Tech Tidbits 2016-2017 #8

Technology Tools and Tips October 18, 2016

Friendly Reminders

Projectors:
  • When using your projector, if you are not going to be using it for longer than 2 classes, please turn off. (Not just "blank screen")
  • Please be sure to double check before you leave at night that your projector is turned off. Several have been left on with a black screen because there is nothing being projected from computer/Elmo.
  • If you use a training room or any of the computer labs, please turn off projector before you leave.


Computers:
  • It is a good practice to lock your computer (CTRL + ALT + DEL or the "Windows" key and L) or log off when you leave your classroom.
  • It is never a good idea to leave the grade book program open when you leave your desk/classroom.
  • Please be sure to tuck cords away so that they are not tripping hazards and to ensure that nothing gets caught in the cords and pulls your device off of your desk.


Reporting Issues:


  • If you are struggling with Internet access on devices, please call or email me so that I can get our networking tech to monitor the traffic and look for issues.
  • If your projector or computer goes on the blink, call or email me. If I am available I will come assist so that you may continue teaching.
  • Always remember to submit a work order, even if it is after I have fixed the problem. In general, I complete work orders before other requests.

Tech Tools

Multi-Device Programs...

Brainstorming or Organizing Information -
  • Lucidchart: an online program for flow charts, mind mapping, organizational charts - has a large Education template section. Free and paid versions.
  • Padlet: the "easiest way to create and collaborate" - an online bulletin board style program.
  • Google Keep: an online sticky note type program that has an app / add-on, save your thoughts anywhere, anytime. As with most Google items, you can share with others.


Finding Information -

  • Twitter: you can find tons of information on Twitter - and you don't even have to sign up. Remember to use the "hashtag" in front of key words (#education)
  • YouTube: provides helpful videos (not just music videos), just search for the topic (there are several options for Physics, Chemistry, Pre-Cal, etc.)
  • Google: Google the topic needed. To the right where your Gear icon is located, click and choose Advanced Search. You can now get even more specific in your search.


Presenting Information -
  • Adobe Spark: "Communicate with impact" - a free online program to provide visuals, graphics, and videos.
  • PowToon: create animated videos and presentations... free and paid versions Sample video.

Special Needs and Struggling Students

Everyone has that student that could use a little help when using devices. Here are "21 Chrome Extensions for Struggling Students and Special Needs". Some of these have both free and paid versions.


Another cool tool -

  • Google Docs has Voice Typing - under the tools option - will type what you speak. You need a microphone for desktops but will also work on tablets and phones.

Magnetic Poetry Boards

Want to make your own Magnetic Poetry Board for your class? Let me know and I will be glad to help!