#247Tech Newsletter

Middle School Meeting - January 22, 2015

Mission Statement

#247Tech exists to provide a time and space for teachers to come together and share ideas on how technology can be used to teach more effectively. We highlight great instructional practices and help each other. We lead ourselves and welcome everyone.

Tech Tools Shared!

Thanks to those who attended, shared, and collaborated at our most recent #247Tech meeting at Danville Community Middle School. For the most recent tools shared by our attendees, click on the individual links in this newsletter when you see the tool featured.

Attendees: (from left to right) Tammy Randall, Nancy McGovern, Ben Martin, Haley Sweet, Susan Hill, Melissa Johnson, and Tim Kasper. Diane Peterson (not pictured).

Besides trying out several tech tools, we got a chance to collaborate with Melisa McCain from Franklin and Mike Neilson from DCHS using Google Hangouts.

Try Google Hangouts

#247Tech Meeting Attendees connected using Google Hangouts.

Tech Tool Recommendation

"Bring your conversations to life with photos, emoji, and even group video calls for free."

Click on the Button "Try Google Hangouts" to find out more and go directly to the sign up site.

Nancy McGovern recommends Kahoot!

#247Tech Survey of Participants - RESULTS: GMAIL used most!

Most used Google App for Education among attendees based on survey of #247Tech Attendees on January 22, 2015.

Susan Hill shared Newsela and Zipgrade

Looking for current articles for students to read and use for writing prompts that can also incorporate quizzes and Lexile scores. Check out Newslea.com. Susan also saves hours of grading using www.zipgrade.com/.

Tammy Randall likes the Web 2.0 Tool - Dipity

Try out Dipity for your class or project. See a Dipity example for a Social Studies Lesson made up using a free version of Dipity.com at http://www.dipity.com/RandallTR/personal/.


Indiana DOE Information


Looking for a way to connect to other teachers in your field? Join one of the dozens of "Communities of Practice" on Google+ sponsored by the IDOE Office of eLearning.

Interested in animated explanations for just about anything? Try out:


Make any webpage print friendly, use this tool http://www.printfriendly.com/.

Want to split, merge, encrypt or make changes to a PDF file? Check out this site: https://sejda.com

Useful Tool for PE Classes and Teachers

TECHniques from the TECHdept:

Did you know that F9 will refresh your view in Harmony?

You can use it in the Classroom view, for example, if Harmony has fixed a grade book problem you were having but you don’t see their fix.

Previous #247Tech Meeting HS Jan 15

Link to MyBigCampus and the #247Tech Meeting on 1/15/15

Archives of #247Tech Meetings AVAILABLE

Here's the links to the archives:



Quotes to think about...

One of the most beautiful gifts in the world is the gift of encouragement. When someone encourages you, that person helps you over a threshold you might otherwise never have crossed on your own. John O'Donohue

"Don't spend your precious time asking "Why isn't the world a better place?" It will only be time wasted. The question to ask is "How can I make it better?" To that there is an answer." — Leo Buscaglia

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For more interesting quotes from author Leo Buscaglia go to BrainyQuote.com.

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#247Tech Meeting CHALLENGE

Meet someone new and share your ideas with other staff. Collaborate with your peers. Together we can have fun and make a difference!


IDOE Office of eLearning is looking for great examples to be highlighted. Please use the link below to fill out the form for Digital Content Rockstars and share your Favorite curation tool/resource and a brief explanation. Thanks for sharing!
Google StoryBuilder Wrapup! Keep Sharing...

Make your own Story at Google Storybuilder

Next #247Tech Meeting Thurs, February 12 @South Elementary 2:40 - 3:40 pm

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