ITRT News & Updates
November 2014 - Elementary Newsletter
MS Office 2013
If you open a document that was created in an earlier version of Office:
- You'll see the words [Compatibility Mode] next to the file name on the title bar. Compatibility Mode makes sure that no new features in Office 2013 are available in the file, so that people using earlier versions can work with it.
- You can work in Compatibility Mode or you can convert your file to the new format. To convert the file, click File > Info > Convert. Converting your file lets you use the new features available in 2013, but people using earlier versions of the file might have difficulty editing certain parts.
- They may not be able to change some of the items that were created using 2013 features.
- If you need to share a 2013 file with someone using an earlier version of Office, run the compatibility checker tool to make sure the file will work for them. Click File > Info > Check for Issues > Check Compatibility. This tool tells you which new features in Office 2013 won't work in older versions.
NEW: My Organizations - HCPS Professional Development
When you log into Blackboard, you will see “HCPS Professional Development” under the “My Organizations” section. There you will find links to district-wide professional development sites and information including the new Gale-Cengage eBooks. Check here for information on National Board, Teacher Leadership Institute, On-Demand PD, and more.
Web 2.0 Tool - PADLET
How can I use it with my students? A simple use of Padlet could be to present a story starter or other topic and ask each student to respond or have one student start a story and the others continue. Consider using Padlet as an exit ticket with students. Here is an example of a Padlet used for a Thanksgiving activity. Click here Padlet creates a link to any wall so you can share with parents. Click here for another example- notice in this Padlet the parent left a comment next to her child's sticky note. With Padlet, the possibilities are endless.
Why would I want to use Padlet? The power of Padlet is in the collaboration and sharing– any number of students can be working on the same wall at the same time. And, based on the privacy settings you choose, your wall can be shared, viewed, added to, and even edited by others outside of your classroom walls!
Pixie is also great for creating stories or to take the place of Photo Story. In Pixie the students can import pictures, draw, insert text, record their voice, and put music to their presentation.
Students in 5th grade have used Pixie to publish their writing.
Example: Homework- Neva's Story
Hopefully you will get a chance to try out Kahoot in your classroom! Contact me and we can work together on getting this great tool up and running with your students.
Social Media Spotlight:
We are excited to offer a workshop series to parents called Connecting Families-Helping Parents Connect with their Children’s Digital Lives.
The goal of this workshop series is to support families in raising kids who think critically, participate responsibly, and behave ethically in their online lives. The program materials were developed by Common Sense Education and are endorsed by the National PTA.
November 24, 2014
7:00-8:30 pm at Chickahominy Middle School
Digital Footprints and Photo Sharing:
What makes up your digital footprint?
Who can access the content you share online?
- Take off your expert hat!
- Get to know the standards!
- Reach out to thought leaders.
- Interact with students via tech.
- Read Henry Jenkins.
Image credits: http://emedia.leeward.hawaii.edu/emc/TPACK
EdTech 2015 Conference
Thursday, March 12th 2015 at 8:30am
1000 Floyd Ave
Save the date - The EdTech conference is back!
For those unfamiliar with EdTech, it is a regional educational technology conference geared towards teachers, administrators, school librarians, and ITRTs. This year's theme is Personalized Learning: Sparking Innovations for Students and Self.
This one-day conference will be held at Virginia Commonwealth University on Thursday, March 12th.
Interested in presenting at this conference? Click here to submit a proposal. The call for proposals ends on December 19th.
More information on this conference will be coming soon - stay tuned!