Friday, June 22, 2018

Post #28: End of Year Technology, Software Tools




A couple of quick items today. Please let me know if you have any questions or issues. I have lots of cleaning supplies if you need them!!




End of Year for TechnologyEnd of Year Tech Procedure - Details regarding the end of year technology procedures can be found here. Lots of information so please read carefully. If you need cleaning supplies, please stop by the lab. A few important dates to note:
  • Friday, June 22nd by 3:30: 
    • All classroom laptop/iPad carts need to be returned to the computer lab by the end of the day. (Cleaned and organized)
  • Friday, June 22nd by 3:30: All TA laptops along with chargers need to be returned to the computer lab. A box will be on the main table. Please check your name off that you returned your laptop and charger. 
  • All WTA staff must complete the summer Checkout Form so we know if you will be taking your laptop home for the summer. (Link is also on the End of Year Tech Procedures page.)
  • Just a reminder that all iPads need to stay in the building this summer for maintenance. 

Software Tools:  The district Student Data Privacy agreement has been recently revised. Ramah is working on sending out this new agreement to all of our current and newly requested software titles that require student accounts. As you plan for next year, I would suggest visiting the Instructional Tools Policy (which is found under For Staff) to review our procedures. From there, you will see a link to the MSPA website which lists our software tools and their status for use. This website will be updated over the summer as agreements are received. 


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Post #27: eSchool Report Card Tip and End of Year Technology Information






A couple of quick updates. If you have any questions, please let me know. Have a wonderful last week!






eSchool Report Card Tip: If you are having trouble seeing the comments, see the note below from Eva.



The eye icon toggles comments and marks from the last period. This button is located on the right menu inside each class.





End of Year for TechnologyEnd of Year Tech Procedure - Details regarding the end of year technology procedures can be found here. Lots of information so please read carefully. If you need cleaning supplies, please stop by the lab. A few important dates to note:

  • Friday, June 22nd by 3:30: 
    • All classroom laptop/iPad carts need to be returned to the computer lab by the end of the day. (Cleaned and organized)
  • Hallway lab closes at the end of the school day.
  • Friday, June 22nd by 3:30: All TA laptops along with chargers need to be returned to the computer lab. A box will be on the main table. Please check your name off that you returned your laptop and charger. 
  • All WTA staff must complete the summer Checkout Form so we know if you will be taking your laptop home for the summer. (Link is also on the End of Year Tech Procedures page.)
  • Just a reminder that all iPads need to stay in the building this summer for maintenance. 

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Post #26: eSchool - Report Card, End of Year Technology





Lots going on this time of year. This quote struck me as we often are juggling way too many tasks. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Enjoy your weekend. I hope we need these. 😎




eSchool Report Card: The elementary report card instructions have been recently updated by Eva. Here is the direct link:  Elementary Report Card Instruction.

Teachers will be able to see T1 and T2 side by side when entering T2 marks.


Teachers also can see the comments they wrote for T1 while they write comments for T2.

End of Year Technology: In the coming days, I will be sharing the usual information regarding storage and collection of equipment. The only new procedure affects iPads. Due to updates that must be installed on all elementary iPads over the summer - we must keep all iPads in the building. Therefore teachers cannot take an iPad home for the summer.



Friday, May 25, 2018

Post #25: Google Sites Transition, Projectors, TumbleMath





to Anita and teachers for your continued flexibility with sharing computers for MCAS. Awesome job Anita!!! That's a wrap for 2018! Wishing everyone a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.





Google Sites: As many of you know, Google released the new Google Sites interface awhile back. This week, Google announced that they will offer conversion tool for anyone who needs to convert their classic Site into the new Sites interface. This conversion tool will be available to district domains in the coming weeks. I personally like the new Sites interface and have found it easy to navigate.





Projectors: As room temps rise, please remember to turn off your projectors when they are not being used. HOT projectors can cause them to overheat, bulbs to break and decrease their performance.




TumbleBooks - Received an email this week that TumbleBooks is launching a new website in the fall for elementary schools. TumbleMath will combine math storybooks, instructional videos, games, plus quizzes and lesson plans! They are looking for math teachers interested in creating lesson plans and quizzes to help shape the collection. If you are interested in contributing your expertise, they are offering compensation.  If you are interested, send an email to info@tumblebooks.com

**Note that the majority of quizzes and lesson plans should be common core aligned.**



Thursday, May 17, 2018

Post #24: Google Updates: Drive, Forms & Gmail






Another week of successful MCAS! Thank you to all teachers for your flexibility in sharing equipment. Much appreciated!





