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Weekly Tips and Tricks!

Do you want to be Techy or Relevant?

This weekend I came across this blog post and completely fell in love with it! http://goo.gl/99VRtR

I have had so many people tell me over the last several years that I am Techy teacher. I usually nod my head and say thank you, but when I reflect on that statement I say my kids(students) have called me to be that way. The first week we were back when Matt Gomez was speaking to us he said "the kids in your classroom are your boss." The kids that are sitting in your classroom right now are digital natives, they live in a very connected and techy world. If we want to reach them and teach them we have to change the way we are and become more relevant. We have to become more "techy!"

"Kids are techy. Kids are relevant. Kids speak the language. Kids see the possibilities.

They want us to be! They need us to be! They deserve us to be! It’s the world they live in and whether we like it or not, it’s the world WE live in too!

Instead of calling us “techy”, we really wish people would just call us RELEVANT! We didn’t know how to do all these things either when we got started. But we saw a need, a way to connect, a reason to learn, and we took action." A. Welcome (2015, Sept. 7) We're Really Not That Techy #KidsDeserveIt Retrieved from http://goo.gl/99VRtR


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Epic! eBooks for Kids

Evaluating Apps for the Classroom

This is a free iBook that you can download that is from Apple Education. The guide takes you through 5 main criteria for how to evaluate educational apps. It is a good resource for when you first begin looking at apps for your classroom.


Let's Celebrate the GREATNESS!

Wylie ISD Google Apps

Did you know that every staff member and student in Wylie ISD has a Google Apps account? They do! Google Drive is an excellent way to easily share, edit, and work collaboratively without being in the same room!

Many of you will automatically connect with a personal account. Make sure that you log off your personal account in order to use your Wylie account. This will allow you to see documents shared without asking for permission. Several of the learning specialists have started using Google Drive to share and receive information from you.

Remember this…

  • The use of Google Apps for Education allows staff and students to automatically save documents, presentations and spreadsheets in the cloud. These items can be accessed and edited on almost any mobile device or tablet.
  • Google Apps provides free production tools for those who do not have access to the Microsoft Office suite of tools on their personal devices.
  • Users of Google Apps tools can collaborate on documents in real time, as well as easily share items without having to email items back and forth.
  • Kindergarten through Seniors have a school google Apps account!

#URLearning PD

Thursday, Sep. 10th, 3:30pm

7520 Woodcreek Way

Sachse, TX

Using Picollage/Evaluating "good" apps

#URLearning PD

Thursday, Sep. 24th, 3:30pm

2221 Country Club Road

Wylie, TX

Using Picollage/Evaluating "good" apps