Archive of 15-16 Tech Tuesday

Curriculum Resource

Welcome to Tech Tuesday!
A weekly offering of tech tips, lesson sparks and professional learning opportunities!

Date Tech Tip Lesson/ Spark What's coming up?
9/29 Now that most classrooms are full of devices, it is a great time build the habit of making sure classroom doors are locked and secure whenever you are not in the room. Consider appointing a student monitor/ class job if need be. Have students use any app to create a Digital Citizenship Pledge and share it with the class in Edmodo.

EdcampSD Sat, October 3

SDMaker Faire

Sat/ Sun Oct. 3,4

10/6 Teachers: Please do not update to iOs9 as it does not work with reflector. Students are OK to update, but should do so at home, or the end of the school day. Place Value with Number Pieces and Popplet.

Google Summit

Oct 17/18

SDCUE

November 7

10/13 Add a password to your Reflector to prevent students in other classes from hijacking your screen. Right-click on the Reflector icon in your tray, choose "Set Preferences" and then select "Password". You can share this password with your whole class, or manually enter it from the student's iPad when you'd like them to reflect. Practicing Prepositions with iPad cameras!

#ssdchat 6pm on Wed 10/14

Google Summit

Oct 17/18

SDCUE

November 7

10/20 Frequently have students check to make sure their "Airplay" is off. When Airplay is on, they can drop items directly to each other or you. This can be helpful, however it drains battery, wifi, and can be a temptation for misuse. When doing spot checks of camera rolls/ photos, also make sure students have Airplay turned off by swiping up from he bottom like you do to activate your reflector. Airplay should be off unless you invite the students to turn it on for a school-related reason. Then turn off again when finished. Gumdrop Bridge building

SDCUE

November 7

10/27 Still using Graph paper? Did you know that Notability, Pixie, and Explain Everything all have interactive graph paper backgrounds? Have students try one out on your next graphing activity. World Series Baseball activities

SDCUE

November 7

STEAM Maker Fair

Dec 5

11/3 Students all have an "Exchange" username and password for OneDrive, Word, email, etc. From time to time their devices will prompt them to re-enter it. Their username is: lunch#@santeesd.net, Password is the same as dreambox but with a CAPITAL first letter. This same combination also works for students to login to their Safari Montage accounts, which are now ready for use. Have students use the "Numbers" app to create simple, beautiful graphs and charts for any type of data! Select create a new spreadsheet, then get started in "Charting Basics".

SDCUE

November 7

STEAM Maker Fair

Dec 5

Hour of Code

Dec. 7-13

11/10 Students forgetting their edmodo username and password? From a Laptop, teachers can look up their students' usernames by clicking on their group name, then "members". All of the students' usernames are listed in this section. Student passwords are not visible to the teacher, but teachers can change/ reset them by clicking "manage" next to the student's name, and selecting "Change Password". We recommend using their dreambox password if you reset. Using Popplet for number exploration

STEAM Maker Fair

Dec 5

Hour of Code

Dec. 7-13

11/17 Many of the apps on the iPad include a voice recording feature. Students can use the microphone to record their voices, increasing fluency while practicing reading passages aloud to their device. Students can then choose their best recording to share with the teacher, parents, or with peers. They can also extend the reading activity by having illustrating their reading passage with the other tools available in the app. Ideal apps include Pixie, Explain Everything, and Notability, all of which have voice recording capability as well as drawing and image tools. Using Pixie for Reading Fluency.

STEAM Maker Fair

Dec 5

Hour of Code

Dec. 7-13

12/1

Edmodo Backpack and Library:

Your Edmodo Backpack is like a virtual flash drive that works similarly to the Teacher Library. As a student, you can store an unlimited amount of files/links here and link your Google Drive to your Backpack. You can attach items from your Backpack to Posts or Assignments. There is a 100 MB per upload limit, but the overall storage available is unlimited.
Cool ideas for what to do with the 10 minutes at the end of class

STEAM Maker Fair

Dec 5

Hour of Code

Dec. 7-13

Pizza Chat and Twitter account setup/ support at Round Table!

