Time-Worthy Tech Tips

From FCIT

December Blackboard Teacher Spotlight!

Congratulations to the Blackboard "Spotlight Teacher" of the month! All of our students are extraordinary, but these students were chosen based on factors such as enthusiasm, problem solving and for demonstrating leadership. To take a look at a snapshot of the teacher's class, just click the hyperlink on each name.


Discovery Education

Did you know that Discovery Education offers more than free video streaming along with amazing, interactive digital resources that are standards aligned? They have more than 200 lesson plans, an atlas interactive map, STEM connections, weekly teaching topics, and much more! There are resources in Discovery for all subjects and grade levels. Kindergarten - Fifth grade teachers have students rostered in their classes. If you have never logged in to DE before, you should take this opportunity to check out the resources. What's even better is that you already have an account created. To receive your credentials, visit this web page and type in your@mail.fcboe.org email address. Discovery will email you your credentials. To help you get started, you can view these video tutorials for building assignments, quizzes, and more. Check it out today!

Chromebook Care

We know that the Chromebooks are getting a workout in your classrooms! To ensure that the devices last for as long as possible, there are several things that we should keep in mind about Chromebook Care.


Students should:

  • use both hands to open a Chromebook
  • hold the Chromebook by its base, not the screen
  • always close the Chromebook before walking with it
  • keep food and drink away from the Chromebook


Teachers should:

  • clean the Chromebook with a microfiber cloth rather than chemicals or Clorox wipes
  • charge the Chromebooks every night
  • contact technology services if a Chromebook is accidently broken

Hour of Code!

The Hour of Code (HOC) is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics, including teachers! For 2015, the HOC was from December 7 - 13. However, coding knows no limits. If you are interested in doing an HOC anytime, there is a great planning guide provided by Code.org.
Hour of Code Pictures

Check out what some of our teachers and students did during this year's Hour of Code!

Google Certified Innovator

Are you a Google Innovator? Apply to the Google for Education Certified Innovator Program with your vision to transform education. More than just a onetime event, you can expect 12 months of ongoing support for an Innovation Project that you’re passionate about, participation in a Google for Education Innovation Academy, rich programming and ongoing opportunities for growth and collaboration, and access to a global community of other innovators.

Happy Holidays!

Get a Video from Santa!

Technically, this doesn't have anything to do with educational technology, but it is great for your personal children. This website will allow you to create a personalized video for your child from Santa. FOR FREE!

A New Year's Resolution!

Check out Richard Byrne's free guide on "How to Do 11 New Techy Things." Let this be your inspiration for starting something new in your classroom in 2016!

How Can Instructional Technology Help?

I am thrilled to be able to spend time at your school! As an Instructional Technology Specialist, my primary goal is to serve as a resource for teachers who are looking to embed technology into their daily lessons. It is my goal to help you in any possible way. If you would like some specifics of how we can work together, I can:


  • meet with you after school or during planning to work on lesson plans
  • teach a sample lesson to your students using the Nexus Tablets or Chromebooks
  • observe your class and then offer suggestions on how to best embed technology
  • provide hands-on assistance in your classroom