Tech. TidByte

October 12, 2015

A Message from Dr. Melissa Williams-Scott

Congratulations, you have survived the beginning of another school year! You have re-trained yourself not to hit the snooze button too many times on the alarm clock and to wait to use the bathroom until your students go to lunch. While these may feel like critical accomplishments we have seen so much more out of you already. Many have begun to utilize Google EDU in some form, you survived your eCourses, and students are getting procedures down. We continue to see and hear from teachers using innovative ways to engage students in the learning process. Please remember that we are here to support instruction and learning and are excited to see great things all over Dickinson ISD.

Project Share Gateway Resources and iTunes U

Carla Voelkel wanted us to remind you about Project Share Gateway Resources and iTunes U. These are available for English, Social Studies, Math, and Science. Many TEKS aligned lessons can be found through these resources, and we encourage you to try these out with your students. The resources were vertically aligned and you will find the most activities for tested content areas. Instructions on accessing Project Share and iTunes U can be found at https://goo.gl/qtmdp4. Project Share is also linked on our Symbaloo page.

Renaissance Place STAR Reading & Math Testing Windows

Below are the STAR Reading and Math Testing Windows for 2015 - 2016 School year. More details are at this link.


Reading


  1. BOY: September 8 - 30, 2015: All Students K - 8 & High School Students enrolled in a Reading Class
  2. Progress: October 12 - 23, 2015: K - 8 Struggling Readers & High School Students enrolled in a Reading Class
  3. MOY: December 7, 2015 - January 6, 2016: All Students K - 8
  4. Progress: February 22 - March 4, 2016: K - 8 Struggling Readers & High School Students enrolled in a Reading Class
  5. EOY: May 9 - June 1, 2016: All Students K - 8 & High School Students enrolled in a Reading Class



Math


  1. Progress: October 26 - November 6: 1st - 8th Grade Struggling Students & all 9th Graders enrolled in Ag Math
  2. MOY: January 11 - 22, 2016: All 1st - 8th Grade Students & all 9th Graders enrolled in Ag Math
  3. Progress: February 22 - March 4, 2016: 1st - 8th Grade Struggling Students & all 9th Graders enrolled in Ag Math
  4. EOY: May 9 - June 1, 2016: All 1st - 8th Grade Students & all 9th Graders enrolled in Ag Math



We recommend running the following reports, and instructions for doing so can be found at https://goo.gl/7hDnWX. While the tutorials currently show how to do this for STAR Reading, it is an almost identical process for Math by clicking on STAR Math instead of STAR Reading.


  • Screening Report
  • Student Diagnostic Report (Send home with report cards)
  • Instructional Planning Reports



STAR can even provide suggested skills activities to plan with your small groups. Schedule time with Jennifer Rushing or Caroline Lightfoot to learn more about this.


District Guidelines for Accelerated Reader can be found at this link. Instructions for looking up student usernames and passwords can be found at https://goo.gl/bZYqWU, though they match district student usernames and passwords. Click here for a flyer.

Digital Citizenship Week is October 18 - 24, 2015

Digital Citizenship prepares kids to navigate the internet confidently and safely. While the internet can be a place with never ending possibility where we connect, collaborate, learn, and access information, it can also be full danger and threats like identity theft, inappropriate content, cyberbullying, plagiarism, and predators.

The first step towards digital citizenship is for us, as educators, to instill ethical behavior in our students and teach them to be an ethical person and treat others with respect, care, and dignity. Common Sense Media has compiled a fantastic set up resources to help you teach digital citizenship to your students. Click the following link to access lesson plans and other resources: Digital Citizenship Scope & Sequence .

Cyberbullying Toolkit for Educators: Stand Up, Don't Stand By


A great way to introduce Digital Citizenship is to compile a Digital Citizenship tool kit to share with your students. The tool kit will give them an abstract representation of each aspect of Digital Citizenship that will help prepare them for the digital world. Click the following link to learn more about the tool kit: Digital Citizenship Tool Kit.

Online Textbook: K - 5 ELA, Science, & Math (Think Central)

The link for Think Central is www-k6.thinkcentral.com. All Online Textbooks are linked on the Symbaloo page found at www.symbaloo.com/mix/disdicons, too. Think Central is used for K – 5 Math and Science and K – 6 English Language Arts. Elementary teachers have been imported by Homeroom, so you may not have access to all of your students. Contact Jennifer Rushing for options on accessing all of your students.


  • Teacher Usernames: DISD+Username (Ex. DISDAGator)
  • Teacher Passwords: Thinkcentral2015!


  • Student Usernames: DISD+StudentID (Ex. DISD12345, i.e., the student's computer login)
  • Student Passwords: Disd+8DigitDOB (Ex. Disd01082004)

Online Textbook: K - 5 Social Studies (Teacher Created Materials)

Social Studies materials for Kindergarten through 5th grade can be found at http://edu.symbaloo.com/mix/disdtcmsocialstudies and are also linked on the Symbaloo page at www.symbaloo.com/mix/disdicons.


