Tech Bytes

Carthage ISD Technology Department April 2017

CISD Technology Training is Back!

We will once again offer training in the technology building every Tuesday and Thursday in April from 4-5pm. Please register by clicking the links below. If you need to cancel, please email me and I will remove your name from the list. We must have at least 5 people sign-up each time for the session to make. These will be our last sessions until summer due to state-wide testing in May.


Tuesday, April 4--Discovery Education

Thursday, April 6--Google Chrome, Gmail & Calendar

Tuesday, April 11--SmartBoard & Smart Notebook--location TBD

Thursday, April 13--Google Drive, Docs & Sheets

Tuesday, April 18--SeeSaw

Thursday, April 20--Google Forms, Sheets & Flubaroo

Tuesday, April 25--YouTube

Thursday, April 27--Google Classroom

Google Training Center Available

Google offers the Google for Education Training Center, an online hub of free PD resources to help us better understand and get comfortable with Google for Education tools. In it, you'll find:


  • Interactive lessons based around the classroom use case

  • Tips and ideas from other teachers

  • Differentiated pathways for different experience levels


You can take a single lesson to help with an immediate challenge, or start the path to completing an entire course and earn certifications online. You will not only develop professionally, you’ll learn how to use technology to make life easier and improve student learning.


Click here to visit Google’s Training Center.

Region 7 Offers FREE Online Courses

Region 7 offers online courses that you view on any device in any location at any time that is convenient for you between the given dates for the class. These are FREE for CISD employees.


Click here to register for any April online course.


Courses available are:

1. iPad Apps for Creating 2.0

2. iPad Apps for Creating and Managing a Flipped Classroom

3. iPad and Google: Will It Work?

4. Turning in Digital Projects

5. Videos for Beginners: Anyone can make them!

April TCEA Webinars available

Remember, if the time listed below is not convenient for you, sign-up for the recording and they will email it to you. This allows you to pick a date and time that works with your schedule.


Using Technology to Support Special Needs Students

Lunch and Learn, Webinar

April 5 @ 11:45 am - 12:15 pm

Join us to learn about a wide variety of apps, websites, and peripherals that you can ues to support your students who have special needs. You’ll also have a chance to share your favorite support tools as well.


The Power of Add-ons

Get Your Google On, Webinar

April 6 @ 11:45 am - 12:30 pm

Add-ons can greatly enhance what you can do in Google Docs, Sheets, and Forms. We’ll demo some of our favorites and how they can help you be more productive, as well as give you a chance to share your favorites.


Giving Students a Voice

Lunch and Learn, Webinar

April 12 @ 11:45 am - 12:15 pm

We’ll share tools and ideas that you can use with your students so they can speak, sing, rap, and report learning in a 21st century way.


Windows Tips and Tricks

Lunch and Learn, Webinar

April 19 @ 11:45 am - 12:15 pm

Learn a variety of tips, tricks, and ideas to get more from your Windows computer so that you and your students can be more productive.


Coding in K-8: You Can Do It!

Lunch and Learn, Webinar

April 26 @ 11:45 am - 12:15 pm

Your kids don’t have to be in high school to code; we’ll prove it! Join us for easy-to-implement apps and strategies that can be used with elementary, middle, and junior high school students to get them coding.

Technology Staff

Annette Johnson--Technology Director

Debby Simpson--Administrative Assistant

Terry Caudle--Systems Administrator

Richard Sullivan--Network Administrator

Mark Baisden--Technology Specialist

Penni Munroe--Technology Specialist

Message from the Director

Hello! I will be putting together a schedule for summer professional development opportunities that could be used for comp time if you need them. We will offer some repeats of our Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays as well as some Google Academies. I will share more information in May.


Just a reminder to please put in technology tickets for any technology needs, including end-of-year events as soon as possible.


We will be on campuses helping with state-wide testing the first two full weeks in May. Once again, please be patient with us if you put in tickets. If you have a tech emergency, call Debby at the Tech shop.


Have a great April!

Annette