Sheldon ISD Tech Tips
Technology in the classroom is being used well when:
- it improves learning outcomes for students
- it allows students to demonstrate mastery of the TEKS at the appropriate rigor
- it builds the 4 C's: communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking
- it personalizes and differentiates learning
- it allows for student voice and choice
- it builds skills that students will need for their post-secondary life
All tech support requests are to be submitted in Eduphoria - this includes repairs or damage to chromebooks or iPads, desktop computer issues, projector problems, software problems, etc.
Please be sure to go over procedures for device care with with your students at the beginning of the year and then periodically throughout the year. Communication and monitoring can help to keep our devices working for years to come for students in Sheldon. Here are some posters you can use in your classrooms or place on your carts:
Back To School/Take A Look Thursday Ideas
Remind is a website/app that allows you to text & post announcements without giving out a real phone number. Remind allows you to translate your messages with the click of a button. Set up a Remind account and print the flyers with sign up directions to share with families at Take-A-Look Thursday.
Many of you use Google Classroom with your students. Don't forget there is the guardian summary option, which sends parents a regular email summary of what their student is doing in Google Classroom. Consider getting parents & families signed up for this at Take-A-Look Thursday. This is a great way to improve communication with families about academics and student work. Click the link to learn more.
QR Codes are a great tool to have available for families when they visit your room. Post a code outside your door that takes parents to your website. Or, post a code that takes families to a survey they can fill out for you to get more information about your students. You could also have a business card or handout with QR codes that parents can scan to email you, access parent resources, or access sites to support their students at home. My 2 favorite ways to create QR codes are:
Create a Team Flipgrid for Teacher Introductions
As teachers, consider creating a grid of your team members introducing themselves to students and parents. This could be made accessible via a QR code on a handout that parents pick up at Take-A-Look Thursday. Just be sure to provide families with the grid password, and double check all of your settings (whether you want to allow responses, etc.)
Twitter for Professionals
Also, check out hashtag conversations, including #SheldonSTEM.