Tech Nuggets

May 2016

Tech Challenge Bingo

Thank you to all who participated in our first Tech Challenge Bingo! We had so much fun that we are offering another Tech Challenge Bingo for the summer! I know, you can hardly contain your excitement. This challenge will run from June 1st to July 31st. Check out all the details by clicking on the button below!
Summer Tech Challenge Bingo

Click here to sign up!

Summer Learning Opportunites

This summer will bring many learning opportunities for our staff. Check out the options available to you:

Tech Tuesdays: Gwen Lehman will provide 1/2 day technology workshops on topics like Google Classroom, Classroom Website, Screencasting and Breakout Edu. Check your email for a full listing of workshops.

Collaboration in the Digital Classroom - Intel Teach Elements Course: This online course, facilitated by Gwen Lehman, focuses on implementing student collaboration experiences with your students using various digital tools. This course will be available for college credit from Baker University.

EdCamp Kansas: This is a FREE unconference devoted to K-12 issues and ideas. Never been to an unconference? Check out the bottom half of this article for a great explanation - This on is available in various locations throughout Kansas on June 16th, but you must register for a ticket soon! Interested in carpooling? Contact Ms. Lehman or Ms. Whitney.

Podstock: This is a tech integration conference and much more! Learn with other educators about creativity, inspiration and great tools to use with students. Podstock runs July 13-15 in Old Town Wichita. Registration is $200, but you get $50 off if you register before May 1st. Want to know if this one is worth your time? Ask Marcy Wagner!

Tech Tuesday Workshops

Click here to see all the workshops and to get registered.

Atomic Learning Summer Session

Click here to sign up for Atomic Learning's FREE Summer Session Weekly Tips for Personal Development!

Check out the End of the School Year Smore for a checklist and instructions on what you need to do regarding your district technology and accounts.

Please note - all accounts will be disabled June 1st.

USD 495 Summer Technology Checkout Form

Please be sure to complete this form before you checkout on May 24th. Thanks!

Staff Computer & iPad Summer Updating Schedule

Below is the schedule for updating all certified staff laptops and iPads:

Elementary & Tri-County - May 24th - June 10th - - Your laptops & iPads need to be left with your administrator before you leave on May 24th.

Larned Middle School - June 13th - July 1st - - You will need to bring your laptop & iPad to the Tech Office at the high school by June 13th.

Larned High School - July 5th - July 22nd - - You will need to bring your laptop & iPad to the Tech Office at the high school by July 5th.

All secretary, custodian and kitchen computers will be updated during the course of the summer.

If you are not a certified staff and have been assigned a laptop for your daily duties, you will need to turn your computer into the Tech Office no later than May 24th (the last day of school).

Skyward Update

All PowerSchool work must be completed by the end of the day May 26th. The conversion process will begin on May 27th.

Most of the Skyward training is available online through their Professional Development website. You should have received an email from Kris with the web link and your username. Once you have logged into the site, you will have a list of tutorials and quizzes to complete. Please start with the Inquiry Overview tutorial. Some staff will receive additional training during the summer. If you are one of these individuals, Kris or Yvonne has already contacted you with the date(s) and time(s).

Thank you to Yvonne and the secretaries for helping us update student demographic information!

If you have any questions about the conversion or training, please do not hesitate to contact the Tech Office.

Today was...

Today was the absolute worst day ever

And don't try to convince me that

There's something good in every day

Because, when you take a closer look,

This world is a pretty evil place.

Even if

Some goodness does shine through once in a while

Satisfaction and happiness don't last.

And it's not true that

It's all in the mind and heart


True happiness can be obtained

Only if one's surroundings are good

It's not true that good exists

I'm sure you can agree that

The reality


My attitude

It's all beyond my control

And you'll never in a million years hear me say that

Today was a good day

Now read it from the bottom to the top.