Technology Times

October 22, 2014

Email Challenges

Are you often misunderstood when writing emails? This is a four part series of writing correct and informative emails. It also contains email statistics such as:

  1. a great majority of emails are handled within six seconds of arrival;
  2. after each email interruption, the average time needed to return to the flow of accomplishing a task is 64 seconds;
  3. email language loosens because of the “online disinhibition effect”;
  4. we are 50% more likely to lie in a negotiation over email;
  5. we consistently overestimate our ability to communicate effectively with email

Follow the links below to read the four part series on emailing.

The Good the Bad and the Email

Guess Who's Coming to Email

Close Encounters of the Email Kind

Gone With the Email

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Free Webinar - Please share with your Social Studies Secondary Teachers

Secondary Social Studies: Digital Content, Not the Devices, Drives Student Achievement

School districts that focus on the devices instead of instructional outcomes will travel a bumpy road in their digital transition. Learn how one school district that was using tablets made believers of their Social Studies teachers when they provided digital content that helped to boost Social Studies scores at the secondary level.

Hear how Discovery Education Social Studies Techbook made teaching and learning an unforgettable experience and:

  • Saved teachers time in planning lessons
  • Helped teachers differentiate instruction
  • Strengthened students' literacy and critical thinking skills

The Rock Hill School District will share its vision, plan, and lessons learned as it successfully increased student engagement and achievement in the digital Social Studies classroom.


Queenie Hall, ELA & social studies instructional specialist, Rock Hill School District, S.C.

Harriet Jaworowski, associate superintendent for instruction and accountability, Rock Hill School District, S.C.

This webinar will be moderated by Aggie Alvez, vice president, Discovery Education

Register now for this free live webinar.

Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, 2 to 3 p.m. ET

Can't attend? All Education Week webinars are archived and accessible"on demand" for up to four months after the original live-streaming date.

Ten of the best virtual field trips!

Virtual field trips can be an awesome virtual lesson. Read the article (link below) by Meris Stansbury, Associate Editor, @eSN Meris, to see the top ten virtual field trips.

Staff Development 1/2 Day Reminder

Friday, Oct. 24th, 12pm

Jay M Robinson High School

Elementary will begin at 12:00

Middle/High will begin at 1:00

NC Ties - North Carolina's Premiere Tech Conference

If you are interested in attending NCTies please send your SIGNED prior approval form to Patti Freeman via fax (704) 782-6607 or via courier.

Conference Dates: March 5th and 6th

Conference Information:

Location: Raleigh, NC

Please consider presenting at the conference. To submit a proposal:

Four Tips to Manage Mobile Devices

We often talk about how hard it is to manage mobile devices. Laura Devaney, Managing Editor, @eSN_Laura provides four tips to manage mobile devices. The components consist of:

  • Effective Teaching
  • Preventive Component
  • Corrective Component
  • Supportive Component

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Review Apps

Review apps – In this regular AMLE Magazine feature, Pamela Wash recommends classroom apps, among them:

• Speed Match Quiz Maker allows a teacher to type in words, phrases, equations, dates, etc. with matching components on an interactive whiteboard, set a timer, and then have students drag responses to the matching item.

• Flocabulary is a collection of content-based songs and videos using hip-hop themes and catchy phrases and mnemonic devices to help students remember basic content.

“Tools At Your Fingertips” by Pamela Wash in AMLE Magazine, October 2014 (Vol. 2, #3, p. 42-43),