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  • Stretch Your IT Budget with E-rate (2019 Update!)

    Posted on: January 9th, 2019

    Click Here to see the 2019 E-RATE items! (pages 8-14) E-rate, or the Universal Service Schools and Libraries Program, originated from the 1996 Telecom Act. Basically, the goal of the Act was for all Americans to have access to communication services. As a result, telecommunication companies pay a fee based on their revenue to the Universal […]

  • Sign Up for E-Tips

    Posted on: September 11th, 2017

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  • Digital Signs in Schools

    Posted on: May 23rd, 2019

    Do you ever feel like there are screens everywhere you turn? In stores, hotels, car dealerships, and even on the side of the highway, digital signs are everywhere. There’s even a place for them in the school setting! Read more in this week’s E-tip!

  • Technology in the Math Classroom

    Posted on: April 25th, 2019

    Do you know a math teacher who could use some technology enhancement in their classroom? If so, this week’s E-Tip is for you! Included are summaries of more than 20 websites, tools, apps, and interactive activities to help teachers in the math classroom. Read this week’s E-Tip here!

  • Choose Your Own Adventure 138: Dinosaur Island

    Choose Your Own Adventure with Google Forms

    Posted on: April 11th, 2019

    Everyone remembers reading “Choose Your Own Adventure” books as a child – as you read, you were given a choice of what you would do, and then turned to a different page based on your decision. Teachers and students can easily create their own version of these stories using the conditional response feature built into […]

  • Screen-Free Week 2019

    Screen Free Week

    Posted on: March 28th, 2019

    April 25 – May 5, 2019 Technology has added so much to our everyday lives, but we need to take time away from the screen to connect with the people around us, ignite our inner dialog and creativity, and to just be. As technology teachers, our job is not to just teach students how to […]

  • Ohio AIR Testing

    Posted on: February 21st, 2019

    It’s that time of year again – standardized testing time! In Ohio, that means AIR testing. Prior to beginning any testing, it is recommended that students take at least one practice test. It’s important to model what to do during the test, so a best practice is to start as an entire class, with the […]

  • Find My iPad

    What To Do When a School-Owned Device Goes Missing

    Posted on: January 24th, 2019

    It’s something that all Technology Specialists dread: a teacher contacts you and tells you that a student can’t find (read: lost) the device assigned to them. This becomes a problem for the teacher, as they are now likely one device short; for the school, because they are now missing a device worth several hundred dollars; […]

  • Students collaborating on iPads

    Using iPads in the Classroom (Part 2)

    Posted on: December 18th, 2018

    Your principal just walked into your classroom and told you that you are getting iPads for your classroom next month. You read the last E-tip about procedures and processes, but what do you do with them? Check out this week’s E-Tip for some helpful ideas! This is part two of a two-part E-tip on using […]

  • Using iPads in the Classroom (part 1)

    Posted on: November 29th, 2018

    Your principal just walked into your classroom and told you that you are getting iPads for your classroom next month. What now? There are many important aspects to consider when using iPads in the classroom. Read about our suggestions for procedures and processes in this week’s E-Tip! This is part one of a two-part E-tip […]

  • Hour of Code

    Posted on: November 20th, 2018

    Each year, classrooms around the world celebrate computer science education week during the first week of December by taking an hour out of their week and learning some programming. While the words “computer science” and “programming” may strike fear into the hearts of many teachers, there is really nothing to worry about when it comes […]