Teachers will use their Dickinson ISD Google Account to access these resources.


Username: DistrictUsername@apps.dickinsonisd.org (Ex. AGator@apps.dickinsonisd.org - don't forget to add apps. before dickinsonisd.org)

Password: Your computer password, a.k.a. your Active Directory password.


Step-by-Step Instructions for logging in to Google accounts are located at this link.

Online Textbook: 6th - 8th Grade Science (STEMScopes)

STEMScopes, used for 6th through 8th Grade Science can be accessed at https://n11059d41250.acceleratelearning.com/login or through our Symbaloo page.



  • Teacher Usernames: District Username (Ex. AGator)
  • Teacher Passwords: If the word stemscopes does not work, try your employee ID number
  • If that does not work, contact Caroline Lightfoot.




  • Student Usernames: DISD+StudentID (Ex. DISD12345, i.e., the student's computer login)
  • Student Passwords: Disd+8DigitDOB (Ex. Disd01082004)
  • A small handful of students may not have been imported. If a student cannot access STEMScopes, contact Caroline Lightfoot.

Online Textbook: 6th - 12th Math & Social Studies (McGraw Hill ConnectED)

McGraw HIll's ConnectED Platform is located at http://connected.mcgraw-hill.com/ and our Symbaloo page. This online textbook is used for 6th through 12th Grade Math and Social Studies. For high school Math, we also offer the computer adaptive ALEKS Program for individualized learning.


  • Teacher Username: DISDFirstIntialLastName (example only, not a real account, DISDCLightfoot)
  • Essentially, insert DISD in front of your district username
  • Teacher Initial Password: DISDFirstInitialLastName1 (example only, not a real account, DISDCLightfoot1)

  • Basically, this is what you use for you ConnectED username with a 1 at the end
  • If that does not work, contact Caroline Lightfoot.


  • Student Username: DISDStudentID (example only, not a real account., DISD12345)
  • Another way to look at this is DISD followed by the student's computer login
  • Student Password: DISD8DigitDateofBirth

  • The password is Disd followed by the student ID with no spaces (example only, not a real account., Disd08102001)

Online Textbook: 6th - 12th Grade ELA, 9th - 12th Science (HMH, my.hrw)

Teachers, Students, and Classes have also been created fro Holt McDougal Online, located at http://my.hrw.com/ and also linked on our Symbaloo page.


These online resources are for 7th - 12th ELA and 9th - 12th Science.


  • Teacher Usernames: DISD+Username (Ex. DISDAGator)
  • Teacher Passwords: Thinkcentral2015!


  • Student Usernames: DISD+StudentID (Ex. DISD12345)
  • Student Passwords: Disd+8DigitDOB (Ex. Disd01082004)

Technology Integration

Many of you have worked with Jennifer Rushing and Caroline Lightfoot on your campuses already. If you have not, they can be scheduled at the below links. Ideas to ask about are websites for student engagement and saving teachers time, Google Apps for Education, Renaissance Place STAR Reading and Math reports


Jennifer Rushing (Elementary Campuses and Barber Middle School)

Caroline Lightfoot (Dunbar Middle School, McAdams Jr. High, and Dickinson High School)

Set Your Default Browser to Google

This resource shows how to set Google as your default search engine in any web browser. We recommend Google over Bing.

How to Login to Google

Both students and staff have Dickinson ISD Google Accounts. If you are ever asked to login to Google for a file shared by someone in district, use these credentials.


Username: YourDistrictUsername@apps.dickinsonisd.org



For step by step instructions, go to https://goo.gl/CaxrwH.

We also recommend forwarding your DISD Gmail to your Outlook account, and step by step instructions for that are located here.

This link will provide resources on switching between a personal Google account and your DISD Professional Google Account.

How to Login to a Chromebook and Proper Care

As we add more Chromebooks to the district, we wanted to provide some resources on how to login and proper care. Click here for more information. This document shows how to login and stresses that the devices, while sturdy, are not meant to be touch screen.

District Google Workshop for October Features Sheets

Register for Google Sheets Spreadsheet professional development, to be offered Tuesday, October 20th! You do not need to attend both sessions.


3:00 Session

4:15 Session


For the year's complete schedule of courses, visit https://www.smore.com/b1fs5.

Use Eduphoria Help Desk to Enter Technology Work Orders

Coy Powers created a great tutorial on how to enter a work order without having to email or call the Help Desk. Access it here.

Windows Updates

It's never a bad idea to check for Windows Updates. Follow these steps to ensure your computer is up to speed.


  1. Click on your Windows Start button in the bottom left hand corner of your desktop
  2. Type Windows Update and click on this option when it populates
  3. Select Check for Updates
  4. Click Install Updates
  5. Accept the terms
  6. Continue to work on your computer and restart when you have time after all the updates have installed.

Sound for the District's Newest Computers

If you've just received a new computer, these instructions show step by step how to have that very important sound.


https://goo.gl/xv5C05