GCPS Instructional Technology

Weekly Newsletter: January 2022

Instructional Technology Weekly Newsletter

Please view the information below about the following topics:

  • Smore Account Request

  • Google Update: Education Plus

  • GCPS Ticketing System

  • Kyte Learning: PD Opportunities

  • SMART Learning Suite

  • Nearpod GCPS Accounts

  • Nearpod Learning Opportunities

  • Digital Learning Competencies & Fall PD Session: August 2, 2021 - January 7, 2022

  • Technology Department Contacts

Smore Account Request

Smore is an online tool to create and share newsletters! GCPS recently updated our licenses from 30 seats to 50 seats!


If you are interested in a paid version of Smore, please complete this form. Users will be added according to the date/time of submission.


If you want to learn about Smore, watch this video here.

Google Update: Education PLUS

Google Workspace is NOW upgraded!


There are many features we receive as a district, but to start, we would like to highlight the Meet options for breakout rooms, polls, Q& A, white boarding, & recording available from the shapes icon in the bottom right corner.


Please view this link for all of the features Education Plus will offer our users.


Check out this link for immediate support in Google Meet and additional Google applications. There is also a page that provides support for guardians!


Reach out to a member of our ITF team (Leah Powell, Sherry Ballentine, Kevin Lawler) for extra support!

GCPS Ticketing System 1:1 Plus

Are you looking for support in Technology?


Please submit a ticket here with our new 1:1 Plus ticketing system. Staff & Students are able to access this tool using GCPS Google credentials. Email notifications about the submitted ticket are automatically sent to the appropriate technician and user. A nice feature is that a staff member can submit a ticket on behalf of a student if necessary.


View this video for additional information and know we are always here to help.


Direct Link: https://1to1plus.com/login/Granville_NC

Kyte Learning: Professional Development Opportunities

Are you an educator trying to stay afloat in a sea of ever-changing technology? Kyte Learning is here to help!


Granville County Public Schools recently received access to Kyte Learning! Kyte Learning is a virtual platform that shares professional development opportunities that are created by educators for educators.


All staff can log into Kyte Learning at this website using your GCPS Google credentials.


Please feel free to reach out for any support in the usage of Kyte Learning.

SMART Learning Suite

Welcome to GCPS SMART Learning Suite – SMART’s flexible tool that gives educators the power to transform lesson content, ignite engagement, and capture insight into learning.


Our GCPS subscription includes access to Lumio by SMART and SMART Notebook.


    Lumio is intuitive web-based software that helps you create engaging lessons students can interact with in class remotely or on their own time, all on their own devices.

    What is Lumio?

    Nearpod: GCPS District Accounts

    All GCPS Staff now have an upgraded Nearpod account through a district paid instance! All staff now have access to unlimited storage, enterprise features, and a greater level of support.

    Need a Nearpod refresher or new to Nearpod? Watch this short introductory video.


    Login at this link with your Google Credentials for access to Nearpod TODAY!

    Recording: Learning with Nearpod (101)

    Discover teaching with Nearpod while experiencing an interactive lesson. Then learn how to log into your account, explore the Nearpod Library of lessons, find, edit and launch lessons in both LIVE and Student-Paced mode. Examine information available in reports to monitor student learning. Participants are eligible to begin the Nearpod Certified Educator (NCE) process after this session.


    Zoom Recording Here

    Nearpod Lesson Here

    Recording: Creating with Nearpod (102)

    Participants will use the resources they already have to create lessons that are personalized to meet their students’ learning needs. Build strong lessons using formative assessments and multimedia content that will enrich every learning experience. (Note: Bring a Google Slide Presentation, PowerPoint, or other digital resources to incorporate into your Nearpod lesson.)


    Zoom Recording Here

    Nearpod Lesson Here

    Digital Learning Competencies

    As a reminder, effective July 1, 2017 all teachers, administrators, and support staff who need to maintain licensure , will need 2.0 Technology/Digital Learning Competencies (DLC) CEU’s as part of the licensure renewal process.


    The competencies are organized into four focus areas: Leadership in Digital Learning, Digital Citizenship, Digital Content and Instruction, and Data and Assessment. Professional learning that is aligned with a Digital Learning Competency Focus Areas may be considered eligible for educators to earn a CEU in this area.


    All Technology training sessions CEU’s earned, online or face-to-face, are eligible to fulfill this licensure requirement.

    Professional Development

    All CEUs fulfill the 2.0 DLC requirement for licensure!

    Spring Session: January 10, 2022 - May 27, 2022

    The GCPS Instructional Technology Team offers a range of online modules to support digital teaching and learning.


