Hammond Eastside First Grader Excels in Coding
Hammond Eastside Magnet first grade student, Andrew McNamara, pictured here on May 24, 2017, completed Course 1 of Code.org's Computer Fundamentals class. Andrew hopes to build robots one day, and learning code is one of the first steps to reaching this goal. He be able to continue building his skills this summer as he is now enrolled in Course 2.
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.
It was an adventurous way to spend a Saturday morning at the TPSS Technology Center! Local teachers rotated through pirate-themed stations to explore STEM activities to bring back to the classroom. This crew worked together to print pirate loot on a 3D printer, build a pirate ship propelled by a Sphero Ball to carry coins across water, design a trap using LittleBit robotics to alert pirates when their treasure chest was opened, and much more!
The technology department enjoys sharing new ways for teachers to integrate tech into their cross curricular activities.
Students in grades 2-6 are enjoying the 21st Century Community Learning Center Summer Camp at O.W. Dillon. Students are participating in a variety of classes, including art, STEM, science, computer, cooking, track & field, basketball, LEGO math, character education, and more.
Participants of this summer's TangiTech Elementary used their critical thinking skills, and a strong collaborative team effort, to Breakout of the normal classroom routine and try something different. Breakout EDU games require critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and communication. Many of our Tangi Teachers see the benefits of hosting such games in the classroom with their students and cannot wait to begin planning Breakout EDU lessons of their own!
The fourth grade students of Mrs. Menona's class at DC Reeves participated in a Hurricane Breakout to test their knowledge on emergency preparedness. Students solved clues to discover the combination of various locks. As the combinations were discovered by each team, the locks were able to be removed from the box. Students had to know how to read latitude and longitude on a map to track a storm, use cardinal directions to plan the best evacuation route, and use inference skills to solve several puzzles. This game was unique because all 28 students worked in seperate teams to breakout of a single box. Inside of the box were materials and resources the students could use to get ready for the hurricane season.
Tangipahoa Parish Schools has been named CILC's Spotlight Site of the month!
Many of our teachers have discovered the value of hosting online video conferences in their classrooms. Students are able to connect with teachers and experts from around the world. From zoos, to museums, to science labs and more, connecting through video conferencing allows our children to experience virtual field trips to places they otherwise may never get to explore.
All video conferences are scheduled through the CILC website. You can visit the site to create a user account today! Use the quick search window to browse for available programs. When you find one that suites your needs, contact your technology facilitator to work out the details of scheduling a lesson for your class.
Visit our Video Conference section of the website for lesson examples and more information.
“Strong teachers don’t teach content. Google has content. Strong teaching connects learning in ways that inspire kids to learn more and strive for greatness.” (Eric Jenson)
Mark Richardson, an enthusiastic Math and Journey to Careers teacher at Champ Cooper School changes the future one day at a time in his classroom. He empowers his students with uniquely structured assignments that keep them challenged and engaged. After researching the Health and Sciences cluster in Journey to Careers, the students were given an opportunity to view and participate in four internet-based interactive surgeries: cataract eye surgery, LASIK eye surgery, root canal, and hip resurfacing. These interactive surgeries allowed the students to experience what life could be like in the medical field as well as increase their knowledge of the human body. Many students may not choose Health Sciences as their field of study in the future, however, all students have a better understanding of the cluster and a much greater respect for those people who already work in the field of Health. Students pictured above left to right: Raylynn Overman, Darryl Chandler, Ryan Raiford and Mr. Richardson, Skylar Schilling.
Students at Chesbrough Elementary use iPads in the library to practice reading skills.
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.
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/