DISD Tuesday Tech Talk

April 26, 2016

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Shout Out!

Michelle Weaver - "...my science fair students have been asked to turn in an electronic notebook this year instead of paper, the chamber gave them the option to do this but I felt like next year everything would be electronic so I wanted them to get a good understanding of how it would work.....They are using google slides to create their notebook just as they would a paper notebook, each slide has saved them time and is more organized than typing it all out on paper."


Nearpod Users! - Robby received the following information from a specialist at Nearpod. @nearpod

-12 teachers within our district are using Nearpod!

-More than 31 lessons have already been taught using Nearpod in our district!

The specialists said, "These numbers are significant which promted me to reach out, as I would love to learn more about your district's Nearpod strategy!"

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Diboll PTSA! - Pay4Stuff

Check out Diboll PTSA on Facebook!! There's a new video there from Dr. Laura Cooper that highlights a new feature called Pay4SchoolStuff! You can log on and pay for anything related to school....from membership dues, tshirts, Summer Sprint registration, poinsettias, mums, etc.! You can go to https://www.pay4schoolstuff.com to set up your account!!! Please share this with anyone that might be interested!

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Boomerang for Gmail

Thanks to Teresa Hendry for reminding me of this really great extension for Gmail!


If you would like to send an email at a later date, this extension is for you. You can also have an email that was previously sent, sent back to you to remind you to follow up with someone. You can get the Boomerang Extension in the Chrome Web Store HERE. As always, let me know if you need any help with this.

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AudioFile - SYNC: Audiobooks for Teens (Thanks for sharing, Sally Macher!)

SYNC is a free summer audio-book program for teens 13+. Running May 5th - August 17th 2016, SYNC will give away two complete audio-book downloads a week (30 titles) - pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes. SYNC is dedicated to introducing the listening experience to the teen audience and demonstrates that Required Reading can be completed by listening. Click HERE to learn more.

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Color Code Emails in Gmail!

Several have asked about color coding different emails and not just the labels/folders, which is also great! Follow these easy steps and let me know if you need any help at all!

Log into your email account and....


  1. Make a label/folder. Click the arrow beside it and choose a color.2.

  2. Go to the “gear” in the top right hand corner and click on “Settings” and then “Filters” and then “Create New Filter."

  3. Go down to “has the Words” and type in the name of your label. Click “Create Filter with this Search.”

  4. Click “Apply the Label” and choose the label you wish.

  5. Click “Also Apply Filter to Matching Conversations.”

  6. Click “Create filter.”


The following is a video for those of you that are visual learners.

Color Code Your Gmail Labels to Find Important Emails Faster
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