Technology Integration Update


Welcome to issue #54. In this issue we will take a look at new features available with iPadOS 13, updates to Apple Teacher and FlipGrid and we have a quick reminder about technology and cold weather! As always, if you have any questions about technology, or have a suggestion for something you would like to see highlighted in this news letter, please let us know!

Thought of the Week

Are you looking for ways to entice students to read more? Oakdale/Paddock Road librarian Alex Essen has a solution - Create fun book covers and infographics using Canva!

In addition to Canva, you can also use tools like Adobe Spark Post, ComicLife and Pages to create graphics for your classroom. If you want to learn more, reach out to us and we’ll be happy to help!

Update to iPadOS 13!

If you haven’t yet updated your iPad to iPadOS 13, you should do so ASAP! In addition to many security and bug fixes, iPadOS 13 completely transforms what the iPad can do. Want an in-depth look at the changes? Check out the below from Federico Viticci of

For as long as iOS has born its name, the iPad has shared the platform’s spotlight with the iPhone. Over the course of (nearly) a decade, both devices have advanced in lockstep, with iOS evolving to accommodate the unique needs of each. This isn’t changing with iPadOS 13, but Apple is ready to acknowledge a reality that’s been apparent since iOS 9 and the original iPad Pro: while the underlying platform may be the same, the iPad is marching forward at a different pace, advancing on a more deliberate schedule, and tackling problems that don’t affect the iPhone at all. Read the rest of the story how the iPad has evolved at

To update, go to Settings->General->Software Update and run any available updates.

Updates to Apple Teacher

If you haven’t checked out Apple Teacher lately, you should! Apple is constantly expanding the content available on Apple Teacher to provide new tips, tricks and tutorials for you to explore at your own pace. There are sections for iPad, Mac and Swift Coding.

To access Apple Teacher, go to and sign in with a Personal AppleID. Note: Your Westside email address/password will NOT work with Apple Teacher. This is by design. Apple wants the professional learning an certificates you can earn to be tied to YOU and not the school district.

New Pages for iPad Feature: Smart Annotations

With Smart Annotations, you can mark up and add feedback to Pages documents. Annotations stay connected to marked-up objects as revisions are made so coauthors can review, track, and incorporate changes.

  1. Open a pages document.
  2. Turn on Smart Annotation. Tap anywhere on the page with an Apple Pencil or Logitech Crayon, or tap on the (…) icon with your finger, then choose Smart Annotation.
  3. Change the marker color. Tap the color wheel for more options. Add a few annotations, then tap Done when you’re finished.
  4. That’s it! You’ve now marked up a Pages document with Smart Annotations. What makes them smart? Try typing a new line, or adding an object above the text you annotated. Notice how the annotations move with the text.

You can read more about Smart Annotations at:

New FlipGrid Updates

On February 4th, FlipGrid announced a couple of great new updates!

  1. Educator Mode on FlipGrid Mobile Apps:

It’s now easier than ever to manage your Flipgrid Topics while you’re on the go! Here’s how to activate Educator Mode in the Flipgrid mobile apps:

  • Click the three dots in the upper right hand corner
    • Click “Switch Profile” and mark yourself as an Educator
    • You can now navigate to your Educator Dashboard and contact Flipgrid Support from right inside the mobile app. We hope this update saves you a bit of time!
  1. Easier FlipGrid QR Codes: It’s now easier than ever to pick and choose which QR codes you want for your #FlipgridAR display! Simply select multiple video Responses then click “Print QR Codes”!
  2. Librarian in Disco Lib: Teaching librarians innovate and instill a love of reading every day. You can now filter by “Librarian” in the Disco Library to discover launch-ready Topics to share with your learners!
New FlipGrid Updates

With winter squarely upon us, we would like to give you some tips on taking care of your device!

1.Careful Storage: Never leave a laptop, even in a well-padded and insulated laptop case in your vehicle for more then an hour in cold weather. The laptop could freeze causing Parts to become damaged.
2. Let it warm upOnce you bring a laptop in from the cold – allow it to warm up to room temperature before booting.  

3.Do not use devices such as mug warmers, pocket warmers or hair dryers to heat or keep a laptop warm. They are not designed for this purpose and can create problems as they will not heat or keep a laptop warm in the right way. They could heat the wrong parts of a laptop or cause it to generate too much heat and melt internal components

 4. Keep it out of the cold: Whenever possible stay out of direct exposure to cold weather conditions by staying in a vehicle, inside a building or other type of shelter. Protecting your laptop from excessive dampness or wet from snow will keep your keyboard from freezing and other problems from developing.

So what should you do if your laptop or iPad is left in the cold?

The first step is simply to let the computer thaw. The laptop should be at room temperature before you power it on. If the laptop is in sleep mode, you should avoid even opening the laptop, since that may automatically wake the computer. Even once the computer gets to room temperature, it may have condensation on it because of the change in temperature. If your computer looks wet let it dry naturally and bring it into Tech Support. If you turn on your computer when it is wet, it may short one or more electrical connections, which could cause the laptop to stop functioning.

In Closing

As always, if you ever have any technology integration related questions, please let us know. We are happy to work with you to design lessons, develop workflows and even come into your classes and work with you and your students.