RNESU Tech Team
Barstow - Leah LaRock, Dan Schmitz
Leicester - Rusty Mason
Lothrop - Dan Schmitz
Neshobe - Leah LaRock, Dan Schmitz
OVUS - Amy Hoffman, Rusty Mason
Sudbury - Rusty Mason
Whiting - Rusty Mason
Coordinator, IT Services - Susan Briere 

At RNESU technology serves every classroom, library, instructional space, conference room, and administrative office.  Students, teachers, librarians, administrators, secretaries, nurses, cooks, and custodians rely on technology to carry out their daily mission.

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EdTech Talk

  • Using Game Mechanics in the Classroom to Increase Engagement
    Let's consider a basic fact.. young animals play in order to learn survival skills as they transition to adulthood. Well, our youngsters are no different. Whether they are in the classroom, on the ball field, or at camp they are trying out skills and strategies that will bring them positive outcomes.. a great grade, a homerun, or maybe even the Survivor Badge. We want all of our students to take risks in the classroom to try something new, to stick with a program, and to increase their sense of "agency", the belief that whatever happens they have what it takes to move forward and learn from their experiences.

    Teachers can incorporate game mechanics to tap into one of the most basic instincts we are born with, the ability to learn critical skills through play. This technique is sure to engage even the most hesitant learners. One simple method is to use grading and assessment to move kids from zero knowledge, or XP (experience points) through a series of learning activities where they earn XP and level up as they master facts, skills, and cognitive abilities on their learning journey. Kids can tell you that it takes lots of planning, preparation and practice to go on a boss raid and conquer all obstacles!

    Check out this video that explores using game dynamics in the classroom to get your student to play hard and level up.

    YouTube Video

    Posted Jul 15, 2015, 2:48 PM by Susan Briere
  • New features in Google Classroom mobile app

    Create, edit, and grade assignments on the go with new Classroom mobile app features

    In January, Google launched a Classroom mobile app for iOS and Android for students who increasingly rely on mobile devices to get homework done on the go. That app has now been downloaded more than 2.5 million times. This functionality isn’t just useful for students, however. We’ve heard from teachers that they also want to be able to keep track of their classes no matter where they are or what device they’re on. Today, we’re making that even easier with several new features. Teachers can now:
    • Create and edit assignments on the go, make copies of attachments, and attach new photos to assignments. 
    • Grade assignments from their phones or tablets, and add private comments for students.
    • Snap pictures to create assignments, so whiteboard photos and class notes can be posted to the stream for students who are absent and/or assigned to the class for a deeper dive.
    Posted May 28, 2015, 6:23 PM by Susan Briere
  • New Google Photos Folder in Drive
    Soon, you'll see a new folder in your Drive called Google Photos. If you are a Google+ user you will now be able to manage all the photos and videos in your Google+ Photos right in your Drive. You can view and manage your photos and videos in both Google+ and Google Drive. Photos that you can see in both Google+ and Drive only count once towards your storage limit. As a Google for Education user you have unlimited storage so the storage limit would only apply if you have a separate GMail account.. @gmail.com.

    Why have photos in both locations? In Google+, you can create albums, edit your photos, create Auto Awesome photos and movies, and share with people you care about. If you delete photos or videos from Google Drive, they will also be deleted from Google+. If you delete photos or videos from Google+, they will also be deleted from Google Drive.

    You can control this feature via Drive Settings > General > “Automatically put your Google Photos into a folder in My Drive.”
    More info available under Tech Help.

    Posted Apr 4, 2015, 8:21 AM by Susan Briere
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