Jan. 13 6pm

12/8 When Microsoft updated your email, many of the email reply buttons defaulted to "Reply All" instead of "Reply". "Reply All" sends your response to everyone who was included in the original message, so if your principal or secretary sends an email to the whole staff, and you are replying directly to them, check to make sure that you manually select "Reply" unless you want your replies to be seen by everyone in the original email.

Regular Hexagon Ornament Tutorial (+ answer key )
Geometric Solids Ornament Tutorial

Personalized Snowflake Tutorial

Hour of Code

Dec. 7-13

Pizza Chat and Twitter account setup/ support at Round Table!

Jan. 13 6pm

12/15

Workorder and Tech Support Protocol:

1. Submit a helpdesk ticket by emailing helpdesk@santeesd.net and including your issue in the subject line.

2. If you don't hear back from IT in a week or so, share the issue with your principal who may encourage you to submit a follow-up ticket and cc him or her.

3. If you have questions about pending workorders or comments from IT, please call Tracy at the IT helpdesk at extension 2240.

4. If your issue is curriculum related, feel free to reach out to the CRTs for support. (Edmodo, Apps, Schoolwires, Dreambox, Achieve, etc.)

5-8 ELA Gift Poetry.

Gift Poem Questions

Gumdrop Bridge building

Pizza Chat and Twitter account setup/ support at Round Table!

Jan. 13 6pm

Supporting Parents with Common Core math K-5

SDCOE

Jan 13

1/5 Achieve 3000 allows students to search for content by title or topic, an many teachers enjoy letting their students have some choice in what they read each week. However, the student search function is limited to Achieve's grade level filters. You as the teacher, on the other hand, can search any article/ topic and assign it to your students, even if Achieve has "flagged" it for another grade level. This is particularly handy for combo teachers who want all students to read the same article. Even when you assign an article, it will be delivered to the student at their independent lexile. Use Popplet to make timelines!

Pizza Chat and Twitter account setup/ support at Round Table!

Jan. 13 6pm

Supporting Parents with Common Core math K-5

SDCOE

Jan 13

1/11

"Airdrop" should remain off on student iPads unless the teacher has directed students to send something.

You can see whose Airdrop is on at any time by tapping on photos on your teacher iPad. Next, choose and tap on any photo. Then, choose the blue box with the arrow up in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. Airdrop will appear in the middle of the screen and the names of students who have Airdrop turned on and in range will appear. You can use this to remind those students that Airdrop should be off. Keeping it on adds temptation for mischief, drains battery, and uses wifi signal.

Pixie and the CCSS lesson guides

Pizza Chat and Twitter account setup/ support at Round Table!

Jan. 13 6pm

1/18 If a student turns off their Microphone or camera access in an app inadvertently, you can turn it back on for them by going to settings and scrolling down along the left hand side until you find the app in question. Tap on the app in the left hand column. The right-hand side of the screen will then display the setting for the app and you can swipe camera, microphone, etc. back on for the student. Using Tynker to get students coding!

East County Techfest @ West Hills High School

Feb. 20

Twitter Chat

Jan. 27 @ 8pm

iPad Summit San Diego

Feb. 1-3

1/26

ALL iPads (Teachers and students) need to be updated to 9.2.1 ASAP. This is critical for the success of the apps moving forward with IT's app fix.

All of the recently rolled out K-1 iPads should be OK, however K-1 teachers should check their teacher iPads and update.

2-8 teachers: With your students as a group, tell students to go to Settings> General> About and check that their "version" is 9.2.1. (2nd grade: tell students this is a special exception to the "no settings" rule and it's OK because you are helping them)

If you are NOT on 9.2.1, go to Settings> General> About and click "Software Update". You will then need to follow 2 steps, Download, AND Install. This takes about 10-20 minutes. Please encourage students who take iPads home to do it at home. Ask a CRT, or a buddy teacher for help if you need it!

Get outside in this sunshine with

Sight Word Hopscotch!

Twitter Chat

Jan. 27 @ 8pm

iPad Summit San Diego

Feb. 1-3

East County Techfest @ West Hills High School

Feb. 20

iTeachDigital Tech Integration Seminar

Feb 25

2/2

When having students use open a pdf from edmodo in Notability, use the following steps:

1. Tap the link in edmodo to open a preview.

2. Tap on the share button (box with an arrow up).

3. Tap "Open in another app".

4. Then tap "Notability" DO NOT use "Copy to Notability".

5. Tap OK in the pop up box. The item will not open automatically, but will be waiting in Notability as soon as students open that app.

