Teachers with Techitude

A sort-of-monthly newsletter for amazing Hueneme teachers!

In this April 2017 issue:

COAST is starting! --- CAASPP --- Newsela --- CA Teacher Summit --- Device Updates --- and Student Account Info!

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Coast Through my Classroom intro video

Surf's Up on the COAST PD Wave! Tech Training just for YOU!

Check this out! If you haven't already explored our COAST game, now is the time! It's Collaborative. It's Online. It's Activity-based. It's Self-paced. And it's Technology Training just for you with a fun twist!


Earn badges and prizes as you learn and practice ways to use technology in your classroom. Watch our next newsletter to see who has won prizes and is on the leader board!

COAST How to Log In
Start here!! COAST Through My Classroom!

Click the button to get more info from the Hueneme webpage, or go to chromewarrior.net to start playing!

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CAASPP Testing is coming--- be tech ready!

* Make sure you get your devices out and use them daily. They need to connect to wifi regularly. Shut them all the way down and restart them at least once a week.

* Make sure your devices charge over night before testing. CHARGED AND UPDATED DEVICES are happy testing devices!

* Know where the secure browser is. YOU WILL NOT TEST USING THE CAASPP WEBPAGE.

* Practice getting a session ID-- our tech guys are awesome, but they can not start a session for you.

* Relax. You are a competent, critical thinking individual. You can handle this!

Meet the secure browser your students will use

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Newsela PRO

Are you looking to finish the school year strong? Spice up some of what you do in the classroom? Many of you know we have PRO subscriptions to Newsela... would you like to know how to get the most out of the features available?


Register for a webinar in the tech lab on May 11 (3:15-4:15) or click below to see a newsletter full of resources!


Get your students reading, engaged and empowered! And remember to complete the Newsela tasks in COAST to earn prizes and learn more!

Please! Tell me more about Newsela!

Find links for getting started, going deeper and text sets. Don't miss this cool newsletter!

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California Teachers Summit--- July 28, 2017

Sponsored by many education advocates, including Cal State Universities and the CA Dept of Education, this teacher focused conference is part TED Talk, part EdCamp, and totally awesome! It is also free, and right in our back yard! Hope you can join us at CSU Channel Islands for a mid-summer teacher refresher! #bettertogether
Now More Than Ever! CA Teacher Summit

Click here for registration and location information

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Student Device Updates

SHUT DOWN and Restart your Chromebooks---Update your iPads!

Do you have devices in your classroom? iPads, Chromebooks, netbooks etc? They work best when they are used often and check in with the internet to get updates. So, if you have had your devices in the cart for awhile, get the tech out! Get your students using it!

The most important reason is that students will benefit, but it also allows apps and systems to update to the latest version, good for functionality and security.

STUDENT (AND TEACHER) iPADS: In the SETTINGS app, please update your iOS to 10.3.1, the latest version. DO NOT choose "update tonight" because wifi is off at the time when the iPad tries to check in. If you aren't sure if you can update, check the Technology department page and look for the thumbs up block to be sure.


CHROMEBOOKS: Shut them down (like, all the way shut down-- sign out, then click SHUT DOWN in the bottom right) at least once a week, if not everyday. The chromebook will update when it restarts the next day. You won't even notice.

Need to update an iPad app on a student device?

Go to CATALOG and find the app.

It should say INSTALLED next to it.

Tap on INSTALLED and it will force the app to reload, catching the update.


REMEMBER: THE APP STORE WILL NOT WORK FOR STUDENT IPAD UPDATES. USE THE CATALOG.

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Account Info for New Students!!

Great news! No ticket, no phone call, no email required! Almost all accounts are created through automation THE NIGHT AFTER the student spends their first day on your roster in Q.


Pearson Realize (K-5), Google accounts (@hsdschools.org) , Moby Max, Typing Club, Accelerated Reader, Raz Kids/Learning A-Z, Clever login--- Yup! All the things! Created automatically for day two.


And, you can get their Google Password yourself in Q. Learn how to get student Google Account info in Q from the Staff Resources section on the district homepage. (spoiler-- sign into Q, MENU, ENROLLMENT, REPORTS, VCOE Student Passwords by Teacher)


Holy website, Batman, that is so cool! No more emailing or putting in a support ticket-- you can conveniently access that password info where ever you are, when you need it.

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