It's Tech Tuesday!

April 5, 2016

Parent Communication

As the school year winds down, teacher communication goes up due to increased end of the year activities and deadlines. If you have students whose parents speak limited or no English, this is not a problem with Google Translate. Simply type your letter of information in Google Docs, click Tools, Translate (pick Language). Google Docs will automatically make a copy of your translated letter while keeping your English original. If you wish to email the translated letter, simply paste in the email or send as an attachment. Get a reply in their native language? No Problem! Google Translate will put it in English for you.

Did you know?

Google uses an estimated 15 billion kWh of electricity per year, more than most countries. However, Google also generates a lot of their own power with their solar panels.

GMail Searching

So, you followed Mr. Patschke's advice and added the Send & Archive button to your Email. What? You didn't? Go back and read last week's Tech Tuesday before proceeding!

Now that your Inbox is under-control, you realize that you need to find an archived email. No problem! Let's search for the email:

At the top of your email window is the search bar, I am sure most of you have tried searching for something. Before you start typing, click on the small down arrow beside the magnifying glass. You will get a drop down box with more search options.

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  1. The first Item is what locations do you want to search for your email, if you are looking for something that might have been trashed, you will need to change this to Mail & Spam & Trash.
  2. The second item is the From Field. If you remember who it is from, this will help narrow down your searches.
  3. The To field is if you sent the mail or it was sent to a group account.
  4. The Subject field will only search the subject of emails.
  5. Has the Words field is the best field to use, if you are just not sure, it will allow to search any part of an email for a phrase or keywords.
  6. For those of you that get a large number of similar emails, the Doesn't have field will help you narrow down your search.
  7. If you are looking for an email with an attachment, the Has attachment field will force the search to only return emails with an attachment.
  8. Don't include chats field will remove any chats that have been stored in your email archive.
  9. The Size field is only helpful if you are looking for a specific size file or a really large email.
  10. Date within can help you narrow your searches to a date range.

With all the various ways to narrow down your searches, you should be able to search through all your archived emails in no time!

Election 2016

Discovery Education and Envision team up to bring you CHASE THE RACE IN SCHOOL 2016. This website is full of Classroom Resources, Election Timelines and Live Events. Classroom Resources include Primaries & Caucuses, Media & Debates. Conventions, and Election Day Resources are coming soon as those events are yet to occur. In the Timeline, students are able to keep track of events and major shifts in the election. In Live Events, you and your students are able to experience the election process first-hand though student hosted live-event coverage. High school students report on topics that are important to our nation's youth. You may also view archived events.

Animal Sounds Search

Remember that See 'N Say you or your child had back in the day that would make all those animal sounds? Google's got you covered if you need to brush up. In the Google Search bar, enter "animal noises" and you get something that looks like this...
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At the top of your search results you will see pictures of animals, their names and a sample of what they sound like. You can also search for something like "what does an elephant say" to bring up a specific animal sound result.

High School Teachers:

Ever wonder if the computer labs, library or laptop cart is available for checkout? You can see the status of these resources by visiting the Library Resource Page on the High School website. If you’re interested in making a reservation you will still have to email your request to Mrs. Woodward.

To check availability:

Choose the High School Site

Click on the Library tab

Select Library Resources

Then chose a reservation calendar--see the screenshot below.
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Google Classroom and the Apps it Loves

In previous Tech Tuesdays, I have metioned that Google Classroom now plays well with other educational programs like Nearpod. This week, I have included a great find of other quality programs that seamlessly integrate with Classroom brought to you by Kasey Bell at

Share Files Faster With Latest Update to Google Drive

Google Drive allows users to easily share files with collaborators through access control permissions and shareable links. With last week's update, Google is making it even easier to turn on file sharing in Drive on the web. Just select a file and click on the “Get shareable link” icon on the top right-hand side menu. The sharing link will be copied to the clipboard for easy distribution and will provide view access to anyone in your domain who receives the link.

Want to become a Google Drive power user? Before you get overwhelmed, (or even if you think you know it all), this guide provides 21 tips in using this awseome cloud storage and collaboration tool!

Educational Websites for Teachers

Good teachers are always on the lookout for great educational websites to use in planning and implementing instruction. This week, Denise Brademan shares 15 awesome sites that you can use today!

Teen Tech Facts

by Pew Research, Microsoft, Symantec, and Assoc. for Psychological Science.

Most popular social media Sites with teens

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Mapped and Searchable aRchive of American Newspapers

Once again, Richard Byrne finds a great resource. The U.S. News Map is an archive of American newspapers printed between 1836 and 1925. You can search the archive by entering a keyword or phrase. The results of your search will be displayed on an interactive map. Click on any of the markers on the map and you'll be shown a list of newspsper articles related to your search term.

The U.S. News Map also has a neat playback feature that allows you to see the frequency with which a term or topic appeared in newspspers between 1836 and 1925. For example, search the term "telephone" and you'll see peaks and valleys in the frequency of articles written about telephones. That playback feature could be a nice way to show students developments in technology!

And Finally...

We all know that teaching is an honorable and rewarding profession. Great teachers love it when their students are curious and ask questions. However, sometimes you wish they'd keep some to themselves.
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