Instructional Technology Tidbits

a few notes from the ITS

Google Apps for Education (GAFE)

GAFE is here!!!!

Teachers and Students now have access to Google Apps For Education (GAFE), which includes Google Classroom, using their VBCPS credentials. That means you can login to Chrome and access all the great tools with your network login, no need to use a separate personal account. The GAFE apps (see table below) can be accessed from any device with an Internet connection by using the Chrome browser.

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To login, open Chrome (if it is not installed on the computer you can install it via the software center) and click "sign in" in the upper right corner. Sign in using your short email (network logon and your network password. If you need more detailed instructions or iPad instructions click here.

Digital Learning Day

Digital Learning Day is February 17th. Though you incorporate technology into the classroom daily, this is a day meant to challenge everyone to be actively involved in reimagining the education system. It is about using technology in ways that promote deeper and more engaged student learning. For more information about Digital Learning Day click here.


With Digital Learning Day a month away this a perfect time to start looking at the SAMR model, if you haven't already. For those of you who need it, here is a quick YouTube introduction to SAMR. Challenge yourself to incorporate at least one task in the R range in the next month.
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