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Vol. 2, Issue 11 May 20, 2014

Tech News Tuesday online eNewsletter IN THIS ISSUE Schools almost out for Summer! Have fun with these awesome resources:  Focus On – Resources for Teachers  Cool Tool – Blendspace  For the Rookie – How to use Tabbed Web Browsing  Google Apps for Education – What is your MCS Google Account  Mobile App – Adobe Voice for the iPad  Trending Topic – Upcoming Google Classroom tool


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Table of Contents

Focus On page 1

Cool Tool page 2

For the Rookie Focus On: Resources for Teachers

ONLINE ENEWSLETTER PROVIDING INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY STAFF RESOURCES

OpenEd * opened.io Focused on offering Common Core resources. Wealth of Language Arts and Math lessons, games, quizzes, and tests.

Gooru * goorulearning.org K-12 collections of engaging web resources for Science, Math, Social Sciences, Language Arts, and Standards

Common Curriculum * commoncurriculum.com Create your Common Core Lesson plans on the web with easy to use drag and drop features

PBS Learning * ca.pbslearningmedia.org Free educational resources organized by grade level, subject, and standards

Discovery * discoveryeducation.com/teachers Free high quality, engaging, and relevant resources

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Google Apps for Education page 4

Mobile App page 5

Trending Topic page 6

TeachersFirst * teachersfirst.com Collection of lessons, units, and web resources designed to save teachers time

Global Education Database * gedb.org/courses Real-time directory of educational resources being used in the classrooms around the world

EducatorsTechnology * educatorstechnology.com Resources of educational web tools and mobile apps for teachers

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Do2Learn * do2learn.com Special Needs educational resources Modesto City Schools | Office of Instructional Technology www.mcs4kids.com/it


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Cool Tool

www.blendspace.com

Create lessons within 5 minutes. Easy to use drag and drop features to curate digital content and share lessons online. Collect web resources in one place and share with just one link. Students and Teachers sign-in with their Google Account. Allows content from Google, YouTube, Educreations, Google Drive, Dropbox, OpenEd, Gooru, any video, photo, audio, document, or presentation file. Has built in quiz creation and you can also embed a Blendspace into your website. Great for Differentiated Instruction and Project-Based Learning.

Modesto City Schools | Office of Instructional Technology www.mcs4kids.com/it

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For the Rookie

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Tabbed Browsing

a Browser is a program on the computer that allows you to visit webpages and use the Internet. Many Browsers are free such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari and Microsoft Internet Explorer. Find out what browser you are using and make sure it is always updated with www.whatbrowser.org

Tabbed Browsing is a very useful feature that allows you to open multiple websites in a single browser. You can open webpages in a new tab, and switch between them by clicking the tabs you want to view.

Modesto City Schools | Office of Instructional Technology www.mcs4kids.com/it


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Google Apps for Education MANY WAYS TO GET TO GOOGLE APPS ON THE WEB Google Drive drive.google.com

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Welcome! You now have a Google Account through Modesto City Schools! This video will share what that means:

Google Docs docs.google.com Google Sheets sheets.google.com Google Slides slides.google.com Google Form forms.google.com Google Drawings drawings.google.com Google Sites sites.google.com Google Calendar calendar.google.com Google Keep keep.google.com ON ANDROID DEVICES Google Drive app link Google Docs app link Google Sheets app link Google Calendar app link Google Keep app link ON APPLE IPHONE IPAD DEVICES Google Drive app link

> Click here how to sign-in for your first time to MCS Google Apps for Education

Google Docs app link Google Sheets app link CHROME WEB STORE Google Drive app link Google Docs app link

> Apps and Extensions and Themes, Oh My! Click here to find out what it is all about

Google Sheets app link Google Slides app link Google Form app link Google Drawings app link Google Calendar app link

> Help and Support is just an email away for MCS Google Apps for Education. Email us at googlesupport@monet.k12.ca.us

Google Keep app link

Modesto City Schools | Office of Instructional Technology www.mcs4kids.com/it


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Mobile App

Story a

Telling Made Fun and Easy

Adobe Voice http://getvoice.adobe.com

Modesto City Schools | Office of Instructional Technology www.mcs4kids.com/it


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Trending Topic

Google Classroom

In September 2014 Google will be debuting a new free tool to Google Apps for Education suite called Classroom. It will help teachers create and organize assignments quickly, provide feedback efficiently, and communicate with their classes with ease.

> Click here for more information and how to sign-up for a preview

www.google.com/edu/classroom

Have a great Summer from the folks at Modesto City Schools | Office of Instructional Technology www.mcs4kids.com/it

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