Tech Bytes

Carthage ISD Technology Department October 2015

Google Docs

Google Docs brings your documents to life with smart editing and styling tools to help you easily format text and paragraphs. Choose from hundreds of fonts, add links, images, and drawings. All for free.

Access, create, and edit your documents wherever you go — from your phone, tablet, or computer — even when there's no connection.

With Google Docs, everyone can work together in the same document at the same time. When someone is editing your document, you can see their cursor as they make changes or highlight text.

All your changes are automatically saved as you type. You can even use revision history to see old versions of the same document, sorted by date and who made the change.

Open, edit, and save Microsoft Word files with the Chrome extension or app. Convert Word files to Google Docs and vice versa. Don't worry about file formats again.

Google Docs are saved directly to your Google Drive. Try Docs today. The perfect way to collaborate.

Digitial Citizenship Week--October 18-24

Teachers, Click here to access the online Common Sense lessons for teaching Digital Citizenship in your class.

Every day, students are tested with each post, search, chat, text message, file download, and profile update. Do they connect with like minds or spill too much information? Do they behave creatively or borrow ideas recklessly? Do they respect relationships or inadvertently damage reputations?

Digital Citizenship Week is a time to engage students, teachers, and families in your community in thinking critically, behaving safely, and participating responsibly online. It's a great time to jump-start, renew, or double down on your school's commitment to engaging students in learning important digital citizenship skills.

FREE TCEA Webinars for October

Technology Staff

Annette Johnson--Technology Director

Debby Simpson--Administrative Assistant

Richard Sullivan--Network Administrator

Terry Caudle--Systems Administrator

Mark Baisden--Technology Specialist

Martin Martinez--Technology Specialist

Message from the Director

I have had lots of questions about what browser to use in our district for day-to-day applications. Unfortunately, the answer is not just one. So I am listing the applications below and the browsers that are recommended by the support teams for each.

*TxEIS, txGradebook and/or txConnect (parent portal)--use Mozilla Firefox

*Gmail--use Chrome

*For any TEA application such as TREx, TEAL, PEIMS, etc.--use Internet Explorer

*To look up student passwords--use Internet Explorer

*To update your webpages, since we are using our Google logins--use Chrome

Any time you try a website and you have trouble viewing it, try another browser and see if that corrects the problem.

I hope this is helpful to you. Have a great October!