Welcome to SHS Tech Tuesdays 2016-2017

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Tech Tuesday 1617

What is “Tech Tuesday”?  For those of you new to or unfamiliar with Spartanburg High School and Spartanburg Freshman Academy, Tech Tuesday is one of the scheduled types of professional development I offer.  I set topics for every Tuesday, and the sessions are offered all periods, 1-7 in room 101D of the Media Center.  Come by during your planning Read More …

Using Text-to-Speech for World Language Immersion

This entry is part of 9 in the series Assistive Technologies in OSX

A conference session by Nick LaFave at Greenville’s Upstate Technology Conference put a seed in my brain about re-thinking and re-tooling assistive technologies to provide new bridges to learning opportunities.  I’ve written before about how many technologies there are built-in to Apple’s OSX environment that can help students with special needs.  In Nick’s session, however, Read More …

Playlist: OneNote Class Notebook Setup on a Mac

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Office 365 for Educators

While Microsoft is doing a great job of providing OneNote resources for teachers at http://onenoteforteachers.com, I find that Microsoft’s efforts are still pretty Windows/PC-centric.  In an effort to “translate” the process of creating a OneNote Class Notebook to the Mac realm, I’ve posted a new YouTube series just for Mac-wielding students and teachers. Over the past Read More …

Focus Supports in Safari

This entry is part 8 of 9 in the series Assistive Technologies in OSX

For those students who are easily distracted, there are a few plugins and add-ons to Safari that can help students stay focused. 1. Get Safari Extensions 2. Search Safari Extensions 3. AdBlock to Limit Web Distractions 4. WasteNoTime to Stay Focused on the Internet 5. OneNote Web Clipper to Highlight and Take Notes from the Read More …

Vision Supports in OSX

This entry is part 7 of 9 in the series Assistive Technologies in OSX

Apple’s MacBooks come with many vision accommodations built-in.  These settings allow changes in color, contrast, zoom etc.  There are also keyboard shortcuts which can turn these features on or off. 1. Vision Settings 2. Vision – Display Settings 3. Vision – Zoom Settings 4. Vision – VoiceOver   1. Vision Settings Many of these features Read More …

Calendly: How to automate the booking of school counseling appointments with your parents

In this step-by-step, learn how to set up a Calendly page to automate the booking of your Individual Graduation Plans (IGP) with parents.  Calendly helps the appointment-booking process by keeping track of your availability (as measured by your Google calendar or Office 365 calendar) and only booking appointments online that you have the time for.  Read More …

Writing Supports

This entry is part 6 of 9 in the series Assistive Technologies in OSX

For students struggling with writing, Apple has built in Voice-to-Text and thesaurus features that can help students complete writing assignments.  In the following sections, learn how to use these features to support students’ writing. 1. Automatically Check Spelling and Grammar 2. Get Suggestions While Checking Spelling and Grammar 3. Start Dictation from Keyboard 4. Start Read More …