Monday, March 31, 2014

News from the AAL Help Desk

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Student Help Desk

AAL April News

News from Google

Docs.pngGoogle introduced add-ons for Google Docs and Sheets. These add-ons allow you to add all kinds of functionality to your documents, including track changes, grammar checkers, creating bibliographies, and more. While it's still in its infancy, here are a few of the best add-ons available at launch. Add-ons for Google Docs

Great Science Link

ch_m_wing_allLimb_a5_flair_horn_noRostral_healthy.pngWe hope everyone is familiar with the AAL website and the great amount of links for student and staff.

AAL resource page is constantly being updated and we found one more great website.  Makers of the Dragon Genetics site that is popular in science classes, but was problematic running on the netbooks/chromebooks. Geniverse is the update site full of stem based activities and resources created to work with the chrome browser and Chromebook.  Want to Breed Dragons? Try out their What is Meiosis?

PDF Merge/Split

As we move and live in the cloud, PDF documents are as popular as Google Docs.  It would be nice to be able to merge or split PDF documents without having to buy expensive programs.  PDF Merger has the easiest process to add files together, just drag and drop, upload from computer, or even Google Drive. PDF Splitter is just as easy. You can grab file from Google Drive and Dropbox. You can select specific pages to split and customize the names as well.   There’s even more information about editing PDF documents on our blog. Check it out!

All these links and resource can be found on the Student Help Desk website.  

Youtube Embedding

The Tech Leaders are always trying to find solutions for students who want to take their blogs and websites to the next level. Tech Leader Suha explains an embedding trick in this post for those occasions where you want a Youtube video to start up at a specific point in its timeline. It comes in handy when you’re trying to keep your reader’s attention focused.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Tech 1 & Tech 2 Summer Session Information

Tech 1 Blended: Tools and Applications 
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 1pm - 3:30 at Niles West 
Session duration: 6/11 - 7/30

This blended course will take you through activities that will introduce you to the tools of the new Internet: Web 2.0. These tools are bringing our kids in touch with the entire world through social networking, wikis, video, podcasting, and gaming sites. Each session there is a new set of tools for you to learn about, experiment and use. Content will include an examination of technology integration using various application tools, instructional software, productivity software, and Web 2.0 / Internet. Participants will also identify relative advantages for choosing tools and applications and resources to draw upon in developing their own technology integration activities.

Tech 2 Blended: Technology Integration, Tools, Strategies, and Assessment

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 1pm - 3:30 at Niles West
Session duration: 6/11 - 7/30

This is an intensive blended course where participants will develop an online delivery based learning unit for/with their students and a plan to work with other educators in their school/district to disseminate what they have learned. The project work focuses on creating an environment where students direct their own learning to investigate authentic / real-world issues using the Internet to communicate and collaborate.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Eduphoria: Documenting Your Professional Growth

Eduphoria: Documenting Your Professional Growth

As the year begins to wind down, do not forget to update your Professional Growth in your Eduphoria Portfolio. Sessions for D219 University and Institute Day are automatically documented, however, outside events such as conferences or workshops need to be manually entered by the participant.

Instructions for entering professional growth events