RUSD Ed Tech News and Notes

February 2016


Welcome to the monthly RUSD Ed Tech News and Notes! This newsletter will contain a few tech tips and tricks you can use in your classroom and school site. It will also spotlight the innovative ways teachers, administrators, and staff are using technology in order to transform the learning experiences of our students. Finally, upcoming Mash Up Monday sessions will be shared so you can mark your calendars to attend these personalized PD events created with your needs in mind!

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EdTech CoP

Thursday, Feb. 4th, 3:30-5:30pm

Rowland Instructional Center (RIC), Training Room 2

All teachers are invited to participate in the 2015-2016 Ed Tech CoP! At our meeting this month, we will discuss how we can use technology to better prepare our students for SBAC. We will also set up our Schoology classes and learn about the new LMS we will be piloting for the second semester. Just like last time, we'll end with a Demo Slam!

Please remember to sign up on Oars! See you on Thursday!

Winter EdCamp RUSD

On Monday February 8, we will be hosting the second of 2 EdCamps this year. EdCamps are an unconference where participants drive the learning. Sessions are based on the topics you are interested in, so it is a great place to share, learn, collaborate, and discuss!

Winter EdCamp RUSD will be held at Rowland High from 3:30-6 pm. Please see the flyer and video below or scan the QR Code for more information.

Also, to help us better facilitate this event, please add areas of interest to this Padlet.

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Professional Learning Opportunities for Secondary Teachers

Do you teach secondary? Every Tuesday beginning January 12, Tech-Mex Tuesdays will be happening! These will be tech sessions geared toward secondary teachers. Please refer to the flyer below. Sign up on Oars to attend. See you there!
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Tech Tools


Thinglink is a tool you can use to make images interactive. ThingLink interactive images help students develop 21st century skills and enrich their enthusiasm for learning.

It works on all modern web browsers as well as iPad, iPhone and Android.

You can use them as a starting point to your units of study or as a way for students to showcase what they've learned about a topic.

It is free to sign up as a teacher. Make sure you sign up under the edu version which allows you to create classes with students. Click on the Thinglink below for more tips and tricks and check out the video underneath that to see how to get started!

How to ThingLink!


Snagit is a tool you can use to capture images and videos of your screen. It is available as a FREE Chrome extension in the Chrome Webstore. The images and videos you snag and create are automatically saved in your Google Drive.

Snagit can be used by teachers to capture or snag the documents and presentations your students are working on, add feedback, and easily share with your students for review wherever they are. Students can use Snagit to take a quick screenshot of what they are working on, add notes, and share it with others. It can also be used to narrate comments while recording a screencast.

TechSmith Snagit for Google Chrome

Spotlight on...

Nancy Buck

Nancy is a 5th/6th grade teacher at Jellick Elementary. She integrates technology into many of her lessons. Her students have used iPads to create green screen projects with the DoInk app, stop-motion animation projects with Google Slides, and movies with iMovie. Nancy is a life-long learner and attends many edtech conferences and edcamps. She was inspired after hearing about 360DegreeMath and has created her own version of that in her classroom.

Her students utilize technology to showcase their learning and conduct research for their Genius Hour/Passion Projects. Students are exploring various topics from the 2030 Agenda for their next project.

Michael Frausto

Michael teaches Architectural Design, Construction & Technology, and Engineering & Design at Rowland High School. He is currently using Google Classroom with his students as a way to communicate and have his students actively participate in a blended learning environment. Additionally, Michael often makes screencasts for his students showing them tips and tutorials for projects and assignments they are working on.

We'd love to spotlight how you are using technology to inspire students, teachers, and staff. Please email me so I can come out and snap pictures of your fabulous work!
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Google Forms

Monday, Feb. 1st, 3:30-4:30pm

Telesis Academy, Room

For teachers, administrators, and classified staff

Aeries Gradebook for Beginners

Monday, Feb. 1st, 3:30-5:30pm

Hollingworth Elementary

For teachers, administrators, and classified staff

Winter RUSD EdCamp

Monday, Feb. 8th, 3:30-5:30pm

Rowland High School

For teachers, administrators, and classified staff

Schoology for Beginners

Monday, Feb. 22nd, 3:30-4:30pm


For teachers, administrators, and classified staff

Aeries Gradebook for Beginners

Monday, Feb. 22nd, 3:30-4:30pm

Hollingworth Elementary

For teachers, administrators, and classified staff

Research Using Google Tools

Monday, Feb. 29th, 3:30-4:30pm

Alvarado Computer Lab (MP 1)

For teachers, administrators, and classified staff

Other Ed Tech Learning Opportunities

EdTechTeacher Innovation Summit, Google Jamboree, and iPad Summit

Monday, Feb. 1st, 8am to Wednesday, Feb. 3rd, 4pm

San Diego Convention Center

This is a unique opportunity to attend 3 different conferences at once! This Innovation Summit will feature one day of hands-on Pre Conference Workshops followed by 2 days of concurrent sessions, innovation labs, and keynotes.Thought leaders, iPad education experts, Google for Education Certified Trainers, and talented educators who are trailblazing in education will come together to share their knowledge of and work in edtech.

Click below for more information:

General overview

Innovation Summit

Google Jamboree

iPad Summit

OCCUE Tech Fair

Saturday, Feb. 6th, 8am-3:30pm

Mendez Intermediate School

Spend the day meeting with other educators around Orange County as we celebrate learning and professional growth. We are bringing back our 101-Strand for educators who are new to any type of technology that is offered. Don't know much about iPads? Take the iPad 101 Session. Don't know much about Google? Take the Google 101 Sessions. As always, we will also offer advanced sessions where experienced users can get geeky with technology.

This is a paid event. Click here for pricing to register.

Eduscape Learning Summit Featuring Google for Education

Saturday, March 5th, 8:30am-3:15pm

Covina High School

With sessions ranging from getting started with the basics in Google Drive, to key topics in education such as assessing student learning, aligning lessons with Common Core, and utilizing Google Apps to assist with the Teacher Evaluation process, this Summit has something for everyone. In addition to the Summit, there are also pre-summit events on March 3-4.

This is a paid event. Click here for pricing to register.

EdTechTeam LA County Summit Featuring Google for Education

Saturday, March 12th, 8:30am to Sunday, March 13th, 4pm

Village Academy High School, Pomona

This two-day high-intensity event focuses on deploying, integrating, and using Google Apps for Education (and other Google tools) to promote student learning in K-12 and higher education.

This is a paid event. Click here for more information.


Saturday, April 16th, 8am-12pm

San Dimas High School

EdCamp is a non-profit organization that has “un-conferences” around the world. In our case, San Dimas High School will open on a Saturday, and teachers from around the area will converge for a morning of conversation, debate, learning, and growth. The event is free for teachers to attend, and the sessions are decided by whoever shows up that morning. Click here to see the website.

Our EdCamp is themed “Excellent Adventure,” after the late-80’s film Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, which took place in and around San Dimas High School (though they travelled through time and space, too).

Also, there's breakfast and free stuff.

Have you missed previous editions of RUSD EdTech News and Notes?