TEACHnology Today

Technology Integration Newsletter- February 4, 2015

Transfer Your Contacts from Outlook to Gmail

Step 1: Export Contacts In Outlook

  1. In Outlook, click on the File menu, click "Open and Export"
  2. Select "Import/Export"
  3. The Import and Export Wizard will open. Select "Export to a file", and then click Next.
  4. Click "Comma Separated Values", and then click Next.

  5. In the folder list, scroll until you find "Contacts" and click once. There may be folders underneath this option, but if you want all of your contacts, just select the word with the little contact card to the left of it, and then click Next.

  6. Name your file, and choose "Browse" to select a location to save your file.

  7. At the next screen, click Finish.

  8. Find your new .CSV file and double click to open. You should see a list of any contact that you had saved in Outlook.

Step 2: Import Contacts in Gmail

Now that you have a .CSV file with all of your Outlook contacts in it, let's bring those contacts into Google Mail.

  1. Go to mail.google.com and login with your isd423.org account.
  2. At the top right hand corner of the Gmail screen, find the word "Mail" right above the Compose button. Click once, and choose "Contacts."
  3. Click "More" at the top and select "Import."
  4. Click "Choose File" and find your .CSV file that you created from Outlook in Step 1, click Open, and click "Import."
  5. Gmail will pull in all contacts from that file. You can find them on the left side of your screen under "My Contacts." Look for "Imported" followed by today's date to see which contacts were successfully moved.

Free from the SAS Institute, the SAS Writing Navigator suite of tools guides and supports students throughout the writing process: planning, drafting, revising, and publishing.


  • The Writing Planner helps students determine their purpose and audience. They generate ideas and organize a plan, gather research information, group and sequence their ideas, and review their writing plans.
  • With the Writing Drafter, students transform their plans into first drafts. They develop sentences, supporting details, and transitions; create introductory and concluding paragraphs; gather research information; and analyze their writing to improve sentence patterns and transitions.
  • The Writing Reviser lets students refine their draft and gather research information. They focus on organization, sentence structure, and diction. By learning to ask questions experienced writers ask automatically, students begin to express themselves with greater precision and power.
  • The Writing Publisher guides students as they complete their research and finish their essay. The Publisher tools aid students in proofreading and documenting sources using an innovative feature that generates internal citations and a Works Cited page.



The Writing Navigator suite is available for the web, iPad, and Chromebook. Cost: Free

Writing Planner Quick Tour

Build Knowledge with Media Resources

The Text Set Project, from Student Achievement Partners, lets teachers create text sets composed of articles and media on a similar topic. The texts are sequenced to create a gradual knowledge-building process, empowering students to become “experts” on the topic. The text sets typically begin with lower reading levels and increase in complexity to support students in reading the next selection (mostly) independently to acquire a deeper understanding of the topic. Each set has a glossary of terms to help students access challenging vocabulary. They also include suggested activities to help students express their learning.

Free "Expert Packs" for Grades K-8

Each pack centers on a single topic and contains a variety of resources that are ordered to support students in building vocabulary and knowledge, as well as activities to be completed afterward that allow students to demonstrate comprehension.

Free "Research Packs" for Grades K-5

Each pack centers on a single topic and relies on book and article resources. Graphic organizers and writing scaffolds are used for support in acquiring, organizing, and using new vocabulary and knowledge. Can be used as a class or individually.

Build Your Own Text Set: PD for Teachers

This professional development module focuses on "Designing and Integrating Expert Packs." Text sets support all learners, especially those with background knowledge or vocabulary deficits, by building up these domains through a volume of reading.

Some Great Technology Resources to Bookmark!


  1. Quill.com's free K-12 Technology eBook called "Reaching All Students"
  2. Mayo Clinic's Interactive Guide to Food Labels
  3. Annenberg Classroom's "That's Your Right" Interactive Digital Game: A new, fun card game that helps students learn about their rights under the Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments to the Constitution.
  4. Scholastic's "Make Your Case" 7th Amendment Courtroom Trial Simulation
Request a Technology Integration Session Here!

Interested in integrating technology but are unsure of what to tackle first? I'd love to come and chat! We can go over your objectives for the lesson or goals for students, and I can help make a technology recommendation.

Google Migration Training Site

This training site contains several smaller 10-minute trainings on Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Chrome and other apps like Slides, Sheets and Forms. Use the self-paced trainings to become proficient, or plan to attend trainings in person.

Not sure of where to start in learning about Google?

Past Editions of TEACHnology Today:

September 24, 2015: Google Calendar Added to Google Classroom—How to Share Yours, Google Chrome Extensions Explained, 4 Great Chrome Extensions—Share to Classroom, Synergyse, Read&Write, and Fluency Tutor

September 30, 2015: Failing Forward and "First Attempt In Learning," Getting Started with Technology Integration by using the TPaCK Model, "In the Classroom" highlight featuring Gloriann Heikes' 21st Century room redesign and a Twitter handle collection form so that we can build an ISD 423 Professional Learning Network!

October 19, 2015: Intro to Quia for Assessment and Review Games, Digital Citizenship Week Educator Guide, Gmail Migration Training Materials, Google Apps for Education for Elementary Students, and This Week in the Classroom with Nesha Withers and Rochelle Drahos

November 1, 2015: Getting Started with Google, Working With Google and Outlook Calendars, Using Newsela for Current Events and Literacy, and This Week in the Classroom with Krista Picha

November 18, 2015: Thankful Turkeys with ImageChef.com, 3 Digital Learning Goals for 2015-16, A Google Classroom Webinar, and This Week in the Classroom with Troy Higgins and Ross Wendling

December 3, 2015: Cool Tool: Nearpod, Formative Assessment or Formative Learning?, Tech Tools for Formative Learning, Google and Data Privacy, and Classroom Management in a BYOD Environment

December 21, 2015: TIES15 Takeaways Edition! TIES Overview and Schedule (With Resources for YOU), A Review of the Keynote Address by George Couros, A How-To Guide with the MIT App Inventor 2 for Hour of Code, and Resources for Reading and Math Teachers.

February 4, 2016: Exporting Contacts from Outlook and Importing them in Gmail, Free "Think Like a Writer" website that helps students organize writing, Free text sets for Grades K-8, and some great resources for SPED, Health and Social Studies teachers.