WSD Tech News

December 16, 2015 There's no snow, but we can imagine it...

Hour of Code Thank You

I truly appreciate how many of you rose to the occasion to join in on the Hour of Code events in the last few weeks and also including this week.

I wrote a blog post to share some of the highlights. If you haven't added your information to the Doc to indicate your participation, it's never too late!

A special shout-out to Linda, Denise, Sagui, Julie, Leah, Ellen A., and 8th grader, Colin! And all of the classroom teachers that dedicated time to this- THANK YOU!

6 Resolutions Every Family with Young Kids ...

... should make in 2016. Share this with parents, families, and consider yourself!

Videos Tell Different Stories

There have been many videos produced in the last few weeks by and with students. I'll describe some of the projects here and then share some examples below.

As some of you may know, 8 of our educators from both buildings participated in an after-school workshop with RETN to learn about green screen technology using iPads. That's similar to what meteorologists use on tv. We have a green screen set-up in each of our schools in WSD.

Donna Powers followed up and used photographs taken on a field trip to Shelburne Farms as the backdrop for her students' reflections on the trip.

Deb Taylor and Andrea Griffin invited guests from RETN in to school and all Harbor students worked with them to create public service announcements about child labor. Here is the playlist for the 7th grade videos and here is the playlist for the 8th graders. I've shared one example below.

Kim Rodliff used the BookCreator app to help her students think about Long Ago and Today. They saved their work as videos, put them in a shared Google folder, and then Kim uploaded them to WeVideo to put them all together in one video.

Video is a powerful tool and we have many options to help our students tell stories.

Mrs. Powers - Shelburne Farms
Ethiopia Major
Afghanistan CMR
Long Ago and Today 2015 Rodliff
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Issues Printing from Firefox?

There are still some folks confused about printing from the Firefox browser. You should NOT be downloading each file you want to print. There is a setting change that you need to make.

Here are the steps that Pauline outlined in an email sent in August!

  • Open Firefox
  • Go to: Tools
  • Options
  • Applications (on the left)
  • Scroll down to Portable Document Format (PDF)
  • Review your choices in the drop down

  • Select 'Use Foxit Reader Plugin for Mozilla'

Save Time While Grading in Google Classroom

New changes just released on 12/15/15

Google Forms Has a New Look

I've been collecting some resources that may support you in your efforts to get used to the new look in Google Forms. Right now it says, "Try the New Google Forms", but we all know that eventually, that will BE the look. And of course, any members of the tech integration team are happy to show you the ropes in person.

Google Forms Has a New Look

From Google- Try the New Forms

Global School Play Day

Let's let go of it all and spend a day playing! It's kind of sad that we need a special day for it, but consider this for February 3rd. Unstructured play!

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Contact Your Friendly Tech Integration Team

Bonnie - x6024

Linda - x6255

Sagui - x6022