Centered on Learning

Secondary ITRT Newsletter - January 2014

Get "Centered" with Technology

This edition of the ITRT newsletter focuses on ways you can incorporate technology-rich stations (centers) in your daily lessons.

"Why stations?" you ask. Stations:

  • allow for small group communication and collaboration.
  • provide movement opportunities in your classroom.
  • help students develop independence.
  • increase active engagement.
  • provide opportunities for multi-sensory activities.
  • allow for differentiated instruction.
  • address varied learning styles, interests, and needs.
  • promote self-discovery.
  • allow teachers to target specific academic skills.

Keep reading to learn about quick and easy ways to get stations going in your classroom by using technology and PD opportunities that will keep you in the know.

Upcoming PD Opportunities

1. SMART Board - Level 1
  • Thursday, Feb. 13, 3:30-4:30 at HCES (lab); Bambi Feighner
2. Blackboard Level 2
  • Tuesday, Feb. 4, 4-5 pm at OKMS (215); Heather Causey
  • Tuesday, Feb. 25, 3:30-4:30 at BPES (lab); Stacie Taylor
3. Nearpod
  • Tuesday, Feb. 25, 3:30-4:30 pm at OKMS (719); Sheryl Sylvia
4. Prezi
  • Tuesday, Feb. 11, 4:00-5:00 pm at HHS (Lib. Lab); Kate Kanach
5. VoiceThread
  • Thursday, Feb. 6, 4-5pm at OKMS (719); Stacie Taylor
6. iPad - Level 1 Basics
  • Tuesday, Feb 4, 4-5pm at OKMS( 6th Grade Lab); Stacie Taylor
7. iPad - Level 3 Appy Hour
  • Tuesday, Feb.4, 3:30-4:30 BES Lab; Sheryl Sylvia
  • Thursday, Feb.13, 3:30-4:30 EES (D-11); Sheryl Sylvia
8. Edmodo - Level 1
  • Tuesday, Feb. 4, 4-5pm at OKMS (719); Tamara Letter
9. Edmodo - Level 2
  • Tuesday, Feb. 11, 4-5pm at OKMS (719); Tamara Letter
10. Brightlink - Level 1
  • Thursday, Feb. 6, 3:30-4:30pm at RPES (Rm. 12); Jennifer Hicks
  • Tuesday, Feb. 11, 3:30-4:30 pm at PGES (TBD); Jennifer Hicks
  • Tuesday, Feb. 18, 3:30-4:30 pm at KCES (B-9); Jennifer Hicks
11. Brightlink - Level 2
  • Tuesday, Feb. 25, 3:30-4:30 pm at RPES(Rm. 12); Jennifer Hicks
  • Thursday, Feb. 27, 3:30-4:30 pm at PGES (TBD); Jennifer Hicks
12. Schoolnet Level 2 - Creating Tests
  • Thursday, Feb. 13, 4-5pm at OKMS (719); Heather Causey


Make learning fun by adding interactive elements to your content. You can explore VA SOL created EduWidgets and create your own.

Student Activities from Scholastic

Find a variety of activities that can be completed using desktops, Netbooks, ThinkPads, iPads, SMARTBoards, BrightLinks, Mimios, or their own devices. Choose from many different content specific activities. Activities are listed for specific grade levels that include K-12.

New Year's Resolution

Need an easily attainable New Year's Resolution? Resolve to help keep your digital footprint free of misinformation! Practice due diligence by visiting to verify content found in all questionable or too-good-to-be-true emails and posts before forwarding or sharing.
Digital Learning Day - February 5th

"Take the pledge to support the effective use of technology to improve education for all students."

Digital Learning Day: Resource Roundup

Celebrate the day with your students and support digital learning not just on February 5, but everyday in your classroom - click here for resources!

Kate Kanach - ITRT for HHS, LMS, & PHHS

I look forward to working with you all this year! I will be visiting your schools on the 2-day rotational schedule found in the Hey WAY? section of my blog. Please email anytime to setup times to plan, collaborate, or receive trainings.