Thursday, October 20, 2016

Technology Newsletter for 10/20


Introducing G Suite for Education

In the last couple of weeks, Google has announced their rebranding initiative for Google Apps for Education. The applications/tools that make our lives so much easier (Google Classroom, Google Docs, Hangouts, etc.) will now be referred to as G Suite for Education. The rebranding initiative reflects Google’s continued efforts to improve classroom learning.  Along with the rebranding initiative, Google has announced several improvements to their applications. For more information about these “smart” improvements, check out Google’s recent blog post.


Coding Assistance
Do you have an interest in learning how to code? Our very own resident smart guy, Brian Swanagan, will be offering a coding workshop on Saturday November 5th at the College and Career Academy. The session will take place from 10:00-11:00. Contact for more information.

Tech Fair
The Tech Fair is coming! The Northwest Georgia RESA Tech Fair is going to be on January 27, 2017. For a list of project categories, please click here.  There will be more information to come pertaining to a county wide tech fair coming. Consult the RESA link above to get started on your project ideas. For questions, contact

Learning and Grant Opportunities
With the help of, Floyd County Schools is providing a no cost, one-day workshop for elementary school teachers interested in teaching computer science. This training will take place on Monday, November 21st from 9:00am-3:00pm. This training is open on a first come, first served basis with 25 attendees max. Attendees will receive a $100 stipend for the day. For more information, click here.

The Georgia Family Connection Partnership is offering two excellent grant opportunities. There is a $500 grant opportunity for a lesson related to sustainable energy as well as a $2000 grant opportunity for gardening. For more information, click here.

S . A . M . R .

SAMR is a method for evaluating the progression of technology use in the classroom.  When first implementing technology, first substitute your previous teaching methodology with technology.  Once you and the students are comfortable with classroom technology, you can begin to enhance the role that technology plays in your classroom.

For more information on SAMR, Click Here.

Twitter, Tweet, Twitter Bird, ...

While Twitter only allows 140 characters to be posted in each tweet, there is a way around it to get even more said...or tweeted.  If you find your message to be longer and can’t shorten it, take a screenshot of your message, save it as a picture, then when you post a tweet, insert your message/picture. You’ve just beaten the 140 character limit! That and more tips can be found HERE.

(Standard 9) Professionalism is not just about what you already know, but requires a willingness, as the teacher, to also be taught. The FCS Kick-off Classic was just the beginning of the opportunities afforded to teachers who aspire to be and model lifelong learning. Participation in professional growth opportunities is an important aspect of being a good teacher. Floyd County Schools offers district wide trainings on : KidBlog, MobyMax, weekly Technology Lessons (i.e. DoIt), upcoming training, and in-house trainings from colleagues.