Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Google Apps Update!

imageThe Google Apps migration is completed and the only thing to remember is that when you want to collaborate on a document you need to use the D219.org address.  There will be new features and tools added SOON that were only available to traditional Google subscribers.  

Checkout the new additions including Reader (an RSS feed aggregator), Blogger (a Blog authoring app), Picasa Web Albums (Find, edit and share your photos) and a host of others.

Stay-tuned and we will have these available to you, soon!

Google Apps for Education PD Webinar Series

Learn how to use Google Apps in the classroom with a new bi-weekly webinar series lead by Google Apps for Education Certified Trainers. Webinars will be held biweekly on Tuesdays, 4:30PM PT and will also be recorded and archived.
The next webinar in the series will be on Nov 23, 4:30PM PT on the topic of "Student Newspapers and Google Apps" - register today. Future webinar topics for this series include:

See the full calendar of Google Apps webinars (Pacific Time)
"Extra Credit" Webinar Series featuring Northwestern, Truman State, Clemson, and more
Next month, join our webinar series for higher-ed IT leaders who want to learn more and do more with Google Apps. Hear directly from other universities and partners about how your school can integrate, customize, and extend Google Apps for Education. Topics include:

  • 12/6: Using Google Apps as an e-portfolio solution
  • 12/7: Integrating Google Apps with Blackboard™ using "Bboogle"
  • 12/8: Integrating Google Apps with SunGard™ products
  • 12/9: What EDUs can learn from Enterprise Apps implementations

Webinars are free. Reserve your spot now.

Multiple Email Addresses with One D219 Account

With everyone comfortably moving to “the cloud” and your in boxes steadily filling with RSS updates and the like we started thinking, “How can we better manage our in box when subscribing for these services?” The answer is - create another email address.

Establishing email addresses under your D219 account is easier than you’d think. All you have to do, when you’re signing up for a new service or newsletter, is register with a modified version of your email address. For example, guybal+123@d219.org. Remember to include the plus sign and follow it with whatever identifier you choose. This will create a unique email address under your D219 account.

These additional accounts will prove to be beneficial when creating filters to better manage your in box. You can filter based on the “To” information as opposed to the sender or subject line. Check out the Filters tutorial here.

Moodle Upgrade

During winter break, we will be upgrading Moodle to a newer version as well as giving it a fresh new look (see attached screen shots).  While we will be upgrading the Moodle system, it will be OFFLINE starting the end of the school day on Friday Dec 17th - Thursday Dec 23rd.  Please do not schedule any assignments for students to be completed within Moodle during winter break on those specific dates.  Moodle will be available again at the end of the day on Thursday Dec 23rd.

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219 University - Winter 2011

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The Winter schedule has been published and you can now register.
Tech 1: Technology Tools and Apps for the Classroom begins Thursday January 6 at Niles North in the IRC South Classroom from 4 - 7:30.
Tech 1 Hybrid: Technology Tools and Apps for the Classroom: The first day (1/06) and the last two days (2/15 & 2/17) of the course are mandatory face-to-face meeting days from 4 - 7:30pm at Niles North in Room 1500. The first day we'll spend getting you up and running with Moodle and all the resources you will need during the course.  However, the bulk of the course will occur through virtual instruction. There will be specific assignments with firm deadlines submitted via Moodle, culminating in a final project to be presented to the whole group during our last two meetings.
Tech 2: Technology Integration: Tools, Strategies and Assessment begins Monday January 5th at Niles West in Room 1510 from 4:00 - 7:30. We will be providing you with most of the resources you will need during the course.

Using Open Education Resources (OER) in Your Courses

image OER are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use or re-purposing by others, often released under Creative Commons licenses. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, textbooks, streaming videos, tests and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge. These resources may often be easily imported or linked to a Moodle course or web page. Check out a list of OER Resources on the District 219 PDC website.

Tech 2011: A Call for Student Presentations in Springfield

image Give your students the opportunity to show off their efforts and meet with their state legislators and represent their school at the State Capitol in Springfield as part of the annual TECH 2011 event.
TECH 2011 is a not-for-profit initiative supported by a broad range of education and business organizations. Its purpose is two-fold: 1) to raise awareness of the critical role technology plays in preparing students to succeed in today’s world; and 2) to show the need for increased funding for classroom technology.  The TECH 2011 Committee and Illinois Computing Educators (ICE) thanks the General Assembly and our corporate partners for their generous support of this program.
The 2011 event has been scheduled for May 5, 2011, in the State Capitol Building in Springfield. All demonstrations will take place in the afternoon from 12:00 Noon to 3:00 pm. For additional information and a link to the application, check out the Tech 2011 Website or contact Phil Lacey.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A New Technology Newsletter Blog

You may have noticed the technology Newsletter has moved to a new blog site.  Google’s Blogger will be available to D219 soon, so I though I should give it a test drive.
If your looking for blog posts from the previous newsletter you will be able to find them, on sharepoint

D219 to Host a Tech Conference: Call for Presentations

customLogo.gif D219 is planning a tech conference at Niles North for April 9, 2011. The conference will feature a keynote from David Warlick, an accomplished international educational technology consultant and blogger. His presentation, “Literacy and Learning in the 21st Century”  promises to be  enlightening and thought-provoking and will describe how our notions of literacy must expand to harness a rapidly changing information landscape where content and knowledge are increasingly networked, digital, and sometimes overwhelming.

The conference allows us a time to share with our colleagues what we have learned in the first year of the AAL roll-out.  No matter what new tools you have learned about and/or incorporated in your classrooms, we can all benefit from your experiences.  

Please consider presenting during one of the concurrent sessions throughout the day. Follow this link, http://url.d219.org/techconcallforpresenters, to the short form.

Thanks in advance for making this a memorable day for all involved.