News from Tech

Updates 2017-02-28

posted Feb 28, 2017, 10:04 AM by Chris Wherley

Updates 2017-02-09

posted Feb 9, 2017, 10:42 AM by Chris Wherley

New Video Feature in Google Slides

It is now possible to add Video in Google Slides and it plays in the slide.
There are 4 slides in this Slides presentation example with a 10 second delay on each slide.

Google Teacher Tribe

Google Teacher Tribe Podcast is the website for the Google Teacher Tribe podcast with Matt Miller from Ditch that Textbook and Kasey Bell from Shake Up Learning

Updates 2017-01-19

posted Jan 19, 2017, 7:43 PM by Chris Wherley

Inauguration Information

See the following page a list of events for January 20 and a list of live streams of the swearing-in ceremony, oath of office and the inaugural address.
Every institution has limited bandwidth. Some sites may have hundreds, thousands, or millions viewers. We have 200MB of bandwidth at Williamsville-Sherman Schools. This bandwidth is shared across all buildings, teachers, students, and staff.

EdCamp St. Louis

February 11, 2017 EdCampStL Join over 500 Educators for learning and sharing during a full day of Professional Development. for reading what others have to say about EdCampStL.

Google Classroom New Feature

Alice Keeler shares how to use the new Google Classroom feature for assignments for individual/groups of students.

If you have questions, comments, or ideas about technology, send us an email at


Updates 2016-11-15

posted Nov 15, 2016, 12:30 PM by Chris Wherley

Google Forms Upload Files
Here is a video demonstrating how to use the File Upload question type.
Google Classroom will work in most cases for collecting files but this may be an option as well.

Breakout EDU
Check out for information about how this Breakout EDU can teach "teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, and troubleshooting by presenting participants with challenges that ignite their natural drive to problem-solve."

Google Mail and Calendar on iPhone
If you have an iPhone, there are new Google Mail and Calendar apps available. The Gmail app added a swipe to archive function and shows labels that you have added in your Gmail setup. The Calendar app has many features that work to manage the multiple calendars that you have set up in Google. 

Microsoft Sway
Sway ( is part of Microsoft's Office 365 solution. Sway is an application for making and sharing presentations.
This video playlist should help you get started.

Education On Air: It Takes a Teacher
From December 2nd 5pm to December 3rd 6pm, there will be a free online conference.
Scroll down through this website,
to see the sessions available.

Battle of Gettysburg
Here is an interactive map of the Battle of Gettysburg. 

ISTE Standards for Students 2016
1 Empowered Learner
2 Digital Citizen
3 Knowledge Constructor
4 Innovative Designer
5 Computational Thinker
6 Creative Communicator
7 Global Collaborator

Updates 2016-11-08

posted Nov 8, 2016, 7:58 AM by Chris Wherley

Student Cam 2017

Seems appropriate for today -
Contest entry forms can be submitted from November 1, 2016 - January 20, 2017
What is the most urgent issue for the new president and Congress to address in 2017?

Network with other Illinois Educators

Membership is Free.
Sign up here.
Local chapter is SpICE and usually meets in Springfield.

World Population

Yikes - Some serious Math going on here.

Periodic Table

In Pictures and Words -

Engineering and Literacy

Updates 2016-09-07

posted Sep 7, 2016, 12:17 PM by Chris Wherley

Happy 15th Day of Students!
Hope your school year is off to a great start for you and your students.

I guess I took the month of August off from sending Technology Updates.

Attachments on Tech Requests to
As we get the year going, something to think about is sending tech requests by sending an email to You can attach pictures or documents to the email from your phone, iPad or computers. 
Screenshots on a Windows computer:
Press the PrintScreen button on your keyboard. Open a Google or Microsoft program and Click Edit, Paste (or Press CTRL-V on your keyboard). Save the document and attach it to an email to

Previous Updates
Revisit previous updates from last year at News from Tech.

Illinois Education and Technology Conference
Thursday and Friday, November 17-18, 2016
Visit with your Principal about your interest in attending 1 or 2 days of the conference.

Early-Bird Registration October 11
Don't miss it! For a limited time, enjoy a reduced IETC conference rate by registering and paying only $135 for both the Thursday, Nov. 17 AND Friday, Nov. 18 two-day General Conference! Breakfasts and keynote luncheons included.

