Technology Treats

November Edition

IGNITE Unconference

What is an unconference? It is a conference where people just like YOU present. It was great see a few of you there. Lanny and Carol Witt each received a door prize at the event! The "Smackdown" at the end is always one of my favorite parts. I hope some of you will plan to attend or present at the conference in the spring. We have some great things going on with technology, and we need to share our #technologywins. I will let you know when a spring date is released.

New Ideas from the Unconference

Check out these ideas presented at the Unconference:
Connected Mind for great mindmaps
Newsesla for social studies or have Spanish students display it and read it in Spanish
GoNoodle for brain breaks (some suited to High School, many for younger students)
LearnZillion curriculum content
Lit2go audio recordings of books
Flocabulary learning through song $$$
Quizizz multiplayer games for review (very similar to Kahoot)
Wingclips movie clips to illustrate and inspire


Join Lipscomb University for a day of collaboration and re-engagement as Lipscomb brings educators together to "recharge" for the remaining school year. Choose from breakout sessions that will best benefit your classroom, and hear from area experts who tackle educational challenges on a daily basis. Register here.

Get Pumped for Google Summit Highlights

On the weekend of Oct. 23-25, Libby Barker, Miranda Giles, and Casey Hunt went to New York for a Google Summit for Education. We will get to hear about the trip, and learn from them on November 9 (afternoon) and November 10 (morning make-up.) Thanks to Title money for making this learning event possible. See the GAFE link below if you would like to learn more about a similar learning opportunity being offered in Tennessee March 31 and April 1. There is also a GAFE summit offered in Atlanta, March 19 and 20. Email me if you are interested in attending any Ed Tech conferences next semester. There may be Title funding available.

BIG NEWS Respondus LockDown Browser

If all goes as planned, LAMS and LAHS will tryout the Respondus LockDown Browser through the end of the semester as soon as it is released to work with Schoology. This will allow you to lock your students in Schoology during testing. Students will not be able to screen shot, right click, or search for answers online or on their device. Click on the thumbnail at the right to see more features. If this works as well as advertised, we will purchase it for second semester. I hope this will be a great asset for tests and especially exams. Schoology has announced it is adding this feature the first or second week of November, 2015. Tentative plans are to conduct training for the new browser at the November 30th PD faculty meeting.

Printing a Schoology Test

Some of you have mentioned the new features options when you are creating tests. These changes are to help if you should need to print a test. Two links if you want to explore the schoology test print option are below. This should be for a "back-up plan" or if you have someone whose accommodations suggests a paper test. Obviously, they won't grade themselves if you choose this option!

Schoology test print 1 (overview)
Test print 2 (step by step)

TAIS Tech Institute

Would you like to present at the Independent School's Tech Conference? Please see this link. This is another great opportunity to let others know the great things going on at our school.
It is also a very well executed learning opportunity. Some of you may want to attend the conference April 25, 2016. This is something that could probably be paid for by Title money. You would need to apply in February if you want to do that.

More Tech Conference Information