Monthly Tech Tidbits

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The purpose of this monthly newsletter is to provide you with quick information, tips, and technology hacks for the classroom.
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Buh-Bye Office Mix

Office Mix is saying goodbye on May 1st. If you currently have lessons on the Office Mix platform, you have until April 6th to edit those lessons. Please make sure you download any of those lessons you've created and want to save. If you need help, let me know!


We currently have a complete district-wide trial license for Playposit, which is an excellent alternative to Office Mix.

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Windows 10 is coming!

ALL teacher machines will be re-imaged and updated to the Windows 10 operating system before the end of the school year. Don't panic! A schedule of your re-imaging date window will be sent in plenty of time, as well as more information.


In the meantime, please make sure you are storing all of your files in OneDrive. This will make for an easier transition!

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Playposit

Playposit has graciously given our district an all access trial subscription! To access, you'll need to visit Playposit and login with the single sign on Office365 account.


Playposit allows you to embed video from YouTube and many other sites or upload your own and then insert multiple types of questions into the video. Students can access the videos across any device, at their own pace, and you get the data. Perfect for teachers looking to develop blended and/or flipped lessons.


I am offering 2 PD sessions in April. Sessions will be held on Wednesday, April 11, from 3:00-4:00 at BCE 300 Lab, and again on Tuesday, April 17, from 3:00-4:00 at TFAA Library

Participants will need to register through SchoolStation.

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EdCampBoro is Almost Here!

Calling all educators!


We would like to formally invite you to participate in EdCampBoro!


All EdCamps are a participant-driven "unconference" that provide a unique professional development opportunity for educators. It's completely free to attend, and highly engaging! All topics and conversations are entirely organic and determined that day.


To see an excellent explanation of how an EdCamp works, click on THIS LINK.


For more information or to register for your FREE ticket, please visit our website or scan the QR code in the flyer. There are a limited number of tickets available, so make sure you sign up early! We can't wait to see you there!


If you have any questions feel free to reach out to our organizers:


Christy Tibbs - tibbsc@rcschools.net

Stephanie Smith - smithst@rcschools.net

Clarissa Miles - milesc@rcschools.net

Tim Carey - careyt@rcschools.net

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Don't Forget!

On Tuesdays, from 7:00 pm-8:00 pm, the RCS Instructional Technology Department will be having a Live Twitter Chat! If you participate you will receive 1 hour of PD Credit! Make sure you use the hashtag #RCSTechChat to find us.


PD in your PJs!


Don't know what a Twitter Chat is... No Problem.


Watch This Video to See How It Works and How to Earn PD Credit

Teacher Tech Spotlight

Shout out to Mrs. Buttrey at Thurman Francis Arts Academy!


Mrs. Buttrey is doing some amazing Blended Learning lessons in her classroom using Nearpod! Students are collaborating while working at their own pace to take ownership of their learning!


Would you like a shout out!? Want to be featured in the Teacher Tech Spotlight?! Invite me into your classroom to see the fantastic technology based lessons you and your students are doing!

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Thanks for taking time to read this newsletter!

Please let me know if you have suggestions or ideas you'd like featured in upcoming newsletters!


Are you doing amazing techy things in your classroom? Let me know - I'd love to feature you!


~ Stephanie

Stephanie Smith, Instructional Technology Coach

ClassDojo Ambassador

GoNoodle Ambassador

Nearpod Certified Educator

BrainPop Certified Educator

Microsoft Innovative Educator

Amazon Inspired Educator