2014-2015 Tech Tuesday Archive

2014-2015 Tech Tuesday Archive

Date

Tech Tip

Lesson Spark

PD Offering
Oct 21

Use Ctl+F to find a term, name

or keyword on any web page

or in most programs from your laptop

iPad scavenger hunt

Coming Soon!

In trimester 2, we will be offering an optional after school session for teachers every Tuesday afternoon. If you have ideas of things you would like on these days, please email us!

Sessions we are already planning for Trimester 2:

Password Management

Student Digital Portfolios

Google search tips

Oct 28 Your iPad and and your bluetooth keyboard have 2 separate charging cables. The iPad charger is white, the keyboard charger is black. Both were in the little baggie that came with your iPad. To charge the keyboard, attach the black cable to the side of the keyboard near the power switch and attach the other end to your power block, and then a wall outlet. iPad enhanced Picture Walks

Bonus support sessions this week!

TODAY! Tuesday 10/28

Anytime from 2:30-4:30

Edmodo Refresher or Classroom website support (Library)

Wednesday 10/29

Anytime from 2:30-4:30

Password Management or Classroom website support (ERC)

Thursday 10/30

Anytime from 2:30-4:30

Edmodo Refresher or Classroom website support (ERC)

Nov 4

Reflector tip! If your Reflector isn't showing up or working properly, try right-clicking on the tiny reflector icon in your tray (very bottom right of your laptop screen) and choosing "Exit". Then re-open Reflector by double-clicking the larger Reflector icon on your desktop, and then trying to reconnect from Airplay on your iPad. This often solves any glitches or hiccups without having to completely reboot your iPad or Laptop.

Driving questions and Project-Based Inquiry

See you in Trimester 2!

Email us if you have suggestions of trainings you would like us to offer, CurriculumResourceTeachers@santeesd.net

Nov 11 Kids always asking, "How do you spell...?" Try setting up your teacher iPad somewhere while kids are writing, with the "notes" app open. Students can come up and select the microphone from the keyboard and speak the word they want to spell. Speech to text will dictate it for them and they can jot it down and return to writing. Watch out for homophones! Media-Based writing prompts

Do you have ideas for Lesson Sparks? Email them to us and look for them here!

We'll be back in trimester 2 with after-school PD offerings!

Nov 18 Accidentally delete something while you were typing? Screen go wonky? Do you find yourself saying things like, "Whoa what just happened?" when you're working on your computer? Try this magic spell: Hold down the Control Key and press Z on your keyboard. This can be done in any program or online to "undo" the last thing that happened, even when you have no idea what you did! Give it a try! How close to 100? Math activity

Do you have ideas for Lesson Sparks? Email them to us and look for them here!

We'll be back in trimester 2 with after-school PD offerings!

Dec 2 Most projector remotes have a "Freeze" and a "Blank" button. Blank will black out your screen until you press the button again. Freeze will lock the screen on the current image, even if you go to a different screen on your computer or put a different page under your doc cam. Press "Freeze" again to turn the mode off. Try it out! Celebrate the Week of Code Dec 8-13! Visit www.Code.org and scroll down to "Explore Code Studio" for lesson ideas

We'll be back soon with after-school PD offerings!

Next week is the Week of Code! Have you tried coding with your students?

Dec 9 Can't find something on your iPad? Simply press anywhere on the background image on your desktop screen and gently pull down to open "Spotlight Search". From there you can type in the name of an app, a contact, an email subject, or keyword from a note, and your iPad will find it and list it for you. Select the one you want from the list. Using Popplet to practice syllables, affixes and word parts (1 Pad class or 1:1)

We'll be back soon with after-school PD offerings!

On Pinterest? Check out the CRT Pinterest page where we are gathering tons of lessons and resources for you. Follow us! http://www.pinterest.com/SanteeCRT

Dec 16 Need help with SchoolNet? Katy made you a quick video tutorial showing how to search, save in favorites, and how to take a portion of a longer pdf and pull out small portions. Check it out here. Explore validating research sources with your kids before rolling out a research project. Here are some sites that look official, but need further examination ;)

We'll be back soon with after-school PD offerings!

Don't forget to add us on pinterest! The CRTs have a page of awesome curated app resources!

