November 20, 2014


Thanksgiving is almost here. It's a time to reflect on what we are thankful for in our lives. I want to start by thanking you for your patience and support thus far. It is hard to do this job, but having a great and supportive staff makes it worthwhile. I hope you enjoy your break. In the meantime, here's what you need to know.

T for 2 classes in PDExpress! (ALL STAFF)

Please visit PD Express for a complete list of T for 2 classes offered to all staff.

Here's a summary of what's coming up for teachers. Register in PDExpress!

ONLINE: Google Basics for Teachers

You will learn how to use Google technology to enhance the efficiency, innovation and effectiveness of your teaching. We have divided the course into three units, each focusing on a set of applications:

* Research and Communicate: search for online resources and distribute information to school communities.

* Create and Share: make online documents and foster collaboration using word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and survey tools.

* Enhance Classroom Experiences: use online tools to build community, save administrative time, and add visual resources to lessons

Google Basics for teaching runs with support from Google Certified Teachers, peers, and content experts from November 18 through December 19, 2014 and can be completed at your own pace during this time. The course consists of text lessons, supplemental videos,

activities, and a hands-on final project.

Nov 18-Dec 19 at your own pace!

Green Screen in the Classroom: Are you exploring ways to use video in the classroom but you are stuck? Join us to explore ways you can create virtual realities for your students by using a Green Screen in the classroom. At the completion of the class you will have created a green screen video you can use in your classroom.You must have a basic knowledge of WeVideo and bring a charged chromebook or laptop to class. We are going to make and take in this class! Green screens aren't just for people... they are for puppets too!

December 2 and Dec 9 from 4:30-6:30pm
6hrs renewal credit


Here is a great resource that everyone can use to LEVEL UP (increase a skill matter where you are on the scale). Andrew, the Gooru, has a wealth of resources to help you navigate Google. He even has a full video library (based on skill) to help you find your way through the Google maze.

Click below to sign up for his newsletter.

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Technology Work Orders (ALL STAFF)

If there is a problem with technology/equipment in your area, please put in a work order. If you are not sure, please check with me first. Everyone is responsible for putting in their own work orders. Don't forget to bookmark the following information to have it handy when you need it.

Enter a Work Order:

Help on Entering a Work Order:

Belk Service Learning Challenge Information Session

Thursday, Dec. 4th, 6pm

1160 Longreen Pkwy

Columbia, SC



The district has purchased EasyBib Pro for all high schools and middle schools. Students just need to login with their Google account. (login at a school site the first time.) This gives them access to notebook (note-cards), research (direct links to sources), and other tools.

Intro to EasyBib video

How to make a note card in EasyBib

How to organize your note cards in EasyBib

We have also purchased Infobase for secondary schools. Students have access to many more eBooks with Infobase.

The Link:

Username: richlandsd2

Password: district2

If there are any questions, please check with Jennifer Lanier or Janice Wylie.

Computer Science Education Week (December 8-14, 2014)

Summit Parkway will be participating in HOUR OF CODE during Computer Science Education Week. On Monday, December 8, 2014, students and teachers will dedicated one hour of the day completing self-guided computer science tutorials. This is a school-side event. More information and resources will be shared with you after Thanksgiving break. Here's an informational flyer with more information.


Some of you have reported issues with Hapara. Please use the Hapara Support page to submit a request if you have something that isn't working properly(don't forget to bookmark it). The team is very quick to respond and resolve issues. Please provide as much information as possible to help them resolve the issue.

TLC Technology Observations

Each school TLC will be completing 5 random Technology Observations before Winter Break. The TLC will be provided a list of 5 random names selected by the Technology Integration department. These visits will be about 10-15 minutes. This will continue through May of 2015.

Tech Sessions for Staff


I am creating a calendar of technology sessions for staff. If you are interested in teaching one of these sessions (your choice), please complete the Google form. The possibilities are endless! Please let me know if you have any questions.