TIP Sheets

AB Tutor Control :: With this program, you can easily manage a classroom full of computers. Monitor all student computers from one location, broadcast the teacher’s screen for demos, lock every student computer, block Internet access, and much more!
Audacity :: Use this free program to record and edit audio files. If you have ever wanted to record a lecture for an absent student, narrate a book for struggling learners, or create a podcast; Audacity could be the solution.
Cognos :: The tests and assessments system puts all student data, demographics, and test scores, in one secure place. Teachers can quickly access student data reports and customize learning resources for individual learning needs.
Discovery Education Streaming :: This service integrates seamlessly into any curriculum with over 5,000 full-length videos and 50,000 content-specific clips. Today, more than half of U.S. schools are learning with Discovery Education Streaming.
Edmodo Teachers :: Students :: Parents :: If you have ever sent information to students via email, you may have noticed many do not check their inboxes… “Email is for old people.” To reach this generation, you have to text message. Edmodo can help.
Employee Access :: Online forms are replacing much of the paperwork we dealt with in the past. Login if you need to review your employee information, certifications, payroll history, lane/step history, direct deposit, or W2/W4 information.
Google Drive Productivity :: Instruction :: Teachers use the Productivity sheet to share links to Google Drive files on Moodle course pages. The Instruction sheet provides steps to distribute “digital” worksheets, presentations, and collaborative activities.
Google Sites :: This feature of Google Drive allows teachers and students to create a website for class projects that are visible to anyone with a NP Google Apps account. This sheet will demonstrate the basics of adding text, hyperlinks, and images.
Google Earth :: Imagine a 3-D model of the entire planet on your computer. Even better… it’s completely free! Google Earth lets you grab, spin, tilt, and zoom down to any place on Earth. Can create interactive lessons with text, hyperlinks, pictures, and video.
Google Images for PhotoStory :: PowerPoint :: Google Images is the largest search engine for pictures on the Internet. Avoid “pixilated” images; follow these suggestions to produce high quality pictures for your multimedia presentations.
Google News :: Google News lists the most recent news articles and displays the date and time each article was posted. Use your email or Google Reader to keep track of the news on specific topics. Historical archives date back more than 200 years!
Infinite Campus :: Infinite Campus (IC) is our student information system. Teachers use IC to take attendance, enter assignments, and post grades into an online grade book. Click the link for view TIP Sheets, FAQs, and video tutorials.
iTunes :: We all know iTunes made downloading music legal, affordable, and easy. You may might know that it also made subscribing to free podcasts just as easy. Learn how to browse, search, and subscribe to podcasts for your curriculum.
KeepCertified :: Keeping track of your continuing education clock-hours can be a hassle. KeepCertified gives certified staff members a convenient location for submitting CEU requests and reviewing your current licensure status.
Mimio :: MimioMobile :: Sign :: Turn your whiteboard into a giant computer screen with interactive controls, screen markups, and digital notes. MimioMobile allows you to control Mimio and your computer from your iPad.
MLA Style Guide :: This handout overviews basic guidelines for using MLA style. Students can use this reference to properly format headers, margins, in-text citations, and the works cited page. The original poster was developed by Kate Bouwens.
Moodle Teachers :: Quiz Tool :: ExamView :: Students :: Moodle is more than just a class website, it’s a course management system. It allows students to take online tests, submit homework assignments, and post classroom discussions.
MovieMaker (Windows XP) :: Create, edit, and share classroom video projects right on your computer. Build your video with a few simple drag-and-drops. Delete bad shots and include only the best scenes. Learn everything you need to get started.
MyBrochureMaker.com :: The easiest way to create brochures. This online program helps you and your students quickly create professional looking brochures. Choose from a wide variety of templates, add your text, and upload your images… for free!
OpenOffice :: Free productivity software that can be used in place of costly tools such as Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. The best part about this suite of applications is it can open Microsoft Office files and even save in Microsoft Office formats.
Outlook Web App 2010 :: The Outlook Web App allows you to access your school e-mail, calendar, and contacts from any computer that has Internet access. This TIP Sheet also lists the settings required to receive school email on your smartphone.
PBworks :: PBworks lets you quickly create a free, hosted, password-protected wiki to edit and share information. From the Hawaiian word “quick,” a wiki is a website that can be easily edited by visitors to produce a collaborative website.
PhotoStory :: Digital Storytelling Process :: Works Cited :: Turn a traditional research/writing assignment into a video documentary. With PhotoStory, students upload, arrange, modify, and apply motion to pictures. You can even record narration!
Picasa :: Picasa is a free picture management program. Downloaded from Google, it allows you to organize, crop, fix colors, and add effects. Use it to quickly import pictures from a digital camera, remove red eye, and upload pictures to the web.
Pick-Up/Drop-Off Folders :: It’s easy to print and turn in a Word document assignment, but what about a PowerPoint presentation, PhotoStory video, or audio recording? Network folders have been set up to help students submit digital files.
PowerPoint 2007 :: Office 2007 has been completely redesigned; but don’t worry, PowerPoint is even easier to use and more powerful than ever. Quickly create multimedia presentations with text, pictures, and video. Try the new SmartArt feature!
Reflector :: This software will “mirror” your iPad screen to your classroom computer screen. If the computer is connected to an LCD projector, the entire class can view the content displayed on the teacher’s iPad.
Scanner HP G4010 :: 3500c :: 4400c :: Scanning is just like using a copy machine; but instead of getting a paper copy, you get an electronic file. Many people struggle with the variety of scanning software. Learn how to scan documents and pictures.
Screencast-o-Matic :: In the past few years, the flipped classroom model has gained a lot of attention, but how do teachers pre-record their lessons? There are a wide variety of tools available, but one of the most popular is called Screencast-o-Matic.
Staff Directory & Web Page :: The Staff Directory web pages allow students and parents to quickly locate staff contact information. To help ensure the directory is accurate and up-to-date, each staff member must update their own page.
TeacherWeb :: Use your classroom website to keep students and parents informed. Post your syllabus, assignments, links, and other resources. There are a variety of forms to help you quickly customize a website for your unique classroom.
Thinkfinity.org :: A great resource for teachers to find hundreds of standards-based lesson plans, student interactives, and tools for 21st century learning. The website helps to quickly search and access resources from leading educational organizations.
Turnitin.com :: Turnitin improves the student writing cycle by preventing plagiarism and providing rich feedback to students. OriginalityCheck ensures original work by checking submitted papers against 24+ billion web pages and library databases.
VoiceThread :: A VoiceThread is an online slideshow that allows people to make comments, either audio or text, and share them with anyone they wish. A teacher can record their audio instructions, type specific comments, and draw notes on the slide.
Word 2007 :: Top 10 Word Tips :: Office 2007 has been completely redesigned to help you work more efficiently. Quickly format text, insert images, align tabs, develop outlines, and customize your document. Try the new SmartArt feature!
Yodio :: Your voice is unique and personal…just like your stories. Use Yodio to add your stories to your photos or presentations, and share these narrated photos with your friends and colleagues. It’s like creating a PhotoStory with your cell phone.