DCSD Tech Tidbits 01.22.16

January 22, 2016

Principal Spotlight: Arlene Wallace, Mayo High School for Math, Science and Technology

Mrs. Wallace is embracing the Digital Transformation Initiative!

She sets up her laptop every morning and at lunch in the cafeteria for daily announcements, important dates that are coming up and additional reminders for the students. She also keeps the website updated with digital newsletters, scholarship information and such for the parents.

Want to submit your principal for the "Digital Principal Spotlight" Section? Shoot an email to Carla.Jefferson@darlington.k12.sc.us

Teacher Spotlights!

Awesome JOB!

Ginger Meshaw (JLC) - Her students are using QR Codes to display their work.

Jonathan Skaris and Sally Weiland - Their classes are connecting with classes from other countries through the Envision SC initiative.

C. Wyleek Cummings (SMS) - His sixth graders are participating in robotic activities.

Brittany Boyd (SMS) - Her students are making Social Studies music videos.
Mansa Musa Music Video
Want to submit a teacher you know for "Teacher Spotlight"? Shoot an email to Carla.Jefferson@darlington.k12.sc.us

#dcsdtransforms Slow Chat - Every Friday!

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Last Friday's Recap.....

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Let's Go From "Techphobic" to Tech Ninja"!

Do you want to master technology in your classroom? Go from "techphobic" to "Tech Ninja" in just one day.

Saturday, February 13th, 2016

Free Training: Become a "Tech Ninja" Teacher

In just one day, you will discover...

- One secret tool teachers use to differentiate instruction

- 3+ free web tools that make formative assessment easy for 100s of teachers

- How to turn your "standard projects" into super cool tech projects

- Must-know survival tips for teaching with technology

- The best way to create engaging student projects with EASY tech ideas

Apple Foundations Trainings

The Apple Foundations Courses are designed to allow educators to participate in extended professional development. Each 3 hour course is designed to assist you in learning more about your devices and the applications that are an integral part of Apple products.

January 27th - MacBook Pro - OS X Yosemite - Becoming a Power User for Learning and Teaching

4:00 - 7:00 (Hartsville - Hartsville Middle School)

This PD session will help you get the most out of using your MacBook Pro as a powerful instructional tool. Identify and explore the fundamentals and powerful features of your Mac. Learn how to personalize Mac settings and use built­-in apps for learning and teaching.

January 29th - Authoring Dynamic Documents with Pages

8:30 - 11:30 (Darlington - Administrative Building Training Room)

In this PD course, identify the unique strengths of Pages for learning and teaching, create visually engaging, clearly organized, and personally expressive documents, develop strategies to share, collaborate, and personalize learning.

January 29th - Creating Compelling Presentations with Keynote

12:30 - 1:30 (Darlington - Administrative Building Training Room)

In this PD session, participants will identify the unique strengths of Keynote for learning and teaching, create visually engaging, clearly organized, and personally expressive presentations, develop strategies to share, collaborate, and personalize learning.

Website of the Week: Padlet

Padlet is a free application to create an online bulletin board that you can use to display information for any topic. Easily create an account and build a new board. You can add images, links, videos, and more.

App of The Week: YAKiT Kids

YAKiT Kids allows you to make ANY photo talk, just by speaking! Students can make quick and fun animated videos with multiple scenes. You can change the pitch of the voice, add expressive animated stickers, and save the videos directly to your device.

SC Midlands Summit

June 8-9, 2016 - The SC Midlands Summit is a two day conference focused on the use of Google for Education, research tools, digital tools, and technology integration in the classroom. Over 130 unique sessions will be offered! Visit Visit the SC Midlands Summit website for more information and registration.

Upstate Technology Conference (UTC)

Join fellow educators for the eleventh annual Upstate Technology Conference in Greenville, SC on Tuesday, July 12th and Wednesday, July 13th. The conference features 250 expert and peer-led sessions that will inspire innovative teaching for classroom and school success. The technology conference is free to all registered attendees. Visit the UTC website for more information and registration.

#DCSDtransforms Weekly Podcast - 01.21.16

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We're a GAFE district!

We've Gone Google!

DCSD is a Google Apps for Education (GAFE) district. All staff and students have Google accounts in the DCSD Google domain to facilitate communication, collaboration and publishing work.

Although Google Drive and other Google tools are accessible, teachers will continue to use MS Outlook for their email.

If you've never accessed it before, your Google login is firstname.lastname@darlington.k12.sc.us. Your temporary password is Password1 and then you will be prompted to change your password.

If you're having trouble logging into your Google account, please see your school wizard or a member of the DCSD Digital Transformation Academy.

Darlington County School District

Diane Sigmon, Director of Technology

Carla Jefferson, Instructional Technology Coordinator