6. Go to Notability. Item will be waiting to create a new note.

If these steps do not work, you can also try choosing "Open in Safari" in step 3 above. Tap the document once to activate, then choose "Open in" in the top left corner and chose "Notability".

Spelling practice with Sketch-noting

iPad Summit San Diego

Feb. 1-3

East County Techfest @ West Hills High School

Feb. 20

iTeachDigital Tech Integration Seminar

Feb 25

2/9 ALL iPads (Teachers and Students) MUST be on 9.2.1 This is not optional. Please make time to address this issue IMMEDIATELY. The original request was sent almost 3 weeks ago. If you need help, please ask an administrator, teacher across the hall, or a CRT. Election and Debate resources

East County Techfest @ West Hills High School

Feb. 20

iTeachDigital Tech Integration Seminar

Feb 25

2/16

If you'd like to help your students change their wallpapers:

Using any picture in the student's camera roll (sent from another app, screenshot, photo), tap on the picture you want, then press the share button (box with an arrow up) in upper right corner. Choose "Use as Wallpaper" at the bottom, center and resize if necessary, then press "Set Both".

Mystery Skype!

East County Techfest @ West Hills High School

Feb. 20

Twitter Chat App Smashing/Creativity Feb 24 @ 8pm

iTeachDigital Tech Integration Seminar

Feb 25

2/22 Kristen Eveland has created a math resource page which houses standards and frameworks for each grade level as well as instructional strategies and articles of interest. It also contains links to other helpful math resources on the web. Please check it out, it is a PHENOMENAL resource! (Once you click the link, use the navigation menu that appears on the left.) Whack-A-Word Spelling

Twitter Chat App Smashing/Creativity Feb 24 @ 8pm

iTeachDigital Tech Integration Seminar

Feb 25

2/29 Google has released a kid-friendly search engine called Kiddle. Students can access it by going to kiddle.co.

The iPad apps have tons of potential to stand-in for, or augment some of your most cherished projects and learning objectives. The kids love exploring the apps and becoming experts. Next time you assign a project to students, consider letting them choose an app to show what they know. Explain Everything, Popplet, Pixie, Notability, and Book Creator are tremendously flexible and media-rich apps that allow students to engage and express themselves. We've linked a great rubric in the column to the right to spark your next learning adventure!

Project Rubric

Twitter Chat

March 9 @ 6pm

Festival of Science and Engineering March 5, Petco Park

FutureNow! Conference April 30

3/8 If you have a Mac laptop, students can airdrop projects or photos from their iPads directly to your computer. For more info, click here. Bean Bag Tic Tac Toe for PE

Twitter Chat

March 9 @ 6pm

Tinkering and Maker Spaces

FutureNow! Conference April 30

3/15

Your students' Powerschool, Safari Montage, Exchange, and Office365 passwords are the same as their Dreambox password (Unless you use picture passwords in K-2). Some require a capital first letter, some don't, so try both if you aren't sure.

Plastic Easter Egg math match

Twitter Chat

April 13 @ 6pm

FutureNow! Conference April 30 USD Future Ready May 14

4/5 If you are on a Mac, you can use the "Preview" application to cut and combine pages from different pdf documents. Instructions here Math Fun fact Jenga

Twitter Chat

April 13 @ 6pm

FutureNow! Conference April 30 USD Future Ready May 14

4/11

Edit your website from your laptop, NOT your iPad. Attempting to edit in schoolwires from an iPad will most likely corrupt your pages and data may be lost. The safest, most efficient bet is to always make changes, even simple updates to your home or assignment pages, from a laptop/ desktop.

Additionally, all content used as a class website should be housed in SchoolWires. IT and Admin have advised not to use your schoolwires page to link to another web host like weebly, wix, or google sites, as these are not protected under our content filters. If you have further questions on this, please contact IT.

