Taylor ISD DuckLink # 54

empowering student success and school improvement

February 26, 2016

a publication of the Taylor ISD Technology Department

Are You a Maker?

Do you like tinkering? Better yet, do your students like tinkering? Allowing students to have time to explore their own personal ideas is truly valuable to their education. One of the movements in education the last few years has been to create Makerspaces for students.


The idea of a Makerspace is based on hands-on learning through building things. This may often include using technology but it is not required. The main philosophy behind this movement is that learning is highly personal and initiated by students. These spaces are educational playgrounds for students to explore their ideas and apply what they have learned. Some of the common tools and materials students may use in these spaces include cardboard, duct tape, yarn, glue guns, playdough, Minecraft, Lego Mindstorms, Spheros, Makey Makey, littleBits, Dremel tool, Tinkercad, Ozobots, and many more.


Though educators may set boundaries and help facilitate activities, students are challenged to lead in the learning process and ultimately demonstrate mastery of concepts taught. A Makerspace can be used to explore those concepts or be a great space to produce a final product to show mastery. Would you consider creating a Makerspace in your classrooom?


Learn more here: Makerspace Pins


Pictured Above: My maker project this Spring Break was a loft bed for my 7 year old son.

Set Expiration Dates on Google Files You Share

Google just announced a nice new feature that allows you to set expiration dates on the access you grant to others that comment or view your Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. This does not apply to those you grant edit privileges. Here are the steps.



  1. Click the Share button.
  2. Enter the email address of the person for whom you want to share.
  3. Click Send or OK.
  4. Click the Share button if necessary.
  5. Click the Advanced link.
  6. Hover over the area where you change permissions and click the clock icon.
  7. Select the expiration date.
  8. Click Save changes.



Google Apps Official Blog Post

New Outline Tool in Google Docs

Do you have multiple page documents you have created in Google Docs? There is a great new feature that was added recently called the Outline Tool. This tool will automatically look through your document for headings and make an outline that makes it easy to navigate. Click Tools>Document Outline. If a heading is missing, you can can highlight it and then change normal text to a specific heading located on the top toolbar.
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Submit Today!- Student Project Showcase

I would love to showcase all the great things Taylor ISD students are doing while integrating technology on the Taylor ISD IT Blog, Twitter and Facebook feeds. I created this form for your submissions. https://goo.gl/aJZkp0

​ ​(link also available on the Technology homepage)


I will draw for a prize every Friday until the end of the school year.

Signed up for Twitter Yet?

Here is a great list of Education Chats you can join.

Create an account today! https://twitter.com/

Why Teachers Should Use Twitter (Video)


Follow me @edtechminute

Subscribe to the IT Blog!

Visit the Instructional Technology blog. I hope to post a few tech tips per week. You can get a feed of the post via Google+ or visit the blog and sign up via email.


Taylor ISD Instructional Technology Blog

Help Desk Contact

Eduphoria Help Desk- https://taylor.schoolobjects.com

Phone: 512-365-5015 or x1900


Be sure to visit the Taylor ISD Technology site for more information.