CTS Live with Chris Nelson of Gaslight

CTS members have been immersed in learning the Ruby programming language on the Treehouse platform for the past few weeks.  Today Troy, Ozzy, and Aaron got the chance to meet-up with Chris Nelson of Gaslight to discuss Ruby and other topics surrounding the IT field.



CTS member Devin’s review of Kahoot.

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App Review: Kahoot: How to hoot up your grades

Kahoot is an upcoming study game that allows teachers to design practice tests for students to compete with online. The game is fairly simple and works like this: Teachers can make tests over any particular topic. The questions are all multiple choice so responses have to be made within a short period of time. There is also a team feature that can be assigned to students for more competition. Once the teacher has finalized the test, a code will be assigned so students in that classroom can all join. The only downside is that for it to work, a classroom will be needed that has computers for every student or every student will have to use their own electronic device.

The questions that the teachers make will appear on their screen so a larger broadcasting system for the classroom is highly…

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CBs + Text Sets = Success!

text_sets_quick-searchThere is no better way than text sets to broaden a student’s perspective while at the same time deepening their understanding of a topic.

Newsela provides a searchable library of current, relevant text sets across the curricula which can be narrowed down and even altered by reading level.  As a result, students at different levels can be reading about and discussing the same topic.  Newsela releases new text sets daily and allows for teachers to create their own that are available to users as well.  There is a feature called binder which allows teachers to create classes, make assignments, and access quizzes.  All of which is part of their free suite of products.

Now that WHS is in a 1:1 learning environment we encourage you to check out Newsela as a resource for you and your students.  Already using Newsela?  Please give us feedback in the comments below and let us know how you use it in your classroom.

Newsela Review from Edsurge

Newsela Review from TeachersFirst

Get More Done with Action Items in Google

download-5Sharing Google files with other students and teachers has made collaboration here at WHS the norm.  Now Google allows us to assign Action Items to collaborators in the comments section of Google files.  Give it a try and let us know if you find this tool useful.

  1. Open a Google file.
  2. Highlight the text, images, cells, or slides you want to comment on.
  3. To add a comment, go to the format toolbar and click Comment .
  4. Type your comment.
  5. Somewhere in your comment, add the email address, with @ or + in front of it, of the person you want to assign it to.
  6. Click the box next to “Assign to [name].”
  7. Click Assign. The person you assigned the action item to will get an email.

Communicating with Parents in Classroom


Teachers – Now more than ever there is an expectation to communicate with not only our students but their parents in a timely and detailed manner. Communicating with the  parents and guardians of your students just got easier with Google Classroom’s Guardian Email Summaries.  Don Sutton just turned on our access to this important feature so you can now  use it.

Simply go to the ‘students’ tab in Classroom and then turn on Guardian Email Summaries on the left-hand side.  You will then “Invite Guardians” by adding the email addresses or adding from your contacts.  Parents/guardians will have the option to see a daily or weekly summary of posts from your classroom.  This will also allow you to email the guardian directly from Google Classroom.

Try it out tonight as you meet with parents at Report Card Fair.  As always give us feedback so we know if this becomes an effective way of communicating with your parents.

Exploring Genres: Historical Fiction

Today in the Learning Commons we explored Historical Fiction with Ms. Moore’s Honors English 2 students.

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Historical Fiction includes any books set in the past.  Students seem drawn to this genre especially when it comes to stories that they can relate to in their own lives.  Students realize that some of the same issues, struggles, and even solutions they face today were also present in the past.

We also took some time to evaluate how to select a book based on reading and interest level.  Students evaluated books and rated them based on how interested they would be in reading the book.  They then had the opportunity to check out a book to use with an independent reading assignment for 2nd quarter.

To look for Historical Fiction books in our library use the following link (while at school): http://destiny


Secure Printing

When printing tests, quizzes, IEPS, or other sensitive materials consider using the Secure Print Feature on our copiers.

This seems to work best when you use the ‘ctrl-shift-p’ command to print.

  1. ctrl-shift-p
  2. Choose destination printer and click preferences
  3. Change Job Type to ‘Secure Print
  4. Enter a code – click ok then print.
  5. When you get to the printer push Job Status button.  Then click Secure Print, select your print job and release it with the code.

Thanks Matt Geggie for reminding me of this handy feature.

No more raising hands in class??

CTS Member Drew Merkle recently presented to the staff at WHS about Q&A Mode in Google Slides. More information including his video can be found here:

Drew's Cane Tech Squad Blog

Hey guys! The video below is a short, sweet, and simple how to for the use of google slides Question and Answer. This new tool created by google is to be able for students to ask questions in class but ask it during the presentation. So at the beginning of the class the teacher (business man, speaker, etc.) can put the link to the question site on the board, post on google classroom, or actually put it in the google slide show itself. This will take you to a link that lets you ask questions anonymously or if you are signed in to a google account you can use your name. This the is sent to the presenter on a smaller separate screen. Then the presenter can now choose to stop the presentation and can click ¨present¨ and the question will show up in the slide show so the audience…

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Creating the Story, Storybird

Another App Review, this time from CTS member Ozzy Gonzales.

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Storybird is a great app that allows for the user to illustrate his or hers stories. You simply find the image you like and click on the little lightning bolt symbol on the bottom right corner of the image, once you have done this you can create a poem, longform book, and even a chapter book. The app is simple to use and does not overcomplicate customizing options for your book or poem.

storybird6.jpgThe app could be used in the classroom since it does have an option for teachers to create their own classes, they’ll just need to give their students a code to enter the class. This app gives students a chance to be even more creative with their writing. Storybird is easy to use and has the potential to be used in a classroom setting by teachers and students alike.

Here’s the link to the website:https://storybird.com/create/


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