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What’s new with Westside Technology? Check out the archives of our newsletter, Westside.Technology Update!

Current Issue:

#22:Speed up Classroom!: Welcome to Issue 22! Below you will find information on NETA Contests and Board openings, learn tricks to speed up grading in Google Classroom and discover two tips to create Keynote templates for students.

 

Back Issues:
#21:EasyBib, Google Calendar, Accessibility and More!: Happy Halloween! In this ‘spooktacular’ issue of the Westside Technology Update we take a look at a number of tricks and treats! Read on to get a preview of what’s coming to the elementary library curriculum, check out the new Google Calendar and see how the built in accessibility features of iPad can benefit ALL students.
#20: ‘Secret’ Mac Tips + More!: Welcome to the big 2-0! Westside Technology.Update is now 20 issues in! In this issue I will walk you through 5 great Mac tips that you may not have known about, answer a question over how enable trackpad mode on the iPad and let you think about how “everything we really need to know about technology we can learn in kindergarten”.

#19:Keynote, App Closing and Tab Pinning: In this issue we take a look at the role of technology in questioning, explore how to use the districts new data warehouse system, Illuminate and I share a few tips and tricks over Keynote, Chrome and iPads.

#18: Keynote and more!: In this issue we discuss how to extend the capabilities of Google Classroom, explore new applications and websites, review a few features of Keynote that you might not be aware of and more!

#17: Organization is Key: Welcome to issue 17! In this issue, we take a look at ways to stay organized on your Mac, learn about a new website you can use to help students find the web services you use and then review some of the new apps that are available to you this year on both the Mac and the iPad.

#16 What’s New @ Westside: What’s new and the same in technology for 2017-18? This issue will walk you though new features for your MacBook Air and iPad, highlight new software and services that are available and you will learn a great trick for talking to your Mac.

#15 Back to School Technology Essentials: Welcome to the 2017-18 school year! This email may be a bit long, but contains everything you need to know to get started or continue working with with district technology and services. The first portion applies to ALL staff members. The second is divided into elementary focused (K-6) and secondary focused (7-12).

#14: May 16, 2017: In this issue: In this, the last technology update email of the semester, we cover just 1 topic: the 2017 refresh! Throughout the past couple of weeks we’ve sent out many emails pertaining to specific parts of the technology refresh. With the amount of email’s that teachers have to deal with this time of year, I thought it would be nice to have everything in one spot!

#13: May 2, 2017: In this issue, lucky #13, we take a look at secondary eMerge and spend some time learning from our colleagues’s experiences at NETA 2017.

#12: April 18, 2017: In this first, post-spring break issue, we take a look at creating and sharing ePub’s on the iPad, talk about the expansion of eMerge into the middle and high school, look at how to save documents as PDFs and then how to follow along with the upcoming NETA conference using social media. Enjoy!

#11: April 4, 2017: In this issue we learn how to use Google Forms for assessing learning and hear from Matt and Paul about how technology is helping to reduce the budget gap for the district. We also take a look at how to improve your classroom presentations through storytelling, cover tips on how to project your presentation and how to add interactivity to your presentation with Google Q/A.

#10 March 21, 2017: This week we learn how to check for malware on your Mac, cover two Safari tips, take a look at Google Team Drives, and spend some time taking a look at underused apps and websites.

#9 March 7, 2017: In this issue we discuss the Apple Teacher certification program, customizing iWork, using iPads for assessment, freeing up space on your mac and using online tools to schedule meetings. If you have any topics that YOU would like to see covered, please let me (Matt) know. Your questions and ideas may be featured in a future issue!

#8: February 21, 2017: This week we focus on many Google tips and tricks, including Google Docs, Contacts and to do lists, as well as a few updates about upcoming professional learning opportunities.

#7: February 7, 2017: This week, we learn about using your phone as a Keynote remote, some new ways to ‘hack’ Google Doc’s, iPad tips and tricks and my favorite apps and services for discovering/aggregating new content.

#6: January 24, 2017: Learn from two elementary teachers about how they use Google drive to help with reading fluency, see the best ways to get tech support and read about new and underutilized apps available on your iPad and Mac.
#5: January 10, 2017: This issue is packed with everything you need to get your semester started off right. Dr. Lindgren ponders the impact of Google on questioning in the classroom and we talk about how to enable pop ups on the Mac. Also featured this week is a question about what options are available for staff to use as a learning management system, as well as a showcase of note taking apps

#4: December 27, 2016: New Year, New You! This issue is a bit more focused that previous installments. I hope you take away two main things – we have great technology trainings coming up in the new year, and that there are great tools out there to help you manage email.

#3: December 13, 2016: Episode 9 of Declassified, emoji on macOS, apps and applications for movie creation and more!

#2: November 29, 2016: Featuring accessibility tips & tricks, hour of code, and programming links.

#1: November 18, 2016 : Featuring Episode 8 of Declassified, cold weather tips and tricks, Blackboard Logins, Westside’s Tech philosophy and more!