Tech Bytes

Carthage ISD Technology Department May 2017

Summer Professional Development Opportunities

Be sure to get your campus principal's approval for Nov. comp time before you attend any of the below technology training.

Region 7 Library Conference--June 6

Visit vendors, win prizes, enjoy quality professional development, designed for you, the modern school librarian! Click here for more information.

Region 7 Day of Awesome--June 8

This is a virtual conference that you may participate in anywhere you have internet access. Click here to register.

TCEA Area 7 Conference--June 9

White Oak ISD is once again hosting the TCEA Area 7 Conference with Keynote Speaker Shannon Miller, a teacher librarian and tech integration specialist. Lunch will be provided as well as door prizes. Click here to register.

Tots & Technology--June 11-13

Classroom teachers, instructional leaders, and administrators attend the annual Tots and Technology classroom to gather new ideas, resources, and best practices for engaging young learners and effectively integrating technology into the PreK-5th grade classroom. I have been to this conference before and there are plenty of sessions available that can be applied to any campus level. Click here for more information.

iPadpalooza East Texas--June 15

Similar to the iPadpalooza hosted near Austin, all devices are welcome to this event. Hosted by Region 7, the location for this event will be at Westwood High School in Palestine. Click here for more information.

ISTE--June 25-28

The International Society for Technology in Education will host their annual conference in San Antonio this year. Click here for more information about this mega-conference. It only comes to Texas once every four years.

Tots & Technology--July 16-18

In response to ever-increasing demand and to better meet the needs of our members, we will offer two Tots and Technology Conferences in 2017. This is the same great conference in June but also available this summer in Arlington in July. Click here for more information.

TCEA Academy Series in Austin

Click on the links to register!

Adobe Academy--June 20-21

Whether you are just getting started using Adobe applications, polishing your techniques, or taking your curriculum to the next level, there will be something for every educator.


Chromebook Academy--July 27-28

A Chromebook can be a cost-effective alternative for the classroom, campus, or district. You have probably heard that they greatly improve student learning and performance, but you still may have many questions.

May Webinars & Online Courses

TCEA May sessions

Tech Lessons to Wrap Up the Year

May 3 @ 11:45 am - 12:15 pm

The end is almost here! Join us to learn about and share end-of-the-year ideas and activities that you can use with your students to reinforce how fun learning can be and how much you’ve enjoyed them in your class.


Google’s Lesser Known Tools

May 4 @ 11:45 am - 12:30 pm

Google has an abundance of other resources that may not be as popular, but still deserve a spotlight. Come learn about some lesser-known Google tools and applications.


PBL Resources and Ideas

May 10 @ 11:45 am - 12:15 pm

We’ll share our curated list of resources and ideas to help you successfully use project-based learning with your students.


Apps and Ideas for Making Learning Accessible for All Students

May 17 @ 11:45 am - 12:15 pm

Join us as we share tools and tips that you can use to ensure that all of your students are able to learn so that no child is left behind.


Six Ways Rock Star Teachers Use YouTube

May 24 @ 11:45 am - 12:15 pm

You, too, will be a rock star teacher once you start using YouTube. We’ll share six strategies for getting more from YouTube.


Getting Up to Speed with Drones

May 31 @ 11:45 am - 12:15 pm

Interested in getting a drone? Join us to learn about the legal information you need to know, as well as ideas and stories of how drones are being used for education.

Region 7 Online Courses May 1-29

Click here to register for any of the FREE online courses below.


iPad Apps for Creating Products

Coding Sites and Apps

The Simplicity of the Common Spreadsheet with the Power of Google

www.what?? - Getting Students to Information Online

Twitter for Beginners

Personalized Technology Training using Lynda.com

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

It is May! It is currently testing season and right around the corner is the end of the school year. Even though the school year is about to come to an end, technology staff will still be working through the summer. Please check your desktops and move any files you have saved to your My Documents folder or Google Drive to keep them safe. We will be coming around to re-image computers and I don't want you to lose important files. Also, check your CD-ROM or DVD drives and remove any software CDs or movies and store them in your classroom. Please don't leave them in the computer over the summer. We don't want to be responsible for missing CDs.


If you are changing or moving into a new classroom, please do not move any computers or other technology from room to room. These are requests that need to be approved by your principal and he/she will make the request to technology. Thank you in advance for your cooperation on this matter.


This year our new Microsoft licenses include home edition of Office 365 for all faculty, staff, and students. It also includes IT Academy which provides training in all of the Microsoft applications. As soon as I receive the instructions on how to access this training, I will forward it on to you. Be sure to check with your principal first, but some of this training could possibly count for comp time.


We are considering offering some Google sessions in our training room this summer. If you are interested in learning more about Google, click here and let me know. Depending on the interest will depend on how many sessions we will offer. We want to help our staff as much as possible if needed.


Enjoy the rest of the month. The countdown is on!

Annette Johnson