Earth Day Online Scavenger Hunt

Twitter Chat

April 13 @ 6pm

Jo Boaler - USD Math Talk

April 28th

FutureNow! Conference April 30 USD Future Ready May 14

4/19 Want to know which kids in your class have photo releases on file? In PowerSchool - click the backpack, click a student's name, then drop down menu on right → School Forms. A "Yes" means you can share their picture, "No" means you can't. Click on another student's first name to see photo release for each. High Interest Doc Cam Activities and Warm ups

Twitter/ Facebook Chat

April 20-27

Personalized Learning in Context

Jo Boaler - USD Math Talk

April 28th

FutureNow! Conference April 30 USD Future Ready May 14

4/25

*Spied in Robin Dawson's Kinder Room*

Use a piece of blue painter's tape on the floor near your iPad storage area to make the waiting line and keep things orderly as students get their devices. One at a time may be retrieving their device, while the others wait behind the line. Simple and so effective!

Primary Grade books for teaching Cause and Effect

Twitter/ Facebook Chat

April 20-27

Personalized Learning in Context

Jo Boaler - USD Math Talk

April 28th

FutureNow! Conference April 30

USD Future Ready May 14 #GlobalMakerDay May 17

5/3 If you have a new HP laptop, be on the lookout for the trackpad lock function. In the top left corner of your mouse trackpad, there is a tiny orange light that will illuminate if you accidentally lock the trackpad. Double- clicking the light will deactivate and make the trackpad fully functional again. Note: you must double tap ON the orange light, not just anywhere on the track pad.

If kids needing to have words spelled for them is detracting from projects or larger learning targets, consider turning on Siri and allowing kids to use it only for asking, "How do you spell_____?".

When asked to spell a word, Siri will pop up a box with the spelling, and audibly read the the spelling aloud to the student, which can save you valuable time and free you up to focus on the prioritized learning targets for that activity.

Be sure to set clear expectations about Siri's use and consider even having "Siri Spelling Time"- blocks of time when its OK to ask and times when its not. You could even have a visual cue on the board like a green or red "S".

USD Future Ready May 14 #GlobalMakerDay May 17

5/10

Your students' iPads keep track of what websites they visit. This info can be found by going to Safari and clicking on the book just to the left of the address bar. Students should not be deleting or clearing their history. You may wish to instate a consequence for students whose iPads show a blank history, indicating that they have recently cleared it.

Some students may also be enabling "Private Browsing," meaning that they are technically blocking the iPad from keeping track of the sites they visit. They turn this on by clicking the double page icon all the way to the top right in Safari, then choosing "Private." When a student is in "Private Browsing" mode, a thick gray bar appears across the top of the browser screen. If you notice this bar while checking in on students' iPads, please remind the student that they are not to be using private browsing, and guide them in turning it off.

Arts integration 7 easy ways

USD Future Ready May 14 #GlobalMakerDay May 17

5/17 During testing, make sure you plug in the peripherals (headphones and keyboards) before launching the Secure Browser window. If a keyboard isn't working, try flipping the plug to the other side or switching it with a different keyboard. Oddly enough, these tricks seem to work most of the time. Wordhippo.com is a great place for students to explore vocabulary. It provides antonyms, synonyms, context, pronunciation, definitions and more. On a laptop or desktop, there are ads, but on student iPads, all adds are blocked :)

#GlobalMakerDay May 17

May Slow Chat on Facebook and Twitter- all month

5/24 As you develop your end of year projects with Students, keep in mind the kids who cannot have their photos published. Here are some cool Photo Apps for blurring faces in classroom pictures. Integrate tech into your next read-a-loud! Save the date! This year's PD in flip flops series will be Wed/ Thursday August 10th and 11th. More info soon.
5/31 If you or a student paste or type a large amount of text and want to delete all of it without lengthy backspacing, you can shake the iPad gently and then choose "Undo". End of the year word clouds on the iPad

Save the date! This year's PD in flip flops series will be Wed/ Thursday August 10th and 11th. More info soon.

Our Last Tech Tuesday of the year will be on June 14

6/7

Please archive your edmodo student groups rather than deleting them. Directions to archive.

Please document this year's student usernames and passwords, in case next year's teachers need to help them access them in the fall. Directions for printing or saving student passwords.

Amazing STEM activities/ lesson plans. Perfect for the end of the year, or to get your inspired for 2016-2017!

Save the date! This year's PD in flip- flops series will be Wed/ Thursday August 10th and 11th. More info soon.

iPad collection begins 6/13

Our Last Tech Tuesday of 2016 will be next week!