RUSD Ed Tech News and Notes

January 2016


Welcome to the monthly RUSD Ed Tech News and Notes! This newsletter will contain a few tech tips and tricks you can use in your classroom and school site. It will also spotlight the innovative ways teachers, administrators, and staff are using technology in order to transform the learning experiences of our students. Finally, upcoming Mash Up Monday sessions will be shared so you can mark your calendars to attend these personalized PD events created with your needs in mind!

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EdTech CoP

This month there will not be a face to face or virtual meeting. Our next meeting will be February 4, 2016 from 3:30-5:30 at the Rowland Instructional Center (RIC).

Professional Learning Opportunities for Secondary Teachers

Do you teach secondary? Every Tuesday beginning January 12, Tech-Mex Tuesdays will be happening! These will be tech sessions geared toward secondary teachers. Please refer to the flyer below. Sign up on Oars to attend. See you there!
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Tech Tools


Lino is a FREE platform that allows you to add sticky notes, files, videos, and images to a canvas that you can access online and on your smartphone. You can share the canvas you create with others, as well as add reminders for due dates and Lino will send you an email.

Lino would be a great tool to have students use to collaborate on projects and to also generate ideas. Since you just need a link to start adding to the canvas, you can post the link in Google Classroom or in an LMS and students can begin adding and curating content.

You can click on the link below to see a Lino that was used during a CoP meeting earlier this year. The video that follows walks you through set up and usage too!

lino - Sticky and Photo Sharing for you


Plickers is a tool that allows you to collect instant feedback from students. All you need is a smartphone and a class set of Plicker cards that are FREE to print from the website. To use the Plickers cards, you create questions in the online library and display them to the class. Students hold up their card to indicate their answer and you simply scan the room with the app on your phone. You can instantly see who got the answer correct and if they got it incorrect, what they chose. This is great for formative assessment, especially if you don't have a class set of devices!

Click here for frequently asked questions and check out the video below to see how it works.


Spotlight on...

Professional Learning

In January, teachers and staff came back early to increase their professional learning. Sessions were held on Google Classroom, Accountable Talk, ELD Strategies, Assessing Writing, and iPads 101.

We'd love to spotlight how you are using technology to inspire students, teachers, and staff. Please email me so I can come out and snap pictures of your fabulous work!
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Drive through the Writing Process

Monday, Jan. 11th, 3:30-4:30pm

Yorbita Elementary, Room P9

For teachers, administrators, and classified staff

Aeries for Beginners

Monday, Jan. 11th, 3:30-4:30pm

Hollingworth Elementary Computer Lab

For teachers, administrators, and classified staff

Renaissance for Beginners

Monday, Jan. 11th, 3:30-4:30pm

Alvarado Intermediate School, Computer Lab

For teachers, administrators, and classified staff

Schoology for Beginners

Monday, Jan. 25th, 3:30-4:30pm

Shelyn Elementary, Room A-10

For teachers, administrators, and classified staff

Winter RUSD EdCamp

Monday, Feb. 8th, 3:30-5:30pm

Rowland High School

For teachers, administrators, and classified staff

Other Ed Tech Learning Opportunities

Riverside EdSurge Tech for Schools Summit

Saturday, Jan. 23rd, 8am-3pm

Bourns Technology Center, 1200 Columbia Avenue, Riverside, CA 92507

The Riverside EdSurge Tech for Schools Summit connects educators with entrepreneurs who create edtech tools. This amazing event completely FREE for educators.

  • Get hands-on with products in a place where your voice is heard
  • Try out the latest innovations for supporting teaching
  • Give your feedback so companies know how to tune their products to fit your needs
  • Meet other teachers and expand your network of friends & colleagues

Click here to register

EdTechTeacher Innovation Summit, Google Jamboree, and iPad Summit

Monday, Feb. 1st, 8am to Wednesday, Feb. 3rd, 4pm

San Diego Convention Center

This is a unique opportunity to attend 3 different conferences at once! This Innovation Summit will feature one day of hands-on Pre Conference Workshops followed by 2 days of concurrent sessions, innovation labs, and keynotes.Thought leaders, iPad education experts, Google for Education Certified Trainers, and talented educators who are trailblazing in education will come together to share their knowledge of and work in edtech.

Click below for more information:

General overview

Innovation Summit

Google Jamboree

iPad Summit

OCCUE Tech Fair

Saturday, Feb. 6th, 8am-3:30pm

Mendez Intermediate School

Spend the day meeting with other educators around Orange County as we celebrate learning and professional growth. We are bringing back our 101-Strand for educators who are new to any type of technology that is offered. Don't know much about iPads? Take the iPad 101 Session. Don't know much about Google? Take the Google 101 Sessions. As always, we will also offer advanced sessions where experienced users can get geeky with technology.

This is a paid event. Click here for pricing to register.

Eduscape Learning Summit Featuring Google for Education

Saturday, March 5th, 8:30am-3:15pm

Covina High School

With sessions ranging from getting started with the basics in Google Drive, to key topics in education such as assessing student learning, aligning lessons with Common Core, and utilizing Google Apps to assist with the Teacher Evaluation process, this Summit has something for everyone. In addition to the Summit, there are also pre-summit events on March 3-4.

This is a paid event. Click here for pricing to register.

EdTechTeam LA County Summit Featuring Google for Education

Saturday, March 12th, 8:30am to Sunday, March 13th, 4pm

Village Academy High School, Pomona

This two-day high-intensity event focuses on deploying, integrating, and using Google Apps for Education (and other Google tools) to promote student learning in K-12 and higher education.

This is a paid event. Click here for more information.

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