It's Tech Tuesday!

May 10, 2016

Group Email Accounts

We have all become accustomed to using the LISD Group Email accounts (lhseagles, lmseagles, leseagles, supporteagles, coeagles), which is great. The group accounts are a wonderful time saver and an easy way to quickly communicate with all the people assigned to a campus. However, Mr. Patschke reminds us that they are not appropriate and will create a mess if you are planning to use them for an outside response system.

For Example: You are planning a gathering and you are planning to use Evite - A great free invitation response system. You send out the invite and your guests can respond if they will be attending, bringing a guest, even what dish they are bringing. However sites like this rely on each guest having their own personal email address. Each email the system sends is customized for each email address, this is how the system keeps track of who has responded.

If you want to invite a group of people to your event and you do not want a response and you are using an outside system, then the group email accounts will work fine.

A few of the response system can use group email accounts, however those are very rare. If you are planning to use a system like evite and you would like an email list of the members of a group email, please email me and I'll send you the list.

LISD Summer 2016 PD Sign-Up Deadline May 11th!

How do I Convert Word and Excel Files to Google Docs and Sheets?

I am so glad you asked! For some of you, this may be a daunting task, but relax! It's just three easy steps:

  1. Upload the Microsoft Word or Excel file you want to convert to Google Docs or Google Sheets.
  2. Once uploaded, double click the file and a window will appear with a preview of the document.
  3. At the top of the window, you will see the option to "Open" with Google Docs or Google Sheets. Your file has successfully converted!

You can also see it in action in the video below.

Keep in mind that in Docs, text will convert seamlessly. However, if your Word file contains elaborate tables and a lot of graphics, it may not look the same in a Google Doc.

Converting Microsoft Word and Excel Files to Google Docs and Sheets

Catfishing isn't just for the Lake

This week Denise Brademan shares an article about "catfishing" or "catphishing". This is not something you do to spend time with Grandpa. According to Mirriam-Webster, the technological term "catfish" is "a person who sets up a false personal profile on a social networking site for fraudulent or deceptive purposes". Don't have a boyfriend? No problem Invisible Boyfriend will send you texts to make it look like you do! You can fake your GPS location, conversations, or Facebook profiles. Click here to read the article. Then, go check your kids' phones! Other apps you may want to be aware of are Kik and After School, and Yik Yak.

Origins of Everyday Tech Terms

Bluetooth, Firewall, Phishing....where did those terms come from? Click here to find out!

How to find out everything google knows about you

Google uses a lot of methods to learn about you. There's the stuff you tell Google outright when you sign up for its Gmail or to use your Android phone. This includes your name, phone number, location, and so on. By visiting a hard-to-find page called "Web & App Activity," you can see what Google is watching. Business Insider's Julie Bort shows you how!

And Finally, students using technology in class...

Hilarious Moment during class-THIS IS NOT FAKE!