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Susie's Techie Tuesday for Sept. 17th

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Hi, Blog Followers! First off, shout out to the high school teacher who told me that my link to my site was broken last week. Opps! That's what happens when you go from a Techie Thursday to a Tuesday and rename the page. I learned something new because I didn't realize that Google Sites would change the URL on its own. Opps! 😁
Now on to my tech tips for the week. You can see the tips from the past weeks (or last year) and access all of the links by clicking on the slide below and then using the arrows to scroll through the other slides in the deck. Have a suggestion for how I can make these emails even more helpful? Let me know what you think!


As a reminder, here is the menu of ways I can serve you: Co-Teaching: Two heads are better than one! Let me teach with you for a day! We can work together to make sure that problems are solved and students get the individual attention they need. I should probably be involved in your planning as well for this to be most effective. Google Exp…

Susie's Techie Tuesday for Sept. 10th

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Hi, Blog Followers! Phew! What a whirlwind the past week has been. I'm going to focus on the good. A teacher is using a microphone ball (which I acquired from another tech coach) for class discussions, others are setting up Apple Classroom, gradebooks are getting situated and lots of folks are working on setting up productivity systems to make sure they can stay on top of things this year. I'm hoping that there is something that I can do to help you! You'll soon see me wandering the halls and situating myself in teachers rooms so as to connect with more teachers. As Stephen Avery, one of the instructional coaches at the MS, said to the 6th graders on the first day, coaches are a bit like lost puppy dogs looking for a home. I might just find a home in your classroom and come hang out. 😁
Here is my slide of tech tips for this week. You can see the tips from the past weeks (or last year) and access all of the links by clicking on the slide below and then using the arrows to sc…

A new year begins! (Techie Tuesday - Sept. 3rd)

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Hi, Blog Followers! I can't believe that the 2019-20 school year is under way. Where exactly did summer go?
For those of you who don't know me, I am the tech coach for teachers/staff in grades 6-12. As much as my title has tech in it or how much I work with the tech department, I am actually a teacher and am not a tech department staff member. I am here to help YOU with your technology integration. In a way, you can think of me as your go to person for any and all tech professional development needs. But I don't handle tech tickets. We have an awesome group of folks in the tech department that handle those. 😎
Here is the menu of ways I can serve you: Co-Teaching: Two heads are better than one! Let me teach with you for a day! We can work together to make sure that problems are solved and students get the individual attention they need. I should probably be involved in your planning as well for this to be most effective. Google Expeditions would be included in this option.Feed…

This is it. Week #36! (Techie Thursday - June 13th)

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Hi, Blog Followers! This is it. My 36th and final Techie Thursday for the 2018-19 school year. What a trip! I look at my "Tools of the Week" document and can't believe all the fun ideas that I've discovered and shared with you this year. This weekly email will continue on next year with some tweaks to make it more helpful. I'd love to get your feedback in order to do that!
Beyond the content of this week's slide, please keep these tips in mind: Remember how you set up Backup & Sync before getting your laptop taken care of by tech? Well, you should do THE SAME THING once you get your laptop back so that you don't run the risk of losing something.If you had to download Pages/Numbers/etc from Self Service once you got your laptop back. you should REALLY take some time to migrate your documents over to Google. Unless Apple dramatically lowers the price of their Macbooks before our current lease is up, I think that our time with Macs is limited. If we switch …

Week #35! (Techie Thursday - June 6th)

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Hi, Blog Followers! It's hard to believe that this is my 35th Techie Thursday email of the school year. Can you believe it?! I can't! What was your favorite thing you learned from my Techie Thursday messages this year? I would love to know! Just reply to this email and drop me a quick message. It will help me craft next year's series to be even more helpful.
Looking at my booking calendar for the rest of the year, I have very few slots available. Between laptop collection and a couple more classes experiencing Google Expeditions in the next two weeks, I'll be busy for sure!  If you need to meet with me, you can set up an appointment with me on my website at http://appointment.simmonsclassroom.com. Needless to say, please do not delay with booking because you might be out of luck if you do.
You can see the tips from the past weeks by clicking on the slide below and then using the arrows to scroll through the other slides in the deck.


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It's running time! (Techie Thursday - May 30th)

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Hi, Blog Followers! After being out at on the Pathfinder trip last week and the memo from the tech department to back your stuff up, I can officially say that it is now running time as I buzz back and forth between schools to meet with everyone that needs me. Please be sure to make an appointment with me and ensure that it is long enough to cover everything that you need because that is the best way to ensure that I am available when you need me.
If you are panicked about backing up, PLEASE be mindful of that next year! What would you have done if your cup of coffee killed your laptop last week? Prepare for the worst and you won't have to stress. I have a link to Tyler's directions for backing up your laptop linked in the slide for this week's Techie Thursday below. If you need to meet with me, you can set up an appointment with me on my website at http://appointment.simmonsclassroom.com.
You can see the tips from the past weeks by clicking on the slide below and then using t…

I just might be on a mountain while you're reading this... (Techie Thursday 5/23/19)

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HAPPY THURSDAY! As I said last week, I'm off in the woods with the Girls' Pathfinders team spending the week camping, hiking, and canoeing with them in Maine's woods. By the time you read this, their separation anxiety from being without their phone for the week might have finally worn off. But we're looking forward to warm showers tomorrow when we get back. I'll be responding to my emails on Tuesday. With that in mind, please make sure you book me if you'd like to connect in any way between now and the end of the year (which is coming so fast at this point). Between the trip and then laptop collection, my schedule is filling up fast. You can set up an appointment with me on my website at http://appointment.simmonsclassroom.com.
You can see the tips from the past weeks by clicking on the slide below and then using the arrows to scroll through the other slides in the deck.


Have a great long weekend! You certainly deserve it. Sincerely, 
Susie Simmons
Technology Coach …