DCSD Tech Tidbits 05.13.16
May 13, 2016
Andrew Walters' (CES) 4th graders are creating their very first green screen videos! Way to go!
Spaulding Middle School's students enjoyed a fun-filled morning at SMS as they took part in several games and challenges in preparation for SC PASS. Students played Jeopardy, Quizlet live, Vocabulary Busters, QR Code Scavenger Hunt, and much more. Event winners received Olympic Medals.
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@example.org. 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.
Have A Personal Google Account? Learn How to Manage Multiple Google Accounts
Getting Schooled on Schoology
Our Schoology Enterprise (which syncs with PowerSchool) is now ready for use! If you're interested in playing around with it, here is how you log in.
You will need to log in with your Active Directory (AD) credentials.
Password: The same password you use for your Outlook email
Click here for a list of your Schoology Master Trainers
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Have Your Heard of TPT?
You can find flipcharts, templates for activities, ISN (Interactive Student Notebook) resources, and so much more! They also send out a weekly newsletter with link to free downloads - many of them are really good. Below you'll find the link to this week's newsletters (they have a different one for PreK-5 and 6-12. From here on out the current week's newsletter link will be included your weekly DCSD Tech Tidbits newsletter.
TPT - Vol 319: Grades PreK-5
TPT - Vol 320: Grades 6-12
Website of the Week: my StoryMaker
With my StoryMaker, students can create their own digital stories. They can choose their characters, setting, and topic. Children have many opportunities for creativity, as they can change the setting and add details to their stories. Students can preview before they print and share their stories.
Applications: Children can be given a broad writing prompt, and they can use My Story Maker to make the topic their own. They have the opportunity to share their creations with family and peers. Can be used to create a whole class story with all students contributing.
App of the week: Mathmateer Free
- Telling Time
- U.S. Money
- 3D Shapes
The White House and Michelle Obama Release $250M ‘Open eBooks’ App for Title I and Special Education Teachers
As part of the Open eBooks initiative—an initiative highlighted by President Obama last July—the app allows users to access thousands of free books on smartphones or tablets. The app is open to any educator, student or administrator at one of the 66,000+ Title I schools or any of the 194 Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools in the United States. Additionally, White House reps report that any of the hundreds of thousands of special education teachers in the country—no matter what type of school they work for—also have access.
To access the app, educators can sign up on the OpeneBooks.net site and receive codes for their students. Using those codes, students can download the free Open eBooks app to mobile devices and access a library of eBooks.
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Upstate Technology Conference (UTC)
Darlington County School District - Technology Department
Diane Sigmon, Director of Technology
Carla Jefferson, Instructional Technology Coordinator