DISD Ed Tech News
April 11, 2016
Grant Resources Listing Available on DISD Instructional Technology Web Pages
Need help writing a successful grant application? There is also a section at the bottom of the same web page where you can find a listing of sites that offer information on writing the successful grant proposal to get the funding that you need.
Fun Ed Tech Resource from Daily Genius
They will be updating this chart a couple of times a year so that it remains as relevant as possible so check it out! You may find a new tool, conference, app, or web tool that you might want to use in the coming year.
Gmail Mini Tip - 9 Keyboard Shortcuts That Will Make You More Productive
From The Gooru - Feb. 16, 2016
Did you know there are keyboard shortcuts specific to Gmail? Through a quick adjustment in the General settings tab, you’ll be whizzing through your email and will barely need to click your mouse. Many keyboard shortcuts in Gmail only require the touch of one button, so you don’t need to memorize too many key combinations.
To enable keyboard shortcuts in Gmail
- Go to settings in the top right corner of your Gmail.
- Under the General tab, scroll down until you see Keyboard settings.
- Select “on” to turn on keyboard shortcuts.
- Scroll and click Save at the bottom of the page.
- Your keyboard shortcuts are now enabled in Gmail.
1. C - The C key opens up a new compose window.
2. D - The D key opens up a new compose window in a new tab.
3. J and K - When you’re sorting through your emails in your inbox view, or when you’re viewing a specific email, use these keys to move up and down your inbox. To expand a certain email, hit enter.
4. N and P - When you’re sorting through a conversation, use these keys to move up and down your conversation. To expand a certain conversation, hit enter.
5. S - When you’re in your inbox view, hit S to star an email To remove the star, hit S again. If you hit S again and quickly after the first time, the yellow star will turn blue and you can key through several options.
6. # (or Shift 3) - When you’re in your inbox view, hit # to move an email to the trash. Note, that using # requires you to press Shift first. The # symbol is located on the 3 button.
7. Shift U - When you’re reading an email, or have an email selected, hit Shift and then U and the message will be marked as unread.
8. G then S - When you hit these keys in this order, your inbox view will show all starred emails in the Starred folder.
9. G then D - When you hit these keys in this order, your inbox view will show all drafts emails in the Drafts folder.
There is also a good article titled How to Use Gmail Keyboard Shortcuts at About.com. Here they are grouped by usage with an explanation of each.
You Can Now Add Reminders Directly to Your Calendar
It is now possible to add reminders to Google Calendar. There is a new calendar called Reminders in your list under My Calendars. This calendar will allow you to toggle reminders on/off from viewing.
Google Classroom Comments - Now More Ways to Give Student Feedback
She posts "Google Classroom has become a powerhouse for teachers and students! Some teachers are beginning to wonder how they survived without it! As teachers, we need to help guide students on a flexible learning path that will help them reach learning goals. Feedback is a crucial part of the learning process. And with Google Apps and Google Classroom, giving feedback on digital assignments has never been easier. The only question is where? We now have several options for leaving feedback and each can serve their own purpose. Let’s explore all the ways you can use comments to enhance the learning in your classroom!" Read the full text of her post here.
Upcoming Trainings for Spring 2016
Remember - trainings are open to anyone who would like to attend! They are not just for teachers. You can pre-register for any of these trainings in Eduphoria.
If you would like to arrange a training on your campus or a personal one-on-one session please email Rhonda Artho at firstname.lastname@example.org.
04/12/16 - Texas Gateway - Online Resources for Texas teachers
04/21/16 - Using Google Maps in All Content Areas
04/26/16 - Google Instructional Tools: Let's Get Ready to EXPLORE!
05/05/16 - Digital Storytelling for Students and Teachers
05/10/16 - Flipping with YouTube
05/17/16 - National Park Service Online Classroom Resources (including Teaching with Historic Places)
05/25/16 - Connected Classrooms and Global Digital Citizenship