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TIPS May 16, 2014,

Welcome to TIPS for May, 2014

The May 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...


Is It Summer Yet?

This month, Coordinator of Instructional Technology Amy Johns looks at a bunch of summer opportunities, and puts them at your fingertips (or mouse click). Some of them even involve technology!

Arlington Field Trip 

Arlington Students Visit Production Studio

Follow Julie Gaskin as she joins Arlington Elementary students at the Russell Cave public library for some video production fun! 


MOOCS for Teachers

Want to take college-level courses online for nothing? Leanna Prater takes a look at several MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) platforms, include EdX and Coursera. See Leanna's May  posting for more.

Want More?  Paula Setser-Kissick looks at "Beaches, Barbecue and BYOD" (with a June PD to match), to kick-start your support of student personal devices in the classroom. Jeffrey L. Jones's "From the Editor's Desk: Strap in, shut up, and hold on!" helps you simplify your tech integration life by thumbing your nose at the bleeding edge. (And here are some reminders about Sharepoint and iSchool end-of-year tasks!) A look at Smart Notebook updates, and the summer "boot camps," are the topic of Diana Hendrix's blog this month.

News to Use

Lexington Public Library Electronic "Lending." Julie Gaskin reviews the apps available for library card holders  wanting to access eBooks, music, even videos. Just in time for summer!

Lexington Public Library

Looking for some last-minute PD's? There are a bunch of June offerings from the Office of Instructional Technology, available to finish out your 2013-14 PD obligations --  even a fully-online offering in July to get a head-start on your 2014-15 PD! See the District PD menu for titles.

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.
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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