Instructional Technology Newsletter

December, 2016 - 5th Edition

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This Month...

Our last newsletter of the year is huge! We are showcasing many of the students and teachers making technology integration happen!

Many of you have submitted suggestions for our newsletter and you will be happy to know, we have listened!

Along with our regular sections, we have now added,

1) a "Not So Tech Savvy" section

2) a "Step by Step" section.

Past Editions have been moved and can be found HERE or by using the link at the end of this newsletter.

In this month's edition, we spotlight:

  • Innovative Educator
  • Cohort Shout-Outs
  • School/Teacher Shout-Outs
  • Technology Resources
  • Technology How-To's
  • Step-by-Step Kahoots!
  • 3 New Google Hangout Topics!!
  • and much more!!
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Megan Heberle - Islands High School

Innovative educators, among other things, see school as a place to provide students with relevant experiences that will give them a leg up in life. Everything about Megan Heberle’s Scientific Research classes prepare students for life after high school, from an ongoing three year field study, to lengthy peer reviewed research papers and posters presented biannually to the community. Megan came to Islands High school three years ago after teaching 2nd, 5th and 6th grades. Her experience teaching young students may be why she takes the time to make sure students understand process and procedure before she turns them loose to “show what they know.”

Megan started teaching her Scientific Research classes with a vision about what she wanted students to be able to do - namely be prepared to do college level research. Even though she had no student devices, she cobbled together the resources through Donors Choose, school laptops, and students’ smart phones. When you enter her class, it feels like a professional work space. Each student is deeply engaged in researching, preparing a presentation, or presenting to the class. In talking with students, they say they value the opportunity to become experts on a topic and get feedback from five or so peers on each paper. They use a rubric and Google Docs to track each other’s suggestions before rewriting and submitting their work. Students report this process is helping them to become better writers in all of their classes. But what really stands out beyond the quality of student work is the wealth of autonomy and intrinsic motivation. Our hats are off to Ms. Heberle for gathering the resources and arming students with all the skills they’ll need to go far in life!

Follow Islands High School Research Department on Twitter @IHSSciResearch

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Ms. Pistorio and Students @ Largo-Tibet

Libby Pistorio, at Largo-Tibet, was looking for ways her younger students could create and communicate with a wider audience. She was introduced to Chatterpix, Seesaw, and Shadow Puppet (all creativity apps in iOS) and was immediately hooked. Her students had created some amazing products by the very next class period and were proud to show them off. She also shared a little social media love in an email a few days later, “Thanks for introducing it to me! I'm obsessed! #obsessed #sickofmeyet?

It was thrilling that she and her students took the time to be risk-takers and try something completely new. #SCCPSSITCsuccess

Election Day

Veteran’s Day

Thanksgiving Math

Mrs. Goldwire's Class @ Hodge Elementary

Hodge IPads Shapes

Mrs. Avendano's Students @ Marshpoint

Mrs. Avendano teaches kindergarten at Marshpoint Elementary. She is a mini-grant recipient of iPads and her students have mastered their use. In the video clip below, students are using RAZkids to listen to a story, read the story on their own, and then record themselves reading the story.
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Carla Frazier - Godley Station

You’ve heard the phrase, “Things happen for a reason.” Godley Station teacher, Carla Frazier, wrote a technology mini-grant so that students could bring real world meaning to their middle school math experience. Since the equipment arrived, Ms. Frazier’s students have Skyped with actual recycling centers to learn about the processes in place and action items necessary to launch a recycling center in their school. Students have built surveys in Google Forms and are in the process of analyzing their survey data. These activities alone change the level of engagement in the math classroom. But the story gets even better for one particular student who was struggling with the activities which were seemingly easy for others. Ms. Frazier soon realized that her young student was unable to see the information the same way as her other students. Once the color was removed from all websites on the Chromebook using the High Contrast Chrome Extension, the student was able to see the same information as her classmates, just in a different way. Adding technology to a classroom certainly has its benefits; we’re thrilled that it brought a new focus to math instruction and impacted the educational life of a previously struggling student. Thank you, Ms. Frazier for your persistence in making math meaningful!

