Friday, September 27, 2013

Logging Your Professional Development Activities in Eduphoria

Eduphoria already tracks your activities when you participate in a 219 University course such as Tech 1 or 2, Differentiated Instruction, and so on. It also tracks the sessions you attend during institute days.

You can also add your own documents and activities to enhance your professional development portfolio in Eduphoria by following the instructions detailed in this linked document. By doing so, you have your records in one location, which are accessible by your director and Human Resources for use during evaluations.

Documenting Professional Growth & Development

Mi219 Mobile App

The Mi219 mobile app is now available on the Google Play Store and should soon be accessible through the Apple App Store. 

This tool provides authorized users with access to student and staff directories through a simple search feature. Choose the best terms such as ID number or name. The more precise information provided, the more concise the results will be.

The data returned is pulled directly from the student and employee management systems. Please verify, through your Portal, that your information is accurate and up-to-date.

Student info consists of family contact information, demographics (counselor, home room teacher, etc), and their daily schedule, along with access to important medical information such as allergies or required accommodations.

Staff info displays location, department, title, contact information, and teacher schedules.

To locate the app, simply search in the Play Store for "mi219" or use the QR Code here: 
Google Play Store 

If there are any questions or concerns, please email

Here are some screenshots of the App.

Video Tutorials from Our Tech Leaders

In addition to providing technical support to their peers by repairing broken devices and distributing netbooks to new students, the AAL Tech Leaders have been working diligently to exemplify best practices for netbook use.

They've compiled several video tutorial to help their peers overcome some of the common, albeit challenging, hurdles encountered when computing at District 219.

Cloud Printing is a convenient, wireless way to print from a Chromebook, or from any device running Google Chrome. It’s a great way to print from Google Docs, among other things.

Installing Wulfram Alpha Mathmatica Player
Mr. Farhrenbacher (Math, Niles West) and the Tech Leaders have worked together to create a tutorial for Calculus students, demonstrating how to install terminal code to get the Wulfrum CDF player to run in a Linux environment (the backbone of the netbook operating system).

More videos are in the works:Parents - Understanding the Insurance Process; The Value of Google Calendar as a Homework Tracking and Project Management Tool; and many, many more. 

Stay tuned for more. In the mean-time, there are plenty of other useful tips on the Tech Leader Notebook blog.

As always, Tech Leaders are available for peer training. If you have students who need a little extra guidance with their devices or with the Google products in particular, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Google Docs Best Practices (Brown University)

Brown University has compiled an easy-to-follow guide to their idea of the best practices for Google Docs users.

Beginning with understanding permissions, the website moves into managing and sharing documents and folders with special attention paid to confidentiality. Tips for naming and how to organize files and folders, such as changing the color of a folder making it stand out, are also available.

Here is the original post.

QuickOffice Now Available FREE for iOS and Android

If you have an Android tablet or iPad and you need to edit Microsoft Office Documents stored on your google Drive account, give QuickOffice a try.

Visit the App Store or Google Play for the free download

Here is the original post to read more

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Student Scores and Projected Growth Available through Portal

Student scores and projected growth charts from the ILP are now available through the Portal.  Check out this video explanation to run these reports.  

HippoCampus Updates

Welcome to the new school year!

It's that time of year again - when fresh minds and boxes of pencils show up to class, ready to be sharpened. We know this is a busy (and stressful) time of year for teachers, but HippoCampus is here to help!
You can create a customized playlist of all your favorite content using your free HippoCampus account. Check out this quick video tutorial to see how easy it is:
New Content

Do you know a colleague teaching English Language Arts? Are you looking for composition- or grammar-related topics for your own class? Check out the latest content additions at HippoCampus, including:

- English Language Arts reading, writing, and grammar fundamentals presentations from SIATech

- English composition presentations and simulations from
Dallas Learning Solutions

Help us spread the word about this great new resource!

Free Custom Accounts

Looking for a way to make HippoCampus "yours"? Wish you could tailor the content to your specifications? Want to bring together your favorite learning objects into one, easy to find spot? We've got you covered!

null Sign up for your free account at HippoCampus by clicking the "Log In" button in the top right, then click the "Create Account" tab. Fill in the information, click "Create my account," and you're ready to go! Now you can edit your profile, customize messages for your students, create playlists, edit textbook correlations, create annotations, and more!

Learn more in the HippoCampus User's Guide.