Tuesday Tech Tips

A little tech goes a long way!

A Few Have Taken the Challenge...Will YOU Be Next??

Our GSCS Ninja Academy is happening right now! Join in now to earn the Google Ninja pins for your GSCS lanyard.

A few more have taken the challenge this week and have become Google Ninjas! We would love to see more names on this list next week! Will it be your name??

We would like to congratulate Sarah Meeks of Futral Road and Ryan Meeks of Spalding High for earning all four of the Google Ninja belts! Congratulations!

Have no fear.

Be a Google Ninja!

Here are the current standings:

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Edcamp South

Edcamp South is this Saturday, November 15th from 7:30 - 3:30! Edcamp is a free opportunity to learn about new and relevant instructional technology practices.

Edcamp is a FREE conference and is not like traditional conferences. There is no planned conference agenda. You pick the sessions that you would like to go to when you get there. If you want to present on a topic or facilitate a discussion, you can sign up the morning of the conference. Next, there is not a keynote speaker. There is the belief that educators should not have to pay at every conference just to hear valuable and timely information.

If you would like to register for Edcamp South, please visit http://goo.gl/hHXAQD.

Hope to see you there!

Ipad Guided Access

Have you ever handed a student an ipad to work on a specific app and when you checked the history of loaded pages, he/she had visited apps that you had not given permission to visit?

The Guided Access feature will allow you to lock the ipad to a specific app in which you want your student to work with just a few simple steps! Using Guided Access ensures that your students remain on the teacher selected app.

Here's how to enable Guided Access:

  1. Click on the Settings App on your ipad or iphone.
  2. Tap on General.
  3. Tap on Accessibility.
  4. Tap on Guided Access under the Learning section.
  5. Turn Guided Access on.
  6. Set a passcode.
  7. Turn Accessibility Shortcut on so that you can Triple Click to turn Guided Access on.

Using Guided Access:

  1. Open the app you want the student to use.
  2. Triple Click the Home button.
  3. Tap Options to choose any options you would like to grant the student and then tap Done.
  4. Tap Start at the top of the screen.

If the student tries to leave the selected app once Guided Access has been enabled, a banner will appear that tells him/her to triple click the home button. The student will be asked for the passcode to exit the app, but since you are the only one with the passcode, he/she will be unable to leave the app.

Hour of Code Is Near!

Earlier this year, we gave you resources on implementing coding in your classrooms. If you did not try it, there is still another opportunity to do so. There is an entire week devoted to the Hour of Code. CS Education Week is December 8 - 14, 2014 and during that week, educators and students around the globe will participate in coding activities. If you visit this site, you can register for the event. All teachers who register are eligible for either a Dropbox or Skype credit, a chance to win $10,000 for their school, and a chance to participate in a video chat with a celebrity guest speaker.

Anyone can participate in the Hour of Code. If you are interested, visit the site for more information. There are FAQs, tutorials, and videos on how to get started. You do not have to have prior coding experience. Do it! You will be glad you did!