Thursday, January 19, 2012

SOPA/PIPA Bills

Several staff and a good many students have been asking me about the SOPA/PIPA bills.  Some wondered if this week’s content filter changes were tied together in some way (which is not the case…just odd timing).

In case you would like to view an excellent non-technical teaching video made by Khan Academy (11-minutes long), click on the following web link: http://www.cleanvideosearch.com/media/action/yt/watch?videoId=tzqMoOk9NWc

Tip for Government and Career Tech teachers: this might be a good current event for class discussion. Hint. :)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Projector Tip: Getting a "Projector Overheating" Message?

After returning from the Christmas break I have received several calls regarding "Projector Overheating" messages from teachers. In some cases, this might be the result of a lamp about to go out.  For most, it is due to heat build-up.

Here is why: During the winter heat rises to the ceiling and causes the projectors to overheat.  Consider switching your ceiling fans to winter mode and allow heat to distribute to help resolve the overheating messages.  I am in the process of blowing out the dust one wing at a time. If your projector has the replace lamp on and you have already unplugged it and plugged it back in to reset, and then let me know when it starts shutting off on its own and I will schedule a time to replace lamp.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Technology Assessment for Kerrville ISD Teachers

I believe you should have received an email from Joel Adkins during the break with the details of the Tech Assessment.  For your inconvenience, here are the basic instructions of the overall process (in case you no longer have the original email):

1.    Go to Learning.com – http://www.learning.com
2.    On the right in the box, type your firstname.lastname – just like you do each morning at work.
3.    For password, enter the word “tech”
4.    And for district, type EXACTLY: Kerrville ISD – with the K and ISD in capital letters, and a space after the e in Kerrville ISD
5.    The window opens with your name at the top and Assessment tab open. Click START to go through a series of instructions on how to navigate the online testing window.
6.    Once you go through each instructional step, you may BEGIN your assessment.

If you need more time, you can simply close out of the program and it will save your progress. When completed, submit your test. You will not receive a grade at the end of the assessment. Your score will be sent to you AFTER the testing window ends on January 31. We have to calculate the average scores and district data before we can send you an individual score.

Thanks for participating!  The results will help with professional development and long-term planning.