Edtech in the Middle

Gettin' Techy in Bayshore, Thompson & Thorne

September-December 2017-Issue #1

What does an Educational Technology Specialist do?

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Support the implementation of grade and age level appropriate applications of educational technology in the classroom to support, enhance and increase student learning.

Provide enrichment support for students functioning on or above grade level.

Utilize educational technology strategies that demonstrate best-practices and research-based instruction with students.

Collaborate with Middle School Teacher Educational Technology Integration Specialist and with teachers to create lessons that will support student personalized learning as well as opportunities that promote digital citizenship and safe and productive technology use.

Facilitate Professional Learning Communities to promote the use of technology through collaboration and professional dialogue.

Support global citizenship by working with students on global collaborations and projects using technology.

Spotlight on Tech Integration

The theme of this spotlight is how teachers in various content areas are using virtual reality to enhance curriculum. The district's purchase of Google Expeditions kits, as well as a site visit by Google AR, has led to authentic learning opportunities for our middle school students!

New Years Resolution 2018 -Six Day Twitter Challenge!

CHALLENGE #1- Tuesday January 2, 2018 / Welcome

Sign up for a Twitter account (go to Twitter.com). Your photo will be an EGG. Make sure you change the egg to a picture (doesn't have to be your face, but it can't stay a Twitter egg). Update your profile so that others can see your role in education, passions, and interests. If you already have an account, help someone else get set up. Email your Twitter handle to your school's ED-Tech Specialist.

CHALLENGE #2 - Wednesday January 3, 2018

Tweet a selfie of you in your classroom (that's a picture with you in it!) or an "usie" (that's a picture with a team member or colleague in it) and use your school's hashtag:

@ThompsonMSpride #DolphinPride @thorne_ms

Reminder: Check the "follow" lists of your colleagues and find some other teachers to follow. This is a great way to grow your PLN!

CHALLENGE #3- Monday January 8, 2018

Tweet a snapshot or description of quality work completed in your classroom today! Use the hashtag #MTPSPride. Retweet other's pictures/tweets and spread the joy of learning beyond our school walls!

CHALLENGE #4- Tuesday January 9, 2018

Find some of the quality work that others tweeted in Challenge 3, and retweet a few of them. Reply to at least 2 tweets! Email your building EdTech that you completed this challenge.

CHALLENGE #5- Wednesday January 10, 2018

In 200 characters or less, share your favorite lesson to teach and tell us why! If you have a supporting picture (anchor chart, product, or doc), include that as well (just be advised the pic will use up some of the characters). Use the hashtag #MPTSPride and your school hashtag:

@ThompsonMSpride #DolphinPride @thorne_ms

CHALLENGE #6-Thursday January 11, 2018

Read the tweets of other teachers and find someone from whom you could go learn more! You have some rockstar colleagues! Tweet out something a colleague is doing in teaching that you want to know more about or you think should be shared! Tag it with the person's Twitter handle and also use the hashtag #MTPS Pride. Email your EdTech to let them know you completed this challenge!

Friday January 12, 2018-you will be awarded a certificate for participation-your participation will be tweeted out to celebrate your participation!

Challenge adapted from the Ten Day Twitter Challenge by @ConnieHamilton

Tech UpDates


Whisper is a brand new Chrome extension that works within Google Classroom. Whisper allows you to quietly send a message to an individual student or your entire class. To learn more click here.

Google Calendar

Adobe Spark is a tool students can use to create graphics, webpages, or video stories. Students must be over 13 to have their own account (using their Google credentials) or teachers can create a class account. Here is a student example of using Spark Video. If you have questions about using it or would like a HOW TO contact your EdTech.

Securly Parent Portal


Middle School Educational Technology Specialists

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Bayshore- Donna Strobel (strobeld@middletownk12.org)

Thompson - Lauren Velez (velezl@middletownk12.org) and Natasha Gaujean-La Mar (gaujeanlamarn@middletownk12.org)

Thorne - Dana Webster ( Websterd@middletownk12.org)