Tuesday Tech Tip #28 CommonSenseMedia: a site that "rates, educates, and advocates for kids, families, and schools"
The site CommonSenseMedia.org is fantastic resource that I was reminded of when I was at my Kindle training last week. Whether you are trying to find a good app for your class, pick an appropriate movie for the family, or evaluate a video game for your child, this site's resources are endless.
Here are the Entertainment Types that the site has with reviews:
The site isn't completely comprehensive. For example, "Remind", last week's tech tip, is not listed.
As a bonus, be sure to check out the Digital Citizenship Curriculum located under the Education Tab. ***To access these materials, you will have to create a login to the site.
~The IT Persin, Carol
A personal paragraph about my summer:
This summer our tech department did a 600+ computer tech refresh. It was a lot of hot days moving heavy equipment, un-boxing, imaging, labeling, and wiring of carts! I went on two long weekend trips to visit my two best friends! One to the Philly suburbs to celebrate with Brianna at the annual 4th of July cookout. The other was to Ohio to see Dr. Kelley, a newly named professor! I also trained and completed two 5ks with new personal records. I am currently gearing up for 2 more!
Time for the first tech tip of the school year....
Now that most teachers are well into the first month of school, parent communication is in full swing. If you are feeling overwhelmed by parent newsletters, Remind might be a good option for you!
To begin, sign up using your school e-mail or tie in with an existing Google account (my preference). Once you are in, setup your first class. Secondary teachers may prefer to setup different class periods separately if announcements will be different. You can also choose to setup a parent and student classes (lists) separately.
Once you have created a class, the rest of the setup is on parents and students. You can invite parents and students via existing e-mail addresses, or send home a copy of the instructions. Parents/Students can opt in to receive text, e-mail or both. Here is a sample of the instructions:
To start communicating, type your announcement for your class. You can choose to attach a file and schedule a time for the reminder to be sent. Remind limits your messages to be 140 characters or less.
Additionally, you can turn on office hours under the chat settings and allow parents and students to communicate with you through Remind during set hours of the day.
See you next week for another Tuesday Tech Tip!
~The IT Persin, Carol
About the "IT Persin"
Carol has her degree from Duquesne University in elementary education (K-6) and the Instructional Technology Specialist certificate. She has 4 years of teaching experience K-8 & 1 year of computer para experience. Carol is currently the Technology Integration Specialist for Keystone Oaks School District in Pittsburgh, PA. She has been married 5 years to her loving husband and they have a retired racing Greyhound, Henry.
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