Washington Tech Tidbits

Washington School - May 16, 2016 - Rachel Labuz


I am super excited for this Wednesday's QIT meeting at Carpenter! Eight small groups, comprised of both Washington and Carpenter staff members, will work together to solve a series of puzzles and riddles. Below you will find an infographic by Sylvia Duckworth that highlights 10 benefits of participating in a BreakoutEDU experience. Number 1 being it's FUN for everyone!

Your chance to "break out" begins Wednesday at 3:15pm in Carpenter's South Gym! Best of luck!

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Google Keep

If you are a big sticky note fanatic (I know you're out there), check out Google Keep! The best part about Google Keep is that your virtual sticky notes can be opened on any device, as long as you're signed into your Google account. No need to worry about losing your stickies, if your computer crashes or gets replaced!

Check out this post for some more information, as well as ways to use Google Keep in the classroom.

If you use Google Chrome, you can download and install the Google Keep extension, which will save any webpage as a note to your Google Keep with just one click. Google Keep is a great way for you and your students to gather resources for projects, reports, and presentations.

And yes, you can color code them. Better yet, you can include images! :)

The Power of Screencasting

A screencast is a video recording of your computer, tablet, or phone screen. In a screencast video, you can narrate to explain what the viewer is seeing. Screencasts are commonly used to demonstrate an app, website, or program.

Students could use a screencasting tool to make a video of a presentation that they have created on Google or any other site.

Here is a great list of screencasting tools, by Richard Byrne of Free Technology for Teachers, including ones that can be utilized on Chromebooks.

Chromebook and iPad Collection

All student Chromebooks, power cords, and cases (with tags) must be permanently returned to school, no later than Tuesday, May 24th, to allow for inspection and paperwork to be completed before students leave for summer break.

Chromebooks, cases, and accessories will be collected on Wednesday, May 25th and Thursday, May 26th. Check out the schedule below. To change your time, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Primary iPads and classroom laptops will be collected on Friday, May 27th.

Laptops and iPads can be checked out from the LRC carts through June 2nd. Please use the the appropriate Google calendars to sign them out.


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District 64 Student Technology Showcase

The First Annual District 64 Student Technology Showcase will take place on Monday, May 23rd from 6-7pm at Emerson Middle School. A small group of students from each school will be highlighting ways in which they have used technology this year to support the 4Cs of learning. Feel free to come on by and listen to our students, as they reflect on ways they've communicated, collaborated, shown creativity, and demonstrated critical thinking with technology!