• 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.  
     
     
     
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     Cheesecake APP-etizers! 
     
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    Gardendale ITF Norma Abundez-Cantu                                                                    
    facilitated a station using Write About This app! 
     
     
    Stacy                                         
    Roosevelt ITF Stacy Pattenaude facilitated a station                                              
    using Screen Chomp app. 
     
     
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    Wrenn ITF Phillip Anaya facilitated a station                                                   
    running the Story Me app. 
     
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     Comic strip created about a recent field trip! 
     
     
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     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. 
     
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     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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  • Forget Facebook...Educate with Edmodo!

    Posted by Kimberly Jett at 10/1/2013
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    Edmodo is "officially" at Edgewood ISD! Edmodo is similar to Facebook, with a social network feel, but safe to use within the district and classroom. Teachers can use Edmodo to create a blended learning classroom where they can post assignments, share resources, reminders, etc. Students can access Edmodo through the website, free smartphone app, or through the free iPad app!
     
    To get connected with Edmodo visit www.edgewoodisd.edmodo.com and register for an account. Teachers will need a specific school code that can be found in the Forms Drive (F:) under the Technology and Edmodo folder. Students sign up by entering a group code generated by their teachers. 
     
    Click on the link below for more information about Edmodo:
     
    Technology Edmodo Resources Page  
     
    Look out for upcoming training!  
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  • Welcome to iHelp!

    Posted by Kimberly Jett at 9/27/2013
    Welcome to iHelp! 
     
    This blog is available as a sounding board for any inquiries employees might have about Apple products and Technology related topics at Edgewood ISD! As we begin to acquire more Apple products, you may have questions about apps, procedures, operations, and maintenance and we will do your best to cover most topics.  We will also cover some to the basics and advanced topics on iPads, iPods, and carts to help ensure that all users will be able to accomplish their goals without the unnecessary growing pains.  We will keep you updated on new trends and hope you enjoy reading!
     
     
     
     
     
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