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Driving Digital Learning - Tech Truck
The Tech Truck has visited 12 schools already and has had over 250 visitors - AWL has topped everyone with 59 visitors! Many do not know what to expect with the truck, but leave with something that didn't expect. Here are what some of those visitors are saying about their time on the truck:
"Great idea - mobile PD for teachers"
"I wish I had more time to explore and learn during the tech truck visit. Looking forward to the next visit."
"I got immediate feedback, assistance, and direct problem solving actions that day!"
"This will be of great benefit for my students."
Starting in January, the Tech Truck will start making its' visits to elementary schools. No appointment is necessary, just come when you have a free moment within the day!
Click on the link to find out when we will be at your school: https://goo.gl/fWIa0V
Teachers all learning together.
Excited about tech
Teachers at Shroder were excited about their findings on the truck!
Join us on the tech truck
Teachers at Taft were taking in all aspects of the truck, including the messages that others have left on the walls within the truck.
CPS Teacher Focus
Heather Allentuck is a middle school math teacher at Roselawn Condon. She is a second year teacher having graduated from Miami of Ohio in 2014. She is from Gaithersburg, Maryland, which is near DC. Currently she is working with Miami University on engaging students in real world and community based mathematic problems and situations.
Heather begins her class with a “Do now” activity to engage students as they enter her class. Then she teaches a mini-lesson, moving into blended learning stations. Heather embraces technology and uses it as a part of her daily routine. Students are engaged in Google classroom and Google apps daily. Additionally she enjoys using Reflex math, Think through math, Blendspace, Learn Zillion, Apex, Kahoot.it, Socrative, Powtoon, and Padlet. Her students are always surprised with what she has in store for them next!
What's Happening Around Cincinnati Public Schools
Hour of Code
During the week of December 7-11, students around the world participated in the Hour of Code. This grassroots initiative was developed to introduce students to computer sciences. Over 180 countries participated in this event, where tens of millions of students spent one hour learning computer coding.
Several schools in our district took part in this exciting event. At Rockdale Academy, students were inspired by a video of President Obama and many well-known celebrities writing code. Although most kids had never heard of coding before, the introductory tutorial was easy to follow and understand.
Students enjoyed programming favorites, such as Star Wars, Frozen, Minecraft and Angry Birds. In one hour, 25 Rockdale fifth graders wrote 2,037 lines of code!
If you missed out on the event, don’t worry; the Hour of Code can take place anytime! Visit www.code.org to get more information, resources, and directions for hosting an event.
Get Started Somewhere - Tech Tools for the Classroom
Are you looking for rigorous and high quality digital resources to use in your mathematics classroom? Then the National Council of Mathematics Teachers (NCTM) Illuminations website is what you have been waiting for! Illuminations provides standards-based resources and materials that “illuminate” the vision of NCTM for school mathematics and improve the teaching and learning of mathematics for all students. Lessons and activities on the Illuminations website have been developed in alignment with NCTM’s Principles and Standards for School Mathematics and the Common Core State Standards of Mathematics.
You will find over 600 lesson plans, including assessments, enrichment activities, discussion questions, and more. In addition, there are supplementary lessons, digital resources, mobile apps, online puzzles and games, along with a community in which educators share success stories and how they incorporate the resources in their classrooms. The collection of virtual manipulatives comes with plans and ideas for incorporating them into lessons, and the Calculation Nation site offers challenging online games of strategy. The entire website is searchable by grade level and standard so you can always find exactly what you need. Check out this valuable resource today- you won’t be sorry!
Padlet is an live bulletin board tool for students, allowing the whole group to see items added immediately. Padlet allows all content, including images, videos, documents, attachment, and much more. It is a storage area for explanations or resources for your students, but also allows students to add items (if you allow them to). Students have the ability to use their "wall" for projects, end-of-year presentations or even portfolios; padlet can also be used for online group discussions.
Get started at www.padlet.com
Internet4Classroom also known as ("i4c"), a free web portal designed to assist anyone who wants to find high-quality, free Internet resources to use in classroom instruction, develop project ideas, or reinforce specific subject needs for their students. These resources can be used for home or class; teachers, parents, and students have the option to use the resources to help them with common core standards practice, or even to build their skills on areas that have been covered during class.
This site is very user friendly for both the teachers and the students. There are online practice, assessments, interactive games, and online practice skills. The links to other sites have been useful with expanding the use of resources in classrooms; it's a great way to differentiate student instruction and can be used for individual students or small groups.
Need Help with Implementing Technology?
Do you teach math to grades 2-6? Do you want to know how to use technology to deliver standards based lessons? Are you struggling to implement Engage New York?
Sign up to visit the Demonstration Classroom at Rockdale Academy. In this room, you will see best practices in a fifth grade math class. Students are highly engaged, and work collaboratively to solve problems and develop critical thinking skills.
Mrs. Jennifer Miller uses technology, such as Google Classroom, Nearpod and Blendspace, to teach math lessons. Students participate by watching interactive tutorials, practicing skills, and completing formative assessments.
Interested teachers can sign up through their instructional coach, principal, or by emailing Mrs. Miller directly at email@example.com.
For more information about the Demonstration Classrooms - please visit the website.
Ed Tech Tools Used at CPS
The list is updated on a regular basis - want to contribute to the list, email Megan Safko-Preslin at firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit the Google My Tomorrow site, go to Staffnet, click on the My Tomorrow link on the left-hand side. Once in the My Tomorrow site click on a specific section you are wanting more information, for example, technology and you'll find help guides for usage.
Blackboard also has user guides for CPS applications: login to your Blackboard account - find ITM District Training Resources.
The ITM Help Desk also provides user guides on their updated Google website.
Be on the lookout for training dates coming to your school or you can check out the Mayerson website soon for an online class regarding LanSchool. LanSchool tutorials can be found on the My Tomorrow Google Site. Find that site by going to StaffNet>My Tomorrow> Technology
Opportunities to Learn More Tech in the Classroom
Google Apps for Education Super Mini Camp
Thursday, Jan. 7th 2016 at 4:30pm
2650 Highland Avenue
Google Apps for Education is a web-based suite of programs provided by Google for schools to use.
Google Apps allows you to easily share documents and files with teachers and students, so you can turn in assignments electronically and collaborate on projects with co-workers and classmates.
Google Apps for Education is a powerful collaboration and communication tool available for all employees and students in grades 7-12. K-6 teachers may also request access for their classroom depending on availability of licenses.
Learn the basics of Google Apps for Education.