Instructional Technology Newsletter

October, 2016 - 3rd Edition

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There are a multitude of news-worthy techie moments happening in our schools that deserve recognition. Throughout this newsletter, you will find spaces dedicated to you and your students showing off your use of media and technology.

Plickers in the Classroom

During Ms. Kuhn's 7th grade Social Studies class at Southwest Middle School, Plickers were used to check for understanding.
Ms. Kuhn using Plickers
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Technology Use With Special Education

Learning Commons at West Chatham Elementary

West Chatham Elementary's Media Specialist, Lynn Bigbie, states, "Our 'Reading Section' is at the heart of our Learning Commons. Students enjoy sitting and reading in our soft, comfortable seating area. There are also opportunities for students to create bookmarks in this area while they are waiting."
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Techie Reminders!

  1. YouTube Access: Log-in requires district email on YouTube page.
  2. Chromebook Log-in: Students log-in with district email and password - Teachers log-in with district email and username.
  3. Join a Cohort: PD at your own pace - in your own space!

Charles Ellis Montessori Academy

WTOC visits the school to see how Phase II of the 1:1 Chromebook initiative is going. If you missed the live broadcast, you can find it here.
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Google Voice

Do you have students that struggle with typing? If so, you may want to give Google Voice Typing a try to meet the needs of these and other students.

Google Voice Typing

Microsoft Help!

Are you primarily a Microsoft user or want to be? Use the following links to learn and keep up to date with Microsoft Office.

Office help and training

Active Reading On-Line Annotator

Students and teachers using Chromebooks find KAMI to be a lifesaver when it’s time to annotate during active reading activities. Add KAMI from the Chrome Store as a Chrome app or extension to use the fantastic annotating tools included with the FREE install.

IPad Tip #2 - Organizing your Apps

To arrange your Apps on your Home Screen(s), you can tap and hold the icon of any app until they start wiggling. Tap and hold an app, then drag it to the location you desire. You can also drag one app on top of another to create a folder to hold apps. Read more...

Saving Directly to your Google Drive

If you have ever found yourself surfing the web, finding something you like and then searching for it again unsuccessfully, this Google Drive extension can help. Google created a browser extension called "Save to Google Drive" that lets you add documents, images, links, and HTML5 audio and video files to Drive with a simple right click. Find the extension in the Chrome Web Store.

Two Screens at Once? - Yes!

Teachers multi-task while on the computer. Instead of switching between tabs...have you tried splitting your screen? Click on the tab or webpage you want to use-->click the Windows key on your keyboard + the right or left arrow. On Windows 10 devices you will have the option to choose the open window you want to add on the other side.
With your screens split you can copy and paste from one to the other very quickly using the Ctrl + c (copy) and Ctrl + v (paste).

Built in Apps Training for Google

Now you have answers at your fingertips by clicking on the question mark in the upper right hand corner of your district Google Drive.

GoNoodle - Get Moving!

Students at Port Wentworth Elementary took time to "Clap it Out" using GoNoodle before beginning their Media Session with Mrs. Donnelly. Are you using technology to get your students moving?
Clap it Out! GoNoodle

Setting Up for Success

Although we are already into October, this video offers some useful information for setting up your digital classroom.
How to Set Up Your Digital Classroom for Success

Google Hangouts!

Are you excited about learning new technology tools to use with students or to organize yourself? Do you feel pressed for time when you attend PLC’s, during the school day? Each month, Instructional Technology will offer four topic specific Google Hangouts to help you gain knowledge before or after your school day.

October Hangouts:

Google Classroom: Are you ready to let your students turn in work paperless? Maybe you haven’t had the available time to get started. This is the Google Hangout for you!
October 6, 2016
8:15-8:45 A.M. or 4:00 P.M-4:30 P.M.

Organizing Digital Content Office 365 Apps

Are you tired of using jump drives, losing important work, or not a fan of Google Apps? This hangout will introduce how to use Microsoft products, in the cloud.

October 20, 2016

8:15-8:45 or 4:00-4:30

Click on the link to sign up for one of these sessions:



Get involved in the 20 Day Twitter Experiment in our district! Connect with other educators, follow experts, showcase your classroom learning environment. Whether you are new to Twitter or are ready to ignite your account with a spark of encouragement or resources, this 20 Day Experiment is for you.
Teacher's Idea Exchange (Facebook) - Join our online "Teachers Idea Exchange" Facebook group to swap ideas and resources with other teachers throughout the district and beyond.
SCCPSS ITC Facebook page - Calling all Facebook users – be sure to like the SCCPSS Instructional Technology Facebook page at (We won't see your personal posts - promise!) – but we will share techie awesomeness in action right here in our district and other resources as well.
SCCPSS Instructional Technology Website
New Teachers - Join the New Teacher Remind group for Pick-Me-Up ideas by texting @NTO2016 to 81010. Click HERE for visual How To.

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Know Your Instructional Technology Coach!

The Instructional Technology Department is responsible for coordinating, organizing, and facilitating the effective use and integration of technology within the schools in order to increase student performance.

Instructional Technology Coaches

Angela LaPlante

Dru Piersol

Gillian Riley

Melissa Milligan

Natalie Muthersbaugh

Libby Miller

William Harris

Yolanda Sanders

Media Services

Carol Tarnowski - Library Media Technology Coach

Deborah Hargroves - Media and Broadcast Trainer (part-time)

Vacancy - Media Support Assistant (912) 395-1124

Program Manager

Wendy Marshall - Program Manager

Contact Information

Please contact your IT Coach for individual contact information.