Follow us at:

http://www.pinterest.com/SanteeCRT

Jan 6 Save time by using some keyboard shortcuts! Highlight text, then press control+C to copy the text, or control+X to cut it. Then press control+V to paste in another document, window, or field. Use Wonderopolis to share a daily "Wonder" with students. The site often has video, a short quiz, and follow up activities to engage, curiosity, research, engagement, and critical thinking. Katy has created another great tutorial for you! This time she has shared how to use some of the important features in dreambox!
Jan 13 Want to show a youtube video with no ads or suggested videos? Go to Viewpure.com and paste in the original youtube link for clean, safe viewing without distractions. For quick substitution-level tech integration: Open "Pixie" on a computer or iPad. Choose "Projects", then select the "Activities" tab for tons of pre-made lesson templates and graphic organizers including time, money, venn diagrams, lined paper and more.

Don't forget to add us on pinterest! The CRTs have a page of awesome curated app resources!

Follow us at:

http://www.pinterest.com/SanteeCRT

Jan 20

Need to get your students to a website but the URL is really long? Use a URL shortener like bit.ly or goo.gl. The latter will also generate a QR code for you, but you will need a google account.

Want to get started using iMovie trailers in class? Click here for some templates and storyboards to jumpstart your activity.

CRTs will be back soon with after school PD offerings, based on your responses to Friday's PD day.

Jan 27 Use fur.ly to curate multiple websites into one link. Allow students to quickly move back and forth between only the websites you designate. Awesome for Social Studies and Language Arts units. More vs. Less: Math Journals with Book Creator

Please consider attending the East County Techfest, a FREE day of structured sessions and EdCamps held at nearby West Hills High School. All local school districts will have attendees as well as presenters. Saturday, February 7th 8am-2:30 p.m. Click here for the session list and more info and to register.

Feb 2 From your teacher iPad, download the NGSS and CCSS apps for free. Search: "Common Core Standards"and "NGSS" respectively. These apps allow for quick, friendly access to important standards by grade level and content area, with helpful descriptors and easy-to-use features and functions. A must have for teachers. Using class iPads for graphing activities with students.

Need an edmodo refresher? Mark your calendar for the Tuesday AFTER NEXT, Feb 17th. One session will be from 2:30-3:15, and one will be from 3:30-4:15. Join us for either one at the District Library. We will go over adding students, giving assignments, quizzes, and polls, as well as using the backpack and library. Come and get workflow-y!

Feb 10 Need to quickly zoom in or out on a website or document? Use Ctrl with the + or - keys to control the zoom on your laptop. Workflow for Notability, Pixie, and edmodo Need an edmodo refresher? Mark your calendar for NEXT TUESDAY, Feb 17th. One session will be from 2:30-3:15, and one will be from 3:30-4:15. Join us for either one at the District Library. We will go over adding students, giving assignments, quizzes, and polls, as well as using the backpack and library. Come and get workflow-y!
Feb 17 Use photosforclass.com to allow students to search screened images with usage rights for students. The downloaded image will contain the image credits in citation form. Exciting persuasive speaking topics for adolescents. Join us today at 2:30 or 3:30 for an edmodo refresher course at the District Library.

Feb 24

In addition to the Microsoft Suite (which you can download for free on your iPad), you also have Pages, Keynote, and Numbers from Apple. Each app parallels a Microsoft app and works seamlessly with edmodo! Use Pages like you would use Word, Keynote like Powerpoint, and Numbers like Excel. Use these slide to review SBAC related vocabulary with students. The CRTs are preparing some additional after school sessions on topics like classroom iPad management and continued digital citizenship. Stay Tuned! :)
Mar 3 Want to shorten a long web address for your students or parents? Copy the full address into a URL shortener like bit.ly or goo.gl. Just type "bit.ly" in your address bar and paste the long url in the paste box. A new short url will be created for you. If you make an account onbit.ly, you can even customize the new short URL to something like bit.ly/santeecrt. Click here to see how you can add videos you've created to safari montage for parents and students to explore. The CRTs are preparing some additional after school sessions on topics like classroom iPad management and continued digital citizenship. Stay Tuned! :)
Mar 10 Need to select multiple files, pictures, or lines of text at one time? Click on the top item, hold down "shift" and click on the last item. This will select everything in between. Similarly, if you want to select a few scattered files from a folder or menu, hold down the "control" ("command" on a mac) key while you click around on the files you need. Multiple files will be selected for you to move, save, download, etc.

