LT Newsletter: August 2017
Learning Technologies Department
Discovery Educator Network (DEN) Ambassador Cohort Starting Soon
Meeting 1 (Sept. 19, 4:30-6:30pm): Topics include intentional and strategic integration of digital resources through Spotlight on Strategies (SOS); flipped class instruction; and the basics of having a personal learning network (PLN).
Meeting 2 (Oct. 3, 4:30-6:30pm): Dive deeper into tools covered in Meeting 1. Digital integration and instructional strategies span subjects and grade levels. You'll gain working knowledge of at least five DE media resources.
Meeting 3 (Oct. 17, 4:30-6:30pm): Enhancing the student experience takes center stage here. Over the course of the previous two meetings, you've acquired insights and instructions for enhancing student learning. In Meeting 3, you'll show what you know by describing how you've integrated DE tools in your classroom.
The DEN Ambassador program is worth six (6) hours of professional development credit. (Sorry, no partial credit will be awarded.) Click here to enroll. For questions, contact LT Lindsay Foster at 817-245-1116.
Get 18 Hours of Training While You Still Have Time
Documentation highlighting the successful completion of training is due to principals by Nov. 15, 2017.
Those who still need a few hours (or all 18) can find relief inside the technology training calendar. Classes are currently available through early November. Check back frequently - as new classes are added continually.
Also in the Mix
Great American Solar Eclipse 2017
As any BISD fifth grader can explain, a solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the earth and the sun. The result: The moon's shadow falls on the earth's surface - temporarily blocking our view of the sun. Monday's celestial show will be a partial eclipse here in the Dallas/Fort Worth area - meaning we will see our closest star partially blocked.
Solar eclipses don't happen every day. In fact, North Texas won't see another one until April 2024. In the meantime, if you and your classes want to take a break from first-day-of-school activities to observe the eclipse, here are some resources from NASA to help you do so. The solar eclipse begins in the Metroplex at 11:40am - with maximum moon coverage happening at 1:09pm.
As a reminder, don't forget to warn your students not to look directly at the sun once the eclipse begins. Rays from the eclipsed sun can cause severe eye damage.
Is This Your Type?
Try loading the above resources as a station or anchor activity inside your Google Classroom. Ask your LT for more typing tutorials and activities.
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Team Contacts and Discipline: The Easy Way
You can all add your homeroom classes in separate tabs. When you need to call a parent, you all have access to the contact information of every student on your team.
Best of all, you can create a final tab to house a parent contact log, which comes in handy as you and your teammates are ready to call parents. With one shared parent contact log, you and your partners can easily see and compare how often parents are called, who is calling, and for what reasons.
Need a quick start? Click here and make a copy. Don't forget to share it with every member of your team. Need help? Ask your LT.
Contact Your LT
Lead Learning Technologies Coach
Campuses: KMS, The REALM, BCHS, CHS
Book an Appointment: kimestes.youcanbook.me
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Learning Technologies Coach
Campuses: Academy @ Nola Dunn, Clinkscale, Norwood, CrHS & RTDC
Book an Appointment: matthewkitchens.youcanbook.me
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