TechBits

Technology Newsletter for the Teachers at Whitewater Middle

Google, Google Chrome, Email, Docs, Calendar

Fayette County faculty and staff use Google for Email, Docs, Calendar and other.


  • Google is an Internet search engine that you can access from any web browser including Google Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer.
  • Google Chrome is a web browser used to access the Internet.
  • The beauty of using Google Chrome as a web browser is that once logged in, you can access not only the Internet, but your Email, Docs and Calendar. To sign into the Google Chrome web browser, follow the steps shown in the video found HERE.
  • When should you sign into Google Chrome?
-On your teacher computer in your classroom

-When you login to a Chromebook you are automatically signed into Google Chrome

-Do not login to Google Chrome from a lab computer or another computer that you do not use on a regular basis. If you do sign in, just make sure that you sign out as you saw in the video.

Technology Trends

Whether you use technology in your classroom on a daily basis or you have never opened a Chromebook before, these are some of the tools that you can use with your students to increase student engagement.
  • Nearpod- Interactive content that works great on tablets, Chromebooks and BYOT devices. Many teachers have now received training on using this application.
  • Discovery Education- Thousands of resources, student accounts, and interactive content

Chromebook Shortcuts

When signed into either Google Chrome (directions HERE) or a Chromebook students can now access the following bookmarks found on the bookmarks bar: Scholastic, Infinite Campus, Moby Max. Students should see "mail.fcboe.org bookmarks" in the top left corner.

How Can Instructional Technology Help You?

As an Instructional Technology Specialist, my primary goal is to assist teachers with the integration of technology into the classroom. Here are a few examples of how we can work together:


  • meet with you during planning or after school to work on lesson plans
  • teach a sample lesson to your students using technology such as tablets, Chromebooks or the Smart Table
  • visit with your class and offer suggestions as to how to best embed technology
  • serve as a second teacher in your class to assist your students with technology

When Can We Meet?

I will be at your school on a regular basis. You will be notified by your administrator or technology specialist about my visits. You can also contact me directly to set up a meeting.