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Videos and Podcasts
Dr. Thomas Tufaro: Uploading Documents to Google DrivePosted: Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 10:43 AM Discuss
How to upload documents from a computer to Google Drive
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Dr. Thomas Tufaro: GAFE LoginPosted: Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 10:41 AM Discuss
How to log in to SBOE's GAFE
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Announcements
Video How-To Guides
Video How-To Guides
The links below are to short videos on how to do common tasks in our systems. Please refer to them whenever necessary.
Updating Realtime Contact Info
Uploading Documents to Google Drive
Logging into SBOE GAFE
BYOD
SBOE Approves Policy 2363 - Student Use of Privately Owned Technology
At the 3/19/2015 meeting, the SBOE approved Policy 2363 - Student Use of Privately Owned Technology, which affords a pilot group of students at Secaucus High School the opportunity to register a single device through our authentication system to use the district WiFi on campus.

The intent of, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is to afford all students in the district the opportunity to bring in portable, wireless devices into the schools for educational purposes. While the district starts with a pilot program, it will be expanded to the student body over time.

A copy of the policy can be found here.
New policies regarding electronic communication between employees and students
Secaucus Board of Education enacted two new policies that directly affect instructional faculty and support staff. Policy 3283 (geared toward teachers) and Policy 4283 (geared toward staff) were developed in accordance with NJDoE mandates that all schools districts adopt policies that delineate electronic communication between students and district employees. They are both attached to this email for your convenience.

The policies are comprehensive, but it is imperative that you read and understand how the policy affects you (either teacher or staff) and how you communicate with your students via electronic devices. Parents, too, are encouraged to read and understand the policy and how it affects communication between students and their teachers.

The policies set acceptable use for electronic communication between students and employees in the following ways (see attached policies for details):
  • Email
  • Cell phones/smartphones (including phone calls, text messaging and use of other communication apps or programs)
  • Social networking sites (i.e., Facebook, Twitter, etc.). Immediate action required if students are “friends” or “followers”. There are considerations in the policies if employees and students are related, but these must be made known to the students’ and your principals.
All district employees will be trained on the application of this policy in the near future.
Copies of both documents are located in the Policies folder.
Secaucus' Long-Range Technology Plan Released
 The Secaucus Public School District announces the release of its long-range technology plan that will guide the district's educational technology decisions until the end of the 2016-2017 school year. The plan is the result of hours of work by of a team of educators that come from all aspects of the educational community.

After initial meetings, the district surveyed its parents, students and teachers to determine the various needs. This data helped guide the development of the plan.

On June 12, 2014, the Secaucus Board of Education voted unanimously to approve the plan.

If you have any questions or comments about the plan, please contact Dr. Thomas Tufaro, Director of Educational Technology at ttufaro@sboe.us.

Awesome Apps for Education
Below you'll find links to various Apple Apps for your iPad.  

General Apps

Google Drive - A 15GB cloud-based file system that gives you to access files on any internet-enabled device.

Evernote - Evernote is cloud-based note-taking service. You can take "notes” in the app, and then Evernote stores them in the cloud. Your notes can contain audio, text, and images.

ClassDojo - This real-time classroom management tool helps improve behavior and student engagement in a flash. You can set it up for individual students in your class or for the whole group to track expectations for group norms.

Flashcards - Create and save your own flashcards for any subject area or use any of the sets that others have created. Students can create cards to help them study for upcoming tests and quizzes.

Common Core - All of the K-12 CCSS ELA and Math are at your fingertips on this easy to use app with search capabilities.

Discovery Education - If you have a United Streaming account you can view videos, photos, and other files on your iPad using this app. I love to use this for webquests in the classroom, especially for science and social studies.

iTunes U - Sit in on a philosophy class from Oxford or a physics lecture from Yale. Learn from renowned scholars. Upload your own classes through this app. Perfect for classroom flipping.

Language Arts Specific

Vocabulary/Spelling City - My class loves the convenience of practicing their weekly word study words using this app. Students can write their own list or use one that is computer generated.

Grammaropolis - This app has been called Schoolhouse Rock for the 21st Century. The parts of speech are animated characters whose personalities match their function from the sly pronoun always trying to replace the noun to the conjunction who just wants everyone to get along. Students earn badges after following a curriculum map that includes songs, books, videos, and quizzes.

Math Specific

Singapore Math - This free Singapore Math app uses signature Singapore Math methods that focus on problem solving and reasoning in a fun, interactive way. Other grades available.

Science and Social Studies Specific

Google Earth - Put the world in your students’ hands with this app. Great app for virtual field trips.

Stack the States - This educational game helps students learn state capitals, shapes, geographic locations, flags, and more. It also teaches the comparative size differences of the states as students attempt to stack them to reach the goal line. I use the free lite version in my classroom although you unlock quite a few features with 99 cents.

Visual Brainstorming

iBrainstorm - iBrainstorm a great professional development tool for teachers. No more lugging chart paper and sticky notes to meetings because with this app, notes and information can be shared between up to four iPad and/or iPhone users by using your finger to “flick” information from one device to another.

For Reports and Presentations

Prezi - Prezi allows your students to turn out slide-style presentations with flair. With a little modeling they can easily add text, images, and animations to share what they have learned about any given topic.

Coding Apps
Daisy the Dinosaur - Learn to code by manipulating a little dinosaur. Perfect for young students, but useful for anyone interested in coding.
Hopscotch  - Learning the basics of coding by having various cartoon characters perform tasks. 


Podcasts

Have an awesome app for education? Send your idea to ttufaro@sboe.us for consideration

Discussion Topics
Podcast Dr. Thomas Tufaro: Uploading Documents to Google Drive Posted: Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 10:43 AM Discuss
Podcast Dr. Thomas Tufaro: GAFE Login Posted: Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 10:41 AM Discuss
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Files
 Tech How-To's
Helpful Technology How-To's
 Secaucus 2014-2017 Technology Plan.pdf
Secaucus' 2014-2017 Long-Range Educational Technology Plan
Web Pages
Contacts
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