Tech Time Newsletter

February 16, 2016

Classroom News

  • Kindergartners will practice computer skills.
  • First grade will insert their picture into their books.
  • Second grade will begin their inventors research.
  • Third grade will review research skills.
  • Fourth grade will begin their Famous Kansan.
  • Fifth grade will create their storyboards for their iMovie Book Trailer.
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Kiddle, powered by Google, is a site that is fabulous for all kids- but especially younger students.

Safety: Kiddle searches safe sites written specifically for kids,sites with content written in an easy way for kids to understand (handpicked by Kiddle editors), and famous sites written for adults but with great content (filtered by Google) .

A message pops up if you try to search for something inappropriate.

Benefits: Kiddle is super visual, has a big thumbnail image for each result, and is super readable since the print is larger than normal search results.

It includes options for Web, Images, News, and Videos- just like Google.

Privacy: Kiddle doesn't collect any personal identifiable information and their logs are deleted every 24 hours.


iCivics is a non-profit organization dedicated to reinvigorating civic learning through interactive and engaging learning resources. Their educational resources empower teachers and prepare the next generation of students to become knowledgeable and engaged citizens.

Founded and led by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, iCivics provides students with the tools they need for active participation and democratic action, and teachers with the materials and support to achieve this. Their free resources include print-and-go lesson plans, award-winning games, and digital inter activities.

The iCivics games place students in different civic roles and give them agency to address real-world problems and issues. They are rooted in clear learning objectives and integrated with lesson plans and support materials.

There are many civics lessons and games on this website, topics include:

Foundations of Government

Road to the Constitution

The Constitution

The Legislative Branch

The Executive Branch

The Judicial Branch

State and Local Government

Citizenship & Participation

Politics and Public Policy

Media and Influence

Civil Rights

International Affairs

Government & the Market

Landmark Library

Influence Library

Geography Library

County Solutions

Persuasive Writing

The link below takes you to a game called Win the White House.

Launch Taskbar Programs With Your Keyboard

Launch taskbar programs with your keyboard

Launch taskbar programs with your keyboard

Many of us—especially users of the Start Menu-less Windows 8—use the Windows taskbar as a quick launch bar, populating it with our day-to-day programs. Opening those programs is as simple as clicking them, but there's actually a faster way to launch software on your taskbar: Simple keyboard combinations.

Every program to the right of the Start button is assigned its own numerical shortcut, with the first program being "1," the second being "2," and so on, all the way to the 10th taskbar shortcut, which gets "0." Pressing the Windows key, plus the number of the program you want to open, launches it. For example, in the image below, pressing Win + 3 launches the Chrome browser.

If you press the Windows key, plus the number again it will minimize the program you opened. This is a great way to jump from one open program to another without all of the clicks and accidentally clicking the program shut instead of minimizing.

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