Week of 1/18-1/22

· Tech Tips, Uncategorized

This was a fast week.  Of course it helps that is was shortened due to a three day weekend.  Great things are happening on campus and the students are loving the innovative approach teachers are taking towards education.  Students using their cell phones as a learning device in the classroom.  Fascinating projects using digital cameras, flip cameras, iPads, and GPS’s.  We are reaching the students on their level, with devices they use every day outside of your classroom.  Let’s continue on this path to help our students excel.

At a Glance:

Office365 and Edmodo

Some people have noticed that throughout the course of this school year, Edmodo has been integrating features of Office365.  Students can now create Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files directly within Edmodo.  A recent feature has made this even better.  Students can now log into Edmodo using their Office365 credentials.  These are the same credentials they use to access their LCISD e-mail accounts and Skyward grades.  After logging in with these credentials, they will be prompted for their group code and then they are in.  No more having to create a new account remember the passwords.  Looking for assistance or have any questions, let me know.  I can assist you and your students through the entire process.



Since 2008, the Instructional Technology Team has invited instructional staff to attend INTERACT Academy, a unique professional development opportunity which focuses on helping educators use high-yield instructional strategies and 21st Century Learning Design to plan engaging learner-centered lessons that result in increased student achievement.   It’s once again time for your staff to begin thinking about forming campus teams and completing their “Intent to Apply” forms.  While the procedures for team selection have not changed, team membership guidelines HAVE changed.  Because of these changes, we wanted to take a moment to highlight a few of the INTERACT Application details.

Though links to these details were sent to all staff members earlier today, we would love for you to remind your instructional staff to apply to attend INTERACT during an upcoming staff meeting, or through other staff communication.  Below you’ll find a list of FAQ’s your staff members may ask about INTERACT.


Q:  What is INTERACT?

A:  View a short, high-energy video overview of INTERACT Academy – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUS9l8Vfde0  **Perfect to feature at an upcoming staff-meeting!

Q:  When is INTERACT 2016?

A:  June 6-10, 2016

Q: How many teams are chosen to attend?


  • Elementary, Middle Schools & Junior High Schools = 1 Team per Campus 
  • High Schools = 2 Teams per Campus

Q:  Can more than 1 team per campus apply to attend?

A:  YES!  Friendly competition between applicant teams at the same campus is encouraged.

Q:  How many people can be on an INTERACT team?

A:  2-4 instructional staff members may be on a team.  Guidelines regarding “Who can be on a Team” are spelled out on iCafe.  http://goo.gl/gXc8Jx

Q:  Can past INTERACT participants attend INTERACT?

A:  YES!  **INTERACT participants who attended more than 5 years ago, are now eligible to re-attend the academy!**   This year, this means that anyone who attended in 2008-2010 is eligible to re-attend.

Q:  How do I apply to attend INTERACT?

A:  All application forms & important details are posted on iCafe – http://goo.gl/A3uVoC

Q: How are teams chosen to attend INTERACT?

A:  Teams will be chosen based on the overall combined score of the following items:

  • Average Score of Individual Application (Blind Scored by CITS Team)
  • Team Video Application Score (See Rubric)
  • Administrator Referral Score

More information can be found on iCafe – http://goo.gl/Zc2Vpu

Q: What are the deadlines for applying?


  • Intent to Apply Form – Jan 28
  • Individual Applications – Feb 25
  • Team Video Application – Feb 25

I will continue to keep you in the loop regarding the application process, and am looking forward to another successful Academy!  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to let me know.


Tech Tip – How Secure is Your Password

Password security is vital in today’s internet age.  Unfortunately, even with all the media coverage, many people do not take the warnings and set their accounts with secure passwords.  Below is a list of the most commonly used passwords during the 2015 year.  If you use one of these passwords, it’s time for a change.  When it comes to setting up a password, remember, the best password is a set of random numbers, letters, and symbols.  The less the password is associated with you, your family, pets, or hobbies, the more secure the password is likely to be.