News from Tech

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?

Updates 2016-06-17

posted Jun 17, 2016, 11:52 AM by Chris Wherley

Happy Summer!

Marbles, Magnets, Dominos - Oh My
Here is a youtube channel of these types of videos

Here is the resources and best practices page from Remind.
Remind can be used for any classroom or activity. Group members can choose to have messages sent by email and/or text message.
You don't give out your mobile number and you won't start one of those dreaded group texts.
Illinois Computing Educators is setting up a Remind group for Educators around Illinois.

Google Calendars on iPhone or iPad
If all of your shared calendars are not showing up on your mobile device, check to see what calendars are checked.

Additional items you may want to check out this summer.

Updates 2016-06-10

posted Jun 10, 2016, 9:28 AM by Chris Wherley

Happy Summer!

Google on iOS
What Google apps do you have installed on your iPhone or iPad?
Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Calendar, Gmail, Keep, Photos?

Google Photos on iOS
You can backup your photos from your iPhone or iPad to your Google account using the Google Photos app on iOS.
Your school account has unlimited storage whereas your personal account only has 25GB of storage.
The Google Photos Assistant feature may also automagically make collages, animations, and movies with your photos and movies.
Google Photos can also be accessed at

Microsoft Office Mix
Office Mix is an add-in for Microsoft Powerpoint 2013 and newer versions.

Updates 2016-06-01

posted Jun 1, 2016, 1:46 PM by Chris Wherley

Share Your Stories
Take the time to share your stories from your classroom or other experiences. 
Blogging is one way but there are others as well. offers courses/challenges to learn how to personally blog and have your students blog.
Edublogs is just one example of many blogging platforms including using Google Sites and Blogger.

Google Classroom Archiving
Here is an example of a blog made with
This youtube video shows what it means to archive a Google Classroom and is part of a blog post about the end of the year items when using Google.

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 letting us know where and when we can pick it up. 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

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