Timely Tech

Tech tips, hints, features, & general goings on at CMS & MMS

Facebook Just isn't Cool Anymore

Every day, students are tested with each post, search, chat, text message, file download and profile update. Do they connect with like minds or spill too much information? Do they behave creatively or borrow ideas recklessly? Do they respect relationships or inadvertently damage reputations? October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. As teachers, we need to stay hip to the current trends and challenges in digital and social media. Check out this article of what students are using instead of Facebook.

Featured Teacher: Coach Reese

I love it when teachers and coaches think outside of the box and use what is available to them when it comes to technology. Recently, Coach Reese decided to make use of our Google Apps for Education. In the past, his athletes had printed off their assignments and turned it in along with the grade to the coaches via a hard copy. Not anymore! Now the athletes will access HAC and save the classwork page as a Google doc and directly share that with the Maus Coaches which they will store on their Google Drive. Want to know how to do this, check out this google doc: Sharing via HAC.

Let me know if you're doing something great with technology. Also, let's meet and integrate technology in an upcoming lesson.

Featured Site #1: Screencast-o-Matic

Do you want to create a quick video? The easiest website that I've seen to do this for screencasting is called Screencast-o-Matic.com. It is free and you do not need an account. The videos can be up to 15 minutes long. Once you are done recording, you can upload the video directly to YouTube. Check out what Maus librarian Ms. Fair did: http://youtu.be/R12R6GMfLlk.

Featured Site #2: SMORE

One of the easiest ways to create a flier or adverstisement for your class is to use a website called SMORE. As a matter of fact, this newsletter was created using SMORE. You can add text, images, a gallery of images, audio, video, and links in a nice, neat, and tidy fashion. Clark librarian Ms. Taber uses it. Here is one of her SMOREs that has received over 2,000 views!

Tips and Hints: Google Apps

  • Create flashcards using a Google Spreadsheet with Flippity.
  • Check out this video on a really simple way to use Google Forms to create a rubric.
Tips for Teachers: Using Google Forms for Grading Rubrics

Need to Knows

  • October is CyberSafety Awareness Month! If an opportunity comes up in class to address a cybersafety issue, take it! Also, if there is a particular issue you start hearing about among the kiddos that you think is a problem, like cyberbullying, sexting, or something like that, please let your building principal know!
  • Let's work together to plan something engaging and interactive for your students. Just shoot me an email and we can set up a time to meet. Several teachers and planning groups are already doing this. Keep an eye out for some really cool projects and activities.