September 7 Newsletter

What's up in the Tech World

Happy Labor Day!

I hope you have enjoyed your day off. It has certainly been a blessing to relax and enjoy some "down" time with family.
Please remember that we have a short period of access to Flocabulary. They offer a rap of the week with news stories. History teachers, you might want to check these out. I have included a link below about the new features recently added to Google Classroom. Google continues to make advancements to Google Drive and Google Classroom. Be aware that Google does pay attention to the recommendations of teachers and students. Thank you to the teachers who took part in the Turnitin Training last week. If you were unable to attend and would like to view the recorded training here is the link. There are also many training videos on the Turninit site. We also have access to NoodleTools for the entire school. There is a link in the quick links section of the school website. Teachers and students only need to know that the school password is "wildcat". You are welcome to share this with your students. Mind maps are a great way to assist students in organizing material. This week I learned about a great new site to create Mind Maps named Coggle. You can check it out here.
I have included the link to a video showing how to embed videos in Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 (there have been some changes). If you would like help with this, please let me know.
Lower Campus, I will be with you Tuesday and Thursday. Teachers, I am happy to come in to your classroom on Thursdays with the iPads and have center time. Just send me an email to schedule a time.
Upper Campus, I would love to have a Wednesday "Lunch and Learn" on September 16th. Are there any topics you would like more information about? We can meet during both Middle School and High School lunch. We will try to rotate these through the month so that everyone has a chance to attend. Does anyone want to volunteer their classroom and we can work on laptops?
You guys are doing great work in your classrooms. I know there are several elementary teachers who have implemented Symbaloo as a way to provide their students with specified computer activities during center time. Mrs Cypher and Mr. Rogers are using PollEverywhere to poll students during their lecture time. Kahoot is always a fun way to review. There are five or six teachers who are already using Turnitin with students.
Thanks for all you do! Remember, I am here to help you however I can. If there is something you need for your classroom that relates to technology, please let me know!
Embedding YouTube video into PowerPoint 2013