Week of 9-30-13

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It’s hard to believe this week marks the end of the 1st six-weeks.  It barely feels like school has begun.  This week was crazy for everyone as they are administering six-weeks exams and finalizing grades.  Overall this six-weeks was successful for everyone.  Even though the year is just beginning, teachers, students, and administrators are venturing into new and exciting things.  Administrators, teachers, and students are using OneNote to collaborate and acquire information.  OneNote is a great tool for collaboration.  If you’ve got questions on usage and implementation, let me know.  We can make it work.

At a Glance:

LDAP Errors on Laptops – There have been many teachers reporting LDAP errors when they or students attempt to log into a laptop.  Most of the time, this is the result of attempting to log into the laptop too quickly after turning it on.  The best way to avoid the LDAP error is to wait approximately 30 seconds at the CTRL + ALT + Delete screen before doing anything.  By pressing CTRL + ALT + Delete too quickly, the laptop does not get an opportunity to synchronize with the wireless network.  You must wait 30 seconds at the CTRL + ALT + Delete screen, NOT the login screen for this to work.  By waiting for 30 seconds, you can save a lot of time later on.

Grant Opportunitieswebsite – From time-to-time, I hear from people looking for grants.  The Grants Alert website contains links to a large number of grant opportunities.  There are grants covering a wide range of fields and opportunities.  This is a website to keep handy if you are looking for a grant.

Study Stack Flash Cardswebsite – The Study Stack is designed to help students memorize information about various subjects. Using the Study Stack web site, the students can use a computer to work with a stack of virtual flash cards that contain information about a selected subject. Just like flashcards, the students can review the information at their own pace.  The user can discard cards they have mastered and keep the one’s that need more practice.  There are a variety of methods the data on Study Stack can be studied such as flashcards, a matching game, a word search puzzle, and a hangman game. The data can also export a cellphone or PDA to review while away from a computer.  If you create an account, which is free, then you can create your own flash cards using their template.  Check it out.

All Things Google eBookwebsite – We all know about Google as a way to search the Internet, but there’s so much more to the free tools Google offers.

Our new eBook contains information on:

  • Refining Google Searches, “Google a Day,” image searching, getting more recent results
  • How to use Google Drive, Docs, providing voice feedback, references
  • Google Forms for assessments, adding images, new features
  • Using Google Earth, virtual tours.

This eBook provides some new ways to use Google in your classroom.

Entertainment – The disappearing car.  Funny prank.

Technology Staff Development Opportunities

Date ASCEND Section# Training Location Description
Thursday, October 10 77359 Digital Media LCHS Library Digital media is all around us…everywhere, every day.    Learn how you and your students can create media-rich presentations to   support the learning in your classroom.  We will focus on Windows Live   Movie Maker to add text, transitions, and effects that will draw the audience   in.
Tuesday, October 15 77308 iPad Project Secondary iCafe Lab Get your iPads out of flashcard mode and into some real   project creation.  Come for the top apps and stay for the lesson plans,   project samples, and cross-curricular ideas for harnessing the iPad’s   learning potential. Bring your favorite apps to share! 

**Please note that sections will be grade-range specific   (Elementary or Secondary).

Thursday, October 24 77364 Become a SkyDrive Pro iCafe Lab Why deal with jump drives, your H: drive, or even carting   paperwork to and from work? SkyDrive Pro enables you to leave the hassle   behind and access your files from anywhere in the world that you have   internet access. While you’re at it, collaborate with colleagues by sharing   files, presentations, chatting and more, by using Lync. We will show you how   to set these tools up and how to use them to increase your productivity –   anywhere, anytime.
Tuesday, October, 29 77360 Gamify Your Classroom Terry LGI Want to transform your classroom? Gamification is the   concept of applying game-design thinking to non-game applications to make   them more fun and engaging. Many educators are beginning to find ways to use   gaming to bring learning to life.  The number of innovative lessons   utilizing the method is growing every day.  Let’s explore the   possibilities and discover how gaming helps build content fluency and deepen   problem solving skills.
Tuesday, November 5 77314 Web Literacy iCafe Lab Our teaching job includes providing web literacy skills   and strategies, including lessons on why critical thinking about the web is   important. Learn how to REALLY search the web and why these skills are   essential to every 21st century learner.
Thursday, November 14 77310 SMART Intermediate iCafe Lab Build on your foundational SMART Notebook skills. Begin   learning how to create an eye-popping SMART Notebook presentation and boost   the technology integration in your classroom.  These session is for   teachers who work with a SMART Board and have attended an introductory SMART   Notebook training.
Tuesday, November 19 77311 Promethean Intermediate iCafe Lab 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.