graphic designNathan Smith, Director of Technology Integration at Utah State University, is offering free Photoshop and Graphic design courses.

Nathan is an expert on graphic design, so if you are interested in learning from the best, check out his courses.

Nathan's TeacherLink TechBytes Newsletter:
http://teacherlink.ed.usu.edu/newsletter/2015-09/2015-09_TeacherLINK_TechBytes.pdf

 

todays meetTodaysMeet is the a backchannel chat platform for classroom teachers and learners. Designed for teachers, TodaysMeet takes great care to respect the needs and privacy of students while giving educators the tools for success.

Students join fast, easy to start rooms with no sign up, and can immediately start powerful conversations that augment the traditional classroom.

  • Moderate content: Keep rooms focused by getting rid of off-topic or inappropriate messages.
  • Keep rooms open longer: Ongoing discussion? Long-term group? Keep rooms open for up to a year!
  • But only as long as you need: Close rooms whenever you're ready, not just when time runs out.
  • Keep it private: Limit who can join your room and keep tabs on the participants.
  • Rooms at your fingertips: Easily keep track of all your rooms, and see which are closing soon.
  • Be yourself: Own your own identity across devices and sessions—you can still pick a name, but you're always you!

Learn how to use backchannels in your classroom:
http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2014/04/10-ways-to-use-backchannels-in-your.html

Do you ever click a link to an email address and get frustrated when Outlook or Apple Mail pops up, rather than Gmail? Google Chrome makes it stunningly easy to make your Gmail account the default when clicking linked email addresses. Switching is easy and you don’t even have to go into your Chrome settings.

Check out the video below or click on this link.

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Utah teachers can access UEN premium services through their UEN teacher account.  The premium services are only available to Utah teachers.

Log on to your UEN account.
UEN login

Click on your Personal page.  Look at UEN Premium Services.  Do you see the following services as shown below?

UEN premium services

If you do not see the premium services listed on your UEN personal page, click on "Edit name and login" located in the upper righthand corner of your personal UEN page.

edit name and login
Enter your Jordan District email address in the field labeled "Email address" and save your changes.

email address

You will then have access to UEN's premium services, UIMC + eMedia, Pioneer Online Library, Digital Science Online and Adobe Connect.

Learn more about UEN's premium services here.

9 ideas

"UEN's 9 ideas for..." are a series of 9 easy, quick ideas on how to implement a variety of technology tools in your classroom:

In addition to these great ideas, check out UEN for professional development classes, Pioneer Library, and many other resources for teaching.

add signature to pdfNeed to fill out a pdf and add your signature to it before sending it on?  Here are some way to do it:

On a Mac using the Preview app

On a Mac using the Adobe Acrobat XI:

 

Google ClassroomGoogle Classroom helps teachers create, assign, and collect student classwork and homework paperlessly. Teachers can seamlessly integrate Google Docs, Google Drive, and Gmail to create assignments, provide feedback for in progress and completed work, and communicate with their students directly and with whole class announcements--all without using a single piece of paper. Students can work on assignments in Google Docs and turn it in with a few clicks.

When teachers create assignments, folders are automatically created in Google Drive for each student. They can choose to share a single document (like project instructions), or automatically make a copy for each student (like a project template). They can see who has completed the work at a glance and assign grades. Students can easily see due dates on their assignments page, so they can stay organized and submit work on time.

Google resources for learning how to use Google Classroom can be found here: https://www.google.com/edu/training/get-trained/classroom/basics.html

For elementary teachers just getting started with Google Classroom, please contact your Curriculum Technology Specialist for assistance with student login information.
Bonnie Muir 567-8726, Deanna Taylor 567-8773.