Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Back to School: Tech for New Teachers and More

The Digital Learning Specialists at @PISDtech LOVE the opportunity to work with our new teachers every year! Yesterday we had the pleasure of meeting over 450 brand-new, new-to-PISD, and returning-to-PISD teachers. The theme for new teachers this year is "Welcome Home to Plano ISD" and I absolutely love that. The PISD crowd is definitely a family, and we're always so happy to open our arms to our new family members.

The Digital Learning Team invited several of our teacher leaders to help introduce our technology resources to the newbies yesterday. Thank you to Laura, Phoebe, Ayanna, Diana, Dora, Lilly, Kevin, Kim, and Lan for your many skills in helping orient our new family members to our Hotspot website, Webdesk, and using Chromebooks in the classroom. 

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with those resources, here's a quick recap:
  • Our popular Hotspot website is available at (the "it" is for "instructional technology," doncha know). Click Professional Learning in the blue menu bar, or go directly to to get a small glimpse of what we covered in yesterday's New Teacher sessions.
  • Webdesk (powered by Classlink) - one-click access to all your programs. If you use Webdesk already, chances are you love it. If you DON'T use it - what's keeping you from jumping in? It's amazing!
  • Chromebook tips, available on the Chromebook Academy page of our website. Tips for how to right-click, make a screenshot, and much much more!


Do you have suggestions for things you'd like to see on our Hotspot website? Let us know! Just send an email to

Your PISD Tech team wishes you a marvelous start to the 2018-19 school year!

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