Monday, October 17, 2016

School Year 2016-17

Wow!  I cannot believe that it has been 8 weeks of teaching already!  There has been so much great teaching and learning going on that I have had very little time to update this site. Sorry for the lapse.
Our newsletters this year are coming in the form of an online version.  They are short and to the point, so it should be easy for you to glean the information that you need at that time. **Be sure to enter your email in the box on the right side to follow this website. You surely do not want to miss any posts ;)

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

THIS JUST IN!.....February Newsletter!

Here's the February newsletter and the month isn't even over with! Aren't you excited? I'm sure that you can relate. Trying to keep up with everything is so mind boggling!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Google Classroom is taking off on many campuses!

Google Classroom is Really Taking Off 

on many of my campuses around town!  


There is a CTE teacher at the Academy that uses it by front-loading all of the student's assignments so that they can work at their own pace at home and at school.  She adds secondary resources for the students to further their learning and to enhance the APEX curriculum.

There are two first grade teachers at different campuses (Hanby & Rugel), who only have 5 laptops and a teacher iPad,  that are using it for their students to easily get to Think Through Math and using those as preassessments for further differentiation.  The students also have links and assignments to go to the Social Studies online curriculum to read and interact with the questions. Onc teacher assigns articles from Scholastic News for the students to read independently and complete the online comprehension questions.

There are two 4th grade 1:1 iPad classes at Hanby that use Google Classroom to do much of their work through Google Docs, Forms, and Google Drawing.  It is a great place for them to put links for their students to do research and to upload ancillary materials for the students to have at their fingertips.

There is a 5th grade teacher at Range that has really taken off with Classroom quickly! She has 10 iPads and 5 laptops and not only has students take turns, but most often has them working pairs collaboratively on many assignments.  They upload their projects straight from the iPad or laptop into Google Classroom.

Here is an article that helps you know how to continue once you've created your own classroom:

http://www.alicekeeler.com/teachertech/2015/05/16/10-things-to-start-with-in-google-classroom/

I will also be posting articles and information on my Facebook page.
Be sure and go to this page and click LIKE!

https://www.facebook.com/mwestonMISDiTech/

Let me know when I can come and help you with your new Google Classroom!

Melinda


Monday, February 1, 2016

Happy, Happy...

Happy New Year! Happy Martin Luther King Day! Happy President's Day!... coming soon I can say Happy Groundhog Day and then Happy Valentine's Day!  

Wow!  It has been a long time since I have posted. Many of my communications this year have been through emails and the "Toilet Trainings" that you have told me how much you love.  I am so glad that they are helping.  Be on the lookout for a new one soon.  

During this week, Feb. 2-5th, I will be attending the Texas Computer Educators Association conference in Austin.  I am excited to learn more about how to help you take your curriculum and choose the right technology tool and plan to enrich and reach the educational goals set before you. 

Here are some problems that we have been encountering recently:

  • Google says that your page is blocked.  This is a problem with the iBoss Certificate and the helpdesk is working on making this better.  
    • Solution:  click on the link that is given when it is blocked and it will give you a login for you to authenticate.
    • Solution:  write helpdesk and let them know that it is continues to happen. 
  • Teacher iPads are acting crazy with the apps
    • Solution:  Upload all of your pictures and videos to your Google Drive, Dropbox or some other storage place.  Do this for anything that you want to save.  Go to Settings and choose Software Update.  If there is an update, do it now.   After the update has completed, go to Settings again and choose Reset.  Erase all content.  This will cause your iPad to wipe itself and set up with the new district management system.  (The plus to this is that you will be able to get large videos and pictures off of your iPad by connecting it to your computer and syncing with iTunes!)
  • AirServer won't connect:
    • Solution:  Update AirServer.  Click on the AirServer icon at the top of your screen Choose "Check for Updates."  Run the update.  On your iPad, there is an app that has to be used called AirServer Connect.  Install the app and follow the directions. 
    • If AirServer is asking for an authorization code, then you can try entering the email for your campus:
      • Hanby - Hanbyreader3@gmail.com
      • Range- misdrange@gmail.com
      • Rugel- rugelad1@gmail.com
I hope that these tips help.  Remember to shoot me an email anytime!  I would love co-teach a lesson with you infusing technology!  I really would like to see Technology in action in your classrooms.  Send me a time that I can come see!  No strings attached.