DISD Ed Tech News

April 11, 2016

Grant Resources Listing Available on DISD Instructional Technology Web Pages

If you are considering how to fund that wonderful new classroom project that you've designed for your students then take a look at the Teacher Funding Sources page of the DISD website. You can navigate to it by going to www.dumasisd.org and then looking in the About tab, finding Education, then Instructional Technology, and finally the Teacher Funding Sources page. There are sites that have extensive lists of educational grant providers as well as sections where you can find grants for a specific content area. The funding you need to initiate great learning opportunities for your students might be waiting for you!


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.

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Fun Ed Tech Resource from Daily Genius

The editors at Daily Genius (dailygenius.com) have decided to organize the top educational technology tools into a simple graphic available to all. They looked for the best ways to organize data into a single visual and took their cue from the Periodic Table of the Elements. The result is a visually appealing chart where Ed Tech tools, websites and events are organized by their purpose/function. The Daily Genius covers Ed Tech on a daily basis and they tried to include all of their favorite conferences and products. They also took suggestions from their online community of readers and contributors. Kathy Schrock contributed by making a clickable PDF version of their graphic that you can download here.


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.

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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.

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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.

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Now click on any date on your calendar and then select Reminder. Type in your details and click Create.
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When the time arrives a message will pop up reminding you of the item. Click Delete or Mark as Done.
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Google Classroom Comments - Now More Ways to Give Student Feedback

Classroom Comments is a new enhancement just added to Google Classroom. Kasey Bell at shakeuplearning.com has posted Google Classroom Comments - All You Need to Know which explains in detail how to use this tool with your Classroom.


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.

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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 rhonda.artho@dumasisd.org.


April 2016

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!


May 2016

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

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Daily Free and Sale iOS Apps & Kindle Books Lists

Just a reminder that if you would like to receive the (mostly) daily emails with lists of Free and Sale iOS Apps and Free and Sale Kindle Books you can sign up for either or both of those lists at http://bit.ly/freeappslist.