Bits & Bytes-Tech In Ten

Curated Tools and Resources for our K-12 Teachers and Staff

Tech Tricks and Treats

Issue #12 10/30/13

Not too scary Tech Stuff

It looks like the Indian Summer days are gone and we are settled into the Fall season. Many of us are 'scared' to take the plunge into the tech world .... but don't be afraid because we are here to help.


There have been some scary things going on with PowerTeacher and Gradebook lately so please click here to see a very important message from Tim McCleary.


Now read on to find some great website, apps, ideas and videos.

A Message From One Of Our Classrooms

Scan this code to see a special message from one of our classes. We used one of the tips below to create this QR code. See tip #3 below.


TIPS AND TRICKS

  1. Use PicMonkey.com to edit images. No accounts are necessary and it can be done right within your browser. One of the drawbacks of using Google Apps is the inability to edit images. Open a new tab in your browser, edit your image and then pull it right into your Google Doc! We used PicMonkey to give our avatars the ghoulish new look.
  2. Try Flubaroo to make self grading quizzes in Google Apps. No paper involved! Grades move to a new tab in your form spreadsheet and from there you could paste grades right into Gradebook.
  3. Need to shorten your URL or create a QR Code? Go to goo.gl, paste in your URL to get the shortened web address. Click the details link and get your QR code.
  4. Want to find great SMART Board lessons using Notebook software? Try this custom Google search tool here. This search window is optimized to find Notebook files on the web.
  5. Unblock YouTube before trying to watch the videos in this flyer. Open another tab in your browser and go to YouTube.com and then follow the unblocking instructions here.


Science can be FUN and NOT SCARY for your students!


Check out Untamed Science. A group of young scientists and filmmakers have come together to make science fun for the next generation. These videos are spectacular. Remember to unblock YouTube in order to watch the videos from within the district.


What is Untamed Science?
Don't be AFRAID of that new SMART Board in your room! Check out the below video for 5 TIPS and TRICKS for the SMART Board. So easy and so useful.


5 Tips and Tricks for the SmartBoard

Who Is Brainy Betty?

Jazz up your PowerPoint and more with Brainy Betty. Find free templates, images and much, much more. Check out this site here.


What's On Our iPad?

This year, Myers Elementary will be getting 2 iPad carts for general classroom use. We have been busy getting those ready and wanted to share some amazing apps that we will be installing and teaching the classrooms how to use.


  • Flowboard - present your life, work, and stories, a new way to share everything.
  • Stage - turn your iPad into a document camera, great for science experiments.
  • Quickoffice - now a free app, owned by Google and lets you view and edit MS Office files.


How To Contact Us

Dana and Lisa are computer technicians for the School District of Cheltenham Township.

We are available to come to your school or classroom.

Email us at dwalker@cheltenham.org and lrock@cheltenham.org

Visit our technology website, Bits & Bytes.

We'd love to hear how you are using technology in your classroom.