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TIPS November 15, 2013,

Welcome to TIPS for November, 2013

The November edition of TIPS, the Education Technology E-Zine, is now available online. Get helps, hints, and ideas from the technology resource teachers in the Office of Instructional Technology. 

In this edition...

Hour of Code

Hour of Code

Leanna Prater entreats us to join coders, wanabe coders, and the merely curious to participate in this international event in early December. Read her blog posting for more. There are prizes and awards for class/school participation levels.


What CIITS Is (and What It's Not!)

Coordinator of Instructional Technology Amy Johns takes a look at what CIITS is (an excellent way to drill down into student performance data), while Jeffrey L. Jones chats about what it's not (a student learning management system -- and where to go to get that).

Write About This

iPads in the Elementary Classroom

Julie Gaskin has spent some time observing how elementary classrooms are using iPads for content creation in the support of learning. Read about her experiences  watching technology and effective practices come together.

Want More?   Diana Hendrix has an excellent example of how Edmodo and Socrative can support those quiet kids in class discussions, and Paula Setser Kissick looks at Smore, a great newsletter formatter.

Do you have ideas and suggestions for TIPS? We'd love to hear from you!  Send your story ideas or requests (including things you do with technology we should celebrate!) to Jeffrey L. Jones, or simply reply to this email.

News to Use

Read & Write GoldWhat do do with a struggling reader? The District Special Ed Department holds a site license for Read & Write Gold. This tool plugs in, enhances, and scaffolds in the use of other comuter tools such as browsers and Office products. Read about this free-to-use tool here.

Fayette County PD Opportunities. In the next month, look for PDs on Excel, Robotics, multimedia tools, and Fayette's iSchool. Click here for the current list of tech offerings, with instructions on how to sign up.

TIPS is the product of district technology resource teachers Julie Gaskin, Diana Hendrix, Jeffrey L. Jones, Leanna Prater, Paula Setser-Kissick, and Coordinator of Instructional Technology Amy Johns. Tell us how we can help you!

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