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Volume 3, Issue 2 (18-19)

In this edition...

Newline Panels Are Here!

DPS landed on a replacement for Promethean Board back in January of 2018.

Over 10 schools including Kaiser Elementary, Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy, Schmitt, College View, Goldrick, Brown Intl. and Bear Valley Intl. have purchased and installed these panels and have received or will receive a short professional development session on how to use these panels in their classrooms.

These Newline panels were chosen as the best solution because they do not require bulb replacements, nor pen/finger calibration, and the pen and remotes are rarely needed due to its ease of use. They also carry a 5-year warranty!

Check out this information and join this Schoology course with access code NGKWV-2M7SH if you prefer to learn how to use your panel independently.

Contact if you or your principal would like to schedule face to face training for your Newline panel.

Preparing for ACCESS

In order to prepare your K-12 English Language Learners (ELLs) for the online-only administration of ACCESS for ELLs 2.0, please provide plenty of opportunities for students to respond to online speaking and writing tasks throughout the year and before ACCESS testing in January 2019. To help support this effort, ETLS has compiled a catalogue of technology integration platforms that are easily incorporated into instruction. For additional support, please contact Educational Technology or Lisa Lund.

Flexible Seating? In My Classroom?

Are you interested in changing up your classroom setup this year? Have you considered flexible seating, but have no idea how to get started? Edutopia offers ideas from real teachers about how to rearrange your classroom, where to find funding, and how your new layout can encourage voice and choice for your students. This article covers elementary and middle school ideas, and this one covers high school.

See this article for a general overview of flexible seating.

Kids Safe Online MS-ISAC Poster Contest

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month! Each year, the Multi-State Information Sharing & Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) collaborates with the National Cyber Security Alliance and others to put together a toolkit to teach government agencies, businesses, schools, and citizens about cybersecurity.

The MS-ISAC also runs a K-12 Computer Safety Contest to encourage students to use the internet safely. Students can enter posters encouraging digital citizenship and information security and the winners will have their posters published in the 2020 edition of the MS-ISAC calendar. If you're interested in having your students enter, check out the rules and entry information here.

STEMpath: Earn STEM and Computer Science Credentials

mindSpark Learning, Couragion, Colorado Succeeds, and Metropolitan State University of Denver have announced STEMpath, a graduate-level intensive program to provide teachers a boost in their STEM and Computer Science skills.

No matter your educational background or subject matter, STEMpath is designed to help you pass on important skills to your 21st century students. Topics covered include career literacy, information science, equity-centered design-thinking, and "a well-rounded, well-informed perspective of computer science far beyond the traditional skills of coding and programming."

Check out this page for more information.

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About Your Ed Tech Team

The Educational Technology department of Denver Public Schools is dedicated to ensuring student success through collaboration with all DPS educators and the community to personalize learning and use digital resources effectively, responsibly, and creatively.