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empowering student success and school improvement

November 18, 2015

a publication of the Taylor ISD Technology Department

Technology Making a Difference

My recent visits to classrooms across the district were wonderful. Our students and teachers are taking advantage of many of the technology tools we have to inspire and engage students in learning. As I reflect on our core values of relationships, innovation, passion, and excellence, I can't help but belief we are on the right track to true success and school improvement. Keep up the great work.

Below is a quick slideshow of pictures I took on my visits. Thanks to all those teachers that welcomed me in their classrooms.

Tech Making a Difference Nov 2015

2015-2016 Technology Survey Results

Thank you all for completing the annual technology survey. This information is valuable to us as we make plans for the future. Here are some of the highlights of the survey.

2015-2016 Technology Survey Highlights

Eduphoria: New Student Search Feature

Eduphoria continues to make improvements to their product to make it more user friendly and for you to get to the information that is most useful quickly. Watch this video to learn about their new student search feature in Aware. http://eduphoria.screencasthost.com/watch/coXlbohoae

Try Google Classroom Today!

Exchanging digital files with students is easy using Google Classroom. Have you tried it yet? Here are the 5 reasons you should try Google Classroom today.

  1. Announcements- You can type an announcement and attach local files, files from Google Drive, Youtube videos, and a link to web pages.

  2. Assignments- Create assignments with a due date by attaching all kinds of files, Google files, Youtube videos, and links. You can set permissions for viewing and editing files. Files will be organized automatically in folders for each of your students in their Google Drives.

  3. Google Calendar Integration- Students can keep track of assignments because they are automatically added to the integrated Google Calendar. They can see the calendar on Google Classroom or in their Gmail account.

  4. Share to Classroom- If you find something great to share in your classroom, simply install the Share to Classroom Chrome extension. When you find an online resource just click the icon and publish it on your Google Classroom site.

  5. Grading/ Feedback- Giving quick feedback is made easy by adding grades and comments to assignments student turn in. Once they receive an assignment. They can use Docs, Slides, Sheets, or Drawings to complete the task. Docs includes a turn in feature that can be used for all kinds of assignments such as a link to other online resources. You can keep grades recorded in Classroom.

Subscribe to the IT Blog!

I've started posting items on the new Instructional Technology blog. I hope to post a few tech tips per week. You can get a feed of the post via Google+ or visit the blog and sign up via email.

Taylor ISD Instructional Technology Blog

Help Desk Contact

Eduphoria Help Desk- https://taylor.schoolobjects.com

Phone: 512-365-5015 or x1900

Be sure to visit the Taylor ISD Technology site for more information.