NAD Tech News

ISSUE # 2 - 22 September 2014

Around the North Attendance District

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Information Items

Don't Forget the Teacher Portal

Don't forget to be checking the Teacher Portal frequently! If you need help learning how to access this important resource I am always available to work with you one-on-one or in a PLC, but the Office of Communications has put together some terrific resources. Just click on this link to be directed to the "Accessing the EVSC Employee Website" webpage where you can find a great deal of information plus a video explaining the process.

It is essential that you check this page frequently as a great deal of important information is being released. Don't miss out... Start your routine of checking the site today!

Teacher Evaluation Technology Support Document

As promised in an earlier newsletter I have been working with my peers to create a menu of different ways in which I as an eLearning Coach, in addition to the ICATS, can support your work as a classroom teacher, aligned to the Teacher Evaluation Rubric. Here is a link to that document. Please note that we worked with the wording from level 5 on the rubric, and that not all areas of the rubric are represented. This is intended to be a reference for you to identify areas where we can work together to strengthen what amazing work you are already doing in the classroom. Please take a moment or two to review it in the context of your own teaching practice, and if there are any items listed in which you would like assistance please feel free to reach out, it would be an honor to work with you.

Great Digital Citizenship Posters from "Venspired"

Here is a link to my blog that contain an brief article on a set of terrific posters by a member of the Twitterati who goes by the name Venspired. They are creative and the messages are terrific. Check out the link on my new DigCit Around the Web page on my website:

Storyline Online

From Storyline Online: "Reading to children has been repeatedly shown to improve their reading, writing and communication skills, logical thinking, concentration and general academic aptitude… as well as inspire a love of reading. The Screen Actors Guild Foundation records well-known actors reading children’s books and makes graphically dynamic videos so that children around the world can be read to with just the click of a Storyline Online video book image.

Many teachers play SAG Foundation’s Storyline Online videos for their students. Doctors and nurses play Storyline Online videos for children in hospitals. And parents and children around the world watch Storyline Online videos millions of times every month."

Digital Content Cohort

The IDOE’s Office of eLearning is excited to present the first ever statewide Digital Content Cohort of Teachers! The goal of this cohort is to pull together expert digital content curators from across the state to support Indiana teachers as they continue down the path of digital learning and transition to the newly adopted ELA and Math Indiana Academic Standards.


Cohort members must be practicing Math or ELA classroom teachers and should have experience with digital content curation. Members should be comfortable collaborating with others as well as sharing their work. Cohort members will work within their specific area of expertise:

  • K-2 Math

  • K-2 ELA

  • 3-5 Math

  • 3-5 ELA

  • 6-8 Math

  • 6-8 ELA

  • 9-12 Math

  • 9-12 ELA

Meeting Times

Although most of the cohort’s work can be accomplished virtually, there is value in face-to-face collaboration. The hope is that members of the cohort will come together once in the fall (November 6th) and once in the spring. These physical meetings will take place in Indianapolis and members will be reimbursed for their travel expenses. Virtual meetings will also take place throughout the 2014-2015 school year.

If you are passionate about digital learning and eager to share your expertise with others, please consider becoming a member of this statewide cohort. Cohort members will receive state recognition, PGP points, the invitation to present at statewide conferences, and the opportunity to meet the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Glenda Ritz.

The application period will begin on September 15, 2014.

For more information please contact:

Best of Scholastic

Here is some information on FREE products offered by Scholastic that I picked up at this summer's ISTE convention. It is broken into grade level later on. Please peruse and see if there is something you can use! You can access the materials on my website via this link.

Free PowToon Classroom Account!

From Powtoon...
"Here at PowToon we really value the importance of education, and because we appreciate everything that you do for your students, we wanted to give back to all of you amazing teachers! So, even though you have probably already heard about our EDU special we wanted to remind you that...

To celebrate 5 million PowToons created we are giving away over $5,000,000 in FREE Classroom Accounts to our amazing educators! Each account gives one teacher + 60 students access (normally $96/yr per account)."

To get your free account access Powtoon via this link and use the promo code ToonUp5M when registering.

If you need training on how to use this powerful and fun tool in your classroom please just email me, I would be honored to walk you through it!

A Printable 1-Page Twitter Guide For All Skill Levels

From the Daily Genius:


  • Keep tweets under 120 characters. It gives others space to retweet.
  • Maintain your profile! Most new (and potential) followers will at least check it out once.
  • Actually respond to people who @ mention you. You wouldn’t ignore someone standing in front of you … maybe.
  • Twitter isn’t your e-mail. Make each tweet a self-contained message. It’s a great way to make your writing more efficient!
  • Participate in relevant Twitter chats. Just click a hashtag!
  • Be a real person. Share info about a passion you have. You never know what might happen!
  • If your tweet is filled with hashtags and usernames, it’s not using Twitter right. More content, less marketing.
  • Don’t overshare or overtweet. It’s not great practice to overwhelm your followers’ feeds with intimate information.

Download A Printable 1-Page Twitter Guide for All Skill Levels

25 Signs You’re Teaching In 2015

  1. You think of clouds as good things.
  2. You believe tagging is the new email.
  3. The blogosphere is more relevant a term than the stratosphere.
  4. You spent more this year on iPad peripherals than you have pencils and pens.
  5. You giggle when you recall how you used to simply give tests at the end of a unit.
  6. You google before you even try to remember.
  7. You begged your school accountant for an iTunes card instead of your annual classroom fund.
  8. Have actually used the phrase “digital citizenship” in a sentence with a straight face.
  9. You’re in bad shape if the internet goes down during a lesson.
  10. YouTube makes more sense than television.
  11. You forgot what chalk does to your skin.
  12. Flipping the classroom is an instructional strategy rather than a response to misbehavior.
  13. You’re sure Vine is rotting your middle schooler’s brain.
  14. Your district has a more transparent facebook policy than they do on assessment or curriculum mapping.
  15. You’re scared to explain your blended, student-centered, mobile-centric classroom to parents, so you don’t mention any of it on the syllabus.
  16. You’ve “crowdsourced” something–school supplies, for example.
  17. You trade rooms with another teacher for a better Wi-Fi signal—and don’t tell them why.
  18. You’ve texted during class, but have taken a student’s phone for doing the same.
  19. You plan lessons assuming that every student has Wi-Fi broadband access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  20. Students blame passwords and log-in issues rather than the dog for eating their homework.
  21. Your students have to explain certain technologies to you, but you pretend you already knew.
  22. You seriously consider that if it’s not being talked about on twitter, it may not have happened.
  23. You’ve spoken more recently with the tech leader in Mumbai than the new 10th grade Math teacher down the hall.
  24. You’d never admit it, but you judge other people by the tech they carry.
  25. You’re energized–and absolutely fatigued–by the rate of change in your craft as an educator early in the 21st century.

From TeachThought

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Bill is an eLearning Coach helping to facilitate meaningful integration of technology to enrich instruction, engage students & develop 21st century skills. He is also a PhD candidate for a Doctor of Philosophy in General Psychology degree with an Emphasis in Integrating Technology, Learning, and Psychology.

Where is Bill?

Monday - Oak Hill

Tuesday - Scott

Wednesday - Vogel + AfterSchool Tech Club

Thursday - Delaware (AM) and NJHS (PM) + AfterSchool Tech Club

Friday - Evans (AM) and Downtown (PM)