March Technology News

Digital Literature Circle

Looking for a way to increase student engagement and comprehension during reading? Literature circles allow students to take control of their learning and collaborate with others to improve their reading skills. Each student in the group is given a specific job that they need to complete before the next group meeting. The students run each reading group discussion/meeting and hold each other accountable for completing their jobs. Literature circles can be made even more engaging by adding technology. Take a look at the jobs and accompanying FREE apps below to get started with your own digital literature circles:
* If you would like help implementing digital literature circles in your classroom, please contact me. I would love to teach your students how to use the apps for their literature circle jobs. I also created samples of each job along with directions for students for you to see. The files can be found in this Google Drive Folder.

March Technology Stars

Summer Technology In-service Offerings

This summer, there are several in-service sessions focused around elementary technology. These sessions will give you ideas for increasing technology use in your classroom while providing you time to play and experiment with the tech. tools.

Skype in the Classroom: Skype in the classroom is an amazing tool for extending learning beyond your classroom walls. This session will taught as a "blended" course. Here is what that means for you- you will complete half of the learning at home and half of it at school. I will send you all the information you need to know about Skype in the classroom prior to the in-service. You will learn about virtual field trips, mystery Skype guest speakers, and mystery Skype. Then, at the in-service, we will be using the information we learned to complete a real-life Mystery Skype. (Led by Jess Miller)

Digital Daily 5: This session will focus on free apps and websites for your students to use in Daily 5 literacy centers. You will also get time to explore and play with the tools so you are prepared to use them in your classroom. (Led by Jess Miller)

iPad Creation Tools: Come learn how to move your students into higher-order thinking using the iPads. We will explore creation tools for all subject areas. I will also show you how to easily collect student iPad creations for devices that are shared between classrooms. (Led by Jess Miller)

Digital Portfolios: Ever wonder what your students are REALLY doing during reading and math centers? Come find out how I use student driven digital portfolios to hold students accountable. Using a free app/website, called See Saw, students can "show what they know" using photos, drawings, text, pdf, and links. Not tech savvy? No worries! This app is user friendly! (Led by Emily Stephens)

Google Sites: This session will show you the basics to starting a website through the free services of Google. (Led by KK Knudsen and Tyler Binkley)

Mobile Technology in the Classroom: 4-12 teachers- learn how to effectively incorporate mobile technology, including phones, iPods, iPads and tablets into your class with educational apps and websites. We will explore the instructional use of Nearpod, Verso, Kahoot, Plickers, and more! (Led by KK Knudsen and AJ Hull)

Technology and Engineering Strategies in the Elementary Classroom Parts 1 and 2: Did you know that PDE requires Technology & Engineering Education experiences at all grade levels, including the elementary? This session has been designed to aid and encourage elementary teachers to teach Technology & Engineering Concepts. Attendees of this session will be presented with the pedagogy associated with Technology & Engineering Education. They will also have the opportunity to engage in FUN hands-on/minds-on experiences that model these two instructional areas. (Led by Scott Farmer)

Google Classroom: 4-12 teachers: Google Classroom helps teachers create, assign, and collect student classwork and homework paperlessly. With Google Classroom, teachers can seamlessly integrate Google Docs, Google Drive, and Gmail to create assignments, provide feedback for in progress and completed work, and communicate with their students directly and with whole class announcements--all without using a single piece of paper. (Led by KK Knudsen and Jeff Wilver)
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EdCamp Lancaster

On Saturday, April 23, 2016, edcamp Lancaster will take place at the Lancaster/Lebanon IU13 conference center. Edcamp Lancaster is a part of the global edcamp "un-conference" movement which brings local educators together to collaborate and participate in customized workshops. Rather than a planned speaker or an outside consultant, edcamps draw on the strengths of the participants. The free event will focus on offering practical, technology-based training to K-12 teachers from across the Susquehanna Valley. To register for this FREE event, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/edcamp-lancaster-tickets-21043723343. Breakfast and lunch will also be included!