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    Stretch Your IT Budget with E-rate

    Posted on: February 5th, 2020

    E-rate provides teachers an opportunity to advance their classroom while saving money! Telecommunication companies are required to pay a fee based on their revenue to the Universal Service Fund (USF). This money is then distributed to schools and libraries in part as a discount to the cost of internet service. Based on the E-rate Modernization […]

  • Getting to Know GIMP!

    Posted on: December 18th, 2019

    Photo editing has become a massive market. There are no limits to what someone can create while using editing software, but a quick price check can steer many potential editors away from learning the platform. Luckily for us, the creators of GIMP chose to make an entirely free and open source platform for image editing. […]

  • Putting the A in S.T.E.A.M.

    Posted on: November 13th, 2019

    As many teachers know, there are several different types of learners in a classroom. Some kids are auditory or visual learners while others learn best by reading and taking notes on paper. While many assignments could be done on paper worksheets or in Google Forms, most of these assignments could be completed in a more […]

  • Happy Cybersecurity Month!

    Posted on: October 30th, 2019

    We have never been more connected as a society. Technology has brought us all much closer together and has given us access to resources we could not have even imagined having at our fingertips before. While all of these advancements make us feel invincible online, it’s important to remember that we have a duty to […]

  • 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; […]