Tech TidByte

February 25, 2015

A Message from Dr. Melissa Williams

Two weeks ago, I thought Gmail was simply a free email source and Google Chrome was just another search engine. Boy was I wrong! In the past ten days, I have been introduced to a whole new world via Google Education. As we move toward using more efficient and effective tools for collaboration with peers and students, as well as useful search tools for ways to engage our students in the curriculum, you too, will learn more about Google Education. We look forward to working with you to build these skills and make our students the most successful in the state and ready for their future endeavors.

Find Information Faster

Need to get information faster? This link will show ways to get the most out of your Internet Search. From Boolean Operators to Filtering by Date, the information you and your students find can be more meaningful. Also, explore the Search Engine Symbaloo, the top right tile on the Symbaloo page. Along these lines, I'm a fan of Google Scholar.

From "Google like a boss"

Everybody knows how to "Google," but not everyone knows how to be a true genius of it. Here are simple yet effective ways of maximizing your Google a boss!

" " Quotation Marks "To be or not to be"

  • Use quotation marks to search for an exact word or set of words.

- Dashes gator -animal

  • Use a dash for what you would like to exclude in your search

~ Tilde Christmas ~desserts

  • A tilde before a term includes synonyms


  • Use site: to search within a specific website


  • link: searches for sites with a specific url

.. Two Periods movies 1950..1970

  • .. Two Periods between two numbers expresses a range, like date, measurements, and prices

rel related:query

  • related: finds sites that are related to the specific site

"3 Google Boolean Search Strings for Candidate Sourcing." Undercover Recruiter. 31 Jan. 2013. Web. 25 Feb. 2015. <>.

PDAS Electronic Signatures

Do you know you know your password but still can't seem to sign your PDAS documents in Eduphoria? In about two minutes, this video will help you get things fixed!
DISD Eduphoria Electronic Signatures


Kudos to the following teachers and campuses for performance in Texas Success Programs iStation and Think Through Math!

  • Think Through Math - Toni Rowe and Angela Nickell's Homeroom Classes at Bay Colony Elementary
  • iStation - Susan Niemeyer and Lisa Brown's Homeroom Classes at Hughes Rd. Elementary

Texas Success is funded by the State for students in Grades 3 through 8. Programs available to our campuses are for Math and Reading.