• Learning In Your Pajamas: Summer Edition, Edtech Podcasts, Your Pajamas and a Cold Glass

    Posted by KATHRYN BLADES at 6/22/2017 10:25:00 AM

    Sea-system, 13-398.

    If you are not a Currituck County school employee, email Kathy Blades to register for the class.

    Link will be posted on this blog on July 3.

    Listen to ten (10) podcasts, create a Padlet with two reflections about what you learned from each podcast.

    They range from 45 minutes to an hour.  

    Learn from master teachers and technology educators. Not only will you learn about a new strategy or tip, you will be introduced to some of the best online professional development - pocasts

    Example of Podcasts

    • Boost Higher Order Thinking Skills
    • Podcast on Engineering and Stem
    • Google Docs Tips and Tricks
    • Google Maps and Google Earth

    Dates: July 3 - August 14, 2017

    1 Tech CEU

    Place: Anywhere, anytime...online

    Share the Padlet with Kathy Blades, kblades@currituck.k12.nc.us, and Mary Simmons, msimmons@currituck.k12.nc.us.


    NC Digital Learning Competencies for Teachers

    Digital Citizenship: Teachers will model and teach digital citizenship by the ethical, respectful, and safe use of digital tools and resources that support the creation of a positive digital school culture.

    Digital Content and Instruction: Teachers will know and use appropriate digital tools and resources for instruction.


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  • Summer PDIT 2017

    Posted by KATHRYN BLADES at 6/18/2017 11:00:00 PM

    Check out the Summer PD Offerings:

    "Deep Dive" into the Blended Classroom and learn how to use G Suite apps and Google Classroom or take a look at how Hyperdocs can help you differentiate instruction for all of your learners.

    Or... have you been going crazy since the H: drive was retired?

    Then, join us for "Everything about Google Drive."

    We have lots of different PD opportunities this summer, including some online courses beginning on July 3rd.

    Skinny Dips: Take a "dip" into an hour long class to find out about new tips, tricks, an app or a strategy. Click for classes, dates, and times: Currituck County Schools Instructional Technology Professional Development Link

    Sign up in Seasystem.

    If you have questions, please email me, Kathy Blades, mailto:kblades@currituck.k12.nc.us.

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  • NC Ties 2017 Smackdown

    Posted by KATHRYN BLADES at 5/30/2017 9:00:00 AM

    NC Ties App Smackdown

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  • How to Change Your Google Password

    Posted by KATHRYN BLADES at 5/4/2017 8:10:00 AM

    Open Gmail

    1. Click -->  Your Gmail Icon

    2. Click -->  My Account (Upper right hand corner)

    Google My Account

    3. Select Sign In & Security 

    4. Scroll down and select "Signing in to Google" Password

    Change Password

    5. Enter your current password - Click next

    6. Create your new strong password.

    7. Enter the new password again.

    Once you change your password, your phone, ipad, and other computers will require you to login with your new password.


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  • 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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