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ROE Newsletter

posted Feb 24, 2015, 8:15 AM by Chris Wherley

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:


posted Feb 20, 2015, 3:47 PM by Chris Wherley

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

"If I Was in Charge of the World" Project

posted Oct 22, 2014, 7:18 AM by Chris Wherley   [ updated Oct 22, 2014, 7:28 AM ]

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.

Get Started
Using Google Drive, Create a Presentation.

Accept the Default Theme as you can adjust text fonts and colors later.

File Name
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
Click Blank
Right Click on Title Slide in left side bar,  
Click Delete Slide

Page Setup
To change the Page Setup to be Portrait 8.5 x 11 inches:
Click File, Page Setup.
Click Custom
Change to 8.5 x 11 and verify Units is set to inches.
Click OK

Insert Image
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
Click Open

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.

Font Color
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.


posted Sep 8, 2014, 12:57 PM by Chris Wherley   [ updated Sep 8, 2014, 1:03 PM ]

This slideshow includes steps to set up an account to use to manage your student's meal account.


Champaign Unit 4 Technology Conference August 7

posted Apr 24, 2014, 7:40 AM by Chris Wherley

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.

Here is the flyer about the event:

Here is the website:


Math PARCC Testing Tip

posted Apr 24, 2014, 7:29 AM by Chris Wherley   [ updated Apr 24, 2014, 7:30 AM ]

Equation Editor

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:


This is a nice, beginning online equation editor:


High School level equation editor for Google Chrome:


This is a link to some free Web 2.0 tools for math educators at all levels.

Other information at

Attached are tip sheets (Grades 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12) for your students to use to assist them in navigating the Equation Editor.

These resources are from an email I received from 

Margo Sickele

Director of Accountability and School Improvement

Harlem School District 122

Convert epub to pdf using

posted Mar 24, 2014, 1:08 PM by Chris Wherley

iPad Presentation 20140107

posted Jan 7, 2014, 7:11 AM by Chris Wherley   [ updated Jan 7, 2014, 7:24 AM ]

Here are some screenshots for today's presentation.

iPad Presentation 140107

Movenote Presentation about Twitter on the iPad

Setting up Google Mail, Calendars, Contacts, and Notes on iOS7 devices

posted Dec 17, 2013, 8:24 AM by Chris Wherley

Here are some instructions for setting up for your and/or other gmail accounts on your iOS7 devices.


posted Dec 16, 2013, 1:02 PM by Chris Wherley

Using on a Chromebook.

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