Tech Bytes

Carthage ISD Technology Department July 1, 2014

Professional Development

Summer Conferences

Summer is a perfect time to rest, relax, and renew to prepare for the upcoming school year. It is also the perfect time to attend workshops and conferences to help motivate and energize staff with new ideas that can change the classroom.

If you are not a member of TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association), I want to encourage you to do so for only $40 per year. This is no longer an organization just for computer geeks. Their primary focus is on integrating technology into the PreK-12 environment and providing members with state-of-the-art information through conferences, workshops, newsletters, the Internet, and collaborations with higher education and business. This organization provides ongoing professional development for its members such as free weekly Lunch and Learn webinars. If you sign-up for a webinar but the time does not match your schedule, they will email you the link to watch at your convenience. If you are not a member, TCEA is offering a free virtual event on August 5 from 2-3:30 pm entitled, "Recharge your Batteries 2014" . Check out today. You will not be disappointed.

Technology Staff busy this summer

Staff attends TCEA Area 7 conference

All Technology staff members attended the TCEA Area 7 conference in White Oak on Friday, June 13. Sessions included information on integrating technology into the curriculum by introducing a variety of tools. Presenters from all over Texas shared information on QR Codes, Symbaloo, Robotics, Google, cloud storage, learning 24/7, and lots more.

Technology help available

If you need help with your computer, laptop, SmartBoard, projector, iPad, etc., please put in a technology ticket. A ticket is much more valuable than an email. An email gets buried and is only seen by one person. A ticket stays in a list until it is solved and is seen by multiple tech staff making the process much more efficient. Click here to put in a technology ticket.

Staff installs upgrades to computers

As teachers and staff enjoy their summer vacations and much needed time off, the Technology Staff is busy upgrading computers by adding more memory to every computer in the district. This added memory will allow the machines to run much faster. Technology is also cleaning computers and projector filters in every classroom. Once the custodial staffs are finished cleaning rooms, Technology will be reassembling computers for the next school year.

If you have a school district laptop that is still running Windows XP, please put in a technology ticket and we will be happy to upgrade it for you. If the laptop is too old to run Windows 8, we will provide you a quote for a new laptop if you wish to have the upgrade.

Technology Staff

Annette Johnson, Technology Director

Martin Martinez, Technology Specialist

Mark Baisden, Technology Specialist

Richard Sullivan, Network Administrator

Terry Caudle, Systems Administrator

Debby Simpson, Administrative Assistant

Message from the Director

As I begin my 19th year in education, my fifth in Technology, I too, still learn new things all the time. Within the last six weeks, I have been to three technology conferences: Lufkin, White Oak, and Galveston. There is a wealth of information out there about integrating technology into curriculum. My advice....Don't try to do it all! After two days at the Tots & Technology Conference in Galveston I can tell you that it can become very overwhelming. Try one thing and stick with it. Add other tools as you feel comfortable and as you have time. Also, remember that we are here to help. We want you to be successful, but most of all, we want the students to benefit in the long run.

I have wanted to publish a monthly Technology newsletter since my first year in this department. After learning about at the conference, I am finally fulfilling my goal. Even with a journalism background and lots of desktop publishing experience, I learned something new that I hope will benefit you this year. Please let me know if there is a topic or a tool that you would like to know more about. I want to cover areas that are most important to you.

Have a wonderful summer and learn a lot!