Schoolrunner is only as good as the data that goes into it, and nothing spoils good data like mischievous students that have access to a teacher’s account. Make sure your team always takes the proper steps to keep their devices (and Schoolrunner) secure and accurate. The following advice may be familiar to you, but it can never hurt to be reminded of smart practices for the Internet age!
Don’t leave your device unattended!
- If you step away from your computer or phone, it means that others may be able to get a hold of it and make changes to grades, behaviors, or attendance. This is more common than you probably want to think!
Keep your accounts secure!
- If you allow students or others use your computer, be sure that you’re signed out of Schoolrunner.
- Be sure that your password isn’t saved in your browser. It’s convenient to have your credentials automatically entered into the sign-in screen, but if you can sign in with just a click, so can everybody else.
- Don’t write your password on a sticky note! This is a disappointingly common practice. There are plenty of easy techniques for remembering strong passwords.
Be careful on shared/public computers!
- Use private browsing on public computers, so you don’t accidentally leave your password or other information on a machine that other people have access to. Private browsing won’t keep track of the websites you visit or the passwords you use. Don’t forget to sign out and close your browser!
Make sure your device itself is secured!
- Ensure your device requires a password, fingerprint, PIN code, or pattern to access it when it’s turned on, woken up from sleep, restarted, etc.
- Make sure that closing the lid of your laptop locks your device, and that it locks after a few minutes of not being used or when it’s put to sleep.