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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

MTAC Highlights


English MTAC Rep:
Science MTAC Rep:
History MTAC Rep:
Math MTAC Rep:
World Language/
Fine Arts MTAC Rep:
Physical Education MTAC Rep:
E.C. MTAC Rep:
Melissa Allen
Joe Johnston
Chaning Fuller
Bethany Thomson
Shari Yaroch
Sarah McLamb
Ricky Howard

Kristian Stewart
Nicole Corbett
Stephanie Rous
Megan Cox
Mr. Bass

Topics of Discussion to be addressed with teachers:

A. Returning technology carts: Carts must be returned no later than 2:45 PM EVERYDAY unless you have reserved the SAME cart in advance for the next day! NO EXCEPTIONS! Please do not assume you have the same cart without checking your reservations first.
Teachers may have a reliable student to return the cart at the end of 4th block. Carts 1-4 are stored across the hall from media center (back of the mailroom). The rest of the carts are in the media center office. We need time to check for problems, make sure all devices are being charged, etc. If not being returned until next day it is putting a time-crunch on next teacher using that cart. We are now tracking who is not returning the carts. If keeping the cart for the next day, the reservation must be already made to keep the cart for the next day. Devices should be in the correct slot when placed back in the cart.

B. Technology sharing: If you haven’t already subscribed to the following blogs, please go ahead and subscribe:

Encourage your department members to subscribe for important information and updates.

C. Powerschool Student Accounts: We still have students that have not claimed their account or unable to access their account. Please check with your students and let Mrs. Cox know by filling out the following form if they are unable to access their account AFTER claiming it. Please use the following link: Student Unable to Access PowerSchool Account  Link

D. Lunch, Laugh, and Learn: This great opportunity for students AND teachers. It will be hosted in the media center during both lunches. Our first session will be on April 29th on “Greenscreen”.  The next topic will be “GoAnimate”, date TBD. Digital learning team from county office will be coming with the equipment and students in the media center that day will get to try it out. Teachers are welcome to stop by too. GoAnimate must be the paid subscription to work now. The free version no longer works.

E. Project Ideas: The media center will be home to a green screen project corner next year. Teachers will be able to sign up for students to film projects using the Green Screen by Do Ink app on an iPad. Projects can be uploaded directly to a teacher’s youtube channel from the app. Project ideas will be presented through the hungrybookshelf blog when the equipment arrives.  Subscribe to the blog for ideas.

F. Database Information: The state has stopped the subscription to the Student Research Center database. Once the link on the research zone no longer works, the link will be removed. Explora is the new subscription database. 

G. Technology Resources Inventory: Mrs. Cox or her TA will be coming to your room to scan all technology resources beginning the week of April 18th. All teachers should have received an email of all items checked out in their name. Another notice will go out soon as a reminder. These items need to be returned to the media center if the teacher is no longer using them or the items need to be out and ready to be scanned the week of April 18th. Have the item out and not in a closet (document camera, wireless mouse, etc.) so it can be scanned if you are not ready to return it.

**The next meeting will be held in May. Please consult with your department representative for any concerns, questions or any considerations for any tech or media needs for next school year.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Set expiration dates for access to Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides files

News Release! We can now set expiration dates on Google Files instead of having to manually delete each person! Watch the video below:

Monday, March 14, 2016

"Closed" Blogging

Some of you have asked about creating a "closed" classroom blog so that only the students in your class can see and post on it. I have two solutions for you. 

