“To survive in the future economy, kids must learn how to research, publish and communicate, working with the Internet and other information tools.."
                                    ~~ Alan November

weatherman on AEMS-TV

 Weatherman at AEMS-TV

Have you heard the news? Students at Amite Elementary Magnet School produce a daily broadcast show called Good Morning Amite. Fourth grader, Liam Adamson, was featured on a special video recently. He gave information about what should be included in a hurricane supply kit. Liam loves to study weather and serves as the “Chief Meteorologist” at AEMS. He even helps other students produce weather reports. To see the video, click here. Liam recently produced a video (with the help of Technology Specialist India Binner) on how a hurricane supply kit can help keep you safe during this storm season.

 iPads at Hammond Westside Montessori

 Kellie Lutz, a third grade teacher at Hammond Westside Montessori, is an advocate of Donors Choose. She has applied for the grant for many years. She has been awarded all types of materials for students to use in her classroom. Mrs. Lutz recently applied for the Donors
Choose Grant and was awarded 2 iPads for her classroom. Her students are enjoying the technology while practicing math facts and learning new content. Pictured above are KiemondJefferson and Atorii Dumas.


Spanish at PJHS

Amber Walker's 7th & 8th grade Spanish students at Ponchatoula Jr. High use laptops in the classroom to access information regarding the Spanish-speaking countries and various games related to conjugations of verbs. Students used the website related to the textbook to gain information about the countries. Kailie Robbins uses her headphones to listen about the Spanish-speaking countries

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Digital PIcture project

Patricia Milton's first grade students at Spring Creek Elementary display their wonderful digital picture projects with the nursery rhyme "Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater."  Perfect for the fall season.

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TangiTech 1 teacher

Markisha Askins of Hammond Eastside Magnet completes an "Apptivity" during our October session of TangiTech 1.  Using The Weather Channel App, participants collect data and track weather patterns for local areas, as well as various cities across the country.  The Tech department received a new cart of iPads for training purposes this school year.  Integrating technology into the curriculum is a key point to enhancing classroom lessons and incorporating materials beyond school curriculum texts.

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Dot Day activities on iPod Touch

Students at Amite Elementary Magnet School celebrated International Dot Day by reading the book The Dot and then using the "Art of Glow App" on the iPod Touch to create their own Dot Art.  They are certainly making their mark on the world at AEMS, thanks to Communication Magnet Specialist India Binner and Librarian Sandy Daniels.

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Microsoft Office 2013

Create and Edit PDF Files

Office has toyed around with PDF files in past versions, but this time around Microsoft got serious. In the past you could save as PDF, but now you can actually edit. The new Word 2013 allows you to open PDF files, edit them there, and then save them as either DocX files or PDFs.

To save a file as PDF simply click “Save” and then use the dropdown menu to choose the .PDF option. It is one of the many file types you can choose here.

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Amite Elementary Magnet students use iPads

Richard Sopsher and Shemar Jackson, students in Mrs.Theresa Steward's 4th grade class at Amite Elementary Magnet School, use iPads to master multiplication facts.  AEMS now has iPad Mobile Lab cart that is available for all teachers to check-out to use with students.

Learning with QR Codes at IMMS

Jamie White's 5th Grade students at Independence Middle Magnet School scanned their way to good grades with a lesson using QR codes. Ms. White's students used iPod touches to scan QR codes and research their unit on Medevial Times. The students loved how the "magic codes" helped them find the answers to their assignment.

Google Glass at Hammond Jr. High Magnet School

Hammond Jr. High Magnet School Computer Science teacher, Linda Joiner, is participating in the Google Glass Explorer Program. She was selected by Google to be allowed to purchase Glass in its Beta stage. Mrs. Joiner has brought her pair to school on several occasions and has allowed her students to try them out. Google Glass is not available for sale to the general public, but it will be coming soon. These lucky students at HJHMS are among the few in the country that have been able to enjoy this cutting edge technology.


QR Codes in Janet Haydel's classroom

Adam Ledet in Janet Haydel’s 4thgrade classroom at D.C. Reeves is using iPod Touches and iPads to work on his Energy QR Code Scavenger Hunt.  Students have been given 10 minutes of class time for the next five days and all the time they want at home to complete their projects. Click here to see more pictures. Mrs. Haydel is participating in an online Blackboard Class called "Crack the Code" where teachers learn about this new technology tool and how it can be incorporated into the teaching and learning process. As you can tell, 100% student engagement happens when Common Core State Standards are addressed with technology tools. To learn more about QR codes check it out here..

