Digital Learning Bytes
Lynwood Unified Technology Services ~ April, 2016
LETS Call for Presenters
Are you a MyLUSD Google Challenge educator using digital tools such as GAFE, Web 2.0, and coding in the classroom? Teachers interested in sharing the excitement, engagement and learning happening in their classroom should email email@example.com by April 15th to secure a spot at the LETS (Lynwood Educators' Technology Summit) event on Friday, June 17th.
Interested in attending the Summit? Keep an eye out for more information in your inbox and in next month's Digital Bytes.
Google Spring Training
The second round of the Google Challenge has been completed! As a school district we now have 100 elementary and 50 secondary teachers who have completed the MyLUSD Google Challenge. Teachers have been trained on Gmail, Calendar, Docs, and Sheets. They've learned about add-ons, extensions, and Google Classroom. The Spring Training Cohort also learned Google Forms and Slides. We're excited to see these tools being used with the students of Lynwood. If you are interested in future trainings send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll add you to our list!
Computer 101 with LUSD Parents
In a joint effort with Digital Coaches Dena Duong and Kathleen Graham and Parent Involvement Specialist, Jasmine Velasco-Munoz, 27 parents participated in LUSD's first Computer 101 class. Parents learned basic computer skills such as how to log in to the computer, type on a free Typing Club website, use a mouse, and create a Word Document that includes bullets, numbers, and different font size and style. In addition, parents were able to explore the the websites of schools their children attend. Parents expressed excitement at the wealth of information provided on the school websites. There will be a follow-up Computer 102 class in two weeks. The goal is to eventually introduce parents to Google Apps so they are aware of the digital learning that students are utilizing in the classroom.
Ms. Tucker is a high school teacher from Lynwood High School who teaches English and AVID. She actively uses Google Classroom for ERWC (Expository Reading and Writing Course) with her senior students to communicate, assign, and discuss topics related to the class. In addition to this, she is working on an E-Portfolio via Google Sites with her AVID students to showcase all their notable school work and important documents such as resume, personal statements, letter of recommendations, and reference pages. Students are clearly challenged and genuinely excited to be a part of Ms. Tucker's technologically advanced class.
Try This IDEA
Flubaroo is a free tool (and Google add-on) that helps teachers quickly grade multiple choice or fill in the blank assignments. It will compute the assignment score and flag low-scoring questions for reteaching. Flubaroo is an add on for Google Sheets and works with assignments created with Google Forms. Here's a video to show you how it works! Try it out and let us know what you think!
Are you having trouble figuring out some of the Google Apps for Education? Want to learn how to use Google Forms to create a quiz? Thinking about using Aeries Gradebook? Stop by the IDEA2 Bar on Thursdays from 3:00-4:30 in the district technology center for help with these tools and more!
*Please note: IDEA2 Bar will not be open on April 14, due to a conference.