1.) Google Classrom feature: 

2. Blogger feature: 
By default, your blog is public, and can be read by anyone on the web. To change who can see your blog:
  1. Sign in to Blogger.
  2. Select the blog to update.
  3. In the left menu, click Settings > Basic > Permissions.
  4. In the "Blog Readers" section, click Edit.
  5. Select “Anybody,” “Only blog authors,” or “Only these readers.
  6. Click Save changes.
You can control who can edit your blog, and who can read it.
Let others edit your blog
  1. Sign in to Blogger.
  2. Select the blog to update.
  3. In the left menu, click Settings > Basic > Permissions.
  4. In the "Blog Authors" section, click +Add Authors.
  5. Enter the email address of the person you want to add.
  6. Click Invite Authors.
After they accept the invitation, they'll be listed as an author. You can add up to 100 total members (authors, administrators, or readers) to your blog.
Note: To manage and post to blogs, invited authors or administrators will need a Google Account.
Give a team member access:


  • Add and edit their own posts


  • Add or remove other administrators and authors
  • Change the blog's settings or template
  • Edit or delete any posts
Blogs must have at least one administrator.
If you want to make someone an administrator, go to the menu next to their name and select Admin.
Note: If you make someone an administrator, you give them the right to remove you from your blog.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Export Google Docs as EPUB file

EPUB is the most widely supported file format for publishing accessible documents and digital books, allowing people to consume long-form content in their preferred apps on a diverse range of screen sizes and devices, including smartphones, tablets, and eReaders. To make it easier for authors, publishers, and academic institutions to create works that can be consumed digitally, today we’re launching the ability to export Google Docs files as EPUB publications. Simply go to the File menu > Download as > EPUB Publication (.epub).

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Mobile Video Creation Apps Comparison Chart

Richard Byrne
Please share with attribution.

Mobile Video Creation Apps Comparison Chart

Name of app
Android, iOS
or both?
Editing style
Email required?
Saving & sharing options
YouTube Capture
One-take & rough-cut edit
Google Account required
Google Drive
Android only. Android 4.0+ required. Not all devices supported
(Paid upgrades available)
Multiple track editing.
email or Google Account required
WeVideo cloud
Google Drive
iOS only
$4.99 or free with new iPads
Multiple track editing.
Camera roll.
Export to cloud services
Lapse It
iOS & Android
Free and premium versions.
$1.99 for premium version.
Time lapse
Camera roll.
Export to cloud services
iOS & Android
Animoto account status determines the number of features available to users.
Audio slideshow.
Animoto cloud
Export to other cloud services
Animation Desk
iOS & Android
Free and premium versions available.
$3.99 for premium version.
$4.99 for iOS premium version.
Drawings brought to life in stop-motion style.
Camera roll
Export to cloud services
ABCYa Animate
iOS & web
Animations created in stop-motion style
Camera roll
Export to cloud services
Explain Everything
iOS & Android
Narrated whiteboard instruction
Camera roll
Export to cloud services
iOS only
Narrated whiteboard instruction
Knowmia cloud
Camera roll
Export to cloud services
iOS & Android
Free (premium features available)
Animated, talking cartoons
Camera roll
Export to cloud services
30 Hands
iOS only
Free (premium version also available)
Narrated slideshows
Camera roll
Export to cloud services

The Periodic Table of Education Technology

This Periodic Table is a great visual tool for finding resources! Click on the link download the PDF and each element will direct you to the source! 

Which digital learning tool to use?

Have you ever wondered...

Which web tool should I use?

Does this work on ... device?

Today we are sharing three ways to quickly find appropriate web tools for your students. Whether you are searching for device specific resources or for a web tool that focuses on a certain skill or product; here are three great places to find the right tool.

App Recommendations for Mobile Devices by edtechteacher

Allows you to search educational apps by either device or learning activity. It gives a short overview of every app and a rating for ease of use by student and teacher. This resource does list free and paid apps.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Easily convert text to columns in Google Sheets

We know that copying data and pasting it into a spreadsheet can be a pain if the data does not separate neatly into columns. Google is launching a feature in Sheets that allows you to split data from one column across multiple columns.

There are a few ways you can split delimited data across columns. For example, you can select the columns you want to split, and click Data > Split text to columns. A menu will then appear underneath the data, allowing you to split the data using commas, semicolons, periods, spaces, and even custom separators.

In addition to the “Split text to columns” option, you can also format cells containing data using a contextual menu that appears immediately after you’ve pasted data, as shown in the animation below.