This Week in Technology [WK 8]

This week in technology – lots of things to be excited about!

We’ll post all the resources from last week’s amazing PD Day at Streetsboro High School, with slides, handouts, and links to resources from each presenter.

We’re working on the new websites for Streetsboro Schools, including this one. A new theme is under construction for the [new] main site scheduled to launch in late spring 2018. The Launchpad will see new content as we move towards direct online publishing from the tech aides in each building. Posts will be organized by grade bands and content for easy searching as we build out sections of the website.

For those of you wondering what we used for signups for the PD Day last week – we used a combination of Eventbrite (free, since we didn’t charge anything) and some workflows created with Google Sheets and the add-on FormMule (an email merge utility). Feel free to try it yourself, and we plan on sessions on FormMule later in the spring.

We also launched a new product for all students and staff at Streetsboro last week – Read&Write for Google Chrome by Texthelp. Read&Write is an amazing utility for all users of online text, and provides speech to text, text to speech, automatic illustrated vocab lists, audio maker, line reader, and many more. Get started today by signing in to Chrome, or using a Chromebook.

Enjoy the spring like temperatures this week – maybe get a run in, or enjoy a hike in the woods. I don’t think winter’s over quite yet…

-Andreas