SCHS EdTech Update

A weekly communication of all things tech related!

1/1/16 Edition 2

Teacher Spotlight: Power of the PLC!

Kari Patrick, Vilma Godoy, and Abby Siemen dove into Schoology right before break, collaborating in the development of their semester exam. They created the test in their group resources, before copying the test to each of their courses. Using Schoology allowed them to see scores instantly after each student finished the exam, so they could immediately work on finalizing grades and analyzing data. And their midterm is saved in their group resources, so the questions are available for other tests or for next year.

One lesson we can all learn from their work? Make sure you have your settings perfected on the original test before copying it to your courses. If you decide to make changes after it has been copied, you have to go the test within each individual course in order to do so.

Thinking about Flipping?

Many of you have mentioned to me your intentions to make some edtech changes in your classroom starting in January. It's the perfect time to tweak tools and procedures, and with the unpredictability of the weather inherent in the coming months, building some experience in flipped learning might be worth your time. (Kids won't do well learning at home on a snow day if you haven't built some background in flipped learning!)

Check out this video by two of my flipped learning idols, Jon Bergmann and Aaron Sams. The are flipped learning pioneers who have great advice to share.

The Flipped Class: Overcoming Common Hurdles
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Schoology Tip: Archived Courses

Schoology uses the dates for our grading periods to determine when to archive our "old" courses. (Don't worry, they won't be deleted! Just removed from the active areas of Schoology.) For those of you who were working in Schoology for semester courses, you can find and move your course to your personal Resources by following these quick steps.

  1. Click the Courses tab.
  2. Click See All.
  3. Click the Archived tab.
  4. Click on the course you want to see.
  5. When the course opens, click Options.
  6. Click Save Course to Resources.

What do the students think about tech in the classroom?

On Tues. Jan. 12th, Collins is hosting a town hall type student panel discussion to get feedback on technology integration thus far. They have invited us to participate in this experience in two ways. First, if you have any questions you would like to get answered by the students, please submit on the form below. Second, I will share a video of the session with you in that week's EdTech Update.

Chromebook Rollout for the Middle Schools!

On January 12th and 13th, the middle school students in our county will be picking up their Chromebooks. Check out the Chromebook Rollout FAQs doc for detailed info. Or you can get a quick summary on the district webpage.