<![CDATA[Instructional Technology - Resources]]>Fri, 15 Jan 2016 00:05:54 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[How to set up classroom equipment]]>Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:19:31 GMThttp://district65instech.weebly.com/resources/how-to-set-up-classroom-equipmentLearn how to set up your classroom projector, laptop, document camera, and Promethean Board.
<![CDATA[Upgrading to OS X Mavericks]]>Tue, 10 Jun 2014 16:36:48 GMThttp://district65instech.weebly.com/resources/upgrading-to-os-x-mavericksPicture
We are upgrading our MacBookPro's to OS X Mavericks this summer so be sure to check out the 220+ new features! Click here to see 

<![CDATA[Great resources for teachers!]]>Mon, 03 Mar 2014 21:59:55 GMThttp://district65instech.weebly.com/resources/great-resources-for-teachersAfter participating in several ICE sessions, we have gathered some wonderful teacher resources for everyone. Check out these great links:

Tammy Worcester Tang, former classroom teacher, specializes in finding unique and creative, but most of all,effective ways to use technology in the classroom.

Tammy offers some fabulous free resources and ideas here at her website, and is available to come to your school or conference to lead sessions and workshops that are guaranteed to excite your teachers and engage your learners!

Molly Schroeder
Molly Schroeder is a Technology Integration Specialist for Edina Public Schools.  Prior to working at the district level, she taught 5th grade for 10 years.  She is a Google Certified Teacher and Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer.  She presents at conferences, workshops and conventions around the world on how to integrate emerging and engaging technologies into the classroom.  She is one of the founders of Flipped Education, a company dedicated to providing relevant technology integration professional development for educators and technology education consulting.  She helps to produce the Google Apps for Education Summits around the US and world.


<![CDATA[February 26th, 2013]]>Tue, 26 Feb 2013 22:23:08 GMThttp://district65instech.weebly.com/resources/february-26th-2013Some great ideas of how you can use Comic Life in the classroom....

If you need any help getting started, please make an appointment to meet with Fred, Jenny or Patty.
<![CDATA[Web page tips and tricks!]]>Wed, 06 Feb 2013 18:57:37 GMThttp://district65instech.weebly.com/resources/web-page-tips-and-tricksPicture
Need some help setting up your web page?

Don't know what to put on your pages?

Don't worry, help is here! Just click on the picture to download the PDF file.

<![CDATA[Using an iTunes Gift Card to Purchase Apps]]>Wed, 06 Feb 2013 18:15:13 GMThttp://district65instech.weebly.com/resources/using-an-itunes-gift-card-to-purchase-appsPicture
If you would like to try out some new apps to see how they would work in your classroom, please click on the picture to review the instructions.

If you find an app that you think would be beneficial for students, please email Patty Tzortzis with the name of the app and a description of how it can be used in the classroom. Make sure to include the target grade level and if you have examples of how this can be used, please include it in your email.

Once it is reviewed, it will be put on a list of possible apps to add in the near future.

<![CDATA[How to build your website using Weebly]]>Tue, 29 Jan 2013 22:03:17 GMThttp://district65instech.weebly.com/resources/how-to-build-your-website-using-weeblyTo improve home-school communication and better engage families and students, some of our teachers are piloting the use of a web design tool that simplifies design and promotes effective communication. This tool is free and it is called Weebly for Education. This website (Instructional Technology) is created and updated frequently using Weebly.

Teachers who opt to use a tool other than FirstClass RWD (Weebly, Wikis, etc) shall provide the following disclaimer on their FirstClass RWD page:

"District 65 supports a home-to-school connection using a variety of technology tools, including teacher web pages. The following link will take you to an external teacher web page created by Ms./Mr. _______.  This site is designed to support that home to school connection with parents and students, but is independent of the District site.  The creator is solely responsible for the content therein.

Here is a link with and interactive tutorial on ho to create a classroom/teacher website using Weebly:
Wonderful Websites with Weebly

Feel free to contact the Instructional Technology team to schedule an appointment and help you build your website!

<![CDATA[Using Doodle Buddy in your classroom]]>Tue, 29 Jan 2013 21:16:51 GMThttp://district65instech.weebly.com/resources/using-doodle-buddy-in-your-classroomPicture
In order to import a photo from the camera roll, you must first do the following:

1. While in Doodle Buddy, click on the Tic/Tac/Toe button which is on the bottom row.
2. Click the home button to go to settings > privacy >photos
3. Make sure Doodle Buddy is set to on.
4. Go back to doodle buddy, click the Tic/Tac/Toe, click photos and now you can acces the photo library.

Here are some ideas to help get you started.....

Divide the Doodle Buddy screen in half.  The teacher will draw a letter or a         number on one side of the screen.  The student will identify the letter or             number orally, then write it on their own on the other half of the screen.  This     works well for students who struggle with writing letters and numbers backwards on paper. 
Divide the Doodle Buddy screen into two columns, one for singular and one for plurals. Choose stamps to represent singular and plural objects and place them into the appropriate column.  For example, we tapped one dog stamp into the singular column and 4 dog stamps in the plural column. 
  • SIGHT WORD RECOGNITION:                             
Read a sight word aloud to students.  Students should first "chop up" the word on their arm to identify the sounds of the word and what letters they will need to spell the word.  Students can then write the word on the Doodle Buddy screen in a fun color, or even on a fun background.  You can also use a provided stamp image and have the student repeat the activity to spell the stamped image that you put on the screen. 
     The teacher will call out math facts and the student has will write their answer on the Doodle Buddy board using the color and style of their choice.  When the student has written their answer, they hold it up for the teacher to check.  For example, the teacher can call out 6+?=10? The students would write 4.  For students whocannot do the mental math, they can use the stamp feature to choose an image to "draw out" the problem.  For example, if the equation were 3+2=? The student could put 3 frog stamps next to 2 frog stamps and count them together.

Here is a quick video tutorial on how to use Doodle Buddy....enjoy!

<![CDATA[How make a brochure using Pages]]>Fri, 25 Jan 2013 17:54:11 GMThttp://district65instech.weebly.com/resources/how-make-a-brochure-using-pagesTeachers and students can use the brochure template in Pages in their classes. For example, some of our elementary school teachers are having the students research about cities in order to create a travel brochure. The students incorporate social studies and science during this part of the investigation, while practicing reading and writing. Here is a tutorial on how to use Pages to create a brochure about New York. The video shows how the students can add and format their own content.
Remember that teachers in our district can schedule an appointment to meet with a member of the D65 Instructional Technology team and train you on how to use Pages, plan the activity with the students, and provide support during the activity.