- Thanks for filling out the ES technology survey, we will be looking over the results and sharing them with the technology committee at our first meeting on September 5.
- Tuesday – drop in ES 133 from 3:30-4:15 to have any Windows 7 or Office 10 questions answered.
- Thursday – drop in ES 133 after-school for our first Tech Thursday!
BYOL (Bring Your Own Laptop)- Tech Thursdays Start This Week:
To promote tech in the ES we are happy to announce our first Tech Thursday. Tech Thursdays are an opportunity for you to learn more about topics that will help you better use technology in your classroom and/or get drop-in (1 on 1) help with tech issues you are encountering.
Our first Tech Thursday will focus on digital cameras in the classroom. Gary will give a brief overview on shooting digital media. Afterward Ruchira will run small group sessions on getting started editing photos using Photoshop Elements while Kavita will help you learn how to organize your photos using Picasa. In addition Phil, Ursula, Rajni and Hardayal will be available to individually answer any other tech questions you may have.
We hope to see many of you Thursday starting at 3:40PM in ES 133.
Windows 7 and Office 10 Learning Opportunities:
New laptop, new Operating System (Windows 7), new version of MS Office… new questions. To help you become more comfortable with these system changes we would like to offer three opportunities to learn with us.
1. Schedule a 10-15 minute session at your team meeting with one of us to give you a tour and highlight the key changes.
2. Drop in with your laptop to ES133 Tuesday after-school and work either 1-1 or in a small group with members of the ES Tech Team to answer your questions.
3. As part of Tech Thursdays after-school you can always drop in and have any of your questions answered 1-1.
If you flip the switch on your classroom technology hub when you leave at night you will save both energy and extend the life of our projectors!
Lights… Camera… Action:
We have finished inventorying our existing items and our new arrivals as well. With the increase in cameras this year we now have enough devices to provide a classroom set (20) of digital still cameras and also (3) Flip video cameras to each grade level! We will be dropping these off to lead teachers on Tuesday along with 5 battery chargers and 5 camera cables (if you need more chargers or cables just ask we have them). Please make certain that these items are locked up when not in use.
Besides the grade level sets we have additional classroom sets of 25 older digital cameras and 20 new Flip video cameras available for check-out from ES133.
Wireless Mice and Keyboards:
We now have a solution for using the old Logitech Keyboards and mice with you new laptops. If you have a keyboard and mouse you would like connected, just drop Gary an e-mail directly and he’ll take care of it for you.
Website of the Week:
Kerpoof is a multi-media creation site now owned by Disney. On it students can create original artwork, animated movies, stories, greeting cards and more. In addition there is support for use in a school setting and ideas for use organized by grade level. Check out this short video on what can be created here.
App of the Week:
If you’re like me and type with two fingers or can’t get the hang of the touch screen keyboard on the iPad you must try Dragon Dictation. With this app you use your voice to create text which you can then insert almost anywhere you can paste text. The amazingly accurate voice recognition capabilities of Dragon really speed up the process. I’m sure students will love it. Best of all, it’s free!
Whew… all for now, as always, if you ever have any questions, comments or concerns please just ask.
Thanks for your support of technology in the ES!