Tech Bytes

Carthage ISD Technology Department May 2016

Google Sites

Students can use Google Sites to create digital portfolios displaying their best work. Enhance collaborative and group work by inviting students to contribute to a Google Site you create for your class. You can do this by adding your students as either owners (they can create new pages) or editors ( they can only edit existing pages). Embed videos, audio, presentations, and images that students can use when working on their projects and assignments. TCEA is offering a webinar this month that is free for any member on how to create a Google Site for student portfolios. Check it out on May 5. You can also look up Google Sites on Pinterest and find lots of other ideas for student portfolios.

How secure is my password?

Click on this link to check the security of your personal passwords. I have one that would take 41 years to crack! If your password is password, change it immediately!

Summer Comp Day Opportunities

Region VII Online Courses--FREE for CISD

Because CISD is a member of the Digital Learning Coop at Region VII, online courses are free for our staff. Please take time to check out all they have to offer. These courses are ideal because they allow you to work at your own pace and at the time that is convenient for you. Click here to check out the online courses through Region VII.

TCEA Area 7 Conference in White Oak--June 10

Just a reminder that White Oak will be hosting the TCEA Area 7 conference June 10. Break out sessions on a variety of topics are presented throughout the day. Breakfast and lunch are provided with lots of door prizes. Click this link to register, see session updates, and more info. to come on the keynote speaker.

iPadpalooza in Pine Tree--July 21

Don't forget that this summer iPadpalooza will be in Pine Tree on July 21. The keynote speaker will be Matt Miller, author of DITCH that Textbook. Don't let the title of the book fool you. It means something totally different than what you think. DITCH is an acronym for how to choose and incorporate teaching practices that are:


  • Different from what students see daily.
  • Innovative, drawing on new ideas or modifying others' ideas.
  • Tech-laden with the use of digital sites, tools and devices.
  • Creative, tapping into students' original ideas as well as your own.
  • Hands-on, encouraging students to make and try things on their own.

Click here to register for iPadpalooza on the Region VII workshop page. Breakfast and lunch are included. Plus, attendees will receive a copy of the book and a Tshirt. Because CISD is a member of the Digital Learning Coop at Region VII, there is a discount applied to this conference for our staff.

TCEA May webinars

iTunesU for Teachers and Students

May 4 @ 11:45 am - 12:15 pm


ePortfolios with Google Sites

May 5 @ 11:45 am - 12:30 pm


Fun Lessons for End of School Learning

May 11 @ 11:45 am - 12:15 pm


Screencasting Tools to the Rescue

May 18 @ 11:45 am - 12:15 pm


GeoCaching for Summer Fun

May 25 @ 11:45 am - 12:15 pm

Technology Staff

Annette Johnson--Technology Director

Debby Simpson--Administrative Assistant

Richard Sullivan--Network Administrator

Terry Caudle--Systems Administrator

Mark Baisden--Technology Specialist

Martin Martinez--Technology Specialist

Message from the Director

I can't believe it is already May. This is our last regular Tech Bytes for the year. In June I will compile our yearly Technology Dept. report and share that with you.


I hope sharing a Google app each month has helped you to learn more about Google and to become comfortable sharing with fellow teachers or students. If you still need help, check out the sessions available at Region VII or their online courses. They are a valuable resource to our district.


Hang in there! Summer is right around the corner.

Annette Johnson