Tech Bytes

Carthage ISD Technology Department August 2016

Share Virtual Reality with Students

Virtual Reality can be a neat way to allow your students to visit places that you study about in different subject areas. For example, your students can take a virtual tour of the White House, Buckingham Palace, Space and the Solar System, roller coasters and so much more.


By using YouTube and finding 360 virtual videos on an iPod, you can view the tour without any other device. But, to make it really feel like you are there, you can place the iPod in a Google Cardboard device and view it through the headset. Click here to learn all about Google Cardboard and how you can use an iPod/iPhone to allow your students to experience virtual reality.


Google Cardboard might be the cheapest way for about $10 each, but ViewMaster does make a more sturdy device to watch the videos for about $20. Yes, the same company that made the ViewMaster we played with growing up, now has a device to place your iPod and watch virtual reality.


I hope this will give you some ideas to use in your classroom this year. Don't toss out those iPods. Virtual reality is just one way to bring learning to life.

Cyber Security Video of the Month

This month's video is about 8 1/2 minutes long, but is very interesting. I hope that you will take some time to watch this CBS Sunday Morning Show piece, "Training Future Cybersecurity Warriors." I was amazed by some of the information and I wanted to share it with you. Click here to view the video.

Digital Citizenship by Common Sense Media

Every day, you see how cyberbullying hurts students, disrupts classrooms, and impacts your school's culture. So how should you handle it? What are the right things to do and say? What can you do today that will help your students avoid this pitfall of our digital world?


Common Sense Education created this free toolkit to help you take on those questions and take an effective stand against cyberbullying. So start here. Use it now. Rely on it to start your year off right. Check out this FREE CyberBullying Toolkit by clicking this link.

TCEA webinars for August & September

Lunch and Learn: Kick Off the 2016-2017 School Year with a Bang!

August 10 @ 11:45 am - 12:15 pm

Come join us as we highlight the upcoming year in technology. Learn how to make the most of TCEA’s free webinars and other resources so you can take your classroom to the next level this school year.

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iPad Tips and Tricks

August 31 @ 11:45 am - 12:15 pm

Learn a variety of tips, tricks, and ideas to get more from your iPad so that you and your students can be more productive.

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Google Apps for Education Update

September 1 @ 11:45 am - 12:30 pm

Google updates their products and releases these updates frequently. Attend this webinar to learn about all the new updates to Google Apps EDU, certifications, and how to stay abreast of future updates and innovations.

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Technology Staff

Annette Johnson--Technology Director

Debby Simpson--Administrative Assistant

Terry Caudle--Systems Administrator

Richard Sullivan--Network Administrator

Mark Baisden--Technology Specialist

Penni Munroe--Technology Specialist

Pat Riddle--Our Wonderful Summer Helper

Message from the Director

We have a new face in technology. Her name is Penni Munroe and she will be helping with tech tickets and instructional technology district-wide. Some of her past experiences include Business teacher at Henderson High School, Instructional Technology Coordinator at Nacogdoches ISD and Educational Specialist at Region VII. Her latest job was teaching the GED program to inmates at the Bradshaw State Facility. I figured if she could handle that, there was nothing she couldn't do for CISD.


We know Penni will be a huge help to our district. Be sure and introduce yourself and make her feel welcome.


See everyone on August 11. Have a great school year!

Annette