Monday, August 29, 2016

Accessing and Signing into OverDrive

Looking for access to a wealth of electronic texts for your students? Then let's take a look at OverDrive.

Access and download the OverDrive app from Self Service.

Once it's downloaded, choose "Continue" at the bottom of the screen because we are using OverDrive through our school.

Next, choose "Add a library".

Now search for "Columbia Public Schools" in the search field.

Choose the "Columbia Public Schools" option, not your own school! 

Now sign in with your Columbia Public Schools computer username and password. Just your username, not your entire email address. 

You are in! Now you can browse and checkout electronic books and audio books. Find the one you want, tap on the cover, then tap "borrow"

Once it's checked out, press "Go to Checkouts".

Now you'll see a list of checked out materials. You'll see in this instance, I have 14 days to finish the books. Choose the option for "Read (in your browser)".

This link will send you to Safari. Sign in with your school username and password.

Voila! Now you are ready to read. Swipe to the left to turn the pages. Enjoy!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

1:1 Teacher Talk: Whitney Adams

Whitney Adams
Lee Expressive Arts Elementary
5th Grade

"What's the biggest benefit of having a 1:1 classroom?"

1:1 Teacher Talk: Kara Johnson

Kara Johnson
Lee Expressive Arts Elementary
5th Grade

"Has your opinion changed about having iPads in your classroom?"

1:1 Teacher Talk: Stacy Robison

Stacy Robison
Two Mile Prairie Elementary
5th Grade

"What's it like having iPads in 5th grade?"

1:1 Teacher Talk: Beth Newton

Beth Newton
Oakland Middle School
8th Grade Science

"What does 1:1 do for your students?"

1:1 Teacher Talk: Sherry Schaefer

Sherry Schaefer
Oakland Middle School
7th Grade English and Math

"How has 1:1 impacted your teaching?"

Monday, November 30, 2015

My stupid keyboard is in the middle of my screen!

I'm seeing this more and more. Frustrated students and teachers with keyboards seemingly floating in the middle of the screen, blocking the majority of the space you are trying to use. There's an easy fix. Here's what you do:

The keyboard above shows a keyboard that is "undocked". Definitely something that is easy to do accidentally. To dock the keyboard again, press and hold on the keyboard icon in the bottom right. Then choose "Dock". Your keyboard will then return to it's rightful spot at the bottom of the screen. Magic.