• Early Education Augmented Reality Flashcards

    Posted by Kimberly Jett at 9/30/2014
    Early Education Teachers! These Augmented Reality flashcards are perfect for your classroom! Just print out the flashcards from the link below and download the AR Flashcards app. Using the app, hover your iPad over the flashcard for a 3D view of the flashcard! Your students will love it!
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  • iOS 8 Update "Convergence" Available Wednesday, September 17

    Posted by Kimberly Jett at 9/16/2014

    The release of an update for all apple devices including iPhone 4s and newer, iPad 2 and newer, will be available Wednesday, September 17 throughout the day! Please click on the link below to learn more about the update and how district users can do the update! 

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  • Webinar Wednesdays Start September 3rd!

    Posted by Kimberly Jett at 9/2/2014
    Starting Wednesday, September 3, 2014, the Technology Department is hosting weekly webinars from 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm. Webinars are professional development sessions that attendees can watch from anywhere as long as they have access to a wi-fi connection. 
    September Session Topics Are:
    September 3 - iPad App Must Haves
    September 10 - Apps for Classroom Management
    September 17 - You Scan Do It! Using QR Codes in the Classroom
    September 24 - Math Apps To Have 
    What Do You Need To Do?
    1. Register for session(s) in Eduphoria Workshop
    2. Download Adobe Connect App (if watching from iPad)
    3. Prior to the training, you will receive an email with a link or URL to enter the session
    4. At the date/time of training, open the Adobe Connect App and enter the URL (on iPad) or click on the link using a computer
    5. Enter the session as a Guest
    6. Watch the webinar  
    Additional Information
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  • I'm Getting Blocked on the iPad - Barracuda Login

    Posted by Kimberly Jett at 4/16/2014
    Perhaps you have attempted to access a certain website or watch a YouTube video on your new district issued iPad, but realized that the video will not play or the website is getting blocked, there is a solution for that! 
    As long as the website or video that you are attempting to access is within the district's allowable list, you will be able to log into Barracuda and gain access to those sites or videos. To log into Barracuda, you will need to do the following:
    1. From the iPad, launch Safari
    2. Go to
    3. Sign in with your district username and password, Tap Login
    4. If the website or video is allowed, refresh the website you are trying to access and you will now be able to access it  
    5. The access is temporary and you will have to login every hour if you are trying to access the content all day
    Tip: Save the website as a bookmark/icon on your iPad to easily access it in the future!  
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    barracuda icon  
    The icon to Barracuda will now be added on your iPad and can quickly be accessed by opening the icon!
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  • Just a Little APP-etizer!

    Posted by Kimberly Jett at 3/4/2014
    Today's Meterologist of the Day is Celeste from Perales Elementary!
    Using the InstaWeather app, Celeste was able to describe that "it is cold and wet outside!" then snap a photo showing she was cold! The Instaweather app is a great way to review the weather forecast and include in the morning class routine, especially in K-2 classrooms. Students can document the weather, forecast patterns, and document their learning! The share feature within the app easily allows users to post on classroom social media sites such as Twitter, Instagram, etc or simply save to the camera roll and share on a teacher website or blog! 
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  • Appy Hour II

    Posted by Kimberly Jett at 2/27/2014
    The Technology Department hosted the second Appy Hour - Show and Share professional development session on Wednesday, February 26th from 5-6 pm. In attendance were both teachers from elementary and secondary campuses. Attendees were exposed to several productivity apps that can be used by both teachers and students in the classroom. The apps were presented by three of the district's Instructional Technology Facilitators, a teacher from Gus Garcia, and the Technology Department's Software Support Coordinator. 
    A huge "thank you" to the presenters for extending their time beyond their scheduled campus duties! All resources used during Appy Hour can be found at www.smore.com/01mz.  
     Cheesecake APP-etizers! 
    Gardendale ITF Norma Abundez-Cantu                                                                    
    facilitated a station using Write About This app! 
    Roosevelt ITF Stacy Pattenaude facilitated a station                                              
    using Screen Chomp app. 
    Wrenn ITF Phillip Anaya facilitated a station                                                   
    running the Story Me app. 
     Comic strip created about a recent field trip! 
     Wrenn teacher enjoyed Appy Hour! 
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  • APPetizer of the Week - Write About This

    Posted by Kimberly Jett at 2/17/2014
    Is your appetite for relative apps growing!? Stay updated as we feed your hunger and explore trending apps for the classroom! This week's app is Write About This! Write About This is available both in a free and paid version. 
    Write About This  inspires young or emergent writers to get ideas flowing with high quality images and writing prompts! Once a category is selected an image and writing prompt inspires higher-order thinking writing that engages students to create and narrate their own stories! 
    Sample Student Project
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  • Appy Hour

    Posted by Kimberly Jett at 1/31/2014
    In coordination with the Instructional Technology Staff, the Technology Department hosted the first Appy Hour on January 28, 2014! This first Appy Hour was a two hour iPad professional development opportunity. The session specifically focused on iPad apps that can be used in the classroom, with most of the apps being cross curricular and versatile for most classrooms. It was a BYOD session so attendees brought their own iPads, however some iPads were available for check-out. Thanks to the Instructional Technology Facilitators, a different app was presented every 5 minutes, keeping the attendees interested in a variety of instructional ideas. Using the iPad's AirPlay feature, all presentations were done wirelessly from each presenter's iPad. 
    The Technology Department looks forward to hosting an Appy Hour every month from 5-6 pm. The next Appy Hour is February 26, 2014. Registration for the session is available in Eduphoria. 
     ITF Victoria DeLaGarza from HB Gonzales 
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  • Your Home Drive

    Posted by Kimberly Jett at 12/3/2013
    Are you aware that you have a personal virtual storage drive? Once you are signed into your workstation, you have the option to save to the home drive or (H:) drive rather than to the computer. All employees are urged to save to their home drives rather than to the desktop or computer. As a matter of fact, students are no longer able to save to the computer and can only save to their home drives. 
    Advantages to saving to the home drive are:
    • If the computer breaks or your lose your jump drive, you still have access to all of your files 
    • Don't have to deal with a jump/thumb drive
    • Files can be accessed remotely from home - http://eisd-home.eisd.net/htcomnet 
    • Files can be accessed from a mobile device such as a smart phone or iPad (compatible software must be on device) - How To Access
    To save to your Home Drive: 
    When saving a document, choose the (H:) drive from the drop-down menu 
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  • What's Going On With the New Copiers?!

    Posted by Kimberly Jett at 10/29/2013
    If authentication for the Konica Minolta copiers has been activated at your campus, you have realized that you now have to "badge in" to make your copies or access your print outs. The first time that employees want to make copies or print something out, they will have to go through a one-time authentication process. Once this process is complete, copies and print outs can be retrieved by simply swiping the ID badge at the copy machine. 
    An advantage to this new implementation is that you can send your print job to the network printers and retrieve the job from ANY copier by simply "badging in" at the copier. For example, you can send the document to print from Kennedy, travel to Memorial and retrieve the print job at Memorial. To avoid confusion, employees should delete the old printers from their list of available printers (directions provided on handout linked above). 
    Another advantage is the ability to print from an iPad! As more iPads are introduced to the campuses, we will provide documentation and tutorials. 
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