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Bringing in the New Year with Gmail
I hope that you all enjoyed the winter holiday break and had time to unplug and relax with family and friends. Over the past couple of weeks the Great Google Migration has gone quite smoothly. You will now see new emails coming into your Gmail inbox, and anything you had foldered, or within your First Class mailbox, will have also been copied over to Gmail. If you have any individual questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to your building technician for assistance.
Now that we have all transitioned over to Gmail, the tech team would like to extend an invite to all of you for both face-to-face and virtual professional development opportunities to get better acquainted with Gmail and all it can do to make your lives easier. A link to the Tech PD Calendar is located on the District Technology web page as well as on the right column under Google Links for Teachers within this eNewsletter. You may wish to visit this calendar periodically, or even subscribe to it for future assistance and support with Google Apps for Education.
Below are some helpful online resources, face-to-face workshop days, times and agendas, as well as a look towards future professional development opportunities in 2014.
Online Video Tutorials
1. Gmail an Overview
2. Filter Email
3. Un-Send Email Lab
4. Gmail Notifier Download
5. Send Read Receipts
Gmail Workshops Dates/Times/Locations
Tuesday Jan. 7th @ YHS Library 2:15 - 2:45pm
Tuesday Jan. 7th @ CRES Library 3:15 - 3:45pm
Thursday Jan. 9th @ YMS Wildcat Room 2:15 - 2:45pm
Thursday Jan. 9th @ VES Computer Lab 3:15 - 3:45pm
Gmail for Intermediate Users
Tuesday Jan. 14th @ YMS Wildcat Room 2:15 - 2:45pm
Tuesday Jan. 14th @ VES Computer Lab 3:15 - 3:45pm
Thursday Jan. 16th @ YHS Library 2:15 - 2:45pm
Thursday Jan. 16th @ VES Computer Lab 3:15 - 3:45pm
Gmail Overview Agenda
Composing an email
Sending an attachment (less than 25 Mb)
Sending an email to the building staff (similar to YHS News)
Creating/Organizing with Labels
Sent Mail Label
Setup Gmail as default Mail To on Laptop
Gchat *(audio/video chat requires a download/install)
Gmail for Intermediate Users Agenda
Filtering Messages (writing mail rules)
Setting Themes or Categories
Download Gmail Notifier
Un-sending email and adding a lab to extend the time for this
Sending Read Receipts
In the Future...
Syncing to my tablet or Smart Phone
Google Apps Integration
eSchool News counts down the ten most significant developments in educational technology during the past year. Our top story highlights various efforts to supply students with reliable broadband.
New Links for Teachers / Students
Yeah, having your schoolwork posted on the fridge at home is cool. But having a video you made posted on the White House website and screened at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue? We think that’s pretty cool, too. That’s why we’re super-excited to announce the first-ever White House Student Film Festival: a video contest created just for K-12 students, and whose finalists will have their short films shown at the White House. Finalist videos may also be featured on the White House website, YouTube channel, and social media pages.
Get the Math is about algebra in the real world. See how professionals use math in music, fashion, videogames, restaurants, basketball, and special effects. Then take on interactive challenges related to those careers. Watch this intro video before trying one of the challenges below.
A virtual board game that provides students with information about Humpback whales. As students move across the board they are stopped at spaces offering facts about the annual migrations of Humpback whales.
Applications for Education
If you're looking for some simple games to supplement a lesson on oceans, ocean wildlife, or weather, take a look at NOAA's Games Planet Arcade.
Powerful Technology - A Classroom Portal is a great way to use Storyboard That in your classroom. You get all the power of our storyboard creator with hundreds of characters and scenes, over 45,000 images, and unlimited usage.
Here you will find one of the greatest historical atlases: Charles O. Paullin and John K. Wright's Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States, first published in 1932. This digital edition reproduces all of the atlas's nearly 700 maps. Many of these beautiful maps are enhanced here in ways impossible in print, animated to show change over time or made clickable to view the underlying data—remarkable maps produced eight decades ago with the functionality of the twenty-first century.
MindMup is a free mind mapping tool that can be used online, with Google Drive, and on your desktop. MindMup works like most mind mapping tools in that you can create a central idea and add child and sibling nodes all over a blank canvas. MindMup nodes can contain text and links.
Google Links for Teachers
1. Open and Edit Word Files in Google Drive.
2. Create PDFs in Google Drive.
3. Use Google Documents Offline.
4. Give Yourself More Room to Work in Google Documents.
5. Create and Organize Folders.
Tons of online video tutorials to assist you with all of the Google Apps for Education.
Check this calendar often, or even subscribe to it to check out all of the local professional development opportunities within the York School Department.
Did you know that Google can help your school or district improve learning so students will be more marketable in the workforce?
Richard Byrne loves Google Drive and he loves his iPad, but they don’t always love each other. The Google Drive iPad app has improved over the last couple of months to the point where it’s not as robust as using Google Drive on the web or on an Android device, but it is much more functional than ever before. In fact, it’s now possible to create student portfolios through the Google Drive app.