Week of 9-22-14

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I’ve been working on shorting my newsletter so not to send a large amount of information.  This one is shorter.  Only the introductory paragraphs and first couple listed items are new.  Everything else is repeated information from previous weeks.  I will be out of the district this coming week on Monday, September 29.  I will be back on Tuesday.

This past week was a short week with an extended weekend.  Hope everyone enjoys the three-day weekend and the Fort Bend County Fair.  We have may amazing students involved in a variety of activities during the fair.  This week brought many great activities to the classroom and development ideas.  Using student response systems to integrate directly into eduphoria, more GPS activities (it’s a good time of the year for this), and developing tests through OneDrive for students to simulate the idea of taking online tests.  Our students are incredibly lucky to have such wonderful and dedicated teachers.

At a Glance:

Historical Pictureswebsite

Internet Archive Book Images features over two million historical pictures on Flickr.  This tremendous work has been done by Kalev Leetaru from Georgetown University.  The pictures and drawings included in this resource are extracted from over 600 million library book pages scanned in by the Internet Archive organization.  Visit the link above for more information.  These pictures related to virtually every content area and subject matter.  What a great way to explain the past to our students with great visuals.

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Tech Tip

Adding to the favorites bar:

At the top of Internet Explorer, you have a link bar that contains links to many useful web sites (eduphoria, Office 365, etc.).  Here is how you can add additional links to that bar (such as your online textbook) for quick and easy access.

-Click the yellow star with the green arrow on the far left.  This will create a new link on the toolbar.

-Right-click on the link, click Rename to give it a different name…if needed

-Click and hold, then drag the link to a different location if desired

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Submitting Technology Work Orders

If you are having technical difficulties, please submit a work order directly to the technology department.  You can e-mail the issue to helpdesk@lcisd.org.  Be sure to include appropriate information so the work order can be routed appropriately.  Items to include, depending on the request, include room number, service tag number of the computer, make and model of the projector, and a detailed description of the problem.  You may also call x0220; they may be able to help you resolve the issue immediately over the phone minimizing your down time.

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Technology Staff Development Opportunities

Session Details Session Description
Introduction to OneNote

Sept 23rd

Section # 99329

 

Why OneNote?  OneNote is the ultimate tool allowing you to create digital notebooks.  You now have a place to gather ALL of your notes and information with the added benefit of finding what you are looking for quickly, with powerful search capabilities.  It also integrates with the other Office products.  You can easily share notebooks to collaborate effectively with any group.  OneNote can free up space on your desk, your bookshelf, and your filing cabinet as you begin to use this ultimate tool and move those many files and notebooks online. Participants will leave with the knowledge to create, share and use many more OneNote tools.
Edmodo for Beginners

Sept 30th

Section # 99330

 

Join us as we introduce you to the world of Edmodo.  Edmodo is a secure social learning network designed for teachers, students, and schools.  It allows teachers and students to exchange ideas, share content, and access homework…all within a safe learning environment. Participants will walk away with the knowledge to start using Edmodo in their classroom.
iPad Classroom Best Practices

Oct 9th

Section # 99331

The iPad is fast becoming a norm in today’s classroom.  Teachers are excited to incorporate them in their students’ learning but often become frustrated with the management aspect of the devices.  This session will walk through best practices for keeping your iPads current and organized.  Learn about restrictions, guided access, and much more.
Weebly: An Online Window to Your Classroom

Oct 14th

Section # 99332

The need for communication between teachers and  their students/family continues to grow.  With the schedules of those involved filling more and more each day the opportunity for face to face contact dwindles.  A teacher blog is a great way to maintain positive contact with your audience in a way that can fit everyone’s schedule.  Come and discover Weebly, a free blogging tool that is easy to manage yet gives you control over what and how your things are displayed.  You will walk away from this course with class blog started and ready for the new year.
OneNote with Students

Oct 23rd

Section # 99333

Feeling comfortable using OneNote as a personal productivity tool and ready to try it out with learners? Come explore some real world examples of how OneNote can be used as a collaborative tool in the classroom. Participant will walk away from this session feeling comfortable using OneNote with their students.
iPad Product Creation

Oct 28th

Section # 99380

Tired of “Drill and Kill” apps being used in your  classroom.  Do you want to reach those higher levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy in a fun way?  Why not use an iPad? In this session, you will not only learn about some great apps to use for creation, but also, some classroom management tips that will get the creative juices flowing.
Boost Student Writing with Kidblog

Nov 4th

Section # 99334

 

Students in this day and age thrive to “go global” with their work.  They yearn to have others around the world read and respond to their writing.  It is motivating for them to know an audience awaits to critique and communicate how the student’s writing affects them, positively or negatively.  Blogging is the perfect format to allow students to accomplish their goal or going global.  Kidblog is a great free tool that allows students to have their own blogging site while still giving the teacher overall control of what is published.  You will walk away from this course with your teacher blog created and the knowledge to add your incoming students to your account so they have their personal blog pages ready to roll.
Promethean Activinspire Intermediate

Nov 13th

Section # 99320

 

Learn how to create flipchart magic in this intermediate ActivInspire training. Explore the browsers and layers and begin to create flipcharts of your very own. To get the most out of this training, you must have basic knowledge of Promethean’s ActivInspire software. Participant will walk away from this session with a created flipchart page that can be used in the classroom.  Remember this session is only for Promethean campuses
Get in the Mix

Nov 18th

Section # 99381

 

Let’s face it. You’re kind of a big deal… with a lot on your plate. With that in mind, let’s explore Office Mix. Take your PowerPoint presentations and bring them to life as interactive online lessons. From recording audio or video of yourself giving a lecture, to directly writing in the presentation as you would at your whiteboard, to quizzing, to sharing, to seeing how it all worked – Office Mix helps you do it all simply.

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Useful Sites

– eBackpacks – https://lcisd.ebackpack.com/

– iCafe – http://icafe.lcisd.org/

– Skyward – https://skyward.lcisd.org

– Eduphoria – https://lamar.schoolobjects.com

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Let me know how I can help you.  I look forwarded to developing stimulating lessons.