Tech Integration Newsletter

Vol. 2 Issue 14 June 2017

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Before you leave for summer...IMPORTANT updates

All Activinspire Users

    All users of ActivInspire Software (all editions and versions) are encouraged to migrate to Promethean’s ClassFlow. All ActivInspire Software users are encouraged to complete the product migration process to ClassFlow prior to December 31, 2017.

What does that mean to me as a teacher? ActivInspire will no longer be supported after June 2018, you will need to migrate your ActiveInspire flipcharts into ClassFlow. If you have 50 or more flipcharts there is a conversion service available until December 31, 2017.

To learn more about ClassFlow attend one of our trainings this summer offered in our district. Go to inservices.ops.org to register now.

Microsoft Classroom Transitioing to Microsoft TEAMS

On May 2nd, 2017, Microsoft announced that TEAMS for education will be used in place of Microsoft Classroom. TEAMS with the added educational ability to create/sync classes provides a more collaborative and streamlined interface for users. Features within Microsoft Classroom that teachers currently utilize on a daily basis such as Assignments, Class Notebook, Files, and Conversations will remain available within TEAMS. The advantage comes in the opportunity to have increased discussion, collaboration, student groupings and greater array of settings for assignments.

As a District, we currently have teachers testing the Beta product. An introductory training is scheduled for June 21, 10:30-12:00, with additional hands-on trainings for teachers in July and August. Please check inservices.ops.org to register or see training times. Those interested can also contact the OPS Tech Trainers (techtrainers@ops.org) for additional information and opportunities.

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Remember to sign up for this special event!

The knowledge based and globalized world of today is requiring our students advanced skills to succeed. 21st Century Learning Design (21CLD) helps teachers design lessons and learning activities to build students’ 21st century skills in any content area. How do we prepare for these needs as educators?

YOU ARE INVITED to attend this unique professional development opportunity with Lisa Simmons, Microsoft in Education Fellow, leading our 1-Day and 2-Day 21st Century Learning Design workshops. Go to OPSInservice to register NOW!

The 21CLD 1-Day workshop, June 12th, will be designed for curriculum supervisors, lead teachers, instructional facilitators, building leaders. This 1-Day workshop will give an introduction to 21st Century Learning Design. (Open to teachers after June 1)

The 21CLD 2-Day workshop, June 13-14th, is designed for K-12 teachers. This 2 day in-depth professional learning experience is to understand how to design 21st Century learning opportunities for students.

The 21CLD curriculum describes six dimensions of 21st century learning: Collaboration; Skilled communication; Knowledge construction; Self-regulation; Real-world problem-solving and innovation; and Use of ICT for learning, each of which represents an important skill for students to develop. 21st Century Learning Design builds on the research methodology providing a collaborative, practice-based process to help educators transform how they design enriching learning activities for their students.

OPSInservice to register for sessions.

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Not too late to sign up!

Summer Professional Learning

Over the summer we have four 12 month trainers to help support your technology needs. With the growing number of devices in our district what better time to hone skills and build knowledge than getting some SUMMER PD! Listed below are the variety of professional development opportunities being offered at TAC. Please be sure to go to OPSInservice to register for sessions. If any issues registering please feel free to contact Melissa Cleaver at Melissa.Cleaver@ops.org.

FIND A PD FOR YOU! Click on the Article below to see a listing or go to OPSInservice

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Summer Training Team:

Classified Staff/TAC: Debra Bordenkecher

Elementary Building Trainer: Melissa Cleaver

Common Sense Media: Keegan Korf
Secondary Building Trainer: Kelly Means

The other 10 month trainers will be back in the office at the start of the next school year.

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Technology Training Team

Debra Bordenkecher: Classified Staff/TAC, Technology Trainer

Melissa Cleaver:
Instructional Technology Trainer, Project Coordinator
Eileen Heller:
Instructional Technology Trainer, Elementary Lead Teacher
Keegan Korf:
Common Sense Media, Digital Citizenship Lead Teacher
Kelly Means:
Instructional Technology Trainer, Project Coordinator
Amy Vester:
Instructional Technology Trainer, Secondary Lead Teacher
McKenzie White:
Instructional Technology Trainer, Library Lead Teacher
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