News from Tech


Updates 2016-05-25

posted May 25, 2016, 8:48 AM by Chris Wherley

Learn More
Here we are at the end of another school year. Reach out to me if there are things that you want to learn more about this summer.

iPads, Neos, Laser Discs and other Technology
If you have unused or minimally used technology, that is not being utilized or not going to be utilized,
send an email to support@wcusd15.org letting us know where and when we can pick it up. 

wordclouds.com
Wordclouds.com is an alternative to Wordle.
The image is from inputting this year's Technology Updates URL into WordClouds. 
Have a great summer!

Updates 2016-05-18

posted May 18, 2016, 1:18 PM by Chris Wherley

Office 365
Let me know if you have an interest in Office 365. Office 365 should be a great complement to the things that can be done with Google Apps for Education.
We can explore the possibility of utilizing these tools with your students.
Get Started here using your school email address.
Microsoft Sway is a tool for story-telling. 
Here is a tutorial video showing how to create a sway.
Microsoft OneNote is another tool that may have a fit in your classroom for organization and note taking. 



Backups of Files
It is always that time of year to backup your files. If you have files only on your computer, you need to have another copy to have a backup. 
The classroom computers will sit unused for 2+ months, be moved by staff and returned to your classroom, and things happen.
In order to have a backup of your files, the files need to be in 2 places.
Here are some logic puzzles for you.
Files are on the H: drive. The H: drive is backed up by the Technology Department to another storage device. The files are backed up.
Files are on the H: drive. Files are uploaded to Google Drive. Files are backed up.
Files are on the computer. Files are on a USB drive. Files are backed up.
Files are only on a USB drive. Files are not backed up.

Resources from a Blab with @josephfatheree
Mr. Fatheree is a teacher at Effingham High School
Institute of Design at Stanford
AHA Student Films - YouTube channel from Production Class at Effingham High School




Phishing 2016-05-13

posted May 13, 2016, 12:36 PM by Chris Wherley

Phishing
Phishing is the attempt to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and sometimes, indirectly, money), often for malicious reasons, by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.
Learn more at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phishing

Just opening the message will not cause issues. It is either clicking on a link in a message or responding in some manner to the message.

Example from today:

Google Mail has the ability to "report phishing".
When viewing a message in the web interface, click the drop-down box next to the Reply button for additional options for that email. (Also see Print option here.)
Click on "Report phishing"




Updated 2016-05-16

posted May 11, 2016, 6:57 AM by Chris Wherley

Insert Google Drawing in Google Docs/Slides
Here is an example showing how to insert WordArt using a Google Drawing.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DzUdRVll20


Other Videos from Better Cloud, formerly the Gooru:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTN0FL_pS_KVnZPcLukDchQ

Synergyse
Synergyse is a Chrome extension that puts a virtual guide into Google Apps, training you to be productive and stay up to date with changes.
After signing up and installing the Chrome Extension in the Google Chrome browser, a button will be available in the upper right-hand corner of the different Google Apps.
Click on the button for the guide to the app.

Look back on the updates from January to today:





Updates 2016-05-03

posted May 4, 2016, 7:09 AM by Chris Wherley

Illinois Education Technology Conference (IETC) Conference Presentation Proposal

November 17 and 18, 2016 in Springfield
Free Registration if selected to present. I would be glad to co-present (be your support person).
If you have any questions, let me know.


The Techy Coach Blog

The Techy Coach Blog - Google Forms - Create your own mad libs or choose your own adventure stories.
The Techy Coach Blog - Google Maps - Plot the locations and travels in a story or lesson.


Kahoot!


Career and Technical Education (ILCTE)

Helpful links cover areas such as: Agriculture Business, Marketing, & Computer Education Family & Consumer Sciences Health Science Technology Miscellaneous School Counseling Resources Technology & Engineering Education

Is there something you would like to learn together on this summer? Let me know.


Updates 2016-04-27

posted Apr 27, 2016, 12:40 PM by Chris Wherley

Find a Twitter Chat for your Grade Level or Subject Area

or

As an example of the questions that are asked during a Twitter chat, here are the questions from the #5thchat's April 26th chat.

International Space Station
I came across this resource for following the International Space Station. The post was from a teacher, David Warlick, saying he had the quote, "This classroom is your window to the world." on his classroom bulletin board in the 1970's.

SAMR

Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, Redefinition - SAMR can be used to reflect upon how technology is utilized in the classroom.

If you want to learn more about any of these topics or past topics, let me know.


