News from Tech
Teachers and Staff,
Here are a couple of links to a 2-part Technology Utilization survey.
Even though the Grade Level and Department/Title questions are not required these questions will help in grouping by buildings, grade levels, and subjects.
There is nothing specific that identifies you as the individual completing the survey.
Please take a few moments to complete Part 1 in the next couple of days. It may be necessary to use a computer to complete Part 1, just the way the question grid is set up but should only take a few minutes.
Also glance at Part 2 and read through the questions to start thinking about how you would answer them.
You can submit Part 2 as many times as you want to. All of your responses do not need to be submitted at once.
I will close both forms on Monday, May 11th.
Presenting at the IETC conference in Springfield in early November is an opportunity for you to share your experiences with teaching with technology and/or students learning with technology.
Submit a proposal by May 9. Accepted proposals come with a free registration for the conference. I would be willing to tag team the presentation or support you in any way.
Illinois Education & Technology Conference (IETC) Announcement
The Spring 2015 Sangamon Schools' News is now posted. The Sangamon Schools' News is issued quarterly by the Sangamon County Regional Office of Education and contains very important information regarding teacher certification, professional development and much more.
This newsletter, as well as past and future editions, may be accessed on the Regional Office website at: http://roe51.org/index.php/newsletter
Experimenting with the postBlaster script from New Visions Cloud Lab.
When adding a new post to a Google Sites Announcement type page, this script will check every 5 minutes and email a notification to all the email address stored in a Google Sheet.
More information available at http://cloudlab.newvisions.org/scripts/postblaster
This article is to assist 5th Grade students in using Google Presentations rather than Microsoft Word for their "If I Was in Charge of the World" Project.
Using Google Drive, Create a Presentation.
Accept the Default Theme as you can adjust text fonts and colors later.
Change the name of the file to include your name and the name of the project, no periods or punctuation. Dashes are acceptable.
Start with a Blank Slide rather than Title Slide
Click the drop-down arrow next to the + button
Right Click on Title Slide in left side bar,
Click Delete Slide
To change the Page Setup to be Portrait 8.5 x 11 inches:
Click File, Page Setup.
Change to 8.5 x 11 and verify Units is set to inches.
Click Insert, Image
Click blue button labelled "Choose an Image to Upload"
Find the Image:
Click Google Drive
Click Share with Me or Recent
Click the image
Right Click on the image
Click Image Options
Adjust the Transparency slider as needed.
Click the X to close the Image Options box.
Insert Text Box
Click Insert, Text Box
Left Click and drag the box to the desired proportions.
Can change the size later by click and dragging the handles.
Multiple Text Boxes can be added to a Slide.
Click the button with the A with the Line of Color under it.
Click Highlight to select a highlight color for the background of your text.
Choose a lighter color for the highlight and leave text as black.
This slideshow includes steps to set up an account to use EZSchoolPay.com to manage your student's meal account.
Please help us share information about our Champaign Unit 4 Technology Conference we are hosting August 7th, 2014 in Champaign, IL. We are planning an event in which teachers from all grade levels and all subject areas can come to learn and share their expertise in using technology efficiently and effectively. We will have sessions presented by teachers for teachers and will craft responsive sessions to meet the needs of those attending.
When taking the math portions of the PARCC assessment, students will be using an equation editor for some questions.
To assist your students in developing proficiency with this technology, here are some resources.
There is an equation editor in MS Word. This is a great introductory YouTube video how-to guide: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfydFofK_IY
This is a nice, beginning online equation editor:http://s1.daumcdn.net/editor/fp/service_nc/pencil/Pencil_chromestore.html
High School level equation editor for Google Chrome:https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/daum-equation-editor/dinfmiceliiomokeofbocegmacmagjhe
This is a link to some free Web 2.0 tools for math educators at all levels.http://www.guide2digitallearning.com/tools_technologies/web_2_0_tools_math_educators
Other information at http://parccbytes.wikispaces.com/
These resources are from an email I received from
Director of Accountability and School Improvement
Harlem School District 122