Sharing your Teaching Computer with the Class

Did you know that it is possible to share what you see on your pc with your class?  Did you know it is possible to monitor what your students are doing to make sure they stay on track from your desk?

There are software solutions available for lab coordinators that can be installed on your lab PC. There is not a lot of lab sharing or monitoring software out there.  Be aware of the following:

  • Is the software compatible with your computer?
    • Windows X, Mac, Tablet, Cromebook, etc.
    • What type of monitoring can be done thru the software?
      • Monitor from teacher’s desk or mobile tablet?
      • Can you share your video monitor across all monitors in the lab?
        • Large labs can affect video speeds.
        • If you purchase the software, are there any ongoing costs?

Unfortunately there are no free solutions, but the two softwares listed below have trial versions that you can try out along with Education or Nonprofit discounts.

Low Power FM Applicants Ready Their Apps

October 15 marks the first day that the FCC will accept the applications for low power FM (LPFM) licenses from non-profit community applicants across the country. In Seattle there may be 5-8 stations available. The station licenses are available because of an FCC ruling that lowers the space required between stations to two frequencies. Depending on specific location, most stations will broadcast 3-5 miles. These very local stations would complement current public radio stations.

There are about a dozen known groups working on their applications in the Seattle – Tacoma area, and the local program possibilities are fantastic. At a recent meeting of Rainier Valley Radio, being organized by SEEDArts, SPLAB and others, about 40 people gathered to offer their talent and share an incredibly diverse array of potential programs ideas! Look out for kid-radio, a walk-it and talk-it show, health info, multi-lingual and multi-cultural radio, learning about local business and how to do business, emergency preparedness info, soundscapes and new frontier radio pushing boundaries.  The process takes quite a while; after the initial review, it could still be a year or more before a station gets their full license and is up and operating, but stay tuned for some great local radio.

CTTAB’s Newest Advisors

Phillip Duggan
Phillip Duggan
Dana Lewis
Dana Lewis

Phillip Duggan is a Pinehurst resident (north of Northgate) who is passionate about building community in Seattle. He’s the Pinehurst Community Council president, the North District Council co-chair, and an at-large member of the 46th District Democrats E-Board. On those rare occasions when he’s not at meetings, he works for The Active Network on online registration and enjoys thinking about how technology can help with hyper-local outreach and engagement, especially to youth. Phillip has been attending CTTAB for months now and is excited to get even more involved. He’s also looking forward to participating in the Youth Get Engaged program and working with an amazing group to help promote civic engagement and participation in our local democracy.

Dana Lewis created and moderates the internationally-recognized #hcsm (health care communications and social media) conversation and community on Twitter. She is also the manager of digital marketing and internal communications for Swedish, where she implements social and digital health strategies across the organization both internally with employees and externally to connect with patients and improve the patient experience. She is passionate about using technology to facilitate conversations and collaboration to benefit our communities. Dana was formerly a Get Engaged member of CTTAB and now serves on the Tech Matching Funds Grant Review Committee, supports the Get Online campaign, and chairs the PEOMPs (Public Engagement, Outreach, Mentorship, and Partnerships) committee for CTTAB.

Latinos: The Changing Face of Washington

Latinos: The Changing Face of Washington:  Check out this great show by Enrique Cerna and KCTS, covering his and other Latino family stories that are part of Washington State history and aspirations.

In 1946, producer Enrique Cerna’s parents left Mexico for a new life in Washington state. Like many Mexican immigrants, they were looking for new opportunities and a better life for their children. Historian Erasmo Gamboa says they were part of the foundation of Washington’s Latino community.

Rainier Beach Computer Center Opens

A 12-station computer learning center has just opened in Rainier Beach as part of the newly built community center.

A 12-station computer learning center has just opened in Rainier Beach as part of the newly built community center.

It’s old, but very, very new. A 12-station computer learning center has just opened in Rainier Beach as part of the newly built community center. Tiffany Bigham, the RecTech lab coordinator, was on hand for the opening as tons of kids, parents and neighbors streamed through the lab, excited to try out the Windows 8 PC’s and see their web browsing displayed on a huge central monitor. The Rainier Beach Community Center is an amazing replacement for the old building which, by the end, was in such rough shape that the roof leaked into the computer lab. See more about the RecTech group of computer learning centers in Seattle Parks community centers at

Tony Perez is NATOA’s New President

Congratulations, Tony!

Congratulations, Tony!

Seattle’s Office of Cable Communications director, Tony Perez, is the new President of the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA).