Updates 2016-04-20

posted Apr 20, 2016, 11:48 AM by Chris Wherley

Upcoming Learning Opportunities

Canceled April 23, 8am-12:30pm EdCamp217 at Williamsville Junior High School - www.edcamp217.org
April 30, 8am-12:30pm EdCamp Dupage Wheaton North HS - Register Here
May 14, 8:30am-2:30pm EdCamp Illinois South MS Arlington Heights - Register Here (300 seats filled, waiting list only)

Find a Twitter Chat for your Grade Level or Subject Area

or
Example: #whatisschool chat
Here is the transcript from the #whatisschool chat from April 14 - https://www.participate.com/transcripts/whatisschool/93c5a463-048f-414c-9bb0-a5dde4315e2d

National Park Week (April 16-24)

Explore the National Parks utilizing Street View in Google Maps and the Cultural Institute

Art or Science?

Casting a Fire Ant Colony with Molten Aluminum (Cast #043) - YouTube
→ https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=IGJ2jMZ-gaI

What is New in Google Classroom?

Updates for April 2016

SeeSaw for K-12 Teachers/Students


I would love to work with some teachers to explore with SeeSaw Journals, Portfolios, Blogs, and/or Parent Communication.

If you want to learn more about any of these topics or past topics, let me know.



Updates 2016-04-13

posted Apr 14, 2016, 8:34 AM by Chris Wherley

Learning Opportunities
April 16, 8am-3pm StateLine EdCamp Winnebago HS - Register Here
April 23, 8am-12:30pm EdCamp217 at Williamsville Junior High School - www.edcamp217.org to get your Free Ticket.
April 30, 8am-12:30pm EdCamp Dupage Wheaton North HS - Register Here
May 14, 8:30am-2:30pm EdCamp Illinois South MS Arlington Heights - Register Here (only 20 seats remaining!)

Find a Twitter Chat for your Grade Level or Subject Area

You do not have to have a Twitter account to follow a Twitter Chat/Hashtag.
Examples: 

Trello Boards


Great Ideas shared on this website, https://trello.com/inspiration/education, whether Trello is the tool or something else is used.

3D Printable Magnets

Magnets just got cooler.
https://youtu.be/IANBoybVApQ

SeeSaw for K-12 Teachers/Students


I would love to work with some teachers to explore with SeeSaw Journals, Portfolios, Blogs, and/or Parent Communication.

If you want to learn more about any of these topics or past topics, let me know.

Updates 2016-04-06

posted Apr 6, 2016, 11:49 AM by Chris Wherley

Learning Opportunities
April 12, 4-5:30pm at CACC Teachers Sharing with Teachers (All Subject Areas, All Grade Levels)  
April 16, 8am-3pm StateLine EdCamp Winnebago HS - Register Here
April 23, 8am-12:30pm EdCamp217 at Williamsville Junior High School - www.edcamp217.org to get your Free Ticket.
April 30, 8am-12:30pm EdCamp Dupage Wheaton North HS - Register Here
May 14, 8:30am-2:30pm EdCamp Illinois South MS Arlington Heights - Register Here (only 20 seats remaining!)
Find a Twitter Chat for your Grade Level or Subject Area
You do not have to have a Twitter account to follow a Twitter Chat - http://www.twitter.com/hashtag/siedchat 
Southern Illinois Ed Chat tonight 8pm

Making of the Google App's Voice
https://youtu.be/qnGNfz7JiZ8

Google Drive/iOS Photos and Videos
Upload photos and videos from your iPhone or iPad to Google Drive folders.
You can create folders to organize the photos and videos on the app before uploading.
Folders can be shared with others.
https://youtu.be/2Bb6WcMOTf0

If you want to learn more about any of these topics or past topics, let me know.







Updates 2016-03-31

posted Mar 31, 2016, 1:09 PM by Chris Wherley

Learning Opportunities

April 12, 2016, 4-5:30pm at CACC Teachers Sharing with Teachers (All Subject Areas, All Grade Levels - www.learningcollaboration.net to RSVP
April 23, 2016, 8-12:30 EdCamp217 at Williamsville Junior High School - www.edcamp217.org to get your Free Ticket.
Remember you don't have to have a Twitter account to follow a Twitter Chat - http://www.twitter.com/hashtag/ICEILChat Illinois Computer Educators Chat
Join ICE tonight at 8pm Central for #ICEILchat as we talk about "Coaching in Education."

Star Size Comparison: The biggest/largest known stars in the Universe.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bcz4vGvoxQA&sns=em

Research Tool in Google Docs and Slides

Learn more about the Research Tool available in Google Docs and Google Slides
Find it under the menus at Tools, Research


If you want to learn more about any of these topics or past topics, let me know.

1-10 of 47