Administrative Training Spotlight

November 2015

Microsoft Office Tips and Tricks

OneNote - Microsoft's Best Kept Secret

OneNote is an application in Microsoft Office along with Word, Excel and others. To open it, click on the start 'orb' and type OneNote in the search bar. Presto, there it is. What is One Note you ask? Below is the definition according to Webopedia.

Designed to function as an electronic version of a paper notebook, Microsoft OneNote is a note-taking and personal information management (PIM) application for collecting, organizing and sharing digital information. By storing text notes, photos, audio and video snippets, handwriting and similar content, Microsoft OneNote collects and organizes the information, making it available for searching as well as sharing with others.

Microsoft OneNote is included with the Microsoft Office suite, and it also syncs OneNote data between computers and devices through Microsoft's SkyDrive cloud storage service. Native (free) apps for using OneNote are available for Apple's iPhone and iPad, Windows Phone, and Android portable devices, and OpenNote notes can also be viewed in Web browsers via Office Web Apps.

Click on the link below for basic steps to help get you started with OneNote. OneNote tutorials are also available in the district's Custom Guide online training as well as free YouTube videos. I hope you will give it a try!

Basic Tasks in Microsoft OneNote 2013

New Technology Training!!!

Computer Security and Internet Safety Fundamental Training

This beginning-level course is designed for you to watch from start to finish, and at the end of it, you'll have the knowledge to secure your computer or laptop for day-to-day use and will have the knowledge to prevent viruses, malware, and other security breaches on both your computer, your network, and other peoples'. The topics covered in this course are everyday things you should be doing as you travel through the Internet. They aren't too complex that they'll be over a beginner's skill level, and cover a good balance to give you security while still enjoying the convenience of your technology.

This training will be offered on the following days and times:

Thursday, November 12th

3:30 - 5:00 pm

TMS Green Center - Ed Tech Training Room

Click here to register for this date

Tuesday, December 15th

3:30 - 5:00 pm

TMS Green Center - Ed Tech Training Room

Click here to register for this date

Space is limited so please register for either session in Eduphoria Workshop.

Technology Proficiencies


New!! Custom Guide online training for Microsoft Office is available to all GCCISD staff. There have been a total of 23 GCCISD employees that have earned one or more certificates during the month of October..

If you would like to register for Custom Guide, click here for instructions.

Total Participation by Course

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September Progress by Employee

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Welcome to CustomGuide!

Welcome to the three new members joined Custom Guide this month.

  • Juliana Rios - SPED
  • Jennifer Jacobs - SCC
  • Staci Neathery - Admin

Congratulations to the following staff for completing more than one applications in Custom Guide:

Shawnette Montgomery, SPED - for completing Excel 2013, PowerPoint 2013, and Office 365 overview earning an overall total of 38 certificates.

Natalie Barber, SPED - for completing Outlook 2013, Excel 2013 and PowerPoint 2013 earning an overall total of 27 certificates

Penny Price, Victoria Walker- for completing Excel 2013 and Outlook 2013 earning an overall total of 17 certificates.

Congratulations to the following staff for completing at least one application in Custom Guide:

Katie Pipes, SPED - for completing Word 2013

Gracie Araujo, SPED - for completing Word 2013

Kathryn Cobb, SPED - for completing Word 2013

Emma Miller, SPED - for completing Outlook 2013

Debra Luedicke, SPED - for completing Outlook 2013

Kathie Smith, SPED - for completing Outlook 2013

Juliana Rios, SPED - for completing Outlook 2013

LeAnn Payne, SPED - for completing Outlook 2013

Roxanne Medina, SPED - for completing Outlook 2013

Nelda Munoz, SPED - for completing Outlook 2013

Manisha Pipalia - SPED - for completing Outlook 2013

Susan Maris, SPED - for completing Outlook 2013

Gloria Flores, SPED - for completing Windows 8

Eliza Smith, SPED - for completing Office 365 overview

Congratulations to the following staff for earning one or more certificates in Custom Guide:

Debra Luedicke, SPED - for earning 9 certificates

Tera Thompson, SPED - for earning 7 certificates

Nora Wooten, SPED - for earning 1certificate

Staci Neathery, Admin - for earning 4 certificates

Diane Chavez, CIS - for earning 2 certificates

Delilah Villegas, Central Admin - for earning 1 certificate in Outlook 2013

GCCISD Smore Resources

Smore is the program that we use to create this newsletter as well as others in the district. TMS/Ed Tech has multiple sources for great technical information. The following link will give you access to all resources that you may not know about. Please take a few minutes to visit the links provided in this document. You may discover answers to questions you didn't know you had.


Do you think you may be interested in creating your own How To or flyer for your department. Smore makes it very easy and it is free for the first 5 flyers. I am providing a link to instructions on creating and using Smore.

Smore Team How To flyers

Contact Information

If you have the need for specialized training for your non-instructional staff, please contact me directly.