How to Extend Your Computer Monitor onto a Projector

If your computer or laptop is connected to a projector you can use your computer while projecting other content on via your projector. The process is simple, but you will want to try it before you intend to do it in front of your class.

Click on the Action Center icon in the lower right of your screen.

Project is one of the tile options. If you don’t see the project option but the word “Expand” is located where “Collapse” is on the image, click Expand. Click Project.

Several options are available on the Project menu. To have the projector show something different than your computer screen shows, click Extend.

 

Once you have done that, you can drag a different site/screen onto the projector and interact with it independently of whatever is shown on your computer screen.

*To disconnect the second screen, click PC screen only.

 

Here’s a video of the process: 

 

Last, here’s an article and video to help you do this:

How to Use Windows 10 to Project Your Screen to a Different Display

…and now for something completely different: Digital Photography at Christmas

My sisters and I standing in front of our Christmas tree circa 1967. This photo was taken on a Kodak Brownie Reflex camera using 127 mm film and retouched to adjust color and contract fading using Adobe Photoshop.

One of the best parts of Christmas–or vacations, reunions, or maybe life in general–is looking at photos to remember the good times. Thanks to technology, creating those memories is easier than ever. Most cell phones take better pictures than the point and shoot Kodaks of previous eras, but knowing how to use them and how to shoot a visually strong photo makes all the difference. Getting great shots involves both knowing how to use your equipment and knowing how to compose a memorable picture. The articles below offer suggestions that may help.

The basics, especially for shooting with a phone:  https://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/good-pictures-phone-tips   Different brands of phones offer different features, but there are many commonalities so this is a good start. This article explains some basics. Looking up articles or videos about the camera on your specific phone will offer more specific directions.

Photographing Christmas lights:  https://www.nyip.edu/photo-articles/photography-tutorials/how-to-take-great-photos-of-holiday-lights  Photographing lights can be challenging. This article offers a variety of practical hints for getting the shot you want

Pictures of groups of people:  https://expertphotography.com/great-group-photo/ Holiday get-togethers lead to pictures of people gathered together. Candids can be fun, but learning how to take an outstanding group picture makes the memories even better.

This adorable picture of Mrs. Claus reading to my young cousins would be better if I had taken it from a slightly different angle so the Christmas tree was in the background.

Google photos: here are guides for Google photos, which you are probably using if you’re shooting with an Android camera or you have your photos backing up to Google.

                             The Beginner’s Guide to Google Photos https://www.theedublogger.com/google-photos-guide/

                              Get Started with Google Photos https://support.google.com/photos/answer/6220402?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en

Apple (iPad/iPhone) photos: A variety of hints and how-tos specifically for Apple users is on the Apple site https://support.apple.com/explore/taking-managing-photos  

 

 

Spartan Innovation Exemplars: Taylor Halliday and Beth Bartels

Mrs. Bartels (standing) watches students coding Dance Parties on the Hour of Code website.

Liberty teachers Beth Bartels and Taylor Halliday fearlessly left their comfort zones to encourage students to explore computer logic during Lima City Schools’ Hour of Code celebration.

Bartels and Halliday run an Explorer group focused on careers at Liberty Arts Magnet. After they attended the Staff Hour of Code event in November, they realized that coding as a career would be an excellent program for their Explorers. The first stage of the meeting involved the students creating and “running” a live-action program using signs and a grid taped on the floor. With the help of LCS Technology Integration coach Jeannine Jordan, the students were introduced to programming loops and if/then statements in a giggle-filled simulation. Following that, the students and the teachers explored the Hour of Code site, trying a variety of programs.

Mrs. Halliday (far right) sampled the Hour of Code site too and compared notes with students about which exercises she found most challenging.

Both teachers use regularly use technology in their classrooms, especially Schoology. For example, paper and pencil reviews have become Schoology assignments in Halliday’s dance class, and Bartels’ drama classes often record performances for sharing and critique.

Mrs. Bartels, Mrs. Halliday and the students had a great afternoon exploring coding via the live-action game and the Hour of Code website. To see the options on the website, go to http://wordpress.limacityschools.org/hourofcode/– and if you are interested in trying the live-action game, contact Jeannine at jjordan@spartan.limacityschools.org for further info.

Spartan Innovation Exemplar: David Stein, LCS Orchestra Conductor

How can iPads improve my teaching? That’s the question many people in our district asked when they got a new iPad last year. For David Stein, having an iPad completely transformed how he directs Lima Senior’s orchestra.

Instead of carrying around pages and pages of musical scores, Stein directs from scores that he’s uploaded to his iPad. “First, I scan my scores and turn them into PDFs,” he explained, “then upload them to Google Drive.” From there, Google Drive integrates with a musical app that makes it simple to direct the orchestra from the iPad. He can quickly make notes on the score as well as turn pages with a brief touch of the screen.

Another perk of directing this way is that during performances, he has all his scores in performance order ready to go instead of having multiple scores to maneuver and page through.

“This is so much easier than anything I’ve tried before,” Stein claimed. “I wouldn’t want to go back to being surrounded by pages and pages of music!” 

Do you know someone who uses technology successfully in their classroom? Maybe someone who has figured out a way to simplify or improve a process by integrating technology–maybe even you? Let Jeannine know at jjordan@spartan.limacityschools.org to help us identify the next Spartan Innovation Exemplar!

The Password is…

Let’s be real: Should you reuse passwords? Of course not! Do you? Probably…I know I do. Should you share passwords with anyone else? Of course not, again! Do you? Well…I do.  And how do you keep track of your passwords? If you are like many people, in an insecure manner.
A crucial part of digital citizenship involves creating good passwords and keeping them safe. Are your passwords strong enough? Do you know how to keep your information secure? The website Bits from Bytes has information about creating good passwords as well as a tool for checking the strength of your current passwords. Check your passwords at https://bitsfrombytes.com/how-to-create-a-strong-password/
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse is a credible source for all sorts of information about using technology responsibly. Their article “Making a Good Password” has helpful tips, too: https://privacyrights.org/resources/making-good-password

House Hippos Are Back–or are they? How to spot fake news

 Is fake news a real thing? And how can you tell if the information you find online is factual, accurate, and current? Media Smart’s “Break the Fake” offers humorous examples and clear guidelines and suggestions for learning to tell the difference. Go to Media Smart’s “Break the Fake” website at https://mediasmarts.ca/break-fake for more information. 
One of the tools featured on that website is a search engine that search fact-finding sites to help verify information. To fact check information, go to this site and type in the questionable info: https://cse.google.com/cse?cx=009843066196008418578:5c4h08rfa8q  Reputable sites such as Snopes, Factcheck.org, and Politifact offer a variety of related articles to help you determine whether the information is valid.
All Tech Considered  suggests these steps when you encounter questionable information online: Pay attention to the domain and URL (the site address); Read the “About Us” section of the site; Look at the quotes in a story;  Look at who said them; Check the comments; do a reverse image search. These steps are detailed in the article at https://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2016/12/05/503581220/fake-or-real-how-to-self-check-the-news-and-get-the-facts . Dr. Melissa Zimdars, a professor of communication at Merrimack College, has compiled an even more detailed list of tips here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/10eA5-mCZLSS4MQY5QGb5ewC3VAL6pLkT53V_81ZyitM/edit?usp=sharing