January 20, 2017



Originally scheduled for May 30, VanCon will instead be held on Friday, June 9. This will not interfere with Learning Architects or Summer Summit. Like last year, it will take place at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center and you will be paid to attend. This DOES count as an off-contract Vanguard event!

Stay tuned for additional information!

March Professional Development

The Fulton calendar has Friday, March 10 as a teacher work day and Monday, March 13 as a professional development day.

Because we are asking Vanguard members to attend or present at Bear Creek's Redefining Learning Conference on Friday, March 10, your teacher work day and PD day will be reversed, unless you are attending a different REQUIRED county training.

If you attend/present at Bear Creek's RLC on Friday, March 10th:

- Friday is your PD Day and Monday, March 13 is your teacher work day.

If you do not attend/present at Bear Creek's RLC on Friday, March 10th:

- Friday is your teacher work day and Monday, March 13 you should participate in professional development at your school.

Fulton County Technology Competition

It is time for the 16th Annual Technology Competition.

We will have close to 500 students presenting almost 400 projects and if you have never attended you have really missed out.

Date: January 28, 2017

Location: Centennial High School

Need: Volunteers to serve as room captains, hall monitors, hospitality, student check-in, volunteer check-in, floaters, award ceremony assistants

Volunteers receive a cool t-shirt, a great breakfast and/or a great lunch, and the satisfaction of seeing the results of our labors throughout the year.

To volunteer: Please go to the link below and select a position.

K-3 Teachers and Elementary METIs Are Getting Seesaw Plus!

Here are a few things that you need to know:

  • Existing users logged in with Fulton account will be converted over to premium by the district.

  • Existing users using non-Fulton log in and those not currently using it: Point of contact at school (probably METI or Vanguard) will be identified as Seesaw admin. They will create accounts for teachers. As of now it is not part of Launchpad. Student id numbers will be used to create new accounts; this will make it easier to set up.
  • Vanguard members and METIs will serve as the support team for Seesaw Plus in the county. KSU iTeach members will also be able to support this role out.
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PD in Your PJs: Seesaw for Schools Demo (1 Hour)

TIM-O System Updates

If you've logged into the TIM system recently, you'll notice that things look a bit different. In the next couple of weeks, you will receive a quick screencast highlighting some of the changes. In the meantime, feel free to log in and look around!

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Roving Reporter - High Point ES - Student News Crew

High Point ES - Student News Crew

Guided by Vanguard member, Sandi Dennis, and KSU iTeach member, Kelsey Dierdorff, students at High Point ES design, film, and produce their school's news crew. Stay tuned at the end of the interview for an example of their finished product!

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Trouble with the Vanguard Data Plan

If you're having trouble with the data plan on your Vanguard iPad, try the steps listed below to reset things!

If that doesn't work, call 1-800-922-0204. Provide the wireless # associated with the iPad and the call will be directed to government accounts. You can also email our Verizon contact Travis Oliver (

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EdCamp Fulton is BACK for round 2!

Check out the Smore for more information about specifics, but remember, this DOES count as an off-contract Vanguard event!!

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Apply Today to Become a PBS Digital Innovator

"PBS Digital Innovators set the bar for thoughtful tech integration in the classroom. These pre-K-12 educators are not defined by the gadgets they use, but by the unique way they approach education. Their bold and enthusiastic perspective sets them apart as changemakers, and unlocks new worlds for their students."
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PERSONAL PD: #fcsvanguard Chat

First #fcsvanguard of 2017!

CLC Lead, Chanel Johnson, led an incredible chat about coaching last night! Participants were engaged and shared wonderful tips and tricks for how they best coach others. If you weren't able to attend, I highly suggest looking through the transcript linked below!

Next week's chat will be led by NELC member, Cary Beth Garretson, from State Bridge Crossing ES!

NELC Tweet Up

Want to kill two birds with one stone? Then join NELC Vanguard members at 5 Seasons on Old Milton Parkway! Learn how to participate in a Twitter chat, get credit for a Vanguard event AND Twitter chat participation, all while having a good time!

For more specific information about the F2F chat, reach out to Andrea Rioux!

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Know that you need to participate, but don't know how? Check out our screencast to get some quick tips!

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Vanguard Files: 2016-2017

Find all coaching plans, Vanguard expectations and commitment form, Vanguard logos, and team information.

About Us

Our mission as a Vanguard team is to build the capacity of FCS educators and leaders to provide innovative instruction which meets the needs, skills and interests of all students.

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