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Check out our daily Tech Tips

posted Sep 27, 2013, 12:33 PM by Jessica Winstanley   [ updated Sep 27, 2013, 12:33 PM ]

Tech Tips coming to you daily at our blog: ppstechtraining.blogspot.com!

Summer Trainings Scheduled for June

posted Feb 15, 2013, 6:46 AM by Jessica Winstanley

If you are interested in some technology training this summer, the schedule is now available.  Check out the classes and dates here.

PPS Technology Times - Winter 2013

posted Feb 15, 2013, 5:49 AM by Jessica Winstanley

Attached is the Winter 2013 Technology Newsletter. 

Inside the newsletter, you will find articles on:
  • One-to-One Computing: Google Chromebooks 
  • Web Filtering at PPS 
  • Students’ Email Accounts 
  • Google Chrome to Become our Default Browser 
  • Meet the Tech Staff: Our New Building Techs 
  • February/March After School Technology Training Schedule 

Enjoy!

PPS Technology Times - Fall 2012

posted Nov 9, 2012, 9:19 AM by Jessica Winstanley

It’s that time again for…….

The PPS Technology Times! 

The PPS Technology Department would love for you to check out our fall 2012 newsletter.

Featured Articles include:

  • One-to-One Computing: Google Chromebooks
  • The TEC Experience: Success in Transition
  • iTunes U: Delivering Lessons and Teaching from the Cloud
  • Technology and Training Center is now the New Administration Building
  • Meet the Tech Staff: Alyssa Medd
  • Afterschool Tech Trainings Available

It is one of our goals to help keep the PPS staff informed on what is going on in the technology department along with sharing wonderful and exciting ways technology is being used right here in PPS.

If you have a project/event you would like featured in our next newsletter, or know someone who is doing a great job teaching with technology, we would love to hear about it!

Email Jessica Winstanley (jwinstanley@portageps.org) or Paul Murray (pmurray@portageps.org) to share your ideas.

For more information about what is going on in PPS Technology and to access the Common Core app, go to our new PPS Tech Integration Blog at http://ppstechtraining.blogspot.com/.  You can also sign up for trainings and access how to guides at the PPS Tech Integration Website http://techtraining.site.portageps.org

PPS Technology Time - Spring 2012

posted May 30, 2012, 12:01 PM by Jessica Winstanley

It’s that time again for…….

The PPS Technology Times! 

The PPS Technology Department would love for you to check out our spring newsletter.

Featured Articles include:

  • FACs QuizBowl with PollEverywhere
  • Technoloyg Bond Updates
  • Distance Learning: COSI Autopsy at PCHS and PNHS
  • Expanding the Classroom: Skype Video-Conferencing
  • Tech Project Procedure Reminders
  • Meet the Tech Staff: Joan Herson
  • Tech Trainings: Summer Events – Sign up by June 1!

It is one of our goals to help keep the PPS staff informed on what is going on in the technology department along with sharing wonderful and exciting ways technology is being used right here in PPS.

If you have a project/event you would like featured in our next newsletter, or know someone who is doing a great job teaching with technology, we would love to hear about it!

Email Jessica Winstanley (jwinstanley@portageps.org) to share your ideas.

For more information about what is going on in PPS Technology and to access the Common Core app, go to our new PPS Tech Integration Blog at http://ppstechtraining.blogspot.com/.  A quick survey about your thoughts on PPS Technology Training and how we can improve training for next year is posted.  I would love for you to share your comments!  We can’t improve unless we know what you need.

Training for secretaries moved

posted May 30, 2012, 11:57 AM by Jessica Winstanley

Tech training for secretaries will be moved to August 13 at 9:30 am.

Summer Training Available

posted May 24, 2012, 7:42 AM by Jessica Winstanley

Please click on the Summer Training tab at the top of the page to see the Summer course offerings and register for these free classes.

Interested in trying a new tech project with your students?  Read this first!

posted May 24, 2012, 7:39 AM by Jessica Winstanley   [ updated May 24, 2012, 7:40 AM ]

In order for us to create 21st century learners, we are looking to the Internet more and more for tools, resources and project ideas.  The Internet is full of great free resources for us to use with our students.  Whenever you begin a new project, it is important to follow these steps:
1.      You need to make sure you read the PPSNet User Agreement and review it with your students. This is something you should do before beginning a technology project as a reminder to students of the expectations. Each student should have this on file already. If you have concerns, check with your office staff. Here is a copy of the agreement:http://www.portageps.org/departments/technology/acceptableuse/aup_revised_2012.pdf
2.      Before starting your project, you should contact Jessica Winstanley and/or Kelly Jensenius to help you solidify your project and/or provide tips and tricks.
3.      As with any project you introduce for the first time, you should always contact your building administrator so they are aware of your plans and aren’t surprised by parent calls.
4.      Next, it is in your best interest to contact the parents to let them know your intentions. This will give them the information they need and alleviate possible concerns. Here is a letter about Google Docs you can personalize, as well as an additional voluntary contract to the PPSNet agreement to help communicate expectations for Google Docs. Feel free to adapt these as needed for the program you are using.
5.      Know your age group.  If you teach students that are under the age of 13, you are not going to want them using websites that require an email address to register for an account.  Free sites that allow us to use them without registering are best for young students - just make sure you check out the site completely for appropriate content and advertisements.  Our Google Apps products are also great tools to use with our younger students.
6.      Start small – you don’t have to use ALL the features of Google Apps or ALL the resources on the web.

If you don’t know WHERE to start but want to, ask for our support! Jessica Winstanley and Kelly Jensenius are available to help guide you. 

Summer Training Schedule Coming Soon!

posted May 9, 2012, 6:21 AM by Jessica Winstanley   [ updated May 24, 2012, 7:40 AM ]

Keep an eye out for the summer training schedule coming your way soon!  We hope to see many of you there!

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