• 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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  • Editing MS Word Docs in Google Drive

    Posted by KATHRYN BLADES at 7/18/2016 3:00:00 PM

    Our district is going to use Google Drive for storing documents. Teachers and staff will move their documents from the H: drive to the Google Drive. Documents from the S: drive will automatically be shared with teachers and staff.

    When you upload your documents from your H: drive to Google Drive, some of your older documents may still in in MS Word.

    You may edit your Word docs in Google drive using the Office Editing Extension.

    1. Google Chrome Extensions must be used in the Chrome browser.
    2. Extensions let you customize your browser.
    3. To add an extension, go to the Chrome Web Store.
    4. Type in the name of the extension you plan to add. The extension for editing Word docs in Google drive is Office Editing for Docs, Sheets and Slides.
    5.  Click --> Add to Chrome.
    6. Click --> Add Extension to Chrome.

    It may take a few seconds to install. The extension will appear on your toolbar.

    When you click the Word document on your Google drive, you will be able to edit it.


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  • Google Custom Search Engine

    Posted by Kathryn Blades at 6/13/2016 12:30:00 AM

    Student research can raise awareness, find answers to questions, start conversations or help prepare a great argument.

    Students are internet savvy when it comes to Snapchat, Instagram, Tumblr, and texting. However, being a social media whiz does not mean a student has the research skills needed for serious inquiry.   “Just googling” for information often yields unauthenticated or inappropriate sources.

    Students often have difficulty determining whether a website is a credible resource or a questionable resource due to a bias. In addition, large amounts of time can be wasted by endless searches.  (Worries with the Web: A Look at Student Use of Web Resources Deborah J. Grimes and Carl H. Boening, 2001.)

    Evaluation of Websites

    Alan November’s article “Teaching Zack to Think” is an older article but it highlights the problem students have when they “google for information” and do not evaluate the site.

    Middle Web has a great article on Teaching History Students to Recognize Bias by Jody and Shara, 02/02/2014.

    What is Your Purpose for the Project?

    • Are you designing the project so they can learn to craft a great search strategy and map their results?
    • Or, do you want your students to concentrate on finding information in a handful of great resources?
    • Remember~ creating a successful search strategy, evaluating websites, and reading for information are three different goals.
    • You may decide to preselect the websites to help direct their focus and allow students to concentrate on reading for information and note taking.

    Student Searching

    If you plan to allow your students to do their own online searching, Helping Students Become Better Online Researchers (Edudemic, September 30, 2015) offers great tips and resources.

    Media Specialist are Information Literacy Professionals

    Your media specialist can help you tremendously with research projects.  Ask your media specialist to help you with the design and planning of the project.

    • Plan and arrange a lesson on effective search strategies and information literacy with your students.
    • Arrange a lesson on website evaluation.
    • Arrange a lesson on copyright and plagiarism.

    Create a Custom Search Engine for Your Students

    Create a custom search engine with specific websites for students to use for information from during the research project.

    Watch this Youtube tutorial:

    How to Create a Better Way to Search Online With Students

    Link: http://bit.ly/1Ym7iwD

    January 27, 2016 (Time: 2:54)

    MyVrSpot Link

    Follow these five easy steps to create a custom search engine:

    Step 1: Open the Google Custom Search Engine

    Step 2: Enter the sites you want students to use.


    Sites to Search

    Step 3: Name the search engine.

    Search Engine

    Step 4: Click Create.


    Step 5: Get the public URL link and share with students.

    URL Link

    Student View

    search engine

    Students will use the custom search engine to search the specific sites you selected.

    Search Engine




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