Month: August 2016

Website Wednesday: Places to Learn About Labor Day

5019746577.pngby Kristie Burk

Labor Day is on Monday.  Yesterday at my sons’ bus stop, I asked some students what they thought Labor Day commemorated.  Here are some answers I got:

  • “It’s the last day of summer and you celebrate all the work you didn’t have to do over the summer.” (!??)
  • “It’s a day to not work before the Fall starts.”
  • “It celebrates all the women who are having babies.” (That’s my favorite.)

If you want to make sure that your students know the real reason behind Labor Day, here are a few sites to help:



Tech Tip Tuesday: Convert Your PowerPoints to Google Slides

by Kristie Burk

If you have years’ worth of PowerPoint slides saved, you can easily convert them to Google Slides.  This move will allow you to save and to access your presentations from any device. Moving your saved PowerPoint presentations will also let you share your slides for collaboration with colleagues. Richard Byrne, author of the amazing tech blog called “Free Technology for Teachers,” made a short video to show you how to do this:


6 Things to Know about Dtown Tech Chat

by Kristie Burk

Welcome back to the 16-17 school year and to the Downingtown Tech Chat. If you’re new to Downingtown, we’ll be sending you tricks, tips, suggestions and interesting articles every week to help you in your classroom, in your career and sometimes in your life.  Here are six things to know about the blog:

  1. You don’t have to read or to implement everything. We do not expect you to be able to read every article or implement every idea.  You may only get one “nugget” a month or you might find a lot of useful information.  Take what you need or save what you want for later.
  2. Get to know our “days.” We have Website Wednesday and Tech Tip Tuesday, which contains contain useful technology tips or suggestions.  This is usually where we may highlight a useful app, too.  On Food for Thought Friday, we’ll share an article or study that will make you go hmmm….
  3. We want your feedback. Communicate with us by sending us an email at  You can also comment directly on our blog, but please remember that these comments are public.
  4. Visit our website to find archived articles or to make public comments. Downingtown Tech Chat is housed at You can visit here to search for past articles or to make public  comments on an article.
  5. Contribute your ideas! Kristie Burk, the Coordinator of Blended and Cyber Learning;  Jon Blow, Technology Integration Coordinator; and all of your instructional coaches will be sharing on this blog, but we also want to hear from you. Reach out to us with inspiring stories, great tricks, or anything else you’d like to share.
  6. Share the blog with others.  Other educators follow this blog by subscribing on the website or by following us on Twitter. If you know people outside of DASD who would like the blog, let them know!

Have a wonderful year!