Ms. Mahany's Class @ Marshpoint

Ms. Mahany is a mini-grant recipient of Chromebooks and she has her 4th grade students using them daily in many different capacities. Her students just recently had a writing assignment and were asked to collaborate using the Comment and Chat features within Google Docs as their only mode of communication. Ms. Mahany stated, "It was so quiet as the students worked on their writing pieces and they loved it."

The video clip and pictures below are documenting a project on New England Colonies. Students research different aspects of the colonies and continually add information to a Google Slides presentation, creating a digital journal of their learning.

Ms. Mahany @ Marshpoint

Hour of Code - Computer Science Education Week

Hour of Code - WORLDWIDE

Upcoming Webinar - December 8th

Hour of Code

The Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week. The 2016 Computer Science Education Week will be December 5-11, but you can host an Hour of Code all year round.

Get your students involved this year by using any of the links listed below. If you need assistance, reach out to your IT Coach.

Khan Academy




Computer Science Education

FREE Flocabulary Units

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ArtBabble is a website that showcases art-related video content. They have created the "For Educators" page to help find resources quickly and easily. They have also launched several lessons.


National Geographic

"Nat Geo Kids inspires young adventurers to explore the world through award-winning magazines, books, apps, games, toys, videos, events, and a website, and is the only kids brand with a world-class scientific organization at its core."

Annenberg Learner

Annenberg Learner uses media and technology to advance excellent teaching in American schools. You can find video programs with coordinated web and print materials for all subject areas. Explore!

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a nonprofit devoted to the improvement of history education. The website contains resources for teacher development as well as for student learning.

ISTE Standards for Students

"The ISTE Standards for Students are designed to empower student voice and ensure that learning is a student-driven process of exploration, creativity and discovery no matter where they or their teachers are in the thoughtful integration of ed tech." ISTE

Empower your students and with the ISTE Standards - download this FREE classroom poster.

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The Carlton Dance

Here is our Happy Dance for all finishers of Cohort activities in Quarter 1!!

Who are they? Check out our Wall of Fame below and consider joining them by participating and finishing quarterly activities. We have many Happy Dances saved up!

We will be recognizing those that complete an entire quarter of activities in each newsletter. Each time you complete all activities for any particular quarter, you will receive your digital badge, certificate, and your Wall of Fame will either be started or updated. Don't miss out!!

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Automating Assessment to Differentiate Learning

Creating More Authentic Lessons using G-Suite

Social Media in Education

Social Media Making an Impact

Georgia Educational Technology Conference

Three of your Instructional Technology Coaches attended this year's conference and had the privilege of presenting three individual, well-received sessions. They also attended over 30 sessions and shared their learning with all of you. Here is the link to the shared slideshow, Sharing Our Learning, One Slide at a Time! Browse through and if you have questions about any of the resources, be sure to ask!
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Flashcards, Quiz Show, and much more - Oh my! Flippity

Poll Everywhere

Engage your students in real time. Poll Everywhere


Create your own high quality, video content. Screencastify
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Windows 10 - Now What?

Computers throughout the district are being upgraded to Windows 10 and as a result many questions are being asked. If your computer has been upgraded, or is "on the list", use the provided link to learn directly from Microsoft. The link will take you to the Microsoft Educator Community that is free to use. It is recommended you create a free account in order to access all of the great resources and tutorials. You will find the video tutorials for Windows 10 and other tutorials by clicking on the "Courses and Resources" tab.

Microsoft Educator Community

Step-By-Step Kahoot!

One request we have received is to offer step-by-step guides for creating and using particular technology resources. We are starting with Kahoot because not only is it an easy setup, but the students are normally very involved!

Get started with Kahoot! Use this LINK to find step by step instructions for registering, finding and creating Kahoots!

From Kahoot : "A powerful way to teach new concepts, the "Blind Kahoot" is all about building knowledge brick by brick in a single game... but how do you even get started? IB Bio Teacher & Kahoot!'er Steph Castle shares her (totally GENIUS) tips and tricks on the art of Blind Kahoot!'ing."

