• Hyperdocs

    Posted by KATHRYN BLADES at 3/20/2017 8:50:00 AM

    Here is a shout out to Selina Jarvis!!

    Selina Jarvis, CCHS Social Studies teacher, conducted a great professional development session on Hyperdocs in the Classroom on March 17. Her handout is an easy to use tutorial for getting started designing hyperdocs.

    Hyperdocs: Should I Use Google Docs or Google Slides?

    As you design your hyperdoc, keep in mind the amount of information you plan to use on each "page."

    Google Slides have a few advantages over docs.

    1. A google slide can be "custom sized" to look like "a page."

    Change the size of your slides

    • Click File > Page Setup.
    • Select a size from the dropdown menu.
      • Standard (4:3)
      • Widescreen (16:9)
      • Widescreen (16:10)
      • Custom - This is where you can specify the dimensions of your slides, and select the units (inches, centimeters, points or pixels) from the drop-down menu.
    • Click OK.

    Select your page size before you design your hyperdoc. If you choose it later, you may have to go back a adjust your text and images. That is not a problem on a few slides, but it can be annoying on multiple slides.

    2. A google slide allows you to insert Youtube videos, not just the link. 

    3. Google slides allow you insert shapes and callout boxes.










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  • Copyright: What teachers and students should know

    Posted by KATHRYN BLADES at 3/13/2017 2:30:00 AM

    Matt Miller, Ditch That Textbook, and Kristina Peters from the Nebraska Department of Education discuss copyright and how it applies to the classroom. They cover all of the typical topics, such as video, audio, images, music, and using public performance videos in the classroom.  In addition, they cover topics such as Teacher's Pay Teachers, uploading content to Youtube, and the  social media site Pinterest.

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  • How to Combine .pdf pages

    Posted by KATHRYN BLADES at 2/15/2017 1:00:00 PM

    Combine pdf

    Link: http://combinepdf.com/

    If you have scanned pdf pages and need to combine them, go to "combine pdf," upload the pages and combine them into one file.

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  • Ways to Keep Up with Google

    Posted by KATHRYN BLADES at 2/7/2017 2:30:00 PM

    New Google Blog

    What's new with G-suite (Google apps for education)? Check out tips and ideas from Google.


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  • Kindle Fire Tablets

    Posted by KATHRYN BLADES at 12/3/2016 11:50:00 AM


    When you power on the Kindle, each device will have a special number in the upper left hand corner. The number indicates it is registered to CCS.

    Each Kindle is also assigned to a specific teacher or staff person. When you enter the "Freetime App," you will see the name of the teacher.

    Each Kindle also has a passcode. Do not share the passcode with students. See your media specialist or school technology assistant for the passcode.

    Access Levels

    Student Mode/Free Time (without entering a passcode)

    Power on Kindle

    Touch the "green icon" in the upper right corner.

    Touch the puppy icon.


    The blue student app carousel will appear.

    Students will not be able to access the Teacher Mode screen without a passcode.

    Free Time Mode

    Touch "Free Time App."

    Touch puppy icon.

    A blue carousel will appear with all apps. Installed apps will have a check mark.

    If an app has not been installed, touch the app and the app will install. Installation of apps will depend on available bandwidth and the size of the app.

    Student Mode from Teacher Screen

    Power one Kindle.


    Enter passcode.

    Touch the "Free Time App."

    Touch the puppy icon.

    To Return to Teacher Mode from Free Time Mode

    Swipe down from the top.

    Exit profile.

    Touch the "green icon."

    Swipe. (2X)

    Enter passcode.

    Touch the white button (bellybutton) on the blue carousel page.


    Touch the Apps icon.

    Search for an app.

    Touch Get.

    Touch Download.

    Apps Library

    Apps may be pushed out school wide or by grade level from your media specialist or school technology person.

    To see what apps have been pushed out, touch apps.

    Touch apps menu (three lines in upper right hand corner.) --> My Library.

    Add or Remove Apps to the Child (Student) Profile

    Step 1

    Touch "Free Time App."

    Touch the gear above the puppy icon.

    Scroll down to add or remove apps. Click "Add apps" or "Remove Apps."

    Touch the app you wish to install. A check will appear.

    Touch the app you wish to remove. The check will disappear.

    Press Done.

    Step 2

    Touch the puppy icon or touch "Free time app" and press the puppy icon.

    If an app does not have a check mark, the app is not installed.

    Touch the app. The app will install.

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  • How to Use Twitter to Advocate for Gifted Ed Students

    Posted by KATHRYN BLADES at 11/30/2016 3:00:00 PM


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  • MY VR Spot: Create a "safe share link" from Youtube videos

    Posted by KATHRYN BLADES at 10/12/2016 10:00:00 AM

    MY VR Spot creates a "safe share" link for Youtube videos or Vimeo videos. Students may view links from My VR Spot on a Chromebook, computer, or tablet.

    Click this link for "how-to" directions.


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  • Powerschool to Gmail, Part 1

    Posted by KATHRYN BLADES at 9/21/2016 2:00:00 PM

    How to use Powerschool Gradebook reports to create .csv files

    Link Here

    This is a longer document with directions for using Powerschool to create reports and creating Gmail groups.

    Link Here


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  • Google My Maps

    Posted by KATHRYN BLADES at 8/16/2016 11:00:00 PM

    How to Make Geography Meaningful and Interesting with Google My Maps Link

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  • Goo.gl and Bit.ly

    Posted by KATHRYN BLADES at 7/19/2016 9:00:00 PM

    Today, a teacher asked me to tell her about “bit.ly.”

    She already knew about “tiny url” but had never heard about bit.ly. The Tiny Url site, http://tinyurl.com/, takes a long web address, such as a google doc, and shortens it to something more manageable. The Tiny Url site only creates the short address. You copy and paste the link after it's created.

    Google has a tiny url creator known as http://goo.gl. Once you are logged into your google account, go.gl will keep a running list of all of the sites you “shorten.”

    To use these sites, just copy and paste the long url into the textbox, press enter and the shortened address will appear. Copy and paste the “tiny url” into an email, google doc, or web site.

    Bit.ly also keeps a list of the websites you save, but it adds an extra feature. Bit.ly allows you to tag the web site, and you can tag them with multiple tags, or keywords. Tags are searchable.

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Last Modified on March 20, 2017