franklin community, then we should talk as well.

So if you are reading this, you already maybe someone who can help or know of someone who might be able to.

If you'd like to explore what this would mean (and what help/training I would provide) please let me know.

You can comment or send me an email at

Thank you!

Franklin, MA

Friday, November 5, 2010

Ze Frank - fun for Friday!

I haven't posted recently on our Web 2.0 series so I thought I would do so today.

I miss Ze Frank's "The Show" - It was a glorious exploration, everyday something new. Yes, some worked better than others but going through each day, it was magic.

I recall back at the first PodCamp Boston, Steve Garfield coordinated a session that produced this video on "Riding the Fire Eagle Danger Day"!

Ze Frank summarizes some of his work in this TED talk. The two best parts are the Ray story and the last piece on "Hey, you're okay"

Of course, you should have fun everyday and not just Friday!

What are you going to do to have fun today?

Note: email subscribers will need to click through to Franklin Matters to view this video

This was originally posted to Steve's 2 Cents

For additional posts on the Web 2.0 series, you can use the search feature on the top right column and look for "Web 2.0".

Franklin, MA