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Volume 21, Issue 7 

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Tech Classes are BACK!
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The CPSB Technology Training Center's Spring 2021 Tech Class Calendar has new webinars and online courses for CPSB teachers to participate in to learn how to integrate technology to support teaching and learning. Teachers can also earn Tech Points which can be traded in for technology like iPads, laptop computers, projectors, Apple TVs, and Promethean boards to use in their classroom. January classes include Let's Tynker!, Experience the New Look of Classlink Launchpad, Blackboard Collaborate: Next Steps, Blackboard Groups, and Getting Started with Using Discovery Education with Students. Visit the CPSB Tech Classes site to sign in with your CPSB username and password to learn more, view the complete schedule, and register for classes. Space is limited, so register today!

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New Year Resolution: Manage Email

Feeling overwhelmed by email? Start the year off with a few resolutions to organize, automate, and prioritize your messages. Outlook has a few features that can help manage your Inbox.

One way to manage email is to use folders to organize your Inbox. In Outlook, scroll down to click on New folder, then give it a name. Now, when a message arrives, you can right-click on it to select Move and click on the folder name to help organize your Inbox.

Once folders have been set up, rules can be created for Outlook to automatically sort messages into these folders. Right-click on a message you would like to be sent to a folder and click Advanced action, then Create rule. This feature automatically sorts messages to folders based on conditions set by you. The condition of the rule could be based upon the sender's address, keywords, and more. However, once a rule is set, don't forget to periodically check the folder where the message goes. Out of sight could be out of mind.

Not every message requires immediate attention. If you receive a message and want to address it later, right-click on it and select Snooze to choose a later time or date to re-read it. Finally, some messages are just junk. If you find yourself deleting unwanted spam messages from the same address, right-click on the message and select Security options to Mark as junk or Block.    

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Become a Sphero or littleBits Hero

Calling all Sphero and littleBits educators! Sphero Heroes is a Sphero and littleBits Ambassador Program designed to recognize and celebrate the great work of pioneering teachers around the world. If you are using Sphero robots and littleBits kits to transform education in your own classroom, apply now to become a 2021 Sphero Hero. Applications are open now through January 10, 2021. Click HERE to apply.

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Congratulations to the Technology Department Holiday iPad Winners

The CPSB Technology Department Digital Holiday Card iPad Giveaway winner is Cassie Bellard from Dolby Elementary whose name was randomly drawn from all entries submitted. Thanks to all who participated. Congratulations also go out to the third and final Tech Connect 2020 Holiday Giveaway iPad winner, Selina Barto from Sam Houston High School! Thank you for taking the time to read Tech Connect each week and thank you to all who submitted entries. Previous issues of the newsletter are archived and can be found here. Keep reading for more chances to win! 

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