    Note that the fall session dates are August 2, 2021 - January 8, 2922 and the spring session dates are January 10, 2022-May 27, 2022.


    After a participant registers for a course, please allow 24 hours to be added to an online module. Please view the course offerings listed below.

    Spring 2022: Managing Media-based Instruction

    (0.3 Tech/DLC CEUs)

    Register Here: WisdomWhere Link


    After registration through WisdomWhere, you will receive a welcome email along with an invitation to the online module housed in PowerSchool Learning (Haiku) from the course facilitator Leah Powell.

    Fall Session: ]January 10, 2022 - May 27, 2022


    Media-based Instruction is an essential part of remote teaching and learning. From modeling, to read alouds, to explaining assignments and projects, providing a visual component to a lesson can increase engagement and understanding. Learn how to use a variety of tools for recording and distributing video-based instruction.

    This online module consists of the following parts:

    • Welcome & Introduction
    • Part 1: Why Media-based Instruction
    • Part 2: Tools to Create Media
    • Part 3: Tools to Integrate Media


    The delivery and instruction of this online module is to support digital teaching and learning. At the end of this module, you will be required to share a media-based lesson.

    Spring 2022 - Virtual Instruction: Online Meetings

    (0.3 Tech/DLC CEUs)

    Register HERE: WisdomWhere Link


    After registration through WisdomWhere, you will receive a welcome email along with an invitation to the online module housed in PowerSchool Learning (Haiku) from the course facilitator Leah Powell.

    Fall Session: January 10, 2022 - May 27, 2022


    The Online Module: Virtual Instruction - Online Meetings will provide participants the opportunity to learn about Online Meeting Platforms: Google Meet & Zoom. Registrants will participate in three portions of the online module:

    1. Part 1: Integrating Online Meetings

    2. Part 2: Online Meeting Platforms

    3. Part 3: Extended Learning (Extra Resources)

    The delivery of instruction in this online module will model support in virtual learning.

    Spring 2022: Google Level 1/2 Recertification Information

    Google Level 1/2 Certified Educators,


    As a Google Level 1/2 Certified Educator, this is general communication to you about the recertification process for Google Level 1 & 2. Please note that re-certification is not required, but this cohort of educators was up for renewal during this school year or will be up for renewal during next school year. All renewal updates will be communicated from Google and not from a GCPS Instructional Technology Facilitator. If you renewed your certifications and/or plan to renew them, you can receive CEUs for your time from GCPS though!


    Please follow this process:

    1. Register via WisdomWhere.
    2. Communication with me, Leah Powell once prepared to complete either the Level 1 or Level 2 exam. I will share a code to complete the exam.
    3. Once completed and passed, send your renewal certificate to me.
    4. Afterwards, a code will be shared in order to enter into WisdomWhere for CEUs.


    Registration Link: IT: Google Level 1 RE-Certification Cohort.

    Registration Link: IT: Google Level 2 RE-Certification Cohort.

    This recertification sessions runs January 10, 2022 - May 27, 2022

    Spring 2022: Creating Digital Content with Powerschool Learning

    (0.2 Tech/DLC CEUs)

    Register HERE: WisdomWhere Link


    After registration through WisdomWhere, you will receive a welcome email along with an invitation to the online module housed in PowerSchool Learning (Haiku) from the course facilitator Leah Powell.

    Fall Session: January 10, 2022 - May 27, 2022


    The Online Module: Creating Digital Content with PowerSchool Learning (Formerly haiku) is an introduction to integrating the Granville County Public School’s learning management system, PowerSchool Learning, into the classroom by creating digital content and supporting the use of technology instruction. This course will cover what is PowerSchool Learning in GCPS, the basic functions, using the LMS to communicate with students and include extra features. These tools with assist with the integration of technology possibly leading to an enriched and blended online environment.

    Spring 2022: Google Level 1

    (1.5 Tech/DLC CEUs)

    Register HERE: WisdomWhere Link


    After registration through WisdomWhere, you will receive a welcome email along with an invitation to the online module housed in PowerSchool Learning (Haiku) from the course facilitators Sherry Ballentine & Leah Powell.

    Fall Session: January 10, 2022 - May 27, 2022


    During this session, participants will have the opportunity to become Google Level 1 (fundamentals) certified in order to improve their practice and create opportunities for personalized learning in their classroom. This course will provide educators with the skills, knowledge, and experience to facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity, gain confidence with digital learning strategies and Google tools appropriate for instruction, create opportunities for self-assessment and self-monitoring while using technology to collect data, increase digital citizenship and digital literacy skills, and engage in professional growth and leadership in digital learning.