Click here for Pi Day ideas! (Sat, 3.14)

Click here for Digital Learning Day ideas! (Fri, 3.13)

CRTs want to remind you that we are available for ALL teachers grades K-8! Sign up for a 30-60 minute visit on your site's designated day. We are willing and able to help everyone who'd like our support!

Click here for the sign-ups by school site. http://www.santeesd.net/Page/10460

Mar 17 The Google Chrome browser (laptops) allows you to add an extension called "Google Art Project". Once installed, a famous work of art will populate as the background of each new tab you open. The artwork will contain info about where the artwork is currently housed and info about the artist. From your chrome browser choose settings, extensions, add more extensions and search for "Google Art Project." Great for history, art, or writing prompts. March Madness: Using brackets to explore academic questions Register for edcamp engage, hosted by Santee School District. Event is open to teachers all over San Diego County and is limited to 150 participants. Register at bit.ly/registration425
Mar 24 5 best tips for spotlight search on your iPad. Common Performance Tasks for ELA and Math Join us for edcamp engage, April 25 at Cajon Park School! Tons of awesome prizes, and fantastic, teacher-led PD.

Apr 14

The ETTC had a simple poetry generator for students to create a variety of poems and prose. Works great on laptops or iPads! Poetry Month Activities

Shel Silverstein poetry sparks

Must share poems for Middle and High School

The power of Poetry in primary classrooms

Cinquain poems with color and syllables

Less than 2 weeks until Edcamp Engage, April 25 at Cajon Park School! Tons of awesome prizes, and fantastic, teacher-led PD.

Apr 21

The iPad's built-in camera has some fun features like panorama, time-lapse, and slow motion! Use these to create cool "how to's" or to let students showcase their work in creative ways. A poetry month symbaloo resource for you! Use the links to get great poetry month content, or create your own symbaloo of links for a unit in your class. This is the LAST CALL for Edcamp Engage! This Saturday morning, April 25 at Cajon Park School! Tons of awesome prizes and fantastic, teacher-led PD! Register now! It's free!

Apr 28

Google has some helpful tools built into its searches! Click here to see google's built in timer, calculator, and conversion features, just by searching in the google box at google.com. Check out zunal.com for webquests by subject/ topic/ grade level - just check links before sending to kids :)

CRTs want to remind you that we are available for ALL teachers grades K-8! Sign up for a 30-60 minute visit on your site's designated day. We are willing and able to help everyone who'd like our support!

Click here for the sign-ups by school site. http://www.santeesd.net/Page/10460

May 5 You should change the power/ energy settings on your laptop for the testing window. From most PCs, click on the windows start button in the bottom left and search for the words "power" or "energy" this should show you a link to open the power save options window, open it up and change it to never sleep, or never go in to power-save mode. Don't forget to change it back after testing! Coming this month! Check out the YouCubed website for 5 math lessons created for their week of inspirational math. You'll need to make a quick account! Check out the Future Ready Conference this Saturday at USD.
May 12 Check out the free online graphing tools for kids at NCES. Works on all devices! Eight K-2 end of year project ideas!

Only 3 Twitter chats left this year! Join us 6pm Wednesday evenings for:

May 13: Jen Rolf moderating Open-Ended teaching ideas.

May 20: Tiffani Brown moderating Whole-Child Chat

May 27: End of year Live TweetUp! at Santee Round Table.

May 19 Five Inspiring EdTekTalks Awesome Projects to celebrate the end of the school year!

Only 2 Twitter chats left this year! Join us 6pm Wednesday evenings for:

May 20: Tiffani Brown moderating Whole-Child Chat with question submissions from teachers throughout the district.

May 27: End of year Live TweetUp! at Santee Round Table.

THE LAST TECH TUESDAY of 2015 will be next week, May 26

May 26

Use your browser's bookmark tools to save time! If you have websites you visit often, you can "add to bookmarks bar" in Firefox, Chrome, Safari, or Internet Explorer so that you can always get back to them in one click.

Bonus! Running out of room in your bookmarks bar? Right- click and choose "properties", "rename" or "edit" on anything you've posted to change the name to something simple like "CRTs" or "CCSS". This will save space in your bar by removing the long URLs and replacing with something short and sweet.

Fun and Free Summer Learning and Reading Activities to share with your students!

Summer Reading ideas

Thank you for a wonderful year of Tech Tuesdays! We look forward to bringing you more tips and lesson ideas next year!

The CRTs will be offering some optional summer activities centered around collaboration, apps, iPads, and Standards. Keep an eye on your email over the summer if you are interested :)