Who attends IETC?
Teachers, administrators, technology coordinators, curriculum specialists, media specialists, special education instructors, school technical staff, business managers -- anyone interested in improving education and preparing students to succeed in today's world.

Where is IETC 2016?
IETC 2016 will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Springfield, IL.

Thursday, Nov. 17-Friday, Nov. 18:
The General Conference will consist of 160+ sessions including many BYOD (bring your own device) sessions, exhibits, and luncheon keynote addresses by Catlin Tucker and Gregory Goins, Ed.D.  View Conference Schedule Here

Updates 2016-07-27

posted Jul 27, 2016, 12:06 PM by Chris Wherley

Happy Summer!

I would love to work with some K-12 teachers to explore Seesaw.
I will help get you and your students set up in Seesaw. Just send me a tech request email to
Teachers at all grade levels can utilize this tool for Student Assessment, Student Journals, Student Blogs, and Parent Communication.

Here is a video of a couple of teachers sharing how they utilize Seesaw.

Getting Back in Your Room
Mike is hoping to have all classroom computers connected by the end of next week, August 5th. If after that point, you need anything please send a tech request or send an email to
The fastest, quickest, most efficient way to get on our to-do list is to send a tech request from the Technology page at under the District menu or sending an email to

Enjoy the Rest of Your Summer!

Updates 2016-07-07

posted Jul 7, 2016, 12:28 PM by Chris Wherley

Happy Summer!

Adobe Spark (was Adobe Voice)
Adobe Voice, a product I had shared a few months back, is now Adobe Spark and is available not only on iOS devices but is also available in your browser (Chrome) meaning it can be used on a Chromebook.
To get started, go to can log in by clicking on the Google button to use your school Google account.

Here are a couple of examples of the same video but with different themes and music. I created the videos with a Chromebook and then uploaded the videos to YouTube.

Updates 2016-07-01

posted Jun 30, 2016, 12:40 PM by Chris Wherley

Happy Summer! Happy New Year! 

The 2016 ISTE Standards for Students 
The 2016 ISTE Standards for Students are now available.
Empowered Learner, Digital Citizen, Knowledge Constructor, Innovative Designer, Computational Thinker, Creative Communicator, and Global Collaborator are the general areas for the standards. More details about each area are available at

Employee Portal
With many employees transitioning to Direct Deposit, we are moving forward with the Employee Portal. Employees will be able to access their Direct Deposit slips through the website and less stuffing of envelopes and postage will be necessary. If you would be willing to access the Employee Portal this summer, send an email to Jennifer Brennan at or fill out the form on the Human Resources page under the District menu. 

2-Step Verification
2-Step Verification is an additional security precaution when using passwords. 2-Step Verification is available for many different applications including Google, Facebook, Apple, Paypal, Microsoft, and others.
After a user enters a password, the user is asked for a key. The key is available through setting up an app on your phone or through a text message.
Learn more at to see how it works with Google.

Updates 2016-06-24

posted Jun 24, 2016, 1:31 PM by Chris Wherley

Happy Summer!

Here are a list of Google Presentations and other session descriptions at ISTE Conference next week in Denver, CO. 
ISTE is the International Society for Technology in Education and has developed Technology Standards for Students, Teachers, and Administrators.
If you cannot attend a workshop or conference, a good way to learn something new is to find a title of a presentation that interests you and research that title and the presenter(s) to gather ideas about the topic.

Presentation Styles
When looking at some of the session descriptions available at the ISTE Conference, I saw that they were having Ignite presentations. Some form of Ignite presentations would be great for student projects and faculty spotlights.
The general idea is that you have 20 slides timed at 15-20 seconds per slide.
And of course, there are Ted Talks at

Phishing has many resources for students, parents, and teachers to learn about things like Phishing.
Create an account and check out this lesson plan for students in Grades 6-8 about Scams and Schemes.
One helpful hint is to hover over any link that is in the email. The address should show up in the "status bar" at the bottom of your browser.
Also if you do happen to click on a link in an email, take note of the URL/address in the "address bar" of your browser.
Here are some images associated with Phishing, an email, a website, and a method for reporting.


Also see more information on the Updates 2016-05-13 post.

I would love to hear from you what you are learning this summer, technology or otherwise. Who have you shared your learning with?

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