DCSD Tech Tidbits 04.10.16

April 10, 2016

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Awesome Job!

Heather Dyar (DHS) is using Desmos in her classroom. Desmos allows you to graph functions, plot tables of data, evaluate equations, explore transformations, and much more – for free!


Kim McLennen (DMS) is creating presentation in Haiku Deck. Haiku Deck is a free iPad app for creating slideshow presentations. There are two features of Haiku Deck that stand out. First, Haiku Deck intentionally limits how much text that you can put on each of your slides. Second, Haiku Deck helps you find Creative Commons licensed images for your presentations.

Want to submit a teacher you know for "Teacher Spotlight"? Shoot an email to Carla.Jefferson@darlington.k12.sc.us or complete the form here.

The White House and Michelle Obama Release $250M ‘Open eBooks’ App for Title I and Special Education Teachers

-via EdSurge


As part of the Open eBooks initiative—an initiative highlighted by President Obama last July—the app allows users to access thousands of free books on smartphones or tablets. The app is open to any educator, student or administrator at one of the 66,000+ Title I schools or any of the 194 Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools in the United States. Additionally, White House reps report that any of the hundreds of thousands of special education teachers in the country—no matter what type of school they work for—also have access.


To access the app, educators can sign up on the OpeneBooks.net site and receive codes for their students. Using those codes, students can download the free Open eBooks app to mobile devices and access a library of eBooks.

Introducing OpenEbooks

Mac Tip of The Week - 5 Apps You Should Be Using on Your Mac

Five Mac Apps You Should Be Using!

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Have Your Heard of TPT?

TPT (Teachers Pay Teachers) is an open online marketplace where teachers sell their original lesson plans and other course materials to other teachers, and also share for free.


You can find flipcharts, templates for activities, ISN (Interactive Student Notebook) resources, and so much more! They also send out a weekly newsletter with link to free downloads - many of them are really good. Below you'll find the link to this week's newsletters (they have a different one for PreK-5 and 6-12. From here on out the current week's newsletter link will be included your weekly DCSD Tech Tidbits newsletter.

TPT - Vol 319: Grades PreK-5

TPT - Vol 320: Grades 6-12

Website of the Week: ReadWorks.Org

ReadWorks provides research-based units, lessons, and authentic, leveled non-fiction and literary passages directly to educators online, for free, to be shared broadly.

Texts include pre-made worksheets, quizzes, and other printable materials to enhance the lesson. ReadWorks is free for teachers to use.


What's really great is that you can find paired texts which makes it easier to address the standard where students are asked to compare texts.

App of The Week: Haiku Deck

Haiku Deck is a free website and iOS app for creating slideshow presentations. There are two features of Haiku Deck that stand out.


1. Limited Text

2. Assists with Creative Commons licensed images


When you type a word or words on your slides you can have Haiku Deck search for images for you. The images that Haiku Deck serves up are large enough to completely fill your slide. You can also upload your own images from your iPad or import images from Instagram and Facebook.


Click here to check out Richard Byrne's post on Haiku Deck with examples for teachers.

#dcsdtransforms Slow Chat - Every Friday!

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#DCSDtransforms Weekly Podcast - 03.25.16

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We're a GAFE district!

We've Gone Google!

DCSD is a Google Apps for Education (GAFE) district. All staff and students have Google accounts in the DCSD Google domain to facilitate communication, collaboration and publishing work.

Although Google Drive and other Google tools are accessible, teachers will continue to use MS Outlook for their email.


If you've never accessed it before, your Google login is firstname.lastname@darlington.k12.sc.us. Your temporary password is Password1 and then you will be prompted to change your password.


If you're having trouble logging into your Google account, please see your school wizard or a member of the DCSD Digital Transformation Academy.

Have A Personal Google Account? Learn How to Manage Multiple Google Accounts

You're Doing it Wrong! Managing/Toggling Between Multiple Google Accounts

SC Midlands Summit

June 8-9, 2016 - The SC Midlands Summit is a two day conference focused on the use of Google for Education, research tools, digital tools, and technology integration in the classroom. Over 130 unique sessions will be offered! Visit Visit the SC Midlands Summit website for more information and registration.

Upstate Technology Conference (UTC)

Join fellow educators for the eleventh annual Upstate Technology Conference in Greenville, SC on Tuesday, July 12th and Wednesday, July 13th. The conference features 250 expert and peer-led sessions that will inspire innovative teaching for classroom and school success. The technology conference is free to all registered attendees. Visit the UTC website for more information and registration.

Darlington County School District - Technology Department

Diane Sigmon, Director of Technology

Carla Jefferson, Instructional Technology Coordinator