Washington Tech Tidbits

Washington School - May 9, 2016 - Rachel Labuz

New Google Slides Features

Google Slides has introduced 2 new features. The first is a Q&A option that allows students (or anyone viewing your presentation) to submit questions to you, as well as vote for the comments and questions they like the most. This feature can be turned off at anytime. The second new feature is a built-in laser pointer that you can use to focus attention to particular parts of your slides. Below you will find a video that shows how to use these new features. Let me know if you have any further questions!
How to Use the Q&A Feature in Google Slides

Synergyse - Interactive Google Training

Last week, Google acquired Synergyse, an interactive training resource for Google Apps. Synergyse is a virtual coach that seamlessly integrates real-time training and information while using Chrome, Google Apps for Education, and Chromebooks. Although Synergyse used to be a paid product, Google will be making it completely free! If you want to learn more about Google tools and features--from the most basic to the most advanced--check out the Synergyse extension!

Analyze My Writing

Analyze My Writing is a site that offers an in-depth analysis of any piece of text. It can provide basic text statistics, such as word/sentence/character count, assess the readability, determine the most commonly used words and phrases, identify passive voice, and calculate lexical density. It's a very cool tool for writers of all ages!

Chromebook and iPad Collection

All student Chromebooks, power cords, and cases (with tags) must be permanently returned to school, no later than Tuesday, May 24th, to allow for inspection and paperwork to be completed before students leave for summer break.


Chromebooks, cases, and accessories will be collected on Wednesday, May 25th and Thursday, May 26th. Check out the schedule below. To change your time, PLEASE CLICK HERE. More details to follow.


Primary iPads and classroom laptops will be collected on Friday, May 27th.


Laptops and iPads can be checked out from the LRC carts through June 2nd. Please use the the appropriate Google calendars to sign them out.

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District 64 Student Technology Showcase

The First Annual District 64 Student Technology Showcase will take place on Monday, May 23rd from 6-7pm at Emerson Middle School. A small group of students from each school will be highlighting ways in which they have used technology this year to support the 4Cs of learning. Feel free to come on by and listen to our students, as they reflect on ways they've communicated, collaborated, shown creativity, and demonstrated critical thinking with technology!