What is NATOA? It’s the national professional association focused on protecting local community interests in the area of communications (e.g., cable, telephone, wireless, internet, public safety networks, and public, educational and government television channels). NATOA members are the people responsible for (or advising those responsible for) the communications policies and services in local governments. The association brings them together to advocate on a national level, and to educate, on issues which impact local communities.

Seattle is very pleased to have our Office of Cable Communications Director serve in this important leadership role. More information on NATOA’s work can be found at Congratulations Tony!

Five Safety Tips for Using a Public Computer

Public computers in libraries, Internet cafes, airports, and copy shops can be safe if you follow a few simple rules when you use them.  Microsoft’s Safety and Security Center has provided these tips to help keep your work personal, or financial information private.

Don’t save your logon information.

Always log out of websites by clicking “log out” on the site. It’s not enough to simply close the browser window or type in another address.

Many programs (especially social networking websites, web mail, and instant messenger programs) include automatic login features that will save your user name and password. Disable this option so no one can log in as you.

Don’t leave the computer unattended with sensitive information on the screen.

If you have to leave the public computer, log out of all programs and close all windows that might display sensitive information.

Erase your tracks.

Internet Explorer offers InPrivate browsing that leaves no trace of specific web activity. For more information, see Internet Explorer 9 Features: InPrivate Browsing.

Internet Explorer also keeps a record of your passwords and every page you visit, even after you’ve closed them and logged out.

Disable the feature that stores passwords.

Before you go to the web, turn off the Internet Explorer feature that “remembers” your passwords.

    1. In Internet Explorer, click Tools  , and then click Internet Options.
    2. Click the Content tab, and then click Settings, next to AutoComplete.
    3. Click to clear the check box for User names on passwords and forms.

Delete your temporary Internet files and your history.

When you finish your use of a public computer, you can help protect your private information by deleting your temporary Internet files. For information on how to delete temporary Internet files see Delete webpage history.

Watch for over-the-shoulder snoops.

When you use a public computer, be on the lookout for thieves who look over your shoulder or watch as you enter sensitive passwords to collect your information.

Don’t enter sensitive information into a public computer.

These measures provide some protection against casual hackers who use a public computer after you.

But keep in mind that an industrious thief might have installed sophisticated software on the public computer that records every keystroke and then emails that information back to the thief.

Then it doesn’t matter if you haven’t saved your information or if you’ve erased your tracks. They still have access to this information.

If you really want to be safe, avoid typing your credit card number or any other financial or otherwise sensitive information into any public computer.


Raise the minimum wage? Seattle Channel invites you to join the conversation on the next episode of Seattle Speaks, 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 10 at NewHolly Gathering Hall, 7054 32nd Ave. S., where the discussion will dive into the living-wage debate. This interactive TV program brings together a live audience with a panel of business owners, lawmakers, economic experts and low-wage workers to discuss the living-wage issue, which has become one of this political season’s hottest topics and has made headlines in Seattle’s races for mayor and City Council.

Admission to Seattle Speaks is free but advance registration is required. Register at or call 206-684-8821. Doors open at 6 p.m. with audience instructions at 6:30 p.m. and program at 7 p.m.

Seattle Channel host Brian Callanan will lead the televised discussion. The program will be broadcast live on Seattle Channel 21 (HD on Comcast 321 and Wave 721) and online at Join the conversation in person or online, where you can take part in polls and voice your opinion via social media and email.

More about the show:

At $9.19 per hour, Washington state has the highest minimum wage in the country. But is it enough to live or raise a family on in Seattle? And how would a mandate to raise the minimum wage impact local businesses and their employees? An initiative calling for a $15-an-hour minimum wage for the city of SeaTac’s hospitality and transportation workers is on the Nov. 5 ballot. Could Seattle become the next city in Western Washington to vote on a $15-an-hour minimum wage?

The mobilization of low-wage workers in Seattle and across the nation calling for a $15-an-hour minimum wage has sparked a debate about how our economy functions. Would a wage increase boost the local economy or lead to job cuts? What’s a fair minimum wage?

Seattle Speaks – presented in partnership by Seattle Channel, CityClub and Town Hall – is an Emmy-award winning program with a real-time, multimedia format featuring audience polling meters, online polling, social media, e-mail and video segments. Previous programs have addressed same-sex marriage, marijuana policy, neighborhood growth, a state income tax, youth violence and the state of Seattle Public Schools.

Seattle Channel is an Emmy-award winning local TV station that reflects, informs and inspires the community it serves. Seattle Channel presents programs on cable television (channel 21 on Comcast and Wave) and via the Internet to help residents connect with their city. Programming includes series and special features highlighting Seattle’s diverse civic and cultural landscape.