KSD Spring Tech News

Tech Integration News for Kelso Staff Members

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Google Academy Classes Continue

Pick and choose which Google workshops to take throughout the year. Registering will add you to an email reminder list, so you'll receive reminders about each session a few days before it takes place. Attend 3 or more classes to receive clock hours.

Class instruction will start promptly at 3:45 and will be held in the KHS Media Center

  • March 21st: Google Calendar

Learn how to utilize Google Calendar for sharing, publishing and creating appointments

  • April 25th: Apps, Extensions, and Add-Ons for Chrome

Learn how to find and install these mini-programs and tools to add to your Chrome experience. Useful tools will be demonstrated.

  • May 23rd: Using Google Draw with Students

Learn how to use Google Draw to create learning tools and allow students to express themselves visually.

Register for class reminders at this site: https://goo.gl/cOKuDl

or e-mail brenda.sargent@kelsosd.org

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PLAYDATE: People Learning, Asking whY, Digital Age Teacher Exploration (Staggered Start- Can arrive between 3:00-3:45)

Thursday, April 13th, 3pm

Kelso High School Room C3

This is a chance to spend time learning and exploring tech topics of your choice. This independent study style class is a "supported work time" course and is a great opportunity to explore those online resources or tech tools that you've been meaning to "get to" but never had the time or support.

Possible Topics include:
  • Creating or updating an eBoard
  • Exploring and saving Discovery Streaming Resources
  • Creating and downloading SMART Notebook Lessons
  • Setting up a Google Classroom and Creating Assignments
  • Creating HyperDoc Assignments
  • Setting up online class resources (GetEpic, ReadTheory, CommonLit, Readworks Digital, Khan Academy, Prodigy Game, Kahoot, Socrative, Nearpod, etc.)
  • Creating online Newsletters using Smore- like this one!
  • Learning more about Google Drive Tools
  • Creating movies in Movie Maker
  • The possibilities are endless!

Register Here

Spring Cleaning- May 3rd

Topics Covered

  • How to use Windows Explorer to access and organize files on your computer
  • How to organize emails by creating folders and contact groups
  • How to organize your Internet bookmarks/favorites using bookmarks manager
  • Plus, learn several organizational and Windows 7 tips and tricks including how to back your files up to Google Drive
  • Leave with a cleaner, more organized computer!
    Register Here

Spring Cleaning

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2:30-5:30pm

Kelso High School- Room C3

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Tech To You: Coming to You

Watch your email for Tech to You training opportunities. During Tech to You days, I spend the day at your school providing individualized tech training. Staff members can sign up for appointments during prep periods or after school. This is training "in your space and at your pace" on the topic of your choice.

Can't wait for a scheduled session? I can schedule a Tech to You "by appointment" meeting. Just email me and we'll find a time to make it work: brenda.sargent@kelsosd.org

What Happens to Google Accounts When Staff and Students Leave?

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When staff or students leave the district, Google Accounts are allowed to remain active for several months. This allows users time to remove the documents they want to keep and transfer them to a non-district Google account. The directions for doing that can be found here. After several months of inactivity or a year after the account owner leaves, we will delete accounts. Staff documents will be transferred to a 'holding account" where they can be retrieved upon request. Student documents are not saved. Once an account is deleted, anyone who had shared access to any documents owned by that account will no longer have access, so it's important for those users to make copies of any documents they would still like to use. Users can also transfer ownership of a document from one district user to another. Feel free to contact me with any questions on how this can be done.

Brenda Sargent

Tech Integration Specialist- my job is to help teachers who would like to use tech tools to enhance instruction. My years in the classroom help me to understand the challenges teachers face when trying to integrate technology.