Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Pesky passwords...what's a girl to do?

I'm so glad I have Tuesdays to help me get over Mondays.
Thank you to my sweet BBB Holly from Fourth Grade Flipper
for hostin' Tried It Tuesday each week.
Tuesdays make me smile.


Tried it Awesomeness #1: Pesky Passwords
Does anyone else live in a district that makes
you change your password every 45 days
to access your school accounts?
(That sounded awfully Hunger Games-ish)
Anyways...I'm one of those people that 
is a creature of habit.
I don't deal well with change...so I'm sure you 
can only imagine my frustration when I get the 
notification that I must once AGAIN change 
my password.
I mean I know it's all for our protection and stuff, but
protection from what exactly?
Our internet is already like Fort Knox...
I'm sure we're safe from the creepers on the outside.
Ain't nobody gettin' in my interwebs to hijack
my lesson plans. 
If they do...they are nuts...
I'd totally give those things up for free.

If you're like me, you probably have a billion passwords
and a poor memory that can't remember them all.
What's a girl to do to manage those pesky passwords?
I've written them down and hidden them from burglars...
and myself.
I've emailed myself and dropped them in secret folders...
that I can't find.
You name it...I've tried it.
I finally found somethin' that worked for me.
Typin' them in a table on a Microsoft Publisher document.
I can quickly change a password and save it.
I started storin' this document on my thumb drive,
and my external hard drive.
 Only problem, I switched to a Mac and I don't have
Publisher when I'm at home.
This doesn't work for me. 
So...I created a Microsoft Powerpoint instead.
Super easy!
Read about how I have the kids store their passwords here.

 I'm always paranoid I'm goin' to lose my thumb drive...so I
guard it with my life and treat it like it's a one of a kind jewel.

Tried it Awesomeness #2: Olaf from Frozen
The more drawin's that Rob adds on Art for Kids,
the more excited my kids get.
One of his newest ones is Olaf from Frozen.
My kids were all over this.
We grabbed our 3rd grade buddies to watch Frozen and
draw Olaf one of the
days after testin'.
(Yes, every child sang!)
Perfect stress reliever!

Don't you just love Olaf?

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Happy Tuesday, friends!


  1. Oh my soul...those Olafs are just down right adorable! After our testing, we schoolwide celebrated by watching Frozen! Those would've been perfect :)

  2. I use the Notes app on my phone to store my passwords, and I try to recycle the same ones over and over. My district won't let us repeat the last 5... FIVE! Sometimes, I change it and then change it again right away to get back to one I can remember! :)

  3. My district makes me change my password ALL the time too. I hate it. I never can remember all the passwords, and I have to put them in the Notes part of my Iphone to keep everything straight.
    I love your Olaf's! Very cute!

    Coffee Cups and Lesson Plans

  4. I always LOVE your artwork-do you get an email with new art or do you just check back in with the site? I keep all my passwords in my CRS folder, but what a great idea for your students! You're so smart!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  5. What about creating a google doc and saving all of your passwords in the cloud? Is that too risky??? I struggle with this as well...as evidenced by the SIX times it took me to log in to my Apple account. Grrr...

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  6. I could not change my password every 45 days - I had to do it once and it took me about 3 months to remember it!! I have to make a password file, but I say that all the time, I will do it about the same time I back up my files : )

  7. I used to have to change my password frequently, and I had a great trick to remember my password. I would simply add a letter at the end of the password starting with a and work my way down the alphabet. Whenever I would get to z I would then start back at a. Example: passworda, passwordb, passwordc...

    Maybe this little trick will make your life easier, and then you won't have to worry about misplacing your thumb drive.

    1. I do that sometimes too with numbers. It just makes life so much easier. It's when you have to have a capital letter, a number and a word that throws me off. I probably waste a ton of time trying to log into things. My little table helps for sure.

  8. Hi my name is Rachel and I like warm hugs!! The Olafs are so cute! We are totally doing those next week after our testing!!! I feel your pain on changing the password every 45 days...I mean really? My teammates and I use the same word for our password, we just change the number on the end. So if my password was crazy, I would add a number to the end....crazy1. The next time I had to change it would be crazy2. I hope that makes sense. But it has totally saved my sanity for years!!!
    A Tall Drink of Water

  9. I would DIE if I had to change my password that much! Yikes!! I really should be more secure with all that stuff but nothing has happened yet...knock on wood! This is a great idea for storing passwords though!
    How ADORABLE are those Olafs?!? Oh my!! If I wasn't so OVER winter, I might give it a try. Haha! There's always next winter! :)
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  10. We have to change our password every 90 days---SUCKS!! Thank God it's the same password for all district related site.

    Your Olaf's are fantastic! I gotta do that Art for Kids thing. Maybe as we get closer to the end of the year.

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  11. I am terrible with passwords! My co-worker jokes with me about her high security system, she writes them on August on her desk calendar. I love your drawings, those Olafs are incredible. I am going to give it a try today if we have enough time after our test. Our schedule is all askew because of the tests, hope I remember to take them to lunch and specials! Have a great day! Xoxoxo

    1. Oh....I have never thought about writing them in my calendar. I don't bring it home with me though!

  12. I love the Olaf drawings! I finally saw Frozen last week for the first time. My students wanted to watch it for their after testing reward. I'm so glad they did. That movie is awesome! I have so many passwords! I like the idea of storing them in a chart. At least I will know where to go when I forget one. Thank you!

    Fit to be Fourth

  13. I think I have to change my password every 60 days! I just had to change it this week so I can relate! I can never remember my passwords and thus causes me to break all the safety rules. For example, I write all my passwords in my planner, I use passwords that I shouldn't like my name , my husband's name, my kids' names, my pets' names, and I add a number or two at the end like "69". Hahahaha! Did you laugh? I don't have money since Im a teacher, so I don't really worry about it too much. It's kinda sad..

    Love Olaf and the movie Frozen. My grown children took me to see it. It's a special memory. I'm task avoiding writing my "Deliberate Practice Plan Reflection" so I had better get back to it...



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