Tech Tidbits from your ITS {2016-2017 v. 12}

VSTE Top 5

Monday and Tuesday this week, I attended and presented at the VSTE (Virginia Society for Technology in Education) conference. I attended many great sessions and networked with many connected educators from across Virginia.

My Top 5 Takeaways From VSTE...

  • Teachers can't just use technology as a cool tool. You have to focus on the learning targets first. "Pedagogy is the driver. Technology is the accelerator.” - Michael Fullan
  • Kids are the "Netflix" generation. They are used to High Demand High Quality content, and that needs to be delivered at school as well. They should not feel they have to "power down" when they come in the building.
  • Every child in our classrooms and in our schools is someone else’s whole world. Do you teach as if your kids were in your class?
  • In just a few short years, every student in our schools will be a 21st century learner and none of our teachers will be.
  • The most important reason to change, to go digital, is for the students.

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  • Tuesday December 13 (Malibu) - Room 22
  • Thursday December 15 (Windsor Woods) - Library

What's Happening?

  • Ms. Cameron's class went on Safari again this week! Using what they've learned, they were able to ask the safari guides amazing questions incorporating some of their science vocabulary. @WindsorWoodsES
  • Hour of Code is worldwide this week, and many of our teachers and students participated! Coding is the language of now and it teaches you how to think! We saw students determined to problem solve, collaborate with their peers, and find intrinsic motivation in completing a task. Special thanks to
    Ms. Cameron's class @WindsorWoodsES
    Ms. Rousselow's class @WindsorWoodsES
    Ms. Benshoff's class @WindsorWoodsES
    Ms. Huggins's class @WindsorWoodsES
  • 1st Grade introduced their students to SeeSaw this week. Students were able to upload their work into their digital portfolio with ease! Way to go Ms. Maurice, Ms. North, and Ms. Ramos! @WindsorWoodsES

Out of Office

I will be having surgery on Thursday December 22nd, and will be out of both buildings through the first week in January.