Tech Bytes

Carthage ISD Technology Department December 2017

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Join over 100 million students for an Hour of Code

Computers are everywhere, changing every industry on the planet. But fewer than half of all schools teach computer science. Good news is, we’re on our way to change this! If you've heard about the Hour of Code before, you might know it made history. More than 100 million students have tried an Hour of Code.

With the Hour of Code, computer science has been on homepages of Google, MSN, Yahoo!, and Disney. Over 100 partners have joined together to support this movement.

This year, let's make it even bigger. I’m asking you to join the Hour of Code 2017. Please get involved with an Hour of Code event during Computer Science Education Week, December 4-10.

Get the word out. Host an event. Ask a local school to sign up. Or try the Hour of Code yourself—everyone can benefit from learning the basics.

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Region 7 Online Courses--FREE!

The following online courses are FREE from Dec. 1-Jan. 7 to all CISD teachers since we are members of the Digital Learning coop. Click here to register.

*Personalized Technology Training--Choose from anything on the Atomic Learning platform.

*Google Classroom--More than just assignment delivery.

*Make a picture talk.

*Videos for beginners--Anyone can make them!

*Digital Presentations--Web tools for presenting.

*Turning in Digital Projects.

TCEA webinars for December

December 6 @ 11:45 am - 12:15 pm

Going Paperless…How Easy Is It?

Want to go paperless, but not sure how? We’ll share what has worked for others and give you tools to make it happen in your classroom!

December 7 @ 11:45 am - 12:30 pm

Choose Your Own Adventure Stories with Google

We’ll share how you can tweak Google Tools to create a CYOA (choose your own adventure) that will engage students.

December 13 @ 11:45 am - 12:15 pm

Surprise Topic!

What will today’s topic be about? You’ll have to show up to find out. Today’s topic will be related to current technology in the headlines, needs members have shared with us, or a combination of the two. Either way, you are sure to get great value from today’s webinar!

December 31 @ 11:45 am - 12:15 pm

Lunch and Learn Bundle

You will be registered for the individual 2017-2018 Lunch and Learn webinars. Regardless if you choose registration type “Attending Live Session” or “Not Attending”, you will be sent the link to the recorded session the Friday following the live webinar, beginning from the date of this registration. In order to view previous webinars, please log into your TCEA Account and access the Member Benefits Group in the Social Community.

Technology Staff

Annette Johnson--Technology Director

Debby Simpson--Administrative Assistant

Terry Caudle--Systems Administrator

Richard Sullivan--Network Administrator

Mark Baisden--Technology Specialist

Austin Smith--CHS Student Assistant

Dakota Plumlee--CHS Student Assistant

Message from the Director

Just a reminder that as the temperatures get cooler outside, the heat in your classroom could start to overheat your ceiling mounted projector. If you get a message that your projector is overheating, turn off the projector. The fan will continue to run to cool off the projector and then it will shut off automatically. The filter on the projector needs to be clean. If your projector is right in the path of an air vent, we may be able to install a shield to prevent the warmer air from blowing directly into the projector. If you need any help with this, be sure to put in a tech ticket and we will do what we can to prevent this.

Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Annette Johnson