Tech Bytes

Carthage ISD Technology Department May 2015

Google Training

We are now a Google Apps for Education School

CISD will be moving to Gmail in mid-May. Email addresses will not change. I will send an email before the migration so you will know when the migration takes place and how to login. Then Region VII will be with us for email and calendar training. I will email each campus/office the training schedule soon. This email address will also be your Google login.


For a quick overview of everything Google, click here. Google for Education is free and offers so much for our district and your classroom.


Google Classroom will replace eBackpack. If you have files saved in eBackpack, you have until June 30 to save them to a flashdrive or My Documents. Please inform students that if they want to keep any files from eBackpack, they have until June 30 to move or copy these files.


Region VII has lots of Google trainings scheduled this summer. Click here for a complete list of summer workshops in Kilgore.

FREE TCEA webinars in May

Click on the link below to register for these free webinars for all TCEA members. Remember, if the time of the webinar is not convenient for you, they will email a link that you can view at any time.


May 6--Jumping In to Online Learning

May 7--Apps for Chrome and Drive

May 13--Game-Based Learning

May 20--Tools for Creating Comics

May 27--Summer Fun

Summer Conferences and Workshops

Training to count for Comp Days

Don't forget that you must have 2 workshops/training days approved by your principal in order to use comp days for Nov. 23-24, the beginning of Thanksgiving week. I have listed some excellent opportunities that could count for you. But, please be sure to visit with your principal BEFORE you register for the event to get approval.

TCEA Area 7 Conference in White Oak

Friday, June 12--Click here for more information for this one day technology conference for teachers and staff on any campus. Keynote speakers, break-out sessions, lots of door prizes, plus breakfast and lunch are provided. Excellent local opportunity for learning about technology.

TCEA Tots and Technology in Galveston

June 14-16--Click here to learn more about the Tots and Technology Conference for teachers and staff of grades EC-5. Located in the Galveston Convention Center, this conference offers breakfast and full hot lunch each day. This is a smaller version of the full TCEA conference held in Austin in Feb. and geared towards the elementary level. Excellent conference!

Summer Libray & Media Conference at Region VII

June 23--Click here to learn more about this great opportunity to learn more about technology for the library and the classroom. Keynote speakers and break-out sessions are available as well as door prizes. For campus librarians and technology helpers on campus or in the classroom.

iPadpalooza 2015 in Austin

June 23-25--Click here to learn more about the original iPadpalooza in Austin. This year's theme is "Keep iPads Weird." Keynote speakers and break-out sessions are available in addition to "iLead Academy". This three-day event is held at Westlake High School in Austin.

iPadpalooza East Texas in Lindale

July 15--Click here to learn more about the first local iPadpalooza opportunity. This is a one-day mobile learning conference and all devices are welcome. If you have an iPad, iPod, or Chromebook in your classroom, I highly recommend this closer-to-home version of the original from Austin.

EdmodoCon 2015

August 4--Click here to register for EdmodoCon, an online event where educators from around the world share how they’re using Edmodo to personalize learning. EdmodoCon is streamed live from the San Francisco Bay Area and designed to help you feel inspired to harness the power of edtech in your classroom.

Back-to-School Conference 2015

August 20 @ Carthage High School--Click here to view a schedule of sessions to be offered during the Back-to School Conference. Even though this conference is scheduled for professional development days in August, it is important that you register as soon as possible. This event is open to all districts in Region VII and sessions could fill up quickly.

Technology Staff

Annette Johnson--Technology Director

Debby Simpson--Administrative Assistant

Richard Sullivan--Network Administrator

Terry Caudle--Systems Administrator

Mark Baisden--Technology Specialist

Martin Martinez--Technology Specialist

Message from the Director

May is here and that means Summer is right around the corner. What a great time to attend a workshop or a conference to get you ready for next year. I have listed some of the great ones above. I hope you have the opportunity to participate in at least one of the them.


Also, remember Twitter is another way to get information on anything you are interested in. It allows you to choose the time when it is convenient for you and you can participate or "lurk" anywhere you have internet access. If you haven't tried Twitter, I encourage you to try it this summer.


Also, I have archived all of this years Tech Bytes on the CISD Technology webpage. Feel free to go back and try any of the tools that I have talked about through the school year.


I know you are counting down the days. Watch the video clip below, then enjoy this last month of school and get ready for Summer!


Annette Johnson