Tech Bytes

Carthage ISD Technology Department February 2017

Share Online Museums, Virtual Field Trips with Students

Click here to access 20 wonderful online museums and sites to use in class. Share places like the Smithsonian museums in Washington D.C., NASA, and the Science Museum. There are also virtual field trips that you can share with students using these websites: Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, an Artic Tour, a Moon Tour, the Rainforest, and many more. Bring your lessons to life using these sites and show your students the world.

Cybersecurity--Two School Districts Fall for Scams

Within the last month, two school districts in Texas have fallen victim to fake emails asking district employees to supply all W-2s for the district. In each case the information was sent and now hundreds of school employees personal data is at risk. I have linked both news stories. Hundreds of Argyle ISD Employees at Risk for Identity Theft after Data Breach. Investigation Ongoing into Employee Information Breach at Mercedes ISD. Never release any personal information through email. These emails are made to look like they are from people you know and trust. Do not trust them. Talk to your contacts and verify any such requests. This could save you from lots of stress in the future.

CISD February Tech Sessions

Our Jan. Tech Tuesdays were a success. But, we have decided during the month of Feb. we will have Tech Tuesdays and Tech Thursdays to open up more opportunities for our teachers and staff. We will continue to keep the one-hour format from 4pm-5pm in the Technology training room. Be sure to register by emailing Annette Johnson, as space is limited. Check out the Feb. sessions below:


Feb. 7--LiveBinders

Feb. 14--YouTube & Discovery Education videos

Feb. 21--SmartBoard & Smart Exchange

Feb. 28--Remind, Class Dojo & SeeSaw


Feb. 2--Google Chrome, Gmail and Calendar

Feb. 9--Google Drive & Docs

Feb. 16--Google Forms

Feb. 23--Google Classroom

TCEA Convention & Expo--Feb. 6-10

If you are attending any of the TCEA convention in Austin, lucky you! If not, you may still follow along on Twitter using the hashtag, #tcea17. Presenters and attendees post links to presentations and information that could help you in the classroom. It's the next best thing to attending the convention and you don't have to fight the traffic.

Digital Learning Day--Feb. 23

Digital learning is any instructional practice that effectively uses technology to strengthen a student’s learning experience. Click here to see what you can share with your students on Digital Learning Day.

Region 7 Online Courses--Feb. 6-26

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 of the online technology courses for Feb.:

  1. Google Drive and Docs Basics
  2. iPad Apps for Creating 2.0
  3. iPad Apps for Creating and Managing a Flipped Classroom
  4. iPad and Google: Will It Work?
  5. Turning in Digital Projects
  6. Videos for Beginners: Anyone can make them!
  7. Personalized Technology Training--You will be able to personalize and choose your technology training through with a series of short videos on a wide range of software.

Region 7 presents Wired Wednesday Webinars

Join each month for a FREE one hour webinar from 3:30-4:30 pm to discuss current technology integration ideas, sites, tools, and practices. To access the monthly session list, Click HERE.

Feb. session--Infographics-The New Book report 061276

TCEA February Webinars--FREE for members

Surviving and Thriving at Convention 2017

Lunch and Learn, Webinar

February 1 @ 11:45 am - 12:15 pm

Google Cardboard and Expedition

Get Your Google On, Webinar

February 2 @ 11:45 am - 12:30 pm

Convention Gems

Lunch and Learn, Webinar

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

Tech for Science

Lunch and Learn, Webinar

February 22 @ 11:45 am - 12:15 pm

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

Just a reminder that if you have technology needs for your classroom, please put in a ticket and we will be happy to help. If you need quotes or event setups, these requests can go in the ticket system as well.

If there is some type of technology that you feel you need more training, let us know. We will be happy to set something up or come by on your conference period to help.

Have a great February!