Technology Newsletter

February 2022

In this issue:

  1. Stomp Out Bullying
  2. Copyright & Streaming
  3. Top 8 new features in Word
  4. Engaging Students Using Video
  5. Lumio (formerly Smart Learning Suite)
  6. Outlook Calendar Tips & Tricks
  7. Ten Things You Didn't Know About Google Arts & Culture (formerly Expeditions)
  8. CK-12 Content
  9. Classroom/technology help

Congratulations to the winner of our January newsletter challenge ~ Copyright Infringement ~ Gayle Chandler, Park Side Elementary. Thank you to all who participated!

Stomp Out Bullying ~ End the Hate...Change the culture

Help put an end to cyberbullying - it's up to everyone to educate our children. Please feel free to use with your students and share with families.

REMINDER ~ Copyright & Streaming Services

It is the intent of the Marshall Public School District, its school board, staff, and students to abide by the provisions of current copyright laws and Congressional guidelines. Employees and students are to adhere to federal and state copyright laws and publisher licensing agreements related to duplication, retention, and us of copyrighted materials. Specifically:

  • Unlawful copies of copyrighted material may not be produced or used with district-owned equipment and/or software, within district owned facilities, or at district sponsored functions.
  • The legal and insurance protection of the district will not be extended to employees who intentionally and unlawfully copy and use copyrighted materials.
  • Employees who make copies and/or use copyrighted materials in their jobs are expected to be familiar with published provisions regarding fair use and public domain and are further expected to be able to provide their supervisor, upon request, the justification under sections 107 or 110 of USC 17 materials that have been used or copied.

PLEASE NOTE: Streaming movies in your classroom from services that you subscribe to personally is a direct violation of the licensing terms you agreed to when you subscribed.

Click here for more information on movie and streaming content and how we can help facilitate this for your classroom.

Engaging Students Using Video

Flipgrid is known as a platform for having students reply to prompts with short selfie-style videos. An often overlooked option in Flipgrid is to upload an instructional video that you’ve made and have students respond to it. How that works is demonstrated in this video.

Another option in Flipgrid is to record an instructional whiteboard video and ask your students to reply to it. That process is demonstrated right here.

Lumio (formerly Smart Learning Suite)

Have you seen the Lumio platform by Smart? If not, I encourage you to take a look. There are thousands of predesigned activities that you can filter by grade and subject (elg. I asked for 4th grade math and results were 2319 activities). If you are looking for any supplemental activities for your classroom, this is definitely worth a look!

Go to this link and choose teacher sign in in the upper right corner. You will sign in using your school email and password. I would recommend starting with Explore resources (blue button in the middle top) to learn what is already available (you can create your own as well). There are also getting started guides at the bottom of the first page.


Click here to learn three ways you can use Lumio for collaborative learning right now!

~ Microsoft Calendar Tips & Tricks ~

Here are some awesome tips & tricks for using your Outlook calendar!

Ten Things You Didn't Know You Could Do With Google Arts & Culture

Google Arts and Culture is a massive collection of videos and images of cultural artifacts from over 2,000 museums around the world. But virtually visiting art exhibits is just one of the many things you can do with Google Arts and Culture. From virtually displaying life-sized art inside your house to playing in a blob opera, Google Arts and Culture runs an impressive gamut of ways to explore cultural from your own home or classroom.

Click here to find out those ten things!

Did you know CK12 has all these digital textbooks (free)? Take a look below...

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Classroom Help?

Are you looking for assistance with a technology project in your classroom, or maybe you are looking for a technology tool or resource to help in producing a project or lesson (how can I accomplish this)? Please shoot me an email if you would like me to come into your classroom and assist with a technology project or meet with you to brainstorm any potential technology solutions that may work in your environment! My weekly schedule is below but please know I am flexible and can schedule time to accommodate your schedule as needed:

Monday: High School all day

Tuesday: MMS morning, Southview afternoon

Wednesday: Park Side morning (except for 1st Monday of the month), MMS afternoon

Thursday: High School all day

Friday: MMS all day

I would also love the opportunity to observe your classroom and maybe offer a set of helping hands during any upcoming lessons/projects. Let me know what would work for you.

Thank you, and I look forward to hearing from you.

Your Technology Team

Todd Pickthorn

Karen Londgren

Nick Esping

Kent Powell