Tuesday, November 27, 2012

GCISD Tech Lessons

The GCISD Tech Lessons website (http://gcisdtechlessons.wikispaces.com/Home) is a great resource for finding websites and activities for all areas of the curriculum.  It can be easily accessed from the GCISD Important Websites page that should be a default tab on any browser on a district computer.  

Some resource links you'll find on Tech Lessons include:
  • Activities and websites for every subject and topic taught in grades K-5 (Click the green button for your grade level, choose a subject and then choose a topic.)
  • Keyboarding practice for all grade levels
  • Free clip art and media resources for all grade levels
  • Activities and websites for all stations of Reading Daily 5
  • Links to Web 2.0 sites and other GCISD resources like BrainPop and Tumblebooks (much easier than having students type in URLs!)
  • Interactive websites that work on the iPads
  • iPad app recommendations and resources
  • Math resources for grades 6-8
  • And much more!
Bookmark it and check it out today!  If you find a broken link or have a site you'd like added to Tech Lessons, email a Digital Coach or leave it in the comments below.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Mac Tip- Air Drop

AirDrop is the easiest and fastest way to share files between Macs.  It's a great way for Digital Classroom students to share work from a MacBook Air to the teacher's MacBook.   Here's how it works:

1.  Open AirDrop on both/all Macs that need to share files by clicking GO and AIRDROP.  (If you don't see GO on the menu bar, click anywhere on the desktop or open any Finder window.)

2.  All the Macs in the area with AirDrop open will show up on the AirDrop list.
3.  To share a file, simply drag the desired file onto the appropriate user's icon in the AirDrop list.  Click SEND when prompted.

4.  The recipient will get a notification of the file and can choose SAVE AND OPEN, DECLINE or just SAVE.

That's it!  Easy as pie.  How could you use AirDrop in the classroom?  Leave us a comment with your ideas!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Videoconferencing in GCISD

Videoconferencing allows two or more locations to communicate by simultaneous two-way video and audio transmissions. Your classroom can connect with another classroom in the district or with a museum or other location through the use of a videoconference cart. 

Connect2Texas is a searchable database of videoconference opportunities throughout the state.
There are also many museums and schools throughout the world that are able to connect with us through videoconferencing.

If you find a videoconference on Connect2Texas in which you would like to participate, contact Jason Brown in the technology department and he can facilitate the set-up. We have 3 mobile videoconference carts in GCISD. Jason will facilitate having the cart delivered to your classroom and set up prior to the date of your videoconference. If you would like a digital coach to help facilitate on the day of the videoconference in your classroom, this can be requested through your campus learning liaison.

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