Friday, July 29, 2016

SnapChat GeoFilters and the School Library

I first learned that making your own SnapChat Geofilter was a possibility from AJ Juliani, Director of Tech & Innovation.  AJ Juliani wrote a great blog post detailing not only the steps to make a SnapChat Geofilter, but ideas for how to use SnapChat Geofilters at your school.

WARNING:  SnapChat Geofilters cost $$$$.  Cost is based on square footage of where the Geofilter can been accessed and for how long the filter can be accessed.

So far I have made a SnapChat Geofilter for the Arkansas Association of School Librarians and a special JCHS Library filter.  I plan on creating more filters to compliment various activities in the library throughout the school year.  

I'm even toying with the idea of a SnapChat Geofilter Contest! 

Please click HERE to read AJ Juliani's blog post: How to Create a Custom Snapchat Geo-Filter for Your School Event

Saturday, July 23, 2016

The Great Gmail Migration BEGINS!

Last year we embraced the wonders of Google Apps for Education (GAFE) with great success.  This year we are empowering even more functionality with GAFE by migrating from Outlook to Gmail.

Daniel Whitt, Coordinator of Instructional Technology at MCS, pointed out a few reasons this transition will be beneficial for students and teachers:

Why We're Excited 
1. We can now use the much-requested "Email" function within Google Classroom. This will enable students to email their teachers (and vice-versa) within Google Classroom.  
2. We will never have to worry about inbox size again; we have unlimited storage.  
3. It is virtually impossible to ever experience a "crash" again. Our email is backed up on Google's servers across a variety of geographic locations.

Below is the first Tech Tips of the Week S'more Newsletter from the JCHS Library for the 2016-17 school year. Hopefully these tips will get out JCHS teachers off on the right foot with our Gmail migration.

What tips, tricks, advice would YOU suggest?!