    Spring 2022: Google Level 2


    (1.3 Tech/DLC CEUs)

    Register HERE: WisdomWhere Link


    After registration through WisdomWhere, you will receive a welcome email along with an invitation to the online module housed in PowerSchool Learning (Haiku) from the course facilitators Sherry Ballentine & Leah Powell.

    Fall Session: January 10, 2022 - May 27, 2022


    During this session, participants will have the opportunity to become Google Level 2 certified in order to improve their practice and create opportunities for personalized learning in their classroom.

    Spring 2022: Chromebook 101 for Digital Age Teaching and Learning

    (0.3 Tech/DLC CEUs)

    Register HERE: WisdomWhere Link


    After registration through WisdomWhere, you will receive a welcome email along with an invitation to the online module housed in PowerSchool Learning (Haiku) from the course facilitator Leah Powell.

    Fall Session: January 10, 2022 - May 27, 2022


    Chromebooks 101 will provide participants information about the newest device to enter the hands of our students within Granville County Public Schools. In this online environment, you will learn about: What is a Chromebook, What is Google drive, and How to Manage a Chromebook Offline, along with Instructional Strategies to help support management in a 1:1 environment. After completing the virtual portions of this module, you will complete an online scavenger hunt using what you have previously learned, giving you a hands on experience with the device. After this module, you will have a better understanding of how to use a Chromebook. You will also have experience in a blended professional development session!

    Spring 2022: Ways to Use QR Codes

    (0.3 Tech/DLC CEUs)

    Register HERE: WisdomWhere Link


    After registration through WisdomWhere, you will receive a welcome email along with an invitation to the online module housed in PowerSchool Learning (Haiku) from the course facilitator Leah Powell.

    Fall Session: January 10, 2022 - May 27, 2022


    The purpose of this online module is to provide the opportunity to learn about QR Codes. A Quick Response (QR) code is a digital image that can be scanned using one of the many free QR scanner apps available to any device. In this course you will learn the benefit of using QR codes in the school setting and see how they eliminate the frustration of long web addresses, take students directly to a designated website, and save time. QR codes are very easy to make and help to change up your normal routine, thus increasing student engagement. This course will equip you to use QR codes and give authentic practice using them. Participants in this professional development course will find freedom in time and location because it is totally online.

    Spring 2022: Educate about EDpuzzle

    (0.2 Tech/DLC CEUs)

    Register HERE: WisdomWhere Link


    After registration through WisdomWhere, you will receive a welcome email along with an invitation to the online module housed in PowerSchool Learning (Haiku) from the course facilitator Leah Powell.

    Fall Session: January 10, 2022 - May 27th, 2022


    This online module is designed for you to become a certified EDpuzzle Coach. This course is for beginner users and advanced EDpuzzle users. This online module will take approximately two hours to complete and will take place in both PowerSchool Learning (Haiku) and EDpuzzle.

    Spring 2022: Chrome Tips and Tricks

    (0.2 Tech/DLC CEUs)

    Register HERE: WisdomWhere Link


    After registration through WisdomWhere, you will receive a welcome email along with an invitation to the online module housed in PowerSchool Learning (Haiku) from the course facilitator Sherry Ballentine.

    Fall Session: January 10, 2022 - May 27, 2022


    In this online module, Google Chrome users will learn some advanced tips and tricks for making their Internet browsing more efficient and personalized. This two-hour online module will focus on using the tabs in the Internet window, personalizing the toolbar and preferences, using the omnibox for quick look-ups and collaborating with Google apps, and exploring a couple of Chrome extensions.

    Spring 2022: Google Drawings

    (0.3 Tech/DLC CEUs)

    Register HERE: WisdomWhere Link


    After registration through WisdomWhere, you will receive a welcome email along with an invitation to the online module housed in PowerSchool Learning (Haiku) from the course facilitator Sherry Ballentine.

    Fall Session: January 10, 2022 - May 27, 2022


    The purpose of this online module is to provide the opportunity to learn about Google Drawings. This module will provide an overview of creating a Google Drawing, ways to use them in the classroom and offer advanced tools to utilize with them. Participants in this professional development course will find freedom in time and location because of it is totally online.

    Spring 2022: Google Classroom

    (0.2 Tech/DLC CEUs)

    Register HERE: WisdomWhere Link


    After registration through WisdomWhere, you will receive a welcome email along with an invitation to the online module housed in PowerSchool Learning (Haiku) from the course facilitator Sherry Ballentine.

