Bloomfield CSD Technology Tips
September 18, 2016
Chromebook Care & Repair
What is Google Classroom?
As students head to any college setting, they will have to access course materials via a learning management system (LMS) and submit assignments digitally. Learning to navigate and manage their assignments in Google Classroom will assist them as they move to more robust platforms like Blackboard and Canvas, used by many area colleges. Learning to access and manage digital assignments is one way we are helping our students prepare to be college ready.
Read&Write for Google Chrome
There is a purple puzzle piece that hangs down from the url bar in Google docs and Google slides. This is a piece of assistive technology software that is pushed out to every student account. It provides word prediction, text to speech (it will read text to you), speech to text (you can dictate to it), highlighting, vocabulary support, and a built in dictionary. When a student opens up a pdf document on their chromebook, they have the option to select open with ReadWrite and they can highlight and take notes on the pdf document.
My child doesn't receive special Education services. Why does every student have it?
We believe in Universal Design Principles. This means that all students may benefit from assists at different times and for different reasons. Real world examples of this are mothers pushing a stroller up a wheelchair ramp to gain access to a building or pushing the button to automatically open a door when your hands are full, even though you aren't in a wheelchair. Students learn to ignore the puzzle piece but if they need it, it is there. Some students find they can dictate assignments faster than they can type assignments.
Director of Instructional Technology
Karen is the shared Director of Instructional Technology for Bloomfield CSD. She spends half of her week in Bloomfield and the other half of her week in the Honeoye Central School District.
Did you know? She used to teach 3rd and 4th grade in the Rochester City School District and was a mathematics instructional coach at her elementary school before leaving to become the Director of Curriculum & Instruction for the Perry Central School District. That's a scenery change!