It's Tech Tuesday!

Jan. 19, 2016

Brought to you by the LISD Tech Junkies to help you with Teaching and Teching!

How to search the LISD Library catalog.

Ever wonder if the library has a certain book you're looking for? Wonder no more. Tina Woodward unlocks the secret.

  1. From

  2. Go to Staff > Staff Resources > Library Resources.

  3. You do not need any login information to search the catalog.

  4. Enter a search term in the Find field.

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And finally...

5. Select one of the following search buttons.

· Keyword: Searches all title, author, subject, series, and note tags (fields of information) in the district’s title records.

· Title: Searches for the term anywhere in a title.

· Author: Searches for authors and illustrators.

· Subject: Searches for titles about a particular subject, topic, person, or place.

· Series: Searches for titles in a particular series of books.

Dell Member Purchase Program

FYI - Not An Advertisement - Because of our relationship with Dell, we as faculty/staff have access to special pricing and promotions. Dell calls it a Member Purchase Program. Depending on the time of year and the system you are looking to purchase, the program can save you money via discounts, upgrades, and/or free shipping. If you are interested in a computer for your personal use/purchase and you are looking at a Dell, please follow this link: to gain access to the Member Purchase Program website.

The Member ID is


If you decide to purchase from Dell, the purchase is strictly between you and Dell the school is not involved in your purchase in anyway.


Who doesn't like free? Cheyrl Salinas shares an amazing free app resource!

Sam from AppGratis sends an email once a day and if you want the app for the day you get to download it for free. It is available for Android, iPhone, and iPad. There are all types of apps from games, pics, notes, etc. He has started adding interesting facts and pics for the day on the email

Kid Tech- According to Apple

This is a very interesting and eye-opening article about your students and their techyness. Yes, techyness is a word. For instance, did you know that over half of first time tech users aren't even in Kindergarten yet? Find out more about the digital natives in your classroom.

PC Magazine names the 25 Best Fitness Apps

Last week I shared with you the 7 minute workout. Knowing that some of you scoff at a mere 7 minutes, I thought I'd include more resources for you die-hards out there. If you've already blown that New Years' resolution to be more fit, there's plenty of 2016 left for you to try again!

IoT The Internet of Things- Part One

I am sure some of you have heard the new buzz in the tech world - The Internet of Things (IoT). This is the concept of putting everyday objects on the network/internet to allow them to send and receive data. Everyday there are new devices being built that have internet access.

A few examples:

  • Your refrigerator may have a camera inside so you can use your smartphone to look inside to see if you need milk while you are shopping.
  • Your refrigerator may have a touch screen and barcode scanner so when you empty the milk carton you scan the barcode on the carton and it's added to your shopping list - which is also accessible via your smartphone (this is of course that your family members don't just put the empty carton back in the fridge.
  • Your Thermostat might have been programmable in the past, but now some of them can learn your schedule and set themselves, or you can access it from your phone or browser and change the temperature.
  • Many people have security cameras, however with IoT you can access them from anyplace in the world from a smartphone.
  • Driveway detectors that send text messages
  • Washing machines that tie directly into Amazon to order more laundry detergent.
  • Your car's navigation system has access to your calendar so it can determined the best way to work. Because it has access to live traffic reports you might not be late, however if you are going to be late the car can text the other meeting members to let them know you are going to be late.
  • Your alarm clock goes off at 6am, it detects you are up so it tells your coffee maker to start the coffee.

Designers and engineers are adding new devices almost daily. Curtis Patschke will share more IoT information in the next edition of Tech Tuesday.