Teachers with Techitude

A monthly tech newsletter for the awesome HESD staff

In this October 2017 edition:

  • STRATEGIES (Google Classroom, Seesaw, and pixel art)
  • OPPORTUNITIES (Dave Burgess, book club, and Edcamp 6-12)
  • and ANNOUNCEMENTS (digital citizenship, robots for check out, social emotional health, printers, voicemail and more!)

Skim the whole newsletter-- you never know what you might learn!


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Save Time! Be more organized! Get Googly with Google Classroom!

If you are using Google Classroom, you know that it makes managing files from students easy while helping students build stamina for online writing-- not to mention lightening that wheeled crate of papers some of us take home!

If you haven't started using Google Classroom yet, THIS CAN BE YOUR YEAR! Create a class, add students easily with a join code, create an announcement for information sharing or online class discussion (think Facebook stream), and create a question for short constructed response answers that go directly to you, not viewable to all students.


Complete the form below to be part of an email group to get more info about using Google Classroom!


Seesaw Updates and Activities

Whether you use Seesaw or are just hearing about it, the latest update will make your work easier! The new activity library lets you search prepared graphics explaining activities to students. Seesaw is a great way to become more student centered and let students show you what they know (or where they need clarification)

When you are in your class, look for the activities tab next to the journal. You will notice the Activity Library button. Choose one and share it with your class!

Let students show what they know in their photo/audio/video based digital journal!


Pixel Art with Google Sheets

Need an art + fractions lesson?

Check out Pixel Art! This blog post will explain more but here is the gist:

1. Students make a copy of the Google Sheet (assign "copy for each student" in Google Classroom

2. Use the directions on the first page to help-- students create a pixel image by typing letters in each cell

3. Students can just have fun creating pixel art, or they can count colored cells to generate fractions


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Want to know a secret? This isn't about pirates!

The Teach Like a Pirate message is all about bringing passion and engagement to your teaching, hooking students' interest, and thinking outside the box. It is all about getting in touch with those reasons we want to be teachers-- inspiring students to love learning!

Come spend a morning in January hearing Dave Burgess (author of Teach Like a Pirate, creator of a publishing company focused on innovative, teacher created, student focused ideas) You will laugh, have fun, and be inspired to get in touch with the passionate teacher inside us all!!

Talk this up with your school site colleagues--- come as a team!

Saturday, January 27, 2018 8:30-11:30 am at the OceanView Pavillion across from Hueneme Beach

Reserve your ticket, don't miss out!

Click here to get your free ticket!

(Seriously, click this link to register. You don't want to miss this opportunity)


Want to read TEACH LIKE A PIRATE with some colleagues? Join the Book Club!


Edcamp 6-12 for our jr. high teachers!

Collaborate with other local jr. high and high school teachers at an edcamp with topics for our tween/teen students!

Click the button below for info and registration, or go to bit.ly/edcamp6-12

Edcamp 6-12

Saturday, Dec. 2nd, 10am-12pm

4235 Mar Vista Drive

Camarillo, CA


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Check out the HESD Tech STEAM Lending Cupboard

(suggestions for catchier name welcomed...)

We have a few resources that can be checked out and used in a technology/STEAM Unit with your students. Contact Liz (lhoppe@hueneme.org or x9832) for more information.

Available now:

* Ozobots

* Dot and Dash robots

* Breakout EDU boxes

These resources will present your students with opportunities to practice the 4 Cs and their growth mindset as they learn!


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We know--- our students have social and emotional learning needs!

Have you seen the amazing resources from Class Dojo? Engaging and relate-able videos about some topics our students need to know about to be socially and emotionally healthy! These videos cover some much needed topics, and will be the perfect conversation starter to build as a foundation for good citizenship!

  • Growth Mindset
  • Perseverance
  • Empathy
  • Gratitude
  • Mindfulness

Use these digital resources to connect your listening/speaking/writing skills, and build community in your classroom at the same time!


Class Dojo's Social and Emotional Learning resources

Click here for the ideas page of videos and discussion guides.


Digital Citizenship--- a thread woven, rather than a lesson taught

The beginning of the year is the most natural time to introduce digital citizenship concepts with your students. You probably are familiar with the one lesson your grade level teaches, but there are four more. Look though your grade level, and earlier grade levels, and use the lessons that meet the needs of your students. It is important that we are all learning how to be safe online!

Click here to see your Digital Citizenship resource options!



Please, be kind to your friendly classroom printer!

Don't reuse paper by printing on the back! It is breaking our printers because of the toner already on the paper when it rolls through the second time. Love your printer--- recycle paper in another way. Your printer thanks you!


Cool New Phones are here!

Here are some of the changes:

1. Phones must be plugged into network ports (not the old phone ports).

2. You do not have to dial a nine or two nines to call an outside phone number.

3. You have a new extension number. Your school office has probably provided you with an updated extension list for your site.

4. You can call any extension within the district directly without dialing an outside number-- just pick up your phone and dial their four digit extension.

5. All users now have voicemail. (this is so cool--- your voice mail is automatically sent to your email as an audio file)

Note: Please do not move plugs into different outlets right now. If you need assistance with your phone, please submit a support request at https://support.hsdnet.local/index.php


DO NOT move cords, plug/unplug cords etc. at this time.

Please submit a tech support ticket and let the trained technicians do their work. This is the best way to make sure the system is functional for all users!

Jive User Guide (PDF)

Click the button above to open the Jive User Guide


K-5 ELA-- Wonders/Maravillas

Logging in for teachers and students--- there is now a link on your school page to sign into your ELA Wonders/Maravillas account. Click the link, then sign in with your Google Account (@hsdschools.org) If you need your password, please put in a tech support ticket.

OR login to Clever and click the McGraw Hill Education button

K1 teachers--- an easier link is coming to help you. Watch for "K1 Wonders" in shortcuts!


6-8 MATH -- California Math

California Math has been updated so your students will be rostered automatically. Instead of signing in through ConnectEd, the link on the website has been updated to direct you to the McGraw Hill page. Please sign in with your Google Account. Your old log in will not work.

OR login to Clever and click the McGraw Hill Education button


Get student Google Accounts and Passwords

Click this button for a screen shot guide to get student accounts and passwords through Q