Tech Bytes

Carthage ISD Technology Department November 2016

Resources available to teach about Presidential Election

There are so many great resources to teach students of all ages about the Presidential Election process. Check out the list below: Everything You Need to Know--resources for PK-12th grade.

Teacher's Pay Teacher's--Election Process--for grades 3-6--This one is $5 for slideshow and lots of coordinating worksheets, but there are resources on this site that are FREE. is Election Day--for grades 3-12--This site has complete lesson plans if you need them for writing assignments for students to persuade people to, "Vote for Me", and more.

National Archives and Records Administration--U.S. Electoral College--resources for grades 7-12. This site has complete and detailed information for older students. It gives details on what happens from Nov.-Jan. when electing a new president, as well as what the qualifications are for being an elector and who selects electors, and so much more.

"60 Minutes" shows how easily your phone can be hacked

TCEA November webinars--FREE for members

Minecraft in the Classroom

Lunch and Learn, Webinar

November 2 @ 11:45 am - 12:15 pm


We’ll share resources and ideas to help you get started using Minecraft with your students. They’ll love you for it!

Chrome Settings for Students and Teachers

Get Your Google On, Webinar

November 3 @ 11:45 am - 12:30 pm


We’ll share best practices and tips for tweaking your Chrome browser while we explain some of the unusual settings that you may not have even considered.

Formative Assessment with Technology

Lunch and Learn, Webinar

November 9 @ 11:45 am - 12:15 pm


Learn about a variety of digital tools you can use to help with formative assessment in your classroom.

Tech for Social Studies

Lunch and Learn, Webinar

November 16 @ 11:45 am - 12:15 pm


We’ll be sharing a variety of technology tools (apps, websites, peripherals, etc.) that teachers and students can use within the social studies content area.

Rubric Resources

Lunch and Learn, Webinar

November 30 @ 11:45 am - 12:15 pm


We’ll share a variety of resources to help you find and/or create rubrics for your content. We’ll also share ideas of how to get more use of them in your classroom as you scaffold your content with rubrics.

Region VII Online Courses & Wired Wednesdays--FREE

Because Carthage ISD is part of the Digital Learning Coop at Region 7, teachers and staff may take the following online courses, FREE! Click here to register for any online course or webinar below.

For online courses, once you register, you will receive a link in your email that will open on the dates below. You may work on the course anytime, anywhere you have internet access during these dates.

Nov. 6-27

Google Slides: Creating Collaborative Presentations in the Cloud--Session 058000--Presenter Andy Adams, M.Ed., Region 7 Digital Learning Specialist

iPad apps for creating products--Session 058062--Presenter Holly Curry, M.Ed., Region 7 Digital Learning Specialist

Google Chrome Part 2.0 Extensions--Session 057992--Presenter Andy Adams, M.Ed.

Google Sheets: The Simplicity of the Common Spreadsheet with the Power of Google--Session 058010--Presenter Andy Adams, M.Ed.

Personalized Technology Training--Session online training, facilitated by Andy Adams, M.Ed.

For webinars, once you register, you will receive a link in your email that you will click and view during the time below. This presentation is live and you may ask questions in the chat box.

Nov. 16--3:30-4:30 pm

Wired Wednesday webinar--Formative Assessment with Tech--Session 061268--Presenter Andy Adams, M.Ed.

Technology Staff

Annette Johnson--Technology Director

Debby Simpson--Administrative Assistant

Terry Caudle--Systems Administrator

Richard Sullivan--Network Administrator

Mark Baisden--Technology Specialist

Penni Munroe--Technology Specialist

Message from the Director

Our new internet service provider is finally online and I hope that you have seen a much needed improvement to accessing sites and resources. I have also reopened Pinterest, Twitter, and Pandora websites for you to use in your classrooms. Sites like Discovery Education and YouTube should also work much better when you want to share videos with students.

Just a friendly reminder that if you have any event on campus or somewhere in the district after hours, please let Technology know if you have any special needs or requests by putting in a ticket. Also let Maintenance know about your event so you will have air after hours. We want your events to run smoothly, but we must have plenty of notice in order to cover your needs.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner! Have a wonderful November!