Techie Tidbits

Timely information related to instructional technology

I'm here to help!

Things have settled down with the digital citizenship lessons so my schedule has just opened up. I would love to come help in any way! Maybe you would like to chat about ideas for your personal learning goal or lesson plan. (Goals should be firmed up by next Tuesday) Maybe you would like a little personal walk through on something. Maybe you would appreciate me coming in to support your class while they get going with Seesaw or OneNote. Maybe you would like to talk about some project ideas and/or have me come in and lead a project. I'm open to anything. I really want to keep busy :-)

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School website logins

At the request of one of our new staff members, I have pulled together a collection of some information for website to which the school/county subscribe. In some cases teachers will use their usual county login, in others they will need to create an account and in other cases their is just one login shared by the staff. I am attaching it here as well as putting in the SAE Tech OneNote. Hopefully you will find this useful.

iRead resources

At the iRead training they were passing around a flash drive with all the iRead success ebooks activities that comel at the end of each series. They are available in the software but the trainer said they are scattered around so they organized them in one spot. I have uploaded the resources to one drive (Microsoft's version of Dropbox) and it can be accessed from the link here as well as in the SAE Tech OneNote.

Professional Learning

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Fulton County is offering a new type of professional learning format. It will be a blend of in person and online sessions meeting over an over extended time in order to dive deeper into the content. If you want to read more, check out the information here.


The Georgia Educational Technology Conference is coming November 2-4 down at the Georgia International Convention Center. There should be a lot of great sessions again this year covering all the big edtech topics. The school typically gets a few tickets each year to be shared by the staff. Although we don't know the exact number yet, I am starting to gauge interest. If you would like the opportunity to attend for a day please let me know. I will be collecting names on a waitlist.

Tech learning opportunities coming up

There is a county PD day coming on October 11. If you are not required to be at a certain training you might want to consider one of these. Just sign up in edivate under the instructional technology catalog.

Getting Started with Office 365

Centennial HS


OneNote Class Notebook

Centennial HS


Intro to SAFARI Montage

Ridgeview MS

8:30-11:30 or 12:30-3:30

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One of my favorite professional learning sites is SimpleK12. They offer a bunch of 30 minute webinars on various topics. Many are offered free in the live format, you just need to signup as a free member. Often these webinars are organized around a theme (like Google tools or special education) and run back to back on a weekend or after school. They also have a paid membership option that allows you to sign up for member only sessions and go back and look at archives as well as other resources. This year the school has purchased a paid membership for teachers to share when you want to access the premium options. The information is on the login sheet.

Making Connections

Global Read Aloud 2016

Here is another opportunity to join in a collaborative project. The Global Read Aloud started In 2010 as one book shared in classes across the globe. I was there for that first year and it has grown incredibly since then. It is still about sharing a book but now there are different book options for different ages. This year for elementary the picture book selection is an author study of Lauren Castillo, as well as BFG and Pax. The project goes on for six weeks, October 3 - Nov 11. If you want to learn more about it you can check out some information here and here or I would be happy to come chat with you about it.

Dot Day Success

Last week kids at Sweet Apple joining millions of other students around the globe, creating and hunting for dots. Special project tech buddies were in full force with fifth graders helping kindergartens and fourth graders helping first graders. In addition many classes did other activities as well. Below are a couple additional resources that could be used as follow up.

App showcase


This summer at ISTE I heard Erin Klein from Kleinspiration share several apps she has used in her second grade classroom. One that caught my attention that I had not heard of before was PhotoCircle. This is a collaborative photos sharing app that can be kept private and shared only with those that you want to give rights to add and/or download pictures. If you took any dot day pictures you could add to my collection here.

You can download the PhotoCircle app here.