1:1 Grant Awardees

May 26, 2015 We had an overwhelming number of grant applicants this year. Of those applicants, we were able to fund 9 iPad grants and 3 Chromebook grants. Thank you to all who submitted a proposal. Congratulations to the following teachers who have been awarded 1:1 grants: Carolyn Korza - Iles Alicia Logsdon - Graham Jason Curry - Iles Lisa Boyd - Sandburg Holly Davis - Southern View Jeanne Edwards - SHS Lindsay Chaparro - GMS Amber House - WMS Krista Wilson - JMS Angie Nesbit - FMS Tracy... READ MORE

Free Books for the iPad

Jul 8, 2013 iBooks on the iPad support ePubs, PDFs, and the Multi-Touch book. Locating free books in the iTunes store is as easy as searching on your laptop or iPad for “Free Fiction” or “Free Books”. Project Gutenberg offers a collection of 42,000 books, and many of those titles are also available in the bookstore in iTunes. Current Nook or Kindle books in your account can be read on the iPad with the appropriate app. Both have a collection of free books. READ MORE

A Healthy iPad

Mar 14, 2013 A healthy iPad has at least 1 GB of available space and the current version of the iOS. Available space and version are checked in the “Settings” app. Open Settings and select General. The current iOS version for an iPad 2 or greater is 6.1.2. A District iPad is often connected to a sync station for curriculum apps and should be connected regularly to the sync station. The sync station creates a backup of your iPad and updates your District apps. READ MORE

Reducing File Size

Mar 13, 2013 FIle size is expressed in kilobytes (kB), megabytes (MB) or gigabytes(GB). A simple word processed file is about 40 kB, a single JPG image is often 2-10 MB, and a single DVD can hold 4 GB. Pages and Preview provide tools to reduce the size of a file. Files attached to an email message are best kept less than 3 MB. Attachments sent to alldistrict or a building reflector should be less than 1 MB. Pages provides a built-in file reduction tool. READ MORE

Google Translate and the District Information System

Feb 19, 2013 The District Information System, including students’ electronic cumulative folders, can now be easily read in any of the sixty-five languages that Google Translate supports. Students, parents, and teachers can select their preferred language in the Information System under the “Prefs” menu choice. After the translation option is enabled, a new language can be selected. All pages on the District Information System will be translated easily, but may take a moment to reload. READ MORE

Tech After Hours

Aug 30, 2012 This year the Instructional Technology Department will offer a series of short technology sessions after school. Everyone is invited to participate. The sessions are voluntary and non-paid. "Tech After Hours" sessions will be held from 4:00-5:30: Please register online, you'll need to login!. http://www.sps186.org/schools/techservices/?p=53157&b=902 Sept. 5 GMS Oct. 3 FMS Nov. 7 H-Park Jan. 9 Ridgely Feb. READ MORE

Edit Your Information!

Aug 15, 2012 If you’re building a webpage you’ll immediately notice blurbs have new background options! Some of the delete options have been replaced with the word trash. Trash can be recovered for 60 days. Teachers, be sure and check if your webpage is on the correct school. Reply to this email or call Computer Services, 585-5808 for corrections. You can control the middle column of your webpage and limit it to only this year’s material by selecting settings. READ MORE

Online with the Olympics

Jul 27, 2012 Does the Olympic flame ever go out? This is one of the wonders explored on Wonderolopis. If you search Olympics on Wonderopolis you’ll find a collection of additional sports wonders. Test your Olympic knowledge on the New York Times Learning Blog. The National Science Foundation in partnership with NBC Learn provides free lesson plans and videos on the science of the summer Olympics. TES has a collection of lesson plans and classroom activities. READ MORE

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