NAD Tech News

ISSUE # 6 - 18 November 2014

Back To It Edition

As many of you are aware I have been out for several weeks now due to an emergency health issue. I was hospitalized for 6 days and then home recovering for the remainder of the time. I thank all of you for your well wishes, cards, emails, voice mails, and texts. They meant a great deal and I am, very happily, back at it as of this morning. It is wonderful, and I am thankful, to work in such a caring district with so many wonderful, caring teachers. -Bill

Information Items

MindShift: Beyond Worksheets, A True Expression of Student Learning

This is a terrific article on the power of student creation and why it is so important in this new age of always available information. Most definitely worth a few moments to read! is a site for building Jeopardy-like quiz boards for engaging your students in review activities. It is free and has a nice design complete with a timer for questions. Check it out for your next review activity!

Edutopia: Building Your EdTech Ecosystem

Check out this informative article on how to build a collection of edtech tools that support what you are doing in the classroom. A very worthwhile read.
Tour Builder - Bobby Lake

Research Tool in Google Docs

Research Tool in Google Docs

Google Search Tricks

  • Weather. Search for weather to see the weather in your location or add a city name after weather to find weather in that area. Try it out: weather paris
  • Dictionary. Put define in front of any word. Try it out: define loquacious
  • Calculations. Enter a math equation to see the answer, along with a calculator to solve more problems, even graphing equations. Try it out: 3*9123
  • Unit conversions. Enter any conversion, like measurement or speed. Try it out: 3 dollars in euros
  • Sports. Search for the name of your team to see a schedule, game scores and more. Try it out: real madrid
  • Quick facts. Search for the name of a celebrity, location, movie, or song, and see quick information on the right side of the page. You can get all kinds of fast facts, photos, and other info using the knowledge graph. Try it out: albert einstein
  • Set Timer. Ex: "Set Timer 1 minute" gives you a timer as the result.
  • Flip a Coin. Type "flip a coin" into the Google Search Box and Google provides an animated, random coin flip.

Microsoft Software for EVSC Staff Home Use Now Available At Reduced Pricing

The EVSC is pleased to announce that faculty and staff are eligible to download the latest Microsoft software titles, such as Windows 8.1, Office Professional Plus 2013 for Windows, and Office for Mac 2011, at a fraction of the regular retail price via the Microsoft Work at Home program.

Microsoft Office (Mac & PC versions) – $9.95*

Microsoft Windows – $9.75*

* The Home Use License allows for one main installation AND one installation on a secondary device WITH the ability to transfer if earlier devices are uninstalled.

These exclusively priced downloads are available at Just go to the website and register for a new account using your EVSC email address. Once you’re registered, just login and start shopping. It’s that easy!

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Bill is an eLearning Coach helping to facilitate meaningful integration of technology to enrich instruction, engage students & develop 21st century skills. He is also a PhD candidate for a Doctor of Philosophy in General Psychology degree with an Emphasis in Integrating Technology, Learning, and Psychology.

Where is Bill?

Monday - Oak Hill

Tuesday - Scott

Wednesday - Vogel + Vogel AfterSchool Tech Club

Thursday - Delaware (AM) and NJHS (PM) + NJHS AfterSchool Tech Club

Friday - Evans (AM) and Downtown (PM)