Category Archives: Features

New Paper to Digital Tool

As I posted earlier, I had the privilege of attending the ATIA conference last week.  I learned a ton!  One of the most high-impact takeaways is that Google has a really good and simple to use OCR product.  OCR stands … Continue reading

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Spies in Florida!

Last week, the 31st through the 3rd, I was able to attend the ATIA — the national assistive technology conference in Orlando with other members of our AEM team here at CCSD.  The Iowa DoE paid for the trip as part … Continue reading

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New Look Technology Office

This fall has been a time of rapid change for the CCSD Technology Department.  In addition to adding a new team member, we’ve re-envisioned, redesigned, and re-organized our office space.  The space is much more open, (and we hope) welcoming, … Continue reading

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Introducing Mary Corrigan — New CCSD Technology Team Member!

As almost everyone at Prairie now knows, we’ve had an open technician position for about the six weeks. We have such a small, tightly knit department that adding a new team member is both exciting and scary.  So, we took … Continue reading

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New Friendly Disruption Episode

We’ve added a new member to the Friendly Disruption team — Patrick Donovan!  In this episode, we share tools to assist with color blind learners (Color Enhancer and Chrome Daltonize), hear from CCSD teacher Ernie Cox on how he uses Read&Write with … Continue reading

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New Friendly Disruption Episode!

I know that podcasts are not for everyone, but if you do enjoy them, please give a listen to the latest episode of Friendly Disruption, the podcast that I work on with Maggie Pickett.  We visit with Buddy Berry, the … Continue reading

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S.A.D (Surprise And Delight)

Back at the end of July, the Curriculum and Instruction team took a trip to Eminence, Kentucky to attend a two-day conference hosted by the local school district.  I’ve been to many conferences in my twenty-five years as an educator, … Continue reading

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Technology Personnel Changes

There are two significant changes on the horizon for the technology department this year.  As I’m sure everyone knows, these are challenging times for school budgets.  Even though Prairie is in relatively good shape — we have a strong tax … Continue reading

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Summer Work 2017

As always, it’s been a busy summer in the CCSD Technology Department.  For most years, I would share what our summer projects in the spring.  But, this year with all of the budget uncertainty, I didn’t know for sure what … Continue reading

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Student Computer Intake — What You Might Not Know…

Today we will begin to take in the computers for 12th graders for our summer work.  I realized earlier that most people probably have no idea what this process looks like and how it needs to be structured so we … Continue reading

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