TechBytes

September 2015

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Digital Literacy

According to Cornell University digital literacy is "the ability to find, evaluate, utilize, share, and create content using information technologies and the Internet." It is important to teach our students because it effects their school career and their lives outside of school.

Take small steps in infusing technology into your lessons and make sure that the tools you introduce enhances the learning of your students.

If you search define: digital literacy you will find several great resources to help you on your journey. You can also visit Common Sense Media to see their great resources . The Eric Sheninger's blog, where I found the image, is a great read to get you started. Remember if you need help please let me know.



Image Credit: http://esheninger.blogspot.com/2015/06/the-need-for-digital-literacy.html

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Chrome Launcher

Want an easy way to access your Google apps? Download (yes, you can do this) the Chrome Launcher. It puts a small icon on your taskbar and once you login to your Google Drive through the launcher it remembers your login information and you can easily save, access, and create through the launcher.


Image Credit: http://chrome.blogspot.com/2013/09/a-new-breed-of-chrome-apps.html

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Pinterest

Looking for something new to do in your classroom or interested in learning about something new? Consider visiting Pinterest. Kasey Bell wrote a couple of great blog posts about using Pinterest. Here are the links for Part 1 and Part 2. She explains what Pinterest is, how to get started and how to find and follow what interests you.


Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mstable/16899810863

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Chrome Extensions for Text-to-Speech

Kasey Bell is a great person to follow and gain wonderful ideas from. Here is another blog from her about using Chrome extensions to assist struggling readers with text-to-speech. Take a look at the examples Kasey talks about and consider given one or two of them a try.


Image Credit: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.mailboxer.saymyname

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Outlook 2013

Feeling a little overwhelmed with the new Office 2013/Office365? Consider looking at the Office365 Ninja for directions. You can subscribe to their free newsletter if you want. In the Spring they posted directions on their top 8 tips for using Outlook which include videos. Explore the rest of their site for other ideas and directions.


Image Credit: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2040825/outlook-is-a-game-changer-for-windows-rt-tablets.html

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