Monthly Tech Tidbits

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The purpose of this monthly newsletter is to provide you with quick information, tips, and technology hacks for the classroom.
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Exciting Techy News!

Flipgrid Adds SIX Updates

Check out the Flipgrid Blog to read more about these new updates:

  • Edit Captions
  • Community Builder Badgers
  • New Camera Design
  • Immersive Reader Everywhere
  • Updates to Flipgrid AR
  • Supercharged Replies

RCS TV Online

The district technology department is beginning the first phase of rolling out live tv channels to all schools. You can access the four live channels now by going to http://rcstv.rcschools.net and logging in with your email username and password.


Once you are logged in, scroll over Menu and select Live Channels. Currently, we have available four channels. We would like to hear back from you on your experience. We are looking to add more channels in the near future.

Microsoft Accessibility Features

Microsoft Translator

What is Translator for Education?


The Translator for Education site provides free resources, tools, and how-to guides for live captioning and translation in the classroom. Schools are increasingly diverse. Teachers manage many types of learners, including students who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) who require assistive technology, and language learners (and their parents) who may not speak or understand the language of the classroom well. Microsoft Translator helps bridge these communication gaps, supporting accessible classroom learning with live captioning, cross-language understanding, and even multilingual casual conversations to help with student integration.

Click here to explore more: Microsoft Translator


You can download this app to your computer from the Microsoft Store.

Microsoft Translator for Education: Parent-Teacher Conferences

Immersive Reader

Immersive Reader, included in most Microsoft apps, including Word, OneNote, & TEAMS, is a full screen reading experience to increase readability of content in Microsoft documents. Learning Tools are designed to support students with dyslexia and dysgraphia in the classroom, but can support anyone who wants to make reading on their device easier. Immersive Reader can also be downloaded from the Microsoft Store.


This amazing tool is a great resource for read-alouds, ESL, and emerging readers! It's also now featured in Nearpod!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJb_wx0pdfM

Seeing AI

With the Microsoft Seeing AI app, visually impaired learners are more empowered to navigate their day! Check out what all this amazing app can do HERE. Seriously, you will be stunned at what all this app can do!


What ways could this be helpful in your classroom?

Seeing AI app from Microsoft

Reminders

Outlook Mobile Do Not Disturb Feature

I wanted to make you all aware of a great new feature in the Outlook mail app if you have it downloaded on your device (phone, tablet, etc...)


You can now set up Do Not Disturb hours!!

Available February PDs

For a list of this month's available PDs, click HERE!

Potty PD

Thanks for taking time to read this newsletter!

Please let me know if you have suggestions or ideas you'd like featured in upcoming newsletters!


Are you doing amazing techy things in your classroom? I'd love to feature you!


~ Stephanie

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Stephanie Smith, Instructional Technology Coach

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