DISD Tuesday Tech Talk

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Bentina Berry - JH - Started using Google Forms for Math Exams! Ask her how easy it is!

Dawn Baxter & Judy Silva - 6th Grade Math - Intermediate - 6th grade math used the Google extension "Read & Write" to give a test for students that need oral testing as an accommodation. "We used Chromebooks and sent the link to those students and they used headphones and the extension read the test to them. Worked like a charm!"

Christina Dunkin - High School - Student Council created a picture event for homecoming using #jackshoco15 on Instagram!

Jennifer Garcia - High School - Check out Jennifer's FCCLA school website! SO informative!

Katie Squyres - Elementary - Uploading documents and files from her P drive to Google Drive and sharing with her grade level!!

Kim Vann - Intermediate - The above picture (far left) is of Kim's daughter, 8th grader, Kaylee Vann, using Kim's interactive board and Microsoft Paint in the Intermediate music room!! WOW!!

Susie Martel - Elementary - Students are using iPads to score their Accelerated Math assignments and are printing their own TOPS reports on the wireless printer!

Katie Squyres - Elementary - Shared folder - K - Google Dr - now can access from home,etc

Cathy Kettering - Junior High - Students are LOVING their new Chromebooks!

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Tweeting with College Station ISD and Lake Travis ISD!

We have 26 classrooms (that I know of) in DISD that use Twitter!! Several of our Elementary and Intermediate classes have been collaborating with students in College Station ISD and Lake Travis ISD through Twitter! They are using Live Tweets to collaborate, discuss and create projects together!

If YOUR classroom is using Twitter to contact experts, collaborate with classrooms around the globe or just to post updates, please let Donna know!

Education Chats!

Did you know that there are live Education Twitter Chats going on at ALL hours of the day!? I was amazed at this list. Check it out and let me know if you need any help. https://sites.google.com/site/twittereducationchats/education-chat-calendar/chat-calendar-cst


I LOVE this. Facebook - everyone is on Facebook. Even kiddos. Do you ever wonder what it would be like if historical figures or authors from the past were on Facebook? What would they say? What would they publish? Check out this "Fakebook." This was created in Google Slides and you can simply click on each area to change accordingly. What a great way to have students learn more about historical figures, authors, etc. The following is one that I started on George Washington and I'll have to admit, I learned quite a bit that I didn't already know about our First President! The students can get really creative with posts and hashtags!

(Check out Martha's hashtag to George below.)

I have posted the slides on our website here. To save one to your Google Drive, go to File -> Make Copy. If you need any help, please let Donna know.

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Remember you can use google drive to share entire folders. At the very least you can view all your department/campus shared documents from the Web. This will also allow live collaboration for your group to view/edit those same documents in either Word or Google documents. If you need help with this to either implement or organize please let us know and we will be happy to help.

Tuesday Tech Tip

I've had several people ask about unsharing a document in Google Drive. This is a really easy thing to do!

1. Click on the document that you wish to unshare.

2. Click the blue "Share" button at the top right corner of the document.

3. Click on the name of the person.

4. In the next window, click the "X" icon next to each user you no longer want to share the document with.

(You can also change edit, comment, and view in this window.)

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Google URL Shortener

Tired of those long urls taking up space on a document or an email? Shorten them with the Google URL Shortener! Click here to see the three simple steps! http://goo.gl/9OaAJP

Chrome Apps and Extensions

Click HERE for 12 FREE Power Apps and Extensions for Chrome!