    Fall Session: January 10, 2022 - May 27, 2022


    The purpose of this online module is to provide the opportunity to learn about Google Classroom. This module will provide an introduction to Google Classroom, show how the platform works, and then give an overview of the teacher view and the student view. Participants in this professional development course will find freedom in time and location because it is totally online.

    Spring 2022: SMART Interactive Flat Panels in Content & Instruction

    (0.2 Tech/DLC CEUs)

    Register HERE: WisdomWhere Link


    After registration through WisdomWhere, you will receive a welcome email along with an invitation to the online module housed in PowerSchool Learning (Haiku) from the course facilitator Leah Powell.

    Fall Session: January 10, 2022 - May 27, 2022


    The purpose of the Online Module: SMART Interactive Flat Panels in Content & Instruction is to provide a basic overview of how to incorporate a SMART Interactive Flat Panel into teaching and learning in a classroom environment.
    Features of the IFPs will be highlighted on the device and how those features can influence the creation of lesson plans that will lead to total student engagement. Participants will receive a hands on experience with an Interactive Flat Panel. Please keep in mind access to a SMART Interactive Flat Panel is necessary.

    Spring 2022: Schoolnet Basics: Increasing the Effectiveness of Formative and Summative Assessments: Online Module

    (0.3 Tech/DLC CEUs)

    Register HERE: WisdomWhere Link


    After registration through WisdomWhere, you will receive a welcome email along with an invitation to the online module housed in PowerSchool Learning (Haiku) from the course facilitator Leah Powell.

    Fall Session: January 10, 2022 - May 27, 2022


    In this online module, an introduction to one of Homebase’s valuable components: Schoolnet will be provided. Schoolnet houses resources and assessments items aligned to the Common Core State Standards and North Carolina Essential Standards. You will learn how to search for resources by topic or standard and create an express and manual tests in Schoolnet. Tests that are created and assigned in Schoolnet can be automatically graded and synced with the Powerschool gradebook. The target audience for this session is teachers and administrators at the elementary, middle, and high school level.

    Spring 2022: Schoolnet Part 2: Increasing the Effectiveness of Formative and Summative Assessments

    (0.3 Tech/DLC CEUs)

    Register HERE: WisdomWhere Link


    After registration through WisdomWhere, you will receive a welcome email along with an invitation to the online module housed in PowerSchool Learning (Haiku) from the course facilitator Leah Powell.

    Fall Session: January 10, 2022 - May 27, 2022


    Schoolnet Part 2 will provide a number of options to users who are already familiar with the Homebase resource. Participants will receive a rapid review of basic items, take a deeper look at creating & organizing test items, editing test settings, sharing assessments and items, managing modifications, and creating reports from data collected within Schoolnet. This module will demonstrate many of the extra settings within Schoolnet.

    Spring 2022: Student and Staff Feedback Through the Use of Google Forms

    (0.5 Tech/DLC CEUs)

    Register HERE: WisdomWhere Link


    After registration through WisdomWhere, you will receive a welcome email along with an invitation to the online module housed in PowerSchool Learning (Haiku) from the course facilitator Sherry Ballentine.

    Fall Session: January 10, 2022 - May 27th, 2022


    The purpose of this online module is to provide the opportunity to learn about Google Forms. This module will provide an overview of creating a Google Form, ways to use them in the classroom and offer advanced tools to utilize with them. Participants in this professional development course will find freedom in time and location because of it is totally online.

    Spring 2022: Introduction to SeeSaw: Student Driven Portfolios

    (0.3 Tech/DLC CEUs)

    Register HERE: WisdomWhere Link


    After registration through WisdomWhere, you will receive a welcome email along with an invitation to the online module housed in PowerSchool Learning (Haiku) from the course facilitator Sherry Ballentine.

    Fall Session: January 10, 2022-May 27, 2022


    In this online module, participants will receive an introduction to an amazing FREE app for creating digital portfolios called Seesaw. The course will teach how to set up a class in Seesaw, lessons ideas for how to introduce it to and routinely use it with students, and how to invite parents to subscribe to their child’s portfolio. This app is easy to use for students of ALL ages and for teachers to set up and manage.

    Registration Procedures for GCPS Technology Modules

    After registration for all online modules through WisdomWhere (registration links provided), participants will receive a welcome email along with an invitation to the online module housed in PowerSchool Learning (Haiku) from the course facilitators. The course facilitators or either Ms. Sherry Ballentine or Mrs. Leah Powell.
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