Tech Tips #2

January 20, 2015

Tip #1: Application Process for Apps (iPads and Chromebooks)

There is an official process in place for requesting apps for both the iPads and Chromebooks. There is a new form that needs to be completed. In order to access or download this form, you must sign in to the CVSD website. Once there, select District Services and click on Technology. On the left hand side, select App Approval Process. You will need to print out the form so that the principal and technology coach can sign it (the form is called "Mobile Device App Approval Form 2014"). From there, the technology coach will send it to the LTC Technology Department. Please realize that the approval process can take up to a month.

Tip #2: Graphite

Graphite is a program that is part of Common Sense Media. It is designed to help educators learn about apps, games, and websites that are valuable in the classroom. When requesting an app for an iPad, the form asks for a rating scale from this website. Go to https://www.graphite.org/ and type in an app in order to find what it is rated (Keep in mind, that it may not have the app you are looking for). It is also a good website to browse for learning new ideas on how to incorporate technology into your classroom.

Tip #3: Scratch Jr.

Scratch Jr. is an app that is currently on our iPads. It allows students to create and program an interactive story. Students can select a setting, characters, and record themselves telling the stories. While creating a story, they are also learning to write simple codes to get the characters to move. This app is great for students K-3.

Tip #4: Twine

Since many of the intermediate and upper grades will need to incorporate narrative writing into their class before it comes up in the GVC, this may be one way to do it. Twine is a website where students can create an interactive Choose Your Own Adventure story. Students can also create an informative piece that would link to additional information. The program is free to download and has tutorials that can help students navigate the site. It is a fun and interactive way to use technology while teaching literacy.

Tip #5: Researching in Google Docs

Google Docs has a unique feature built into it that allows users to research different topics. When working on a document or a presentation, you can access the tool two main ways. The first way is highlighting a word, right clicking on it, and selecting Research Browse. The other way is selecting Tools on the Menu bar and clicking on Research. The Research Tool will show up on the right side of the screen and you can enter in a word to conduct research on. You can also narrow down the search to Images, Websites, Tables, Maps, etc.