Ponchatoula Jr. High Spanish class

Ms. Amber Walker's 7th & 8th grade Spanish students at Ponchatoula Junior High School use laptops in the classroom to access information regarding the Spanish-speaking countries and various games related to conjugations of verbs. Students used the website related to the textbook to gain information about the countries.

Boys working on FasttMath

Natalbany Elementary students, Logan St. Romain, Jaylon Stanley, and Pablo Barrera, working on FasttMath.

Woodland Park Pre-Kindergarteners using iPads

Woodland Park Elementary Magnet School recently purchased iPad carts to be used in their classrooms. Teachers can check out the iPads to use in centers or in whole group instruction. Attached is a picture of Leah Sanders, Dustin Moore, Josie Garcia, Jaydn Holliday and Ryleigh Olah using the new iPad center in Ms. April Smith's PreK classroom.


Sumner Middle Students using laptops

Sumner Middle School sixth graders in Estelle Bahm's class have learned about three world religions this week and are using the netbooks to take notes and save in My Documents.  Ms. Bahm states that whenever the students use the computers there is 100% engagement on task.

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  • Blackboard
    Blackboard classes for educators are offered all throughout the year and there are a few reminders for those participating in Technology Professional Development classes in Bb.  All Blackboard work and assignments should be done BEFORE 8:00 a.m. and AFTER 3:00 p.m. You should not be working on your Bb class during the teaching day.
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  • Child Photographer When taking pictures for websites or the newspaper, make sure your camera is set on a high resolution so that you will get good high quality photographs.  Close-up action pictures are much more interesting than lines of children standing at attention against a wall. Send your picture attachment in an email to your  webmaster or newspaper contact along with a paragraph explaining what the photograph is about.  Photo Release Forms should be signed and on file for all the students in the pictures.
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Technology Spotlight
Loranger Elementary and Natalbany Elementary
4th grade classes from Loranger Elementary and Natalbany Elementary collaborated via video conference to read the book The Plump and Perky Turkey. Prior to the connection, students had to “camouflage”their turkey and write a descriptive paragraph about their turkey. During the video conference connection, students took turns showing the turkeys and reading their paragraphs. Students in Mrs. Kim Clements’ class at Loranger Elementary and Mrs. Sharon Philipson’s class at Natalbany Elementary have worked hard to meet Common Core Standards for Writing, Speaking and Listening. Collaborations such as this give the students a chance to showcase the skills they have developed in these areas of focus. Click here for more pictures.

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Theresa Steward

Theresa Steward, a teacher at Amite Elementary Magnet School, was chosen as a 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator. This yearlong professional development program will foster and grow a community of tech-savvy educators that will serve as ambassadors for integrating best practices in digital learning in classrooms across the country.

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STEMbite is a YouTube Channel developed by Andrew Vanden Heuvel, one of the original Google Glass Explorers. On this channel, you can find over 60 informative and entertaining brief clips sharing how math and science relate to our everyday life. Though the segments are brief in nature, you will find they are extremeley helpful.  Andrew makes science and math seem easy and fun. Before you know it, the video is over and you're craving for another bite size video.

Google World Wonders Project

The World Wonders Project is a valuable resource for students and teachers who can now virtually discover some of the most famous sites on earth. The project offers an innovative way to teach history and geography to students of primary and secondary schools all over the world.

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FTP Site

How do I .... access the ftp site?
The FTP site is an internal storage server where all TPSS employees can access files of all types and download to their computers. Click here for directions for accessing the FTP site.

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iPad tips


iPad Signature Changes

Does everyone need to know you just sent that email from your iPad? Probably not. Use the following link to find out how to remove the “Sent from my iPad” signature and replace it with your own (or none): www.simplehelp.net/2010/04/03/how-to-remove-the-sent-from-my-ipad-signature-from-outgoing-email-on-your-ipad/

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Amite Elementary Students using the iPod Touch

Second graders in Faye Givens' class at Amite Elementary Magnet School are working together on the one of the  iPod Touches in their class "Tech Box."


Tangi Teachers GeoCaching

TPSS teachers Amber Perrin, Sarah Garcia, April Slaven, Kay Peltier, and Colette Ruffin attending TangiTech Social Studies learn how to use Geocaching apps on the iPod Touch to determine latitude and longitude of hidden geocaches.

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Melissa working on SMART Response Systems

Melissa Hebert, 4th grade teacher at D.C. Reeves Elementary is just one of the many teachers who attended Technology Professional Development during Summer 2012.  Melissa is learning how to use SMART Response System "clickers" with her students.