Week of 9-9-13

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This was my first week on campus since school started and it was fast.  I visited five different sites this week and managed to touch base with over 100 different staff members.  I love being busy…it makes the days great and I love seeing the wonderful uses of technology in the classrooms.  The down side to this, I did not get the chance to visit with everyone on my list.  If I did not get to you, I apologize and I have not forgotten you.  I will do my best to see you next week.  Below is a lot of information, so please be patient as you read through the message.  I am providing a lot of useful information that answers a lot of the frequently asked questions.  You may want to save this message for future reference.

At a Glance:

Setting Up Desktop Outlook

You will want to load the desktop version of Outlook so you have all the options available that the program has to offer.  Attached is a set of cheat sheets for setting up desktop Outlook and many of the common tasks performed within desktop Outlook.  Please take a minute to set this up.  You will no longer need to go online to check your e-mail.  As you go through the setup process, make sure your username is your full e-mail address (@lcisd.org not @lcisd.local).
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Technology Staff Development Opportunities

Date ASCEND Section# Training Location Description
Thursday, September 12 77302 Introduction to Microsoft OneNote iCafe Lab 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.
Tuesday, September 17 77303 Introduction to Microsoft OneNote iCafe Lab 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.
Thursday, September 19 77313 Your New Office iCafe Lab Explore productivity tips and tricks with Office 2013.   You’ll see new functionality Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Create and edit PDF   files natively in Word. Insert images into the Office programs from Facebook,   Flickr, and other online sources without opening the Internet. Insert YouTube   videos into PowerPoint without embed code. See other levels of functionality   to make Office 2013 that will make your productivity better!
Saturday, September 218:30-11:30 77304 Promethean ActivInspire Beginner Training LCHS Library Start at the beginning with ActivInspire…Learn the   basics such as board care, flipchart navigation and the functions of buttons   on the main toolbox.  Walk away with everything you need to get started   with your board.
Saturday, September 21 77305 SMART Beginner iCafe Lab SMART Board and SMART Slate/Airliner users: Move away from   PowerPoint.  Learn to navigate SMART’s Notebook software to begin   building your own interactive notebooks and create an interactive classroom   environment that both you and the students will enjoy.
Tuesday, September 24 77306 Edmodo iCafe Lab 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.
Tuesday, October 1 77307 iPad Projects Elementary 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 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.

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Web Page

Please remember to keep you web page up-to-date.  Parents love to see what is going on in your classroom.  Students benefit from your calendars and having access to notes and assignments.  If you are in need of assistance, let me know.  Remember, you cannot post the codes for your online textbooks.  This is a violation of the textbooks copyright.  If you are using eBackpacks or Edmodo, you can post them in these locations because it is a password protected, secure environment.
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Save as PDF

When posting items to your website, it is best to post them in a PDF format.  A PDF is accessible to virtually everyone.  There won’t be issues associated with not having Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, or SMART Notebook.  Here are the simple procedures to saving as a PDF:

Microsoft Word or PowerPoint

Click the File menu

Click Export

Click the “Create PDF/XPS” button

Name and Publish

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Microsoft Office at Home

Microsoft Home Use Program is now available for LCISD employees.  Check out the blog post for all the information:

http://icafe.lcisd.org/microsoft-office-at-home

You will be asked for our program code.  Our code is:  (Contact your CITS)

Remember this is for a Home Use Program for LCISD employees only.

Note: You will need to complete this whole process from your home computer (not from school)

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Submitting Technology Work Orders

If you are having technical difficulties, you can submit a work order directly to the technology department.  You can e-mail the issue to helpdesk@lcisd.org.  Be sure to include room number and a detailed description of the problem.  Or you can call x0220; they may be able to help you resolve the issue immediately over the phone minimizing your down time.

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Useful Sites

– D2SC – http://lcisd.d2sc.com

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

– iCafe – http://icafe.lcisd.org/

– Skyward – https://skyward.lcisd.org

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

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Equipment Available From the District:

– iPods (Nanos & Touch), TuneTalk (audio recorder for the iPod Nano), iPads, GPS Units, Digital Cameras, Flip Cameras, Voice Records, Gaming Systems (Wii, Xbox, Dance Dance Revolution, Nintendo DS)

If you are interested in something, let me know.  There is not an unlimited supply, so the sooner you can get me dates of when you would like to reserve them the better.  This equipment is for student project use.
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Let me know how I can help you make teaching your students invigorating.