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May 17, 2019

Split Tabs Chrome Extension

Have you ever wanted to divide your screen into multiple parts based off which specific tabs you had open? You want to see more than one tab on your screen, but in order to do so, you have to shift around multiple tabs into resized windows. It can be an irritating task. Split Tabs is a fantastic extension for your Chrome browser. It allows you to have your screen divided into multiple tabs, and does the resizing for you. It is so much more efficient. Check out Split Tabs to see how your world can immediately become more efficient. 

Transform Your Teaching with Nearpod

Nearpod is an interactive presentation and assessment tool. Teachers can choose from 7000+ lessons or create their own. These lessons have a vairety of interactive features within the lessons including: Open-ended questions, quizzes, videos, polls, VR field trips, web content, fill-in-the-blanks, matching, drawing boards, etc.  Students access the presentation through a code and interact with the media as they go. Teachers have the option to set up the lessons as student-paced (students work at their own pace) or teacher-paced (teacher controlled).

Land of Lincoln Tech Fest 2019

We are very excited to announce the 3rd annual Land of Lincoln Tech Fest conference is now open for free, district-wide registration! 

The LoL Tech Fest, hosted by your District Tech TILs, will take place June 10, 11, and 12, from 8:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. at Matheny Withrow Elementary School. All LoL Tech Fest sessions will be presented by our very own District 186 teachers. 

The session offerings cover a wide range of technology integration topics. Participants of the conference can attend up to six different sessions over the three-day schedule - all for free! You can check out the session schedule here. Please consider joining us in this amazing learning opportunity. Prizes and PDHs will be available. Click on this registration form to register for your session(s) today! Hope to see you there!

Land of Lincoln Tech Fest 2019

Make sure you check out our LoL Tech Fest/Tech in the 217 Apparel in our store. We have quite the selection this year. The store will close on May 19, at 11:59 PM.

EdTech Blogger Spotlight

This month's EdTech Blogger Spotlight is on Matt Miller, Head Textbook Ditcher, Ditch That Textbook LLC. We have shared many tools and strategies for teaching and learning from Matt. Here is a video in which Matt keynotes Transforming Teaching and Learning with Tech. We highly recommend you invest some time exploring his webite. A lot of what you will find can be taken back to the classroom tomorrow. 

Chrome Browser Update

We have had many instances in which a teacher or staff member has informed us there is an issue with their computer when they are trying to get something to work through their Chrome browser. When this usually occurs, we find their Chrome browser needs to be updated. This is a very simple process. To do this, you will need to open Chrome, click on the word "Chrome" at the top left-hand corner of the screen, and then click "About Google Chrome". Doing so will begin the update. You can even see the activity wheel spinning in the first area of the Settings when it comes up. If you find any difficulties with this process, please reach out to your Building Tech Leader or TIL and they can assist you with the issue. 

Chorme Update Directions

Transferring Your Google Drive Files

Are you leaving the district or retiring, or are you a student who is graduating? Here is the best solution we have found for saving your Google Drive data to a personal Google account.
FYI: You cannot transfer folders. The user will need to create a folder in the new Team Drive and transfer documents.