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News, Announcements, & Reminders...

**Important Change Coming for Substitute Access to the FISD Network Drives...

Due to security changes, the generic campus substitute accounts will have more restricted access to network drives. Subs using the generic campus login will not be able to access the W: drive and will only have access to the Substitute folder on the campus Share drive. When this occurs, If you need to leave files, links, etc. for your substitute, they will need to be placed inside the Substitute folder on our campus Share drive. This is being rolled out in stages and will affect our campus in the next week or so. I will update you as I get more information.


**Mac_ECS iTunes account...

SLC, ALC, & PPCD classroom iPads no longer have access to the login credentials for the Mac_ECS iTunes account. Please only submit a helpdesk ticket for updating apps if any of them stop working.

Technology Shout-Out...

Cordon's Kids Create!

Look at these cute 'We are Thankful' creations Donna Cordon's kiddos made just before Thanksgiving. They used the app ChatterKid to create the talking turkeys, uploaded them into the Book Creator app, and then shared with parents in Seesaw.


I would love to share what you are doing with technology in your classroom. If you have templates, pictures, links, or student samples you would like to share please send them my way.

Seesaw Greatness...

Did you know that you can create activities for your students in Seesaw and then share them with other teachers? Did you also know that you can use emojis in the label feature to have your students move objects around.


I have created a couple Seesaw activities that you can save and use with your own students for Sorting along with a counting activity. To access them, click on the links below, and then click the blue 'Save Activity' button in Seesaw.

You can then share them with your students as is, or customize them to meet your classroom needs. *Please note that on your computer, the emojis may show up all black and white, but they should appear correctly on the student iPads.


I will continue to create activities for upcoming skills you are teaching and share them with you, but if you have something specific in mind that you'd like me to create, just let me know. If you would like to use them with your students and need assistance doing so, please let me know that as well. I'm happy to come help you.


If you would like to start creating your own activities, click on this link. It is a fabulous and short webinar that shows you how to do so! And this link is a list of shortcuts to use when creating activities. To access these recordings, just fill out the fields with your first & last name and email and click Register. When you do, the video will start playing.

Resource & Lesson Ideas from Seesaw

Click this link for valuable resources and ideas for your Seesaw classroom.

Seesaw: PD in Your PJs

Click this link to access Seesaw's professional development opportunities.

FISD January Tech PD Opportunities...

  • Elementary: Everything Google (Online): Whether you are new to Google or have been using it for a while, this class has something for you. This ONLINE class consists of numerous one-hour modules covering various Google skills from Drive to Sites to Add-ons, plus a whole lot more. Everyone will have the opportunity to earn a MAXIMUM of 6 hours of non-contract credit. You will get to choose what Google skills you would like to learn. You will be able to use the Google skills you learn with the students through collaborative assignments and communication. Sign up HERE!

  • Elementary: Everything Collaboration (Online): Collaboration is an important element in a successful, student-centered classroom. This class will be comprised of various modules featuring websites, apps, and tools that support and promote collaborative efforts in the classroom. Each module will be worth one hour of non-contract credit. You choose the modules with the collaborative tools that you would like to learn about. You can complete from one to six modules. You may only earn up to six hours for this course; if you are interested in learning more, and there is enough interest, this class will be offered at a later date. This class is for teachers and professional staff only. Sign up HERE!

  • Elementary: Everything Communication (Online): Communication is an important element in a successful, student-centered classroom. This class will be comprised of various modules featuring websites, apps, and tools that support and promote communication efforts in the classroom. Each module will be worth one hour of non-contract credit. You choose the modules with the communication tools that you would like to learn about. You can complete from one to six modules. You may only earn up to six hours for this course; if you are interested in learning more, and there is enough interest, this class will be offered at a later date. This class is for teachers and professional staff only. Sign up HERE!

DLC Mission Statement

To coach all learners in the effective use of technology to promote collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, communication and digital citizenship for continuous learning.


collinde@friscoisd.org

469.633.3848