Retirement of Karen Thompson

Jul 18, 2014 After 24 years of service, Karen Thompson is retiring from District 186. Please help us celebrate Karen’s retirement on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 3031 Stanton Ave. in the PD Room (Auxiliary Building) The reception will be held from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served! The Tech Dept.

IETC Technology Conference November 13-15

Oct 30, 2013 The 20th Annual Illinois Education & Technology Conference (IETC) is quickly approaching! Online registration closes next week -- Wednesday, Nov. 6! DATES OF IETC -- Nov. 13-15, 2013 Pre-Conference, Full-Day Workshops: Wed., Nov. 13, 2013 (Seating limited. Check website for workshop sessions and rates.) General Conference Days: Thurs., Nov. 14 and Fri., Nov. 15, 2013 (160+ concurrent sessions offered. READ MORE

Saturday Technology Conference, October 19

Sep 2, 2013 Please join us on Saturday, October 19, 2013, from 8:00 am until 12:00 pm for the fourth annual SpICE mini-conference. SpICE is the Springfield Chapter of Illinois Computing Educators. The conference location this year is Williamsville Junior High School, 500 South Walnut Street, Williamsville. READ MORE

Update Your District Information

Aug 18, 2013 Verify your district information is correct. Communication is important, and colleagues, students and families need to be able to contact you easily. Please let us know if you’ve changed buildings or position. Access to attendance, student cumulative folders and your teacher webpage depends on correct information! If you have a teacher webpage, be sure it is visible on the appropriate school website. 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

Webpages and the New School Year

Jul 2, 2013 The new school year, 2013-2014, officially began on July 1. Teacher and school webpages have a center feed that shows the latest material. If the feed settings is set to "Show Current Year Only" the column will be empty unless material was added after July 1. A quick way to restore the information is to uncheck the "Show Current Year Only" box in Feed Settings. Additional questions? Computer Services is open all summer. Give us a call! 585-5808.

Summer Apple Sessions

May 31, 2013 Summer Apple Sessions are at Lindsay Elementary School on June 4 and 5. The sessions will be provided by Bruce Ahlborn, Apple Professional Development. All sessions are open to any employee and are limited to the first 20 registrants. Participants will have the opportunity to share completed projects with the group. Sessions will review how projects and applications are correlated to the Danielson framework. Please know there is no monetary compensation provided for participating. READ MORE

Students Create ePubs

Apr 26, 2013 Laptops and iPads provide several options to create books that can be read from a computer or mobile device. Teachers and students are creating books with Pages on laptops or iPads, and with eBook Magic on iPads. Marcia Mifflin’s kindergarten authors created in eBook Magic. The original story was drawn and written on paper. The iPad quickly allowed the student or teacher to take a picture of the work and retype the sentence at the bottom of the page in eBook Magic. READ MORE

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