3 Minute Videos for Becoming Tech Savvy

How can someone become more tech savvy? Commit 3 minutes to learn something new. Thanks to technology and YouTube, the world has opened up for learning just about anything imaginable in as little as 3 minutes!

The link will take you to some of the best YouTube channels for learning a thing or two about using technology in the classroom and put yourself on the path to becoming a tech savvy educator! TECH SAVVY

Welcome to Lakeshia Bostick - District Media Support Assistant

I am elated to have joined the SCCPSS. I take pride in everything that I do. I currently reside in Rincon, GA, but originally from Estill, SC. I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education, as well as a Masters in Education (Library & Information Systems). Overall, I have a total of 20 years of experience in education .

I have one beautiful daughter named Miya and she is the light of my life. I have a passion for children and their education. My ultimate passion is baking. This is my therapy. Thanks for all of the well wishes on this new endeavor.

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Movers and Shakers in Education - check out these amazing educators for inspiration and innovation!

All too often, the world of an educator gets confined within the four walls of a classroom. This should not be the case when there is so much out there to learn and so many others to learn from. Our department has put together a list of must follows for general and technology education.

  • Edutopia - Hosted by the George Lucas Educational Foundation, Edutopia has plenty of well-indexed information on how technology can be used in classrooms.
  • Cycles of Learning - Ramsay Musallam recognized how useful hacks could be in classrooms, so he set up Cycles of Learning to share practical education tech hacks to make teachers’ lives just a bit easier. Who doesn't like easier?!
  • Participate Learning- Check out all that Participate Learning has to offer educators.
  • ITC Blog - We aim to provide timely and usable information.
  • Learning in Hand is an educator's resource for mobile and digital learning created by Tony Vincent.
  • TeachThought - full of articles for education
  • Ditch That Textbook - "I’m Matt Miller. It’s my passion to equip teachers to thrive in this new era of education and think differently about the craft of teaching."
  • Alice Keeler a must read. Full of resources and ideas.
  • Vicki Davis - Cool Cat Teacher

Google Hangouts - A Great Way to connect with Others!

December's Topics: Click HERE to sign up for one or all.

Get Connected with Educators in SCCPSS and Beyond!

If you are a Twitter user (whether just getting started, or been Tweeting for years), click on the link below to join the SCCPSS Twitter Tribe to share resources, get a peek at their classrooms, and build your Personal Learning Network. Add your Twitter handle to the list so that others can follow you. Does the idea of using Twitter to connect with other educators sound interesting? Join the 20 day Twitter Experiment anytime, anywhere!

Want to Connect Using Facebook?

Interested in using public Facebook pages to connect with parents and the greater Savannah community? Join the Social Media in EDU Learning Cohort to begin your journey and receive guidelines and support along the way.

Join the Social Media in EDU Learning Cohort

Teacher's Idea Exchange (Facebook) - Join our online "Teachers Idea Exchange" Facebook group to swap ideas and resources with other teachers throughout the district and beyond.
SCCPSS ITC Facebook page - Calling all Facebook users – be sure to like the SCCPSS Instructional Technology Facebook page at (We won't see your personal posts - promise!) – but we will share techie awesomeness in action right here in our district and other resources as well.
SCCPSS Instructional Technology Website
New Teachers - Join the New Teacher Remind group for Pick-Me-Up ideas by texting @NTO2016 to 81010. Click HERE to Learn How To in a few easy steps!

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Know Your Instructional Technology Coach!

The Instructional Technology Department is responsible for coordinating, organizing, and facilitating the effective use and integration of technology within the schools in order to increase student performance.

Instructional Technology Coaches

Angela LaPlante

Dru Piersol

Gillian Riley

Melissa Milligan

Natalie Muthersbaugh

Libby Miller

William Harris

Yolanda Sanders

Media Services

Carol Tarnowski - Library Media Technology Coach

Deborah Hargroves - Media and Broadcast Trainer (part-time)

Lakeshia Bostick - Media Support Assistant (912) 395-1124

Program Manager

Wendy Marshall - Program Manager

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