DISD Tuesday Tech Talk

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Tuesday Tech Tip! Pause your Gmail!!

Pause your inbox – If you find that you get distracted by constantly checking your email, you can pause them so that you can get more work done. Inbox Pause is a free Chrome extension, will hold your emails until you’re ready for them!
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Upload Word Documents into Your Google Drive!

Here's a quick tip to access ALL your files no matter WHERE you are!!! Store them in your Google Drive. This way you can access them at a meeting, on your phone, or even while you're at the in-laws house for Thanksgiving! : )

1. Sign in to your Google Drive account

2. In the upper left corner of the window, click My Drive and then Upload Files or Upload Folder

3. Click Choose files to upload

4. Select the Word file(s) you would like to upload to Google Docs

5. Click Open

You will now see your Word documents in your Google Drive. You can drag and drop them to any folder you choose. You can also right click on the document and move it to a folder, share it, or open it with Google Docs. If you have ANY questions, please let Donna know.

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Library of Congress

Be Careful!! This is addicting! http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ - "Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress." @librarycongress
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Don't forget to check out our DISD Tech Blog for TONS of ideas, how-tos, links, etc!


This PowToons link (https://www.powtoon.com/lp/toonup/) gives you + 60 student accounts for FREE but the offer only lasts until October 31!! See below for the one Sally Macher created for Announcements at DHS!

Steve Paul (High School) attended the Fall Innovative Teaching and Technology Conference (see above) that was held at Region 7 on October 21, 2015! Mr. Paul says......"Saw some great stuff. Unbelievable ways to engage students in technology......got some ideas for incorporating technology into artwork."

Ashlei Rios, Laura Hobbs and Lisa Heath (Junior High) - were the moderators for last week's Twitter Chat with Dr. Sylvia McMullen, President of Blinn College in Bryan! Way to go, ladies! You ROCKED it!!!

Vicki Martin (Intermediate) - Mrs. Martin's dyslexia class uses Lexia Core 5 to strengthen their reading skills and chart their progress weekly.

Donna Cassels-Rieves (High School) - Students are creating a marketing commercial!!...see below

Julie Smith (Intermediate) - Students are using Chromebooks to take a book selfie and sharing them via google drive or emailing them to the Librarian.

Ashlei Rios (Junior High) - "Some teachers may already be using edpuzzle, but I absolutely LOVE it! I was out of work one day, and left an edpuzzle for my students to complete. I could easily check their work and give instant feedback from the app on my phone and even provide them with comments and answers to questions they had. Also, the quick grading feature is the best thing about the app! Just figured I would share my excitement!"

Rachel Davis (Intermediate) - Mrs. Davis' Classes took part in the the Global Math Task Twitter Challenge - #GMTTC

Coach Pam Bass (Primary/High School) - Coach Bass is using Google Forms for entering beginning of year height and weight, end of year height & weight, Road Across Texas, Students' Miles, Classroom Miles, etc.

Michelle Weaver (Junior High) - Mrs. Weaver says, "students used Plickers to review for their 9 week test... which they did great on! So proud of my results. We used Kahoot last Friday as a review, then on Tuesday we used Plickers all reviewing for our 9 week test! The kiddos definitely seem to like Kahoot the best because its so competitive, which I love as well :)"

Deleasha Brawley (Elementary) - 3rd Grade students using iPads to create a Frayer Model for subtraction...see below!

Rebecca Grace (Intermediate) - 6th Grade Students are using Chromebooks and Google Docs to publish a Personal Narrative!

Debbie Crawford (Intermediate) - This week Fourth graders will be using Chromebooks to find real life examples of perimeter. They will also use www.thinkcentral.com to create rectangles and find the perimeter on virtual geoboards.

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