DCSD Tech Tidbits 09.06.16

September 06, 2016

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Awesome Job!

Darlington High School teachers have so many things going on!

Want to submit a teacher you know for "Teacher Spotlight"? Shoot an email to Carla.Jefferson@darlington.k12.sc.us or complete the form here.

Curriculum Resources

Discovery Education's Spotlight on Strategies

Discovery Education's S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating Discovery Education media into your curriculum. Check it out!
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Have Your Heard of TPT?

TPT (Teachers Pay Teachers) is an open online marketplace where teachers sell their original lesson plans and other course materials to other teachers, and also share for free.

You can find flipcharts, templates for activities, ISN (Interactive Student Notebook) resources, and so much more! They also send out a weekly newsletter with link to free downloads - many of them are really good. Below you'll find the link to this week's newsletters (they have a different one for PreK-5 and 6-12. From here on out the current week's newsletter link will be included your weekly DCSD Tech Tidbits newsletter.

TPT - Vol 353 Grades PreK-5

TPT - Vol 354 Grades 6-12

App of the week: BackChannel Chat

Grade level: 6–12 for students

Why you’ll be better: Increase student dialog and collaboration.

Cost: Free

How to use it: If you’re not quite ready to turn your students loose on Twitter, Back Channel Chat is a good alternative. It’s like a teacher-moderated version of Twitter that can help you engage students in discussions that may transcend the virtual space.

What teachers say: With the discussion occurring online, the playing field becomes more level and thus more inclusive. Reluctant speakers—ELLs, special-ed students and those who might just be more introverted—can all become active participants. However, teacher moderation is key. Front-loading chat etiquette and expectations, as well as structuring discussions around specific objectives, will help you enhance the discussion and better support learning.

-via We are Teachers

The White House and Michelle Obama Release $250M ‘Open eBooks’ App for Title I and Special Education Teachers

-via EdSurge

As part of the Open eBooks initiative—an initiative highlighted by President Obama last July—the app allows users to access thousands of free books on smartphones or tablets. The app is open to any educator, student or administrator at one of the 66,000+ Title I schools or any of the 194 Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools in the United States. Additionally, White House reps report that any of the hundreds of thousands of special education teachers in the country—no matter what type of school they work for—also have access.

To access the app, educators can sign up on the OpeneBooks.net site and receive codes for their students. Using those codes, students can download the free Open eBooks app to mobile devices and access a library of eBooks.

Introducing OpenEbooks
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We're a GAFE district!

We've Gone Google!

DCSD is a Google Apps for Education (GAFE) district. All staff and students have Google accounts in the DCSD Google domain to facilitate communication, collaboration and publishing work.

Although Google Drive and other Google tools are accessible, teachers will continue to use MS Outlook for their email.

If you've never accessed it before, your Google login is firstname.lastname@darlington.k12.sc.us. Your temporary password is Password1 and then you will be prompted to change your password.

If you're having trouble logging into your Google account, please see your school wizard or a member of the DCSD Digital Transformation Academy.

Have A Personal Google Account? Learn How to Manage Multiple Google Accounts

You're Doing it Wrong! Managing/Toggling Between Multiple Google Accounts

Getting Schooled on Schoology

Schoology is an online course management system that allows teachers to create and manage academic courses for their students. It provides teachers with a method of managing lessons, engaging students, sharing content, and connecting with other educators.

Our Schoology Enterprise (which syncs with PowerSchool) is now ready for use! If you're interested in playing around with it, here is how you log in.

URL: lms.dcsdschools.org

You will need to log in with your Active Directory (AD) credentials.

Username: FirstName.LastName

Password: The same password you use for your Outlook email

Click here for a list of your Schoology Master Trainers

Schoology Enterprise

#DCSDtransforms Weekly Podcast

#dcsdtransforms Slow Chat - Every Friday!

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Join DCSDTech for reminders, tips, resources, and giveaways!

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DCSD Digital Transformation Conference

Saturday, Sep. 24th, 8am-2:30pm

150 Pinedale Drive

Darlington, SC

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Darlington County School District - Technology Department

Diane Sigmon, Director of Technology

Carla Jefferson, Instructional Technology Coordinator

Joshua Bastean, Instructional Technology Coordinator