Technology Bytes

March Vol. 2

Building iPad Carts

Once PARCC testing is over, the iPads will be available for checkout again. They will have an app on them called "Self-Service" and that is where you will find the iPad apps that are available for downloading to the iPads from now on. There is a form that you will need to fill out completely to have new apps added to self-service. BEFORE filling out the form do a search in Self-Service to see if the app is already available.


Using Reply vs. Reply All - Email Etiquette

Whenever you receive an email that has multiple recipients and you are asked to respond, you must determine which reply is the appropriate one.

Use Reply All when ALL of the recipients also need to know your response because when you reply all, every single person who also received that message will receive your response.

If the ONLY person who originally sent the email needs the response, use Reply.

Subject Line - Email Etiquette

When you are sending an email to others, it is important to include a subject line so the recipient can determine the nature of the email.

It is also considered poor etiquette to reply to an email with a different topic than what the subject line reflects.

What is Apple TV?

Apple TV is a small device that connects to your classroom projector with an HDMI cord. This device will allow you to connect an iPad (You can also use it with your laptop.) to the projector wirelessly. It will allow you to connect to the projector and still freely move about the room because you are not tethered by a cord.
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Tips and Tricks

New Google Sheets Tool

Google Sheets announced yesterday the release of a new handy feature that allows you to easily convert text to columns. This is especially helpful when pasting delimited data ( data separated by commas) in a spreadsheet. With a single click, you will have all your delimited data spread across different columns. This website has directions and an animation to show you how this works.

Expiration on Shared Documents

Now when you share documents with others, you can set an expiration date. After the date expires those users (you set it for) will no longer have access to the document. See the images below.
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Chrome Extension - Save To Google Drive

This extension is found in the Google Webstore. I use it when I am saving images from websites.

This extension allows you to save web content directly to Google Drive through a browser action or context menu. You can save documents, images, and HTML5 audio and video all by right-clicking and selecting 'Save to Google Drive'. You can save the currently viewed page using the 'Save to Google Drive' browser action. The directory location and format of saved HTML pages can be controlled with the extension's options page (Choice of Entire image (default), Visible image, Raw HTML, MHTML, or Google Doc). You can automatically convert Microsoft Office files or comma separated files to Google Docs format. After your content is saved, the progress dialog allows you to open the file, rename, or view the file in the Google Drive document list. From the document list, you can organize and share your new document.

Worth The Surf

Teaching Channel

This is a high quality video-based professional learning platform that we, teachers can access videos and tools to improve ourselves, gain new insights in teaching and actually learn new ways to implement different approaches in our teaching. You can collaborate with other teachers from all over the world, join in online groups of teachers and watch examples of effective teaching. You can also use time-stamped notes to annotate videos and ask questions to teachers and get detailed feedback from the other educators. You can find videos on different subjects and on any grade levels.

On you can simply click "start dictation" then start having your voice transcribed into a text document. No registration is required in order to use More than two dozen languages are supported on The video embedded below provides a demonstration of

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