Tech Bytes

Carthage ISD Technology Department October 2017


We continue to hear about hackers getting our personal information and using it to steal our identity. Click the link below and take about three minutes to view the story just aired on CBS News from Monday, Sept. 25.

Digital Citizenship

Common Sense Media has been training teachers for years to provide Digital Citizenship resources for all students grades K-12. Check out this link to ensure you have the tools necessary to help our students become safe digital citizens at school, at home, or out in the community. In this day and age, it is so important that students don't give out personal information, as well as learn how to communicate with others in a respectful way digitally. Check out the scope and sequence as well as lessons and videos all provided by Common Sense Media. These skills can be integrated with any assignment in any class at any grade level.

Google Training Center

Don't forget that I have provided links on the school website for anything and everything you need to know about Google. Click here to access the Google for Education Training Center. These are very short tutorials about each Google application. Once you try Google Apps, you will wish you had tried it sooner. Automatic file saving, automatic file storage to Google Drive and the ability to share files with others are just a few of the reasons you need to use Google. No more lost files. Try it today!

Project Tomorrow Survey

Watch for the Project Tomorrow Survey banner to open Oct. 16 on our school website. Since TEA no longer provides Star Chart, I am asking that each teacher and administrator complete this survey. It is free and provides valuable information for our district in the area of technology. Even parents, students, and the community may participate in the survey. It takes about 15-20 minutes depending on the type of survey, so thank you in advance for your time and cooperation.

TCEA October Webinars--FREE to members

iTunes U in the Secondary and Higher Ed Classroom

October 4 @ 11:45 am - 12:15 pm

Library to Makerspace

October 18 @ 11:45 am - 12:15 pm

Is It Trick or a Treat? Web Tools Can Be Fun, Too!

October 25 @ 11:45 am - 12:15 pm

Technology Staff

Annette Johnson--Technology Director

Debby Simpson--Administrative Assistant

Terry Caudle--Systems Administrator

Richard Sullivan--Network Administrator

Mark Baisden--Technology Specialist

Austin Smith--CHS Student Assistant

Message from the Director

If you need any help, don't forget to put in a tech ticket and we will be there to help you as soon as we can. Please don't forget if you need quotes for anything in technology, put in a ticket and we will get you one using our education vendors that provide us with the best prices available. Keep in mind that we can only use companies that are available on our Region 7 list or that are sole source vendors.

Also, don't forget the second Tuesday of each month is Patch Tuesday, the day that Microsoft automatically sends out software updates. Please leave your computers on each night. If you want to turn them off on Friday, that's fine. But, leaving them on every week night will ensure that updates are downloaded and installed overnight, preventing interruption of your workday. If you forget and turn off your computer, when you return the next day, the updates will try to download and install. If the computer has a message to "Please wait," you have to wait. Let me know if you have any questions.

Have a great October!