Tech Bytes

Carthage ISD Technology Department March 2015

Digital Learning Day--March 13

Coming up on March 13 is Digital Learning Day. In 2014, thousands of educators, librarians and digital learning advocates participated. Check out the social media highlights at #DLDay on Twitter. The website for Digital Learning Day is also full of resources. Check out the video below and introduce something new to your students on Friday, March 13.
Have You Heard Of Digital Learning?

Virtual Field Trips

Spring is a popular time to plan field trips all around East Texas. But, even when you have thought of everything, sometimes the planning part of it can be a real the buses, getting meals together, having enough parent volunteers to watch all the students, etc. Plus, the one day you booked to go to the zoo, it RAINS! Why not consider a virtual field trip? Virtual field trips can even allow your students to visit other countries. There are lots of ideas for virtual field trips on Pinterest. You can visit the home of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, or the National Monuments of the US. You can also visit ancient Rome, Russia, and even Space. Try a virtual field trip with your class and visit the World!

Technology Staff

Annette Johnson--Technology Director

Debby Simpson--Administrative Assistant

Richard Sullivan--Network Administrator

Terry Caudle--Systems Administrator

Mark Baisden--Technology Specialist

Martin Martinez--Technology Specialist

Message from the Director

Hello! I can't believe it is March already. But, that means Spring Break is coming soon.

I have just a few technology reminders this month.

1. Don't forget to turn off your projector every day. Leaving them on all day and all night will cut your bulb life in half and these are expensive bulbs.

2. The second Tuesday of the month is considered Patch Tuesday and Microsoft sends out updates to every computer. Please do not turn off the computers every day, only logout. Technology has set the updates to run at night so that your day-to-day jobs are not slowed down or interrupted by the updates. A restart at the end of the day on Wednesday may help and then you can shut off on Fridays.

3. I want to share a few definitions that may help you understand your technology better:

* Operating System--Our district is currently using Windows 8. Windows XP is no longer supported by Microsoft.

* Browser--CISD supports the following browsers to search the internet: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Chrome, and Safari. Use IE for your email since Microsoft Outlook and IE are both Microsoft products. Use Firefox for updating SchoolFusion webpages and for gradebook, attendance, and TxEIS. Some have found that Chrome works for gradebook and attendance too. We are working on setting up Google Apps for Education and these too can be used with Chrome. Safari is the browser on any Apple device.

4. Email reminders:

* Please do not use your email for personal use especially in social media such as FaceBook, InstaGram, etc.

* Do not open or respond to any questionable email. Instead forward the email to, our filter company.

* It is a good idea to have an email signature that automatically shows up on every email you send. Include your name, title, campus, and district so that others know who the email is from without having to guess that information. Just click on Options in your email and then go to Email Signature.

5. Finally, when you walk away from your computer, either have a screen saver setup or lock your computer by pressing the Windows Start key and L. Then when you sit down again, you must put in your password. Security is very important even with your computer login. Leaving your computer wide open for anyone to sit down and use your computer login can make it look like YOU are going to inappropriate websites, deleting/adding files, etc. Logout every day and lock every time you walk away.

As always, feel free to let me know if you have technology questions. We are here to help.

Have a great March!

Annette Johnson