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Digital Teaching and Learning @PCHS │ April 24, 2017

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Which Digital Tools are You Using?

We've had a lot of freedom at Pine Creek regarding the tools we choose to use. We'd like to continue having you, the experts, continue to be the ones choosing the tools your students use. That's why we are asking you to partner with us.

Partner with us and help us ensure your tools are approved and ready for the next school year. Visit Pine Creek's Resource List; it includes the resources submitted at the end of last school year and may be a better resource at the moment for us than the District database. Don't see your resource? Fill out the Digital Tool Application and we'll get it submitted to District IT for approval. Once the tool is approved, we'll update our list and inform you. This process takes time, especially if a purchase needs to be made. Don't wait until the last minute. Don't wait until right before the next school year starts. Start the process now.

Please be patient with us and the District as we embark on this new process. The District database is continually being updated as is our own resource list (eventually they'll match each other). Our goal is to ensure you have the resources you need while protecting our students' privacy.

iPad Return is Coming!

Yes, it's time to start planning ahead. Students will be returning their iPads before the end of the school year. Seniors will be returning theirs on May 8 and May 9. Underclassmen will be returning theirs right before finals. Return schedules will be distributed soon.

This timeline sometimes causes stress for students and staff, that's why we're asking you to plan your projects in advance. Have your students turn their projects into Google Drive and share them with you there.

We ask for your understanding in our timelines regarding iPad return. We need time to check them in, assess fines for damage, and find any missing devices. While the timeline might appear contradictory to our vision for the digital learning, it is necessary in order to process the volume of devices within our systems.

Many of you have older iPads, 30-pins or iPad 4s. We will be collecting these at the end of the year and issuing you newer iPads. Part of our May Professional Learning will be spent learning how to backup your files in preparation for that exchange and as part of curating our resources.

What can your Digital Learning Coach do for you?

  • Share with you what tools we have available to you and your students
  • Show you how to use the tools we have
  • Push out course-specific apps to you and your students
  • Co-teach with you so that you can focus on the content and I can focus on the tool and any digital issues
  • Trouble-shoot issues, iPad and Desktop
  • Share our Vision and what it means as we travel down the road towards making that it real
  • Help you plan and reflect on lessons using digital tools
  • Provide Digital Citizenship tips and resources

I'm here to serve you!