What’s on YOUR Christmas Wishlist?

iPad 2?  iPhone 4GS?  Nook Tablet?  Nook Color?  WiFi enabled Blue-ray player?  Lots of new technologies are on the market vying for our attention.  What are you hoping for this holiday season?

Getting the Most Out of the Netbook Carts

Many Northside campuses have received carts of netbooks as part of the bond deployment of new computer equipment.  These carts are for student use for a variety of technology initiatives.  These carts are special because they are set up to be shut down remotely each night. Technology Services is also able to push software updates to these carts – if the campus staff is following the instructions for use of the carts. Each campus administrator decides where the “home” for each cart will be. It is uber-important for the cart to be returned to its “home” and be connected to the network on a regular basis. This is the only way the cart and the computer equipment inside can receive the updates.  Here are some documents that will help you understand how to use the managed cart most efficiently:

– 4 page pdf document with set up instructions and guidelines for use.

How to Use the Managed Cart – short video explaining what a Managed Cart is and how to use it.

Transporting the Managed Cart - short video showing how to move the Managed Cart from one location to another.

Practical Tidbits

In his blog post, Doing More with Less (and Other Practical Educational Technology Tidbits), Adam Bellow gives some practical advice on integrating educational technology into the daily routine of the classroom. I particularly like his suggestions to try one new thing each week and try one new thing at a time. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been told that technology is just too overwhelming. There are too many things to try.  There is just not enough time. By focusing on one skill or application, teachers can raise their own technology competency level and pass that on to the students. The remaining five suggestions Adam makes are intriguing and worth further consideration.  To read his blog follow this link:

 http://www.edutopia.org/blog/education-technology-advice-adam-bellow