Thursday, August 17, 2017
Digital Tools

The Instructional Technology Department provides support for the instructional resources listed below.  Please contact the Instructional Technology Specialist (ITS) assigned to your school for training or for further information.

 
Instructional Technology District Initiatives Summary
  • ActivClassroom
  • BrainPop and BrainPop Jr.
  • Discovery Education (United Streaming)
  • Edmodo
  • Office 365 (Email/Calendar/Contacts/Collaboration)
  • Infinite Campus
  • Microsoft Office
  • Promethean Planet

ActivClassroom

Description:  ActivClassroom is a collection of tools and resources that allow teachers to deliver interactive lessons.  The components of the ActivClassroom include the Promethean ActivBoard, the ActivPen(s), the projector and the computer.  ActivInspire is the software used to create flipcharts that allow teachers to deliver interactive lessons.  

ActivExpressions are student response systems that create opportunities for student involvement and assessment.  These devices can be used in conjunction with the ActivBoard to deliver dynamic lessons tailored to obtain immediate feedback of student performance.

 

BrainPop and BrainPop Jr.

 
               http://www.brainpopjr.com
 
Description: BrainPop is a web-based, educational program that provides curriculum-based content spanning subjects including Science, Math, English, Social Studies, Health, Technology, and Arts and Music.  BrainPop features more than 750 animated movies.  The movies are supplemented with resources including quizzes, activities, related games, timelines, and a selection of high-interest reading.  DCSD teachers can use BrainPop as a resource to explain concepts in an audio/video style that students can relate to and that is aligned to state standards.

BrainPop Jr. is for grades K-3.  BrainPop Jr. is also aligned to state standards.  Each movie is supported by activities such as quizzes, games, activities, pop a joke, word wall, lesson ideas, draw about it, write about it, read about it, and talk about it.

Username:        Each individual school has an individual username.  Contact your ITS.

Password:        dekalb
 

Discovery Education (United Streaming)

Website:           http://www.discoveryeducation.com/

Description: Discovery Education provides educational media and resources that can be downloaded and utilized in lessons across the curriculum.

New Users:       Obtain passcode from Teacher Librarian

Username:        Personal choice                                   
Password:        Personal choice
 

Edmodo

Website:           https://dekalbschools.edmodo.com/

Description: Edmodo is a social learning network for teachers, students, and parents and provides web-based tools to facilitate communication and collaboration.

New Users:       Obtain Edmodo code from Teacher Librarian or Instructional Technology Specialist

Username:        Personal choice                                   
Password:        Personal choice
 

Office 365 

Website (in the Cloud):

Description: Office 365 is a communication system between administrators, teachers, students and parents.  Email  is the main tools used within Office 365.  The Office 365 Outlook Email provides a tool for students (Grades K-12) to have a personal email address that will remain with them throughout their careers in the DeKalb School System.

Teacher Username:      e + Employee [email protected]

Teacher Password:       same as Active Directory password

Student Username:       student#

Student Password:        Grades PK-4 dekalb +grade level, (EX, 3rd grade dekalb03)
                                     Grades 5th-12th  (student creates password after initial log in)
 
*For first time log in, it must be done on a DCSD workstation, wait 30 mins for activation and authentication* 

Infinite Campus Grade Book

Website:           https://campus.dekalb.k12.ga.us

Description:  The Infinite Campus web based grade book facilitates easy entry of student scores and analysis of student performance.  Teachers may easily sort students, display graphs, and view color based student performance.  Scores and grades are made available immediately to students, staff and parents via the Campus Portal. 

Username: Employee Number

Initial Password: First Initial of Last Name + Date of Birth (MMDDYYYY)
Password: 8 characters with 1 capital letter and 1 number.
 

Microsoft Office/Productivity Tools

Description: Microsoft Office consists of Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Publisher.

·         Microsoft Word is an application designed primarily for word processing. In Microsoft Word, you may use many features such as clip art, track changes, mail merge, tables, and so much more.

·         Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet application that enables you to turn data into information with powerful tools to analyze, communicate, and share results. You may analyze and manipulate data to create charts, tables, and/or graphs.

·         Microsoft Access is a database program that is used to store and manipulate information in a series of interrelated records and files. Microsoft Access enables you to store all kinds of forms in the computer and organize them in a variety of ways for easy retrieval and custom reporting.

·         Microsoft PowerPoint is presentation software that enables users to create, present, and collaborate on presentations quickly. Microsoft PowerPoint allows you to create simple and/or elaborate presentations that may include complex graphics, special effects, animations, and sounds.

·         Microsoft Publisher is software that allows you to create a wide variety of print publications such as brochures, newsletters, and postcards, just to name a few. 


Promethean Planet

Website:           http://www.prometheanplanet.com

Description:  Created by teachers, for teachers, Promethean Planet is a unique teaching, sharing and support community and a place to connect, create, and change the classroom.

Username:        Personal choice                                   

Password:        Personal choice
 
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