FYI - Google will be making many updates over the coming weeks. I do not have exact dates when we will see changes in our district Google Drive, Google Forms, and Gmail. If you have a personal Gmail account, you may already have access to some of the items below.


Google Drive Updates: Google announced that there's another change coming to Google Drive. That change is a cosmetic change to the Google Drive user interface that you will see when you access Google Drive through your web browser.

The changes to the browser version of Google Drive include:

  • Repositioning of the "settings" icon to be inline with the search bar.
  • A new "new" button in the upper, left corner of the screen. 
  • Changes to the fonts used for headers.
  • A white background replaces the gray background. 

The following GIF provided by Google shows an overview of the updates. 

Google Forms Updates: Do you use Google Forms to create surveys and give online quizzes? If so, Google announced six new features that are going to make Google Forms better than ever. Like most updates to G Suite, these features will be rolled out gradually so if you don't see them today, you will see them soon. You can read more about the six changes here.
  1. Quiz answer suggestions
  2. Autocomplete answers
  3. Automatically grade checkbox and multiple choice grid questions
  4. Give decimal grades
  5. Improve understanding with YouTube video feedback
  6. See the total number of points in a quiz
Gmail Updates: Google has unveiled several updates to Gmail. If you'd like to read the specifics, check out this article. In short, you can expect to see the following:
  • Fresh clean look
  • Sidebar feature that integrates several google apps like calendar, keep, & tasks
  • Ability to snooze emails
  • An expiration date for emails with sensitive information

While these new features have yet to show in our district emails, you can try many of them out now if you have a personal Gmail account. To test out the new features, click the gear icon in the top right corner, and if the update is available on your account, you will see an option to “Try the new Gmail” at the top of the drop-down menu.





Thursday, May 10, 2018

Post #23: Classroom Tech Needs, PebbleGo




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A couple of quick tech items this week. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.


For those celebrating Mother's Day - wishing you a wonderful day!



Classroom Technology Needs: I am assessing technology needs for next year. If your classroom requires any technology related items, please let me know. I continue to advocate for more iPads (K-2) and Chromebooks (3-4). 


PebbleGo and PebbleGo Next: Earlier this week, I activated our subscriptions to both PebbleGo resources. Links can be found under "For Students" on the HH website.

So far students in the computer lab have found the resources easy to navigate, engaging and fun to use. 

PebbleGo Collection:




PebbleGo Next Collection:







Thursday, May 3, 2018

Post #22: Device Care, ELL, eSchool Plus, PebbleGo/PebbleGo Next




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It's been a busy week. Thank you to those who shared devices for MCAS. Your flexibility is greatly appreciated.

A few items to share. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.




Device Care - At the April Technology Committee meeting, we discussed device care. We are all responsible for seeing that our devices are taken care of. In order to do that, we are asking you to do the following:
    • assign students for plugging in devices at end of day (especially chromebook classrooms) to help prevent power cord breakage;
    • Students should NOT be snacking while using devices (iPads or laptops).

ELL: Sharing this ebook from Lexia Learning regarding EL Classroom Strategies to Support English Learners. 

eSchool Plus: Term 2 is open for grade reporting. Please let me know if you have any questions or issues.



PebbleGo and PebbleGo Next: As shared at the staff meeting, we have purchased a subscription to PebbleGo (K-2) and PebbleGo Next (3-5).

PebbleGo: We purchased the Animals and Social Studies databases. The PebbleGo databases make learning and improving reading and research skills fun, building on children’s interest. Databases are simple to navigate and offer key reading supports such as read-along audio and word-by-word highlighting. 

PebbleGo Next: We purchased Science and Social Studies databases. PebbleGo Next is carefully aligned to grades 3-6 curriculum objectives. The databases are simple to navigate and offer key reading supports such as read-along audio and word-by-word highlighting along with a variety of downloadables, including prompts to inspire critical thinking. 




Teacher resources to use with PebbleGo/Next - You can create a free teacher account @ Capstone Community. By doing so you will have access to a variety of resources.

Once logged in, click on resources. There you will find lesson plans & activities, videos... (see image to the left).