BASD High School Instructional Technology News and Tips

March 14, 2016

#BASDChallenge Twitter Challenge Picking Up Steam!

We are in the 8th day of the #BASDChallenge 15 Day Twitter Challenge. It's not too late to participate. You can earn up to 4 hours of BFLEX completing the daily challenges. Get the details at bit.ly/basdchallenge.

Read a quick article on the #BASDChallenge so far.

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OCR (Optical Character Recognition) in Google Docs!

I collaborated with teachers at Liberty regarding a student who needs documents read aloud to them using the Read & Write program. One of the interesting challenges involved putting paper documents into a format that the Read & Write software could interpret.

Some of you are aware of how cumbersome this process used to be! Today, it's streamlined the Google Apps.

The process consisted of three steps! First, we scanned the documents on one of the Xerox machines and it made a PDF. Secondly, we uploaded the PDF file to Google Drive. Then, we then opened the PDF with Google Docs. PRESTO! It wasn't perfect, but it put most of the text into an editable format that could be read by the software.

Do you have a document (paper) that you want to put in Google Drive? And you don't want to type it all over again? Try out the OCR capabilities of Google Docs. Read about it here.

1 Min How To - OCR - Convert PDF to Google Docs

Connected Educator Book Club Starting

Are you interested in making connections with other teachers or thought leaders to grow professionally? Are you interested in helping students to make connections that will benefit them later in life? In the Connected Educator Book Club, we are reading The Connected Educator: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age by Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach and Lani Ritter Hall.

Future Meeting Dates for the LHS Connected Educator Book Club:

  • March 29 - 3:30-5:30 - LHS Library or online via Google Hangout
  • April 26 - 3:30-5:30 - LHS Library or online via Google Hangout
  • May 31 - 3:30-5:30 - LHS Library or online via Google Hangout

The FHS chapter will have their first meeting this Wednesday at 3:45-4:45PM in the FHS Library. The group will decide future meeting dates at that time. Please join us in person or online! Please contact me if you are interested!

Questions? Contact Evon

High School Technology Integration Specialist

FHS - 126B, Ext. 53976

LHS - 308, Ext. 50976