Washington Tech Tidbits

Washington School - June 8, 2015

Chromebook Collection Process

All student Chromebooks will be collected and stored for the summer, then redistributed for the 2015-16 school year. Students should have brought all devices and accessories back to school yesterday. They will not be able to bring them home for the remainder of the week. Please use this checklist to keep track of returns.

Pat and/or I will be coming to your classrooms TOMORROW (Wednesday) to begin the storage process. 3-5 teachers, please consult this document to see when we will be coming in and collecting your students’ Chromebooks, power cords, and cases.

Our expectation is that devices will have normal wear-and-tear on the plastic surface (small, “cosmetic” blemishes). If there is damage to the Chromebook, the student will be charged an incident fee of $20. In cases where the damage exceeds half the cost of the Chromebook ($140), full replacement cost of $285 will be charged. Accessories will be replaced at full cost value of the item. Letters regarding charges will be sent home by Friday.

Please contact us with any questions you may have!

Coming Soon: Google Explorers!

Next school year, Brittney and I plan to devote the first 6 weeks of school to Google Exploration, a co-teaching program that we will be developing based on the needs of our staff and students. We will come into each 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classroom, for 30-60 minutes each week, to discuss topics, such as:

  • basic technology terms and keystrokes
  • digital citizenship
  • how to access Google accounts
  • how to appropriately change Chromebook settings
  • how to share documents responsibly
  • the importance of digital footprints
  • how to locate and use information responsibly

Stay tuned for more information coming this August!

Check out D64's new Apps/Extensions/Software Process!

Click this link to watch a short video about the new process for requesting apps, extensions, and software (AES) on district devices.

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Click here to access the AES Trial Request Form!

I will contact you in the fall to discuss your request and install it on one device for you to try!

Going Out of the Country This Summer?

If you're going abroad this summer, make sure to download the FREE Google Translate app (available for Android and iOS)!

Earlier this year, Google added a new feature called Word Lens that allows you to use your phone's camera to instantly translate street signs, menus, and much more. Simply point your camera at the text and you will see the translated text, in your desired language, overlaid on your screen. This will work even if you don't have an Internet or data collection! This feature will translate from English to and from French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

Google Translate Word Lens

Green Screen Announcements

Please click here to watch the last green screen announcements of the year, starring Mrs. Johnson's 1st grade class.

Thanks for another successful year! Stay tuned for next year's sign-up document... coming this August.

Thanks for a wonderful year! Have a great summer!