Student Tech Club 2017

We have had a great start to the year with our Student Tech Team that meets during club time on Day 3.

So far a highlight has been the trip to the theater catwalk and the server room.  The 6th and 7th graders took this tour, while the 8th graders prepare to lead some tech activities this year.

Stay tuned for more tech club news this year!

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Digital Citizenship Week for Families

This week is Digital Citizenship week!  We hope that you will find the below resources useful as you encounter this topic at home with your children.  

The Common Sense Media Blog has a lot of information that can be helpful with Digital Citizenship discussions.  In honor of Digital Citizenship Week you may be interested in taking their Device Free Dinner Challenge with more Device Free Dinner Suggestions here.  

We also highly recommend creating a Family Media Plan with the American Academy of Pediatrics Family Media Plan with Media Time Calculator so that everyone in the family is on the same page regarding expectations.

If you have more questions Upper School Head, Colleen Welsh and Aaron Hovel gave a talk about Raising Children in the Digital Age.  We also have a Parent Resource Page with more information on this blog.  In addition, please feel free to reach out to the Tech Department at any time.  

 

New Features of iOS 11


Pike Upper School student Karen G. created the below presentation and showed it to students at Assembly yesterday to highlighting some of the exciting new features of iOS 11.  It is about 3 minutes long and covers some improvements that will be available for our classrooms.  Thanks for leading our student community with the change to this new iOS Karen!  If anyone has questions about the update please contact the Tech Department.

Digital Citizenship Week

This week is Digital Citizenship week!  To kick off our Tech Communications for the year, we are sharing resources that we hope you will find useful for your Digital Citizenship work in the classroom this year.  We request that a message go home after you cover any digital citizenship lessons to help families continue the conversation and reinforce topics at home.  Please reach out to the Tech Department if you need assistance with a message to parents or if you need help implementing anything this year.  

For Grades 1 – 5 BrainPop has free access to their Digital Citizenship Collection.  Their learning pathways tackle topics like Information Privacy, Media Literacy, and Digital Etiquette and students do activities where they can apply what they have learned and teachers can easily access understanding.  There is also an extensive list of Teacher Digital Citizenship Resources available.  

For Grades 3 – 5 Be Internet Awesome by Google helps kids become safe, confident explorers of the online world.  Their curriculum gives educators the tools and methods they need to teach digital safety fundamentals in the classroom and students apply their learning via Interland, a playful browser-based game that makes this topic interactive and fun.  Click here to access Teacher Training for this curriculum.

For Grades 6 – 9 the Applied Digital Skills by Google is a well developed free computer literacy course designed to prepare students for a growing number of jobs that require basic digital skills. With their Applied Digital Skills Curriculum learners explore units and apply skills in real world activities that practice topics like planning an event, creating an interactive guide and many more.  

For Grades 3 – 9, This Digital citizenship and social emotional learning article outlines how character strengths can be used in a positive way to navigate digital dilemmas.  Their Digital Citizenship & Social and Emotional Learning Teacher Guide contains a set of scenarios that students may face at some point in their lives and encourages conversation about character with the goal of developing strengths like humility and perseverance.  

Common Sense Media Ed Tech Reviews –  Their EdTech reviews and supporting resources can help you bring tech tools to your classroom via a collection of age appropriate resources curated by knowledgeable educators.  

Common Sense Media Digital Citizenship Week Resources is a page developed for this week that you can explore, which has many useful resources that can help your students be, as they say, Dig-Cit Ready.  

Google Keyboard Shortcuts

Do you ever forget helpful keyboard shortcuts while using Google Docs?  If so, here is one keyboard shortcut to remember that can help you out when using the Google Suite. To pull up a complete list of keyboard shortcuts that can help you save time see the instructions below:

Step 1: Open a Google Doc

Mac:  Click on ⌘ and /

Chromebook/Windows: Hold down Ctrl and /

The keyboard shortcuts will pop up as seen below:

How to listen to Podcasts


Have you been wanting to start listening to the latest cool podcasts, but don’t know where to start?  Watch the above video or 
click here to see a brief introduction (under 2 minutes!) on how to listen to podcasts.  This can be a great time saving way to squeeze in some learning while you are driving, exercising or whenever.  For more detailed information about the Podcasts app that I speak about in the video this apple support page has all the info that you would need.  If you have questions or need help after watching this very short video please contact the Tech Department.  

Projector and Apple TV Review


In response to some recent requests for projector help we thought that it would be worthwhile to remind everyone of these 2 handy past posts on this blog. 

If you are ever stuck and need a reminder of the basics or with troubleshooting problems when Connecting a MacBook LapTop to a Projector (with cords and no Apple TV) this post can come to your rescue.    

If you need help connecting to an Apple TV our Apple TV Tips page could save the day.  There are instructions for both types of Apple TV’s, so just click on the link that matches your remote.  

Shake to Undo Typos

Did you know that you can shake your iPhone or iPad to undo typing mistakes?  Give your phone or iPad a shake the next time you have the urge to undo and if it doesn’t work see the instructions below.  

How to turn on Shake to Undo on iPhone and iPad

Launch Settings
Tap on General
Tap on Accessibility
Tap on Shake to Undo
Tap the switch so that it appears green
The next time you shake when typing you should see this:

TED-Ed: Lessons Worth Sharing

This post that lists 9 TED Talks recommended by students, for students caught our attention.  It includes a range of TED Talks about topics like education, character development, leadership, public speaking and what adults can learn from children that students have given the seal of approval.  It was published by a new resource called TED-Ed: Lessons Worth Sharing.  Their Lesson Library is a growing list of many lively lessons created by educators in collaboration with professional animators that can be a nice supplemental resource to amplify your teaching.  See some of the existing topics and examples below:

With a free account you can also create your own lessons or flip an existing lesson to adjust any previously created content to fit your needs and share with your students, with interactive reflection options and a way to plug any YouTube video into a lesson separate from all of the distractions of YouTube.  If you need help or if you give TED-Ed: Lessons Worth Sharing a try let us know.