Trojan Tech fairfield educational technology newsletter - February 2017

FHS Students Receive New MacBook Air Laptops

On January 9-12 2017, all students grades 9-12 received their new 11" MacBook Air laptop! Check out the images below. Huge thanks to everyone who helped roll out the new machines to the students of FHS! This is a great opportunity for our students.

Fairfield EdTech Website

Don't forget about our Fairfield Educational Technology Website! If you are looking for a web tool to use in your classroom, check out the "technology toolbox". Here you will find categories for different types of projects, depending on what you want to accomplish with your students! Click on the category and inside you will find a variety of tools available for you to use.

Free EdTech web tools are available for you to use.

How to Use Pages to Create Beautiful Documents and Reports for Your Class

Pages for Mac Starter Guide is a beginner’s guide to creating engaging, organized, and expressive documents for the classroom. It will walk you through step-by-step instructions to create a beautiful project as you learn to use the elements and features of Pages in a hands-on exercise. All of the materials you’ll need are provided. As you build essential skills, you’ll be inspired to author your own engaging documents. To download the Mac Starter Guide Click Here ---> Mac Starter Guide

Apple Teacher Program Guides Are Available

The following Apple Teacher Starter Guides and more, are available to you through iBooks! To access the guides, click HERE. The guides will open in iTunes and you will be prompted to use an AppleID to access the materials. Please create an Apple ID if you do not have one. These guides are FREE and very helpful resources. Check them out if you get a chance! Apple Teacher Starter Guides

Just a few options for you to download in the iBooks Store!

Trojan Tech Challenge

Trojan Tech Challenge - January 23

Teachers at FMS had the opportunity to complete a Trojan Tech Challenge during the January PD session. They selected which web tool they would like to learn more about, ThingLink or Adobe Spark. Teachers were given approximately 45 minutes to complete the challenge and create a sample project. We have added the Trojan Tech Challenges to the Fairfield Ed Tech Website if you would like to check it out. These samples could SPARK an idea for your own classroom!

Check out the Trojan Tech Challenge & samples made by FMS teachers!

Read Works Digital

Many of you have used ReadWorks before, but now they have added a digital website! ReadWorks Digital allows you to find articles, create a reading list, assign articles, and create class lists. ReadWorks Digital offers articles that include audio, vocabulary, and question sets.

ReadWorks Digital provides Teaching Tips for teachers.
ReadWorks Digital has great "how-to" videos available for teachers!

Kiddle - Search Engine For Kids

Check Out Kiddle - A safe visual search engine for kids

Kiddle, powered by Google, is a site that is fabulous for all kids- but especially younger students. Safety: Kiddle searches safe sites written specifically for kids, sites with content written in an easy way for kids to understand (handpicked by Kiddle editors), and famous sites written for adults but with great content (filtered by Google) . A message pops up if you try to search for something inappropriate. Benefits: Kiddle is super visual, has a big thumbnail image for each result, and is super readable since the print is larger than normal search results. It includes options for Web, Images, News, and Videos- just like Google. Privacy: Kiddle doesn't collect any personal identifiable information and their logs are deleted every 24 hours.

12 Ways to Energize Learning

Teachers are always looking for ways to bring excitement and vigor into a classroom. The truth is it doesn’t need to be complicated or revolutionary. It just needs to connect to students’ interests and keep them challenged by exercising critical thinking and decision making skills. Below is an infographic created by Atomic Learning that shows you 12 ways to energize classroom learning. Source: "12 Ways to Energize Learning"

12 Ways to Energize Learnng
"Innovation Is A Process, Not A Product."

If you need a laugh...

Teachers Reacting to Students' Mean Tweets on Twitter

If you've ever watched the popular TV show Jimmel Kimmel Live, then you've seen the segment on "Celebrities Read Mean Tweets." Well, inspired by this show, the teachers at Fountain Valley High School, in California, put together a video of them reading some Tweets from their students. While these teachers read the mean tweets with a good sense of humor, don't forget that teachers also love to hear positive feedback. So pass this along and go thank a teacher today!

Canva - Did You Know?

Use Canva's drag-and-drop feature and professional layouts to design consistently stunning graphics! Did you know you can create Desktop Wallpaper designs in Canva? Check out sample Fairfield Trojan Desktop Wallpaper images below!

The following trailer was made in iMovie. These are quick hitters if you are looking for something different and would like to try iMovie. This particular video was actually made with iMovie on my iPhone, which has the same features as the new MacBooks! Checkout our FMS 1st Semester Recap. Try your own and feel free to share with others your finished product.

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