Welcome

Screenshot 2016-02-19 at 11.58.58 AMThis site is home to Ramapo Indian Hills High School District Instructional Technology and Staff Development. Here you will be able to find resources and tools to help you become more comfortable using technology with your students and implementing innovative methods in your classroom. Use this website for numerous resources, coaching appointments, newsletters, and workshop materials. I am committed to showcasing some of the great work our staff is already doing while helping to make the technology integration in the classroom both seamless and virtually invisible.

 

Tech Tip Tuesday: Shorten URL’s with Google’s URL Shortener

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Have a long link and want to shorten it? Wish there was a really REALLY quick way to do that? Similar to Bit.ly, Google has its own URL shortener that can be added as an extension to your Chrome Web Browser and can shorten the URL to anything on the web with the click of a button. These links can be sent out, pasted on top of a presentation or document, or made accessible via a QR code. Here’s how to do this: Continue reading

Tech Tip Tuesday: Taking Advantage of the Chrome Web Store

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You need to take advantage of the Google Chrome Web Store. This nifty website is the place to go to install extensions to your Chrome Web Browser or apps and add-ons to the existing Google Suite.

To access the Google Chrome Web Store: Go to chrome.google.com/webstore OR if you are using the Chrome Web Browser click the “apps” bookmark in your bookmarks tool bar –> then “Web Store.”

To search for apps/extensions: Scroll under the ‘Get Started” section and begin browsing (it’s that simple) OR use the search bar to type in something you are looking for. A quick Google Search for “best chrome extensions” yields a lot of results!

To install the app/extension: Once you find something you like, click on the app/extension –> then select “Add to Chrome.” Next, accept/approve the install and allow the app/extension to connect to your Google account. The app/extension will then be added. If it is an extension, it will attach itself to the right of your URL search bar. To use it, just click on it!

FYI: Chrome Apps are simply short-cuts to a webpage. Chrome Extensions add functionality to the Chrome web browser.

Hope this helps! Happy hunting!

Tech Tip Tuesday: Using the MLP Request for Professional Leave Form

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There is a lot going on with our transition to MyLearningPlan for all things professional development. If you are attending an out-of-district conference or workshop or have already attended, you will need to “complete” your form to receive your PD hours/cost reimbursement (if applicable). “Marking complete” is imperative to the overall process of tracking everything in the system, even if you are attending something after contractual hours or aren’t seeking cost reimbursement. Here’s how to do this: Continue reading