Thursday, September 29, 2016

EdTech Team U. Online training courses available

Announcing EdTechTeam U
EdTechTeam now offers anytime, anywhere learning to help you advance your skills and knowledge! Explore and discover our ever expanding catalog of online courses that have been built and designed with U in mind. Our courses include 15 hours of deep learning, application, and authenticity.  Each course connects you to global experts on each topic and build you a valuable and supportive learning community.
EdTechTeam Online

1 Credit Courses Launching October 3rd:
Google Drive and Docs
Google Forms and Sheets
Google Slides and Drawings
1 Credit Courses Launching November 7th:
YouTube in the Classroom
Gmail and Calendar
Assistive Technology
Math and GAFE
Even More Courses Coming soon!
iPads and GAFE
The New Google Sites
Design Thinking

REGISTER NOW for EdTechTeam U 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Register Today for Parent #TechTuesday Sessions in October!

The DLC team is again offering Parent #TechTuesday sessions at 2:15PM - 2:45PM focused on upskilling parents in the use of digital tools. The October sessions will focus on Apple operating systems on the MacBook and iPhone. We ask that you bring a device if you have one so you can click along during our sessions. MacBooks will be handy for the October 4 and October 18 sessions. An iPhone will be handy for the October 11 session. The sessions will be in the DLC office on campus.

Please REGISTER for an event on the events calendar on the right side of our ET blog.

The DLC Team hopes to see you at an event!

Web Search with Reading Lexile rating

Looking for web content that is suited to your students reading level or even having them find the material themselves?

Our library system has this ability, it is called WebPath Express.
Go to the following link to start the search process. You do not need to be logged in to conduct a search but you do need to be logged in (with school account details) if you want to save the search for later.

Talk to your Section Librarian for further information and how to share a saved list of searches with your students.

WebPath Express

For information on Lexile (including the scale).

Online VoiceThread Workshops for October

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Join us in October for our free workshops! If you are new to VoiceThread or just want some new ideas, we can help you with these interactive and hands-on sessions.
VoiceThread Mobile​
October 4 at 7:00pm ET - Register here
Online course design has changed a lot in the last 10 years. Over 80% of students now use smartphones and tablets for academic work. In this workshop, participants will learn how to design lessons with mobile learners in mind. We will explore the differences between VoiceThread’s mobile app and the traditional browser version, and participate in hands-on activities.

VoiceThread and Universal Design for Learning (UDL)​
October 18 at 7:00pm ET - Register here
Participants will learn how VoiceThread can help educators provide multiple means of engagement, representation, action and expression for their courses. Participants will learn how to use VoiceThread’s multi-modal communication platform, closed captioning feature, and VoiceThread Universal to design accessible lessons.

VoiceThread and Common Core Lesson Design​
October 25 at 7:00pm ET - Register here
Are you looking for innovative ways to create lessons aligned with Common Core standards? In this K-12 focused workshop, participants will discuss lesson design and learn to blend Common Core and VoiceThread in a variety of ways. We will show examples for ELA, History, Speaking and Listening, and Math standards.

VoiceThread Basics 1 - Upload, Comment, and Share
November 1 at 7:00pm ET - Register here
Participants will learn how to upload media, comment and annotate on that media, and share it with others. This will be a slow paced, step-by-step, hands-on workshop. It is open to both VoiceThread license holders and free members.

About the Workshops

These workshops are completely free.  Each one is led by George Haines, an instructional designer, online educator, and former K-12 teacher.  George will share his expertise to help you get the most from VoiceThread.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Important iPhone Update

Apple have a new update (iOS 9.3.5) which you need to download on your devices.  The download is a fix for recently known security issues.  As always, you can do this directly on your device.

The Mac Observer writes the following:
Last week a mobile security company (Lookout) and the advanced research laboratory at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto (Citizen Lab), released details of a sophisticated, targeted, and persistent mobile attack on iOS devices. The big deal is that this attack can jailbreak an iOS device without the user’s knowledge and collect information from apps including Gmail, Facebook, Skype, WhatsApp, Calendar, FaceTime, and more.
Apple quickly released an update to secure user phones/ipads, which is why you need to update.  For more information from Mac Observer you can go here.

To update your devices, go to Settings > General > Software update.  If 9.3.5 is available, download and update asap!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Setting Up A Shared Folder in Google Photos

Setting up a shared album in google photos is very simple.  (You may want to upload a single photo first as it seems to help with the setup process!)  Check out the screen cast below.

Uploading to Shared Google Photo Galleries

Shared google photo galleries are a great way to collect class photos or photos for different projects.

In order to upload to a shared google gallery, you will need to have a gmail account.

If you download the google photos app you will find the process very quick and easy without a lot of extra steps.

How To Upload To A Shared Gallery (Google Photos App Installed)
Share the link with your album contributors and you are off and running.

Step One:  Click the shared album link

Step Two:  Click the photos icon 

Step 3A:  Choose Your Photos From Your Gallery

Clicking on the photos link should take you straight to your photo library.  If it doesn't see step 3B below (applicable if you do not have the google photos app installed).

Choose your photos by clicking on the ones that you want and then click DONE.  You should now see your photo in the Photo Gallery.  To caption/comment on it, check out Step Four below.

Step 3B:  (For Devices without the google photos app)  Choose Your Photos From Your Gallery

If you are on an older android device and the upload photos link does not take you straight into your device's photo gallery, you may need an extra couple of steps to get to get there:

Choose Select From Computer

Tap Documents

Select Images


Click on Camera Folder

Tap to Choose Image.  It should now upload to the library.

Step 4:  Using the Comments Feature to Caption/Comment On A Photo

Once your picture is uploaded to the gallery, it would be helpful to add a comment to it so we have more information.  You can do this by using the comments feature.  Tap a picture and look for the comments bubble below.  It will either appear on or below the photo and looks like a speech bubble.

Tap on that and add your comment.  When you are finished you can click send to upload your comment.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Students: Changing your password

It is important to keep your password secure. One way of doing this is changing it on a regular basis. To change your password for the SFS systems (wifi and Google Apps) do the following:

Log into
Select Student Resources
Click on Change password

This will change the password for SFSWifi and Google Apps so that the next time you log in, you will need to use the new password.

You will also need to change the password on your printer setting.

Go to Print in any application
Select Print from System Dialogue (especially if you are in Chrome)
Select Job Accounting from the dropdown menu
Make sure the Owner name is your school login details
Change Passcode to your new password
Click Done.

Below is a screencast showing this process.