Teachers with Techitude

A monthly tech newsletter for the awesome HESD staff

In this March 2018 edition:

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS (Email, IO Education/EADMS reports, Digital Citizenship for Grown Ups)
  • STRATEGIES (OK GO video and lesson resources)
  • OPPORTUNITIES (CA Teachers Summit, Tech Talks and COAST)
  • plus some flashback news at the end


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Email Improvements Coming Soon!


Over the summer, we will be shifting our @hueneme.org domain from Microsoft based email and calendar, to Google services. More info and training will be available in coming months, but for now--- we are looking for early adopter beta testers to pilot the system. You will be set up to pilot gmail and google calendar as your primary programs now, before it is launched district wide in the fall.

For more info about how this decision was made, read this Summary of the process

Want to join the fun right away? Click here to sign up for the early adopter team!

Please let us know by the end of the day on Friday (3/30)


IO Education (EADMS) Reporting

Your students have been taking assessments-- check out how they are doing!

Here are the steps any teacher can take to see assessment results in EADMS/IO.

  1. When in IO, click the REPORT BUILDER tile (Note: if it isn't there, click your name in the top right, choose My Tiles and find the tile on the right side, then click + to add it.)
  2. In most cases, just click green NEXT on the next screen
  3. Select the assessment(s) you want to see-- you can choose more than one.
  4. Click green GENERATE REPORT
  5. Scores will show on the next screen

BE AWARE that you may need to adjust how the score is reported

For example, Brief Writes show as a percent, which is not appropriate because it is a rubric

- the grey stripe "Quick options" at the top has a blue SHOW ADVANCED button.

- choose SCORES tab and change the brief write to RS (raw score) and uncheck %


Digital Citizenship for Grown Ups

Hueneme Elementary School District provides you with technology, like a teacher station (desktop or laptop) and an iPad... that's pretty cool!

HESD employees rely on their district-issued technology to get their work done. From teaching a lesson to communicating with co-workers, we need our tech to work it's best everyday.

Here are some steps you can take to ensure your computers and device are secure and ready to use when you need them.

  1. Use district issued technology for job-related tasks only.
  2. Only HESD employees should access HESD computers and devices.
  3. Lock or log off HESD devices when you are not using them.
  4. Do not share passwords with others, even trusted colleagues, long-term subs, or family members.

Just a friendly reminder for us all.


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Have you seen OK GO videos?


Here's a new cool thing--- and lesson plans to go with them!

Google has teamed up with OK GO to create lesson supports for their super cool videos.

There are three so far...

The One Moment-- looking at timing in video (this whole video was filmed in 4.2 seconds, then replayed in slow motion)

This Too Shall Pass-- looking at simple machines in chain reactions

Needing/Getting-- exploring sounds

Teacher guide, Q&A sections, student challenges! Everything you need to facilitate an engaging learning experience. Check it out!


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CA Teachers Summit 2018

Have you gone in the past? It is a cool event! It's part TED talk, part keynote speaker, part Edcamp, but it's ALL free and ALL awesome teacher collaboration.

Please join us if you can!

* Friday, July 27

* 8:45-12:45

* locations all over the state, including Cal State Channel Islands (click either link to register)

* All educators (preservice-retired teachers, administrators and other educators)

Get your free ticket now and put it on your calendar! It is a fun summer check in!


Time for Tech Talk!

You know what is a great idea on an early release day? COOKIES! And maybe some answers to some techy questions. Watch for more info (including the date for your school) in the teachers lounge.

Next month, I will be on campus from 2:00-3:00 with a few specific purposes.

  • Answer questions about using technology in your classroom
  • Show you where you can find training any time you want
  • Give you cookies and a smile!
Stop by if you would like to say hi, grab a cookie, and talk tech! All are welcome, none are required!

Scheduled dates for April:

Green-- Wed, April 18 in the library

Beach-- Thurs, April 19 in the tech lab

Haycox-- Tues, April 24 in room 37

Parkview-- Wed, April 26 in room 5

Williams-- Thurs, April 27 in the lounge


NEW!! {Pack your Beach Bag} and get your tshirt faster!!

Want to learn new tech skills?

Are you playing COAST? Collaborative, Online, Activity Based, Self Paced Training is the thing to get you the training you want, WHEN you want! Go to alludolearning.com and sign in (top right corner) with your @hsdschools.org Google account, then you are ready to get started!

Teacher and admin are earning t-shirts, upgraded teacher iPads and 5 teachers just returned from the CUE conference in Palm Springs... what are you waiting for?

February meant coffee and donuts for some happy COASTers!


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Donors Choose is awesome, but...

PLEASE, before requesting anything technology related, run it past the tech department.

Not all devices (color printers, tablets etc) can be connected to our network, and not all apps/sites required (to use robots, for example) can be loaded on our iPads or used on our Chromebooks for privacy policy reasons.

This is NOT a time for "ask forgiveness, not permission", but it IS an example of "look before you leap"

We want you and your students to have cool stuff, but technology has some parameters you probably aren't aware of. Help US help YOU, see what I'm sayin? So please, just drop me an email before publishing your request on Donors Choose, if technology is involved in your request.


Digital Citizenship--- a thread woven, rather than a lesson taught

The appropriate time to teach digital citizenship is always now. You probably are familiar with the one lesson your grade level teaches, but there are four more. Look though your grade level, and earlier grade levels, and use the lessons that meet the needs of your students. It is important that we are all learning how to be safe online!

Click here to see your Digital Citizenship resource options!


Thanks for reading! Just for fun... have you seen this one?



Enjoy your Spring Break! See you on April 16!


Liz Hoppe, technology resource teacher

Looking for information from past newsletters? See the archive on our Tech Department page (click here)