Tech Bytes

Columbus City Schools eLearning K-12 Monthly Bulletin

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It's NOT about DOING Technology. Its about finding and using essential TOOLS that SUPPORT teaching and LEARNING.

January 2018

In this edition:

  • Upcoming CCS Professional Development
  • What The Tech? Projector Maintenance
  • Kathy Schrock - Resources to Support SAMR Model
  • Upcoming Educational Technology Conferences in Central Ohio
  • #MustHave - EdTech Product Review by EdSurge
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Upcoming CCS Professional Development

Are you new to SMART Notebook or has it been awhile since you worked in Notebook, then this session is for you. Learn how to navigate through SMART Notebook 17.1, access additional support materials from the SMART Exchange and Interactive How-to-Guides.

Upcoming SMART Notebook 101 Training sessions:

Elementary Session for K-6 January 16, 2018, Hudson Lab 1

4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Activity#: 1000030500

Secondary Session for 6-12 January 17, 2018, Hudson Lab 2

3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Activity#: 1000030506

Both workshops are now available for registration on CiMS - You can download a printable PDF of the workshop flyer by clicking here. Space is limited. Register today!

Contact Lynda Ray ( or Steve Hiner ( with any questions.

Intro to Google Sites Grades K-12January 18, 2018

Linmoor Education Center Room 105 – 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Activity #1000028467

Learn how to build a website using Google Sites. Google Sites is a free and easy way to create and share web pages.

Google Galaxy - Grades K -12 -June 4-5, 2018

Save the Date! Registration and details will be sent out at a later date.

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What The Tech? Projector Maintenance

Have you ever prepared for a presentation using a projector or smartboard, and the unit didn’t function properly, or the bulb was burnt-out?

Director of Media Technologies Paul Brown says, “Keeping a projector in good working order by doing regular maintenance is much easier and cost-effective than dealing with a broken projector that won’t work at all.”

Watch the video below and get a few important tips on how to keep your projectors maintained and ready for optimum use in the class or meeting room.
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Resources to Support the SAMR Model

SAMR is a model designed to help educators infuse technology into teaching and learning. Popularized by Dr. Ruben Puentedura, the model supports and enables teachers to design, develop, and infuse digital learning experiences that utilize technology. The goal is to transform learning experiences so they result in higher levels of achievement for students.

Check out Kathy Schrock's website with resources to help support the SAMR Model.

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Upcoming Educational Technology Conferences in Central Ohio

Ohio Educational Technology Conference (OETC) - February 13 - 15, 2018

Greater Columbus Convention Center
For three full days, attendees can learn what’s new and look towards the future by exploring new technologies, trying them out in an interactive atmosphere, and learning how to integrate them into the learning environment. More information available on the conference website:

ITIP Google Summit Featuring Google for Education - May 14-15, 2018

Ohio State University Student Union

Join K-12 educators for the 8th annual ITIP Ohio Google Summit at The Ohio State University Student Union. Choose from more than 100 compelling sessions about all the Apps in the G Suite for Education as well as sessions that go beyond the tools that feature cutting-edge best practices in educational technology and great teaching! More information available on the conference website:

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EdTech Product Review

EdSurge reviews, databases, and categorizes education technology products (some free, some paid). Heard about a new product and want to know what other educators think, and get informed insights about it without having to take the time to wade through the first 10 or 20 Google Search returns on it to see if there's something useful there? This is the promise of the EdSurge Edtech Index.

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Check out the eLearning Committee website for more information on technology integration in classroom instruction.