Wood Tech Tips

Helpful info for integrating technology in your classroom

Communicate via email with your students

Did you know that you can send a mass email to all students in your classes by simply typing the class code followed by @students.davenport.k12.ia.us? For example, to send an email to all of my advisory students, I would open up an new email in Outlook and in the To: field I would type Wood-M08811-6@students.davenport.k12.ia.us

Obviously face to face communication is very effective, but some situations could call for sending an email instead. With students having increased access to their email during the school day, you might consider engaging them in a conversation via email.

Google Forms - Flubaroo

Several teachers have implemented use of Google Forms into their classroom for assessments and study guides. (Ms. Bisinger, Mrs. Wahlheim, Mrs. Ashby, Mrs. Toft, Mrs. Carlson, and Mrs. Klein) All teachers in some form or another used the Flubaroo extension to assist them in grading the student work.

As always, I am happy to help you setup a form and enable Flubaroo. For a brief video demonstration, follow this link: http://youtu.be/U06W3H_iDho

Plan B...

So you checked out the chromebooks for your classroom and some students/chromebooks are unable to connect to the wireless network...Frustration mounts, time is wasted...what to do? Unfortunately, this challenge is not going away any time soon. In fact, it may even get worse before it gets better. As chromebook usage increases, so does our need for more bandwidth. Caitlyn is working with LIS to address classrooms/areas that do not have a strong wireless signal. I'm not sure what will be done and in what time frame, but in the meantime...let's think about a plan B or C. As you plan your activities with chromebooks in your classroom, you might want to consider alternatives should you experience poor connection quality. You can have students try different wireless signals (DCSD PSK). You could consider having students work together in partners. You could have a paper pencil activity ready or if it's an important lesson, you could schedule time in computer lab 125. Whatever the scenario, to avoid frustration of an uncontrollable situation, you may want to consider a Plan B.

Office Hours....Monday afternoons and Thursday mornings

Realizing that during normal school hours teachers are extremely busy, even your prep period may not be an ideal time to meet. I am committing to be in my classroom every Monday afternoon from 3:35 pm to 4:15 pm and Thursday mornings from 7:30 am to 8:10 am.

Send me an email or give me a call to let me know that you'll be there and what you are interested in learning more about. Over the course of the year, I will offer specific topics that you can simply drop in and learn more about.