Taylor ISD DuckLink #33

empowering student success and school improvement

November 18, 2014

Celebrating Thanksgiving

As a father of 5 children, I really look forward to spending time with my family during the holidays such as Thanksgiving. One of the things I try to do each holiday is share memories I had as a kid and at least a small story about what happened during the First Thanksgiving. Scholastic has put together a nice collection of activities and videos that you may find useful to you this holiday season. Visit The First Thanksgiving to learn more.

Spotlight on Innovation

In this edition of the DuckLink, we celebrate art teacher, Jean Barnett, as being a teacher that exemplifies innovation by communicating with students and parents. Jean spends valuable time preparing a digital newsletter that highlights the great things students are learning in class. Mrs. Barnett uses an online tool called Smore to share with her students and parents on a regular basis. Taking this time has helped her celebrate the great things students are doing and keep parents engaged in learning with their children. Great job Mrs. Barnett!


Barnett's Art Room


Do you have someone that is doing great things to exemplify our TISD Core Values? Submit a request to feature them in a future issue of the DuckLink.

Great Resources from Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media produces great quality videos in Technology Integration and Digital Citizenship. These can be useful to you and your students. The Digital Citizenship videos would be valuable to share with your students while the Technology Integration videos will help you better understand the SAMR model, best practices in using technology with students, etc. Be sure to especially watch the videos by Ruben Puentedura who created the SAMR Model.


Visit Common Sense Media Videos

Edit Office Files in Google Drive

So many people still like to use Microsoft Office tools. Since we have moved to using the Google suite of products we have encouraged you to begin using Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. However, if you still prefer to use Office this video may help.
Setting Up Application Launcher for Drive

Upcoming EdCamp- Del Valle ISD

Have you ever attended an EdCamp or heard about them? They are a great opportunity to learn from other educators and share ideas you may have with others. An EdCamp is a form of unconference designed specifically for teachers and their needs. Unlike traditional conferences which have schedules in advance designed by organizers, EdCamps have agendas created by the participants at the start of the event. The best thing about EdCamps is that they a great time to collaborate and they are free! Learn more...


Here is an EdCamp coming up soon in our area. Click the link to learn more and signup.


December 6- Del Valle EdCamp- http://bit.ly/DellValleISDEdCamp

Office for iPad Now Available for Free!

Just recently Microsoft has made the iPad app for Word, Excel, and Powerpoint free for iPad. If you still like to use Office and have an iPad, these are wonderful apps. The only trick is if you have enough memory on your iPad to install them. Click the links below to download the app. Keep all your files in sync using OneDrive.


Word for iPad

Excel for iPad

Powerpoint for iPad

Check out these apps!

Help Desk Contact

Eduphoria Help Desk- https://taylor.schoolobjects.com

Phone: 512-365-5015 or x1900


Be sure to visit the Taylor ISD Technology site for more information.