Tech Tidbits with Traci

May 4th, 2015

A Technology Newsletter from Porter Elementary School in Porter, Texas USA

Please Save your electronic files

All teacher laptops will be re-imaged in the coming weeks. If you do not want to lose what is saved on your hard drive then you either need to upload the files into Google Drive or you need to save them on a flash drive. If you missed the March Tech Tuesday where I did this please see me if you need assistance. Once you have saved your files you need to go into Eduphoria and put in a help desk ticket for Mrs. Waggoner to come and re-image your laptop.

Parapara Animation

Parapara Animation is a free animation creation tool that is easy to use. Just go to the Parapara Animation website, select a digital crayon, and start drawing! To add a new frame, click the large "+" icon. The yellow arrow will play the animation. Once completed, students can share their creations via URL or QR!

End of the year technology procedures

Technology items that are checked out to staff through the library circulation system

  • Ex: document camera, projector, mimio, etc.... This does not include tablets and chromebooks.
  • These items can be left in your classroom if you have a place to lock them up safely
  • Teachers that are not returning or do not have a secure place to lock them up will need to turn them these items in before having their check-out sheet signed

PK - 2 Chromebook carts and Tablets

  • These items will be turned in to the library for the summer. Mrs. Waggoner will clean the outside of them during this time. Your apps will not be wiped from the devices.
  • Please put a post-it on each of your tablet and Chromebook boxes so that you will get the same equipment back next year.
  • Chromebook Carts and keys will be turned in by the team leader before the end of the year. These will be used during technology camp this summer.

3rd -5th Grade

  • Please go through and check Chromebooks now for damage and put a work order in for Mrs. Waggoner so the parts can be ordered to fix them. Keep checking periodically till the end of the year.
  • Place CB's in the tower and turn in keys for the tower to Mrs. Melly. This will be part of the sign-out sheet for end of the year procedures.
  • Towers can not be moved over the summer. The custodians will wax around them.

Library Due Dates

All student books need to be turned in by May 15th. They will still come to the library for the next two weeks, but all books must be turned in by that time.

Teachers books and resources need to be turned in June 12th at 12:00. Any items that you want back for next year should be labeled with your name on them. It would be helpful if you could turn anything in that you will not be using for flex week before it starts. We will be doing inventory during flex week. The more we have turned in the less we have to track down.

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End of the Year Research

Are your students doing an end of the year research project?

Why not have them make an electronic poster on their topic. The site is easy to use and navigate. Just select a template and change or add content as you desire. Every aspect of a poster template can be changed and you can add more pictures or text if you need. Once done there are a variety of ways in which the final poster can be shared including email.