December eNews

Twas the week before break, when all through the school...

All the students were stirring and the teachers were too!

And the SMARTBoards were hung ....

Have you ever thought "Why did they hang my SMARTBoard so low/high?" The Office of Instructional Technology is asking we take a survey on the mounting of SMARTBoards in order to better plan for future installs and construction. Please take this survey by Wed. Dec. 23.

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And updated with care...


SMART 15 was pushed to the computers in the schools. All current notebooks that teachers have created should work in SMART 15.

You will find that you will no longer see the SMART icon in the system tray/task bar. Instead, icons will be on the teacher desktop.

Don't like change? If you want the SMART icon to appear on the system tray, select SMART System Menu. This will give teachers access to the SMART recorder, spotlight, screenshade, screen capture tools and hide the floating tools.

**** You will notice a new menu item, the Lab. This has 6 new tools that will allow teachers to create interactive activities.

New SMARTBoard Pen info for SMART 15: If you want to use the pens with a website or a Microsoft product, you will need to select the SMART ink tool icon from the desktop. You will then be able to pick up the pen and use it when displaying a website or Microsoft product.

Review the SMART 15 tutorial for all the new features. To find resources, go to Blackboard > Tech Resources> Tech Resources Site > SMART Hardware/Software > SMART 15. The tutorial and download info for home use will be found in this area.

SIGN UP! See bottom of this flyer for info on ERO sessions to get up to date on SMART 15! (and other sessions too)

And with hopes that... you will become a PBS Learning Media Digital Innovator...extraordinaire

Monday, Feb. 8th 2016 at 4pm

This is an online event.

The PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators program recognizes educators who incorporate digital media in the classroom to inspire student learning. For the first time in four years, all educators that submit a complete application and meet the entry requirements will be invited to join the program! Applications are due by February 8, 2016. See the link below for more information.

CLICK FOR MORE INFO on becoming a PBS Learning Media Digital Innovator

The teachers were resting over break in their beds, while visions of ERO PDs danced in their heads...

Office of Instructional Technology Professional Development Opportunities in ERO

All sessions earn APC renewal credit. No Stipend. All will be held at Carver unless otherwise indicated. Date

SRN Number

Workshop Name

January 7, 2016


Discovering Discovery Education Builder Tools, K-12, 4:30-6:30

January 12, 2016


No SMARTboard Necessary Part 1, Elementary, 4:30-6:00. Basic tools and SMART 2015

January 14, 2016


No SMARTBoard Necessary Part 1, Secondary, 4:30-6:00. Basic tools and SMART 2015

January 14, 2016


Exploring iPads and APPS, Elementary, 4:30-6:30. Encourage Kindergarten teachers to attend.

January 19, 2016


Getting the Most out of the Chromebook, K-12, 4:30-6:30

January 20, 2016


Using Coding to Teach the Foundations of Computer Programming, K-8, 4:30-6:30

January 21, 2016


SMART 2015, K-12, 4:30-6:30

January 27, 2016


PARCC-Like Activities, Middle and High School, 4:30-6:30

January 28, 2016


Pixie and Wixie, K-8, 4:30-6:30

MSDE Offerings from the Office of Instructional Technology Date

SRN Number

Course Name

January 26-

March 1, 2016


Principles of Technology Leadership, K-12, Online, 1 MSDE Credit

January 26-

March 1, 2016


The Savvy Educator, Promoting Digital Citizenship in the Classroom, K-12, Online, 1 MSDE Credit

Feb. 1- May 2, 2016


Integrating Technology into the Curriculum, K-12, 3 MSDE Credits, Hybrid Four face to face classes, rest online.

So the teachers and students grabbing their books and their bags, began to settle their brains for a long winter nap.

But before they left, they heard this new tip. For Discovery Ed- use Chrome in the New Year!

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