DCSD Tech Tidbits 03.18.16

March 18, 2016

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Awesome Job!

Amber McCoy (BDE) has her student's taking assessments using Google Forms and then she used Google Sheets add on Flubaroo for the first time to get instant feedback!

Julie Weigand's (DHS) students have just started a project- making an iMovie trailer about a piece of WWII that interests them.

Elizabeth Heim's (SECC) kindergarteners are constantly asking to code. If they do a good job during the day, they code the last 20 minutes of the day.

Brittany Boyd (SMS) did a PD session on Answer Garden yesterday during their Tech Tuesday and Ami Stephens used it the very next day! In addition, Mrs. Christa Henderson, Ms. Kaywanna Bradley, and Ms. Shemekia Nero have Answer Garden in their plans to use this week.

Mrs. Stephens' 7th Grade Social Studies Answer Gardens On the Holocaust

Want to submit a teacher you know for "Teacher Spotlight"? Shoot an email to Carla.Jefferson@darlington.k12.sc.us or complete the form here.

The Google Expeditions Experience!

See highlights from our Google Expeditions Experience. Schools that participated were: Brockington Elementary, Carolina Elementary, Hartsville Middle, North Hartsville Elementary, St. John's Elementary and Thornwell Elementary.
DCSD Google Expeditions Pioneer Program

Mac Tip of The Week - Taking Screenshots

Need to take a picture of your screen? Watch the video below to learn how to take a Screenshot.

Join DCSDTech for reminders, tips, resources, and giveaways!

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The White House and Michelle Obama Release $250M ‘Open eBooks’ App for Title I and Special Education Teachers

-via EdSurge

As part of the Open eBooks initiative—an initiative highlighted by President Obama last July—the app allows users to access thousands of free books on smartphones or tablets. The app is open to any educator, student or administrator at one of the 66,000+ Title I schools or any of the 194 Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools in the United States. Additionally, White House reps report that any of the hundreds of thousands of special education teachers in the country—no matter what type of school they work for—also have access.

To access the app, educators can sign up on the OpeneBooks.net site and receive codes for their students. Using those codes, students can download the free Open eBooks app to mobile devices and access a library of eBooks.

Introducing OpenEbooks

Website of the Week: Answer Garden

AnswerGarden is a minimalistic feedback tool. It can be used for real time audience participation, online brainstorming and classroom feedback. AnswerGarden is for anyone interested in using an easy and powerful way to get brief feedback from a group. It is used by teachers to establish the knowledge level of a class on a certain topic. It can be used at conferences and workshops to break the ice with the audience in a fun and interactive fashion. AnswerGarden is used by creative teams for digital brainstorming sessions.

Click here for more information.

App of The Week: Replay

Replay is seriously one of the most easy to navigate video editing apps. Make your photos, videos, come to life in amazing movies, with spectacular transitions, synced to the music. It is seriously so simple. The video above that highlights our Google Expeditions experience took me 15 minutes using Replay!

With the free version, you receive 2-3 free layouts and your videos will have the Replay watermark. $14.99 will unlock everything.

Click here for more information

#dcsdtransforms Slow Chat - Every Friday!

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#DCSDtransforms Weekly Podcast - 03.17.16

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We're a GAFE district!

We've Gone Google!

DCSD is a Google Apps for Education (GAFE) district. All staff and students have Google accounts in the DCSD Google domain to facilitate communication, collaboration and publishing work.

Although Google Drive and other Google tools are accessible, teachers will continue to use MS Outlook for their email.

If you've never accessed it before, your Google login is firstname.lastname@darlington.k12.sc.us. Your temporary password is Password1 and then you will be prompted to change your password.

If you're having trouble logging into your Google account, please see your school wizard or a member of the DCSD Digital Transformation Academy.

Have A Personal Google Account? Learn How to Manage Multiple Google Accounts

You're Doing it Wrong! Managing/Toggling Between Multiple Google Accounts

Using Google Tools to Transform Student Learning

Online Webinar

Saturday, March 26th - 10am-3:30pm EST

During this Event You Will...

- Explore Google Tools and how other teachers use them effectively

- Discover Interactive Student Projects that are easy and fun

- Learn tips and tricks for "Going Google" in your classroom

- Discover ideas for virtual field trips

- Learn how other teachers use Google Hangouts for projects

- And more!

Click here to register!

SC Midlands Summit

June 8-9, 2016 - The SC Midlands Summit is a two day conference focused on the use of Google for Education, research tools, digital tools, and technology integration in the classroom. Over 130 unique sessions will be offered! Visit Visit the SC Midlands Summit website for more information and registration.

Upstate Technology Conference (UTC)

Join fellow educators for the eleventh annual Upstate Technology Conference in Greenville, SC on Tuesday, July 12th and Wednesday, July 13th. The conference features 250 expert and peer-led sessions that will inspire innovative teaching for classroom and school success. The technology conference is free to all registered attendees. Visit the UTC website for more information and registration.

Darlington County School District - Technology Department

Diane Sigmon, Director of Technology

Carla Jefferson, Instructional Technology Coordinator