Tech Snacks

Byte-Sized Treats to Transform Learning

Google For Primary? ... Absolutely!

Do you feel like there is SO MUCH more to learn when implementing technology in the classroom? We do too. We are continually learning from several Google Gurus in education, one of whom is Christine Pinto. We follow her on Twitter, stalk her website, and even read her books. Ms. Pinto has devoted much of her time and trainings to engaging K-1's in instructional technology. She is a pioneer in teaching young students how to login and use G Suite while creating instruction around her Google Apps for Littles theme.


This week we are spotlighting one of the many templates that she shares out at http://christinepinto.com/templates/. We love the Build a Sundae template to help our K-1's build sentence structure in the most enjoyable way. We just wish we had thought of it first! Check it out at http://christinepinto.com/buildasundae.

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OK Go! Have Fun with STEAM

OK Go Sandbox, an online resource for teachers, was designed to encourage creativity and learning that involves STEAM concepts. Developed by the rock bank OK Go and the Playful Learning Lab at the University of St. Thomas, director Geoff Shelton is creating new videos specifically designed to inspire classroom discussions and projects. I challenge you to watch one of their videos, enjoy, and think….


Read what NBC news had to say: Rock band OK Go creates online resource to help educators teach science.


You may also want to visit the Playful Learning Lab to hear more about:

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Spice Up Canvas Life with H5P

Love Canvas but want to spice it up -- and for free? If so, look no further than H5P, a website that allows you to design interactive content to use online. It works quite nicely in Canvas since creations can be embedded directly into Content Pages using the HTML editor. Drag and drop, dialogue cards, image hotspots, image juxtaposition and more are just some of the available tools. Just click on the links to view examples and let us know if you need help!
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Learning on the Go

Check out Shukes and Giff The Podcast, started March 26th by two Canadian educators, Jen Giffen & Kim Pollishuke, who are sharing their EdTech treasures. This podcast is recommended by The Google Teacher Tribe Podcast, from Matt Miller and Kasey Bell, and so far listening is fun and easy. The first session even explains the software used to make the podcast - in case you want to give it a try. Each podcast contains something that’s Google and something that isn’t Google - so a nice variety! I subscribe to the podcasts and listen to them as I’m driving to work but then find myself visiting their websites to access the Show Notes (Show Notes from Episode 2) for easy access to the links mentioned in the podcasts. Enjoy!

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Summer is a Great Time for Learning: Upcoming Technology PD

The PD menu has moved to a new home inside My Learning Plan. FCPS staff can log into www.mylearningplan.com and click on Activities, and District Catalog to see what is currently being offered. New opportunities are being added now, but to find technology specific ones, just search by Technology.


Currently posted learning opportunities offered by the Office of Instructional Technology are listed below. (Some are open state-wide and are not listed in My Learning Plan.)

Makey Makey (For more information & to register click HERE)

Frederick Douglass High School

6/4/18

This fun hands-on workshop will give you the opportunity to learn how to teach Invention Literacy, Making, and Design Thinking using the award winning Makey Makey invention kit.


Microsoft Innovative Educator Trainer Academy (For more information & to register click HERE)

Frederick Douglass High School

6/5/18-6/6/18


This two-day in-depth training is designed exclusively for K-12 education teacher trainers responsible for delivering professional development training in their school districts.


Innovations for Learning Conference (For more information & to register www.fcps.net/ifl)

Date: 5/7/18

Frederick Douglass High School


The Innovations for Learning (IFL) Conference is a one day conference produced by the Office of Instructional Technology at Fayette County Schools. The conference focus is on innovative instructional strategies that engage students to improve learning through the use of technology.


Minecraft: Education Edition (more information & register HERE)

Frederick Douglass High School

6/8/18


One-day training to learn how to use Minecraft in your classroom to promote creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving.


TLC - T103: Technology - Google Level 1 Certification Bootcamp (Kelly Fischer)

Audience: K-12

Dates: 7/31/2018


A fast paced course to explore the core areas of G Suite for Education, designed to increase professional learning and leadership, efficiency in the classroom, student learning and creativity. All content is presented within the context of relevant use with students and teachers. This course is suited for teachers who are already familiar with and actively using G Suite applications and are interested in independently taking the Level 1 examination.


TLC - T104: Technology - Got Chromebooks? Get Kids Creating to Demonstrate Knowledge: Audio/Video Edition (Amy Johns)

Audience: 2-12

Dates: 7/31/2018


Are you looking for ways to increase student engagement and give students meaningful ways to demonstrate their knowledge? This session will focus on tools and resources students can use to demonstrate their learning through different types of video inspired projects that are perfect for Chromebooks. Come learn a few new tricks and leave inspired to challenge your students with something new this year.


TLC- T105: Technology - Got Chromebooks? Get Kids Creating to Demonstrate Knowledge: Visual Tools and Presentations Edition (Amy Johns)

Audience: 2-12

Dates: 7/31/2018


Are you looking for ways to increase student engagement and give students meaningful ways to demonstrate their knowledge? This session will focus on tools and resources students can use to demonstrate their learning through different types of visually inspired projects that are perfect for Chromebooks. Maybe it's getting more out of your student presentations or using new tools to let students visually demonstrate what they have learned. Come learn a few new tricks and leave inspired to challenge your students with something new this year.


TLC - W105: Technology - Go Digital with Formative Assessments! "Let the Robot Do the Grading!" (Jerry Broyles)

Audience: 2-12

Dates: 8/1/2018


Grading by hand is time intensive! Using scanning software to grade paper assessments is expensive and sometimes substandard! Learn how to create digital assessments that are easy to use and are interactive with our students! Creating online assessments is a breeze and so convenient! We will discuss best practices for assessing and choose tools which would be most beneficial. Google Forms, Quizizz and EdPuzzle will be used in this session.


TLC - W106: Technology - Google 101: Using Google in Your Classroom! (Jerry Broyles)

Audience: 2-12

Dates: 8/1/2018


All aboard the Google Train! Experience the basics of Google apps including Google Drive, Docs, and Slides. See Google Classroom in action and empower your students with Google Cast for Education. Check out the numerous applications for using Google Forms and learn how to engage your students and differentiate instruction with EdPuzzle


TLC - Th105: Technology - Got Chromebooks? Get Kids Creating to Demonstrate Knowledge: Audio/Video Edition (Amy Johns)

Audience: 2-12

Dates: 8/2/2018


Are you looking for ways to increase student engagement and give students meaningful ways to demonstrate their knowledge? This session will focus on tools and resources students can use to demonstrate their learning through different types of video inspired projects that are perfect for Chromebooks. Come learn a few new tricks and leave inspired to challenge your students with something new this year.


TLC - Th107: Technology -- Content, Collaboration, and Communication: Introduction to Using Canvas With Students (Paula Setser-Kissick)

Audience: 6-12

Dates: 8/2/2018


Kick start your Canvas courses with an introduction to this versatile learning management system. Learn how to add course content for students to access -- both in and out of the classroom -- create assignments for collecting coursework and providing feedback, and implement discussions and group collaborations to increase student interaction. To make this training even more valuable, select one of your classes, create an online folder with documents, videos, and other course materials before you arrive, and have it ready to go in Google Drive or OneDrive for this session! While we can't cover everything about this incredible tool in three hours, you'll leave knowing the basic skills needed to build a blended learning environment.


TLC - Th106: Technology - Got Chromebooks? Get Kids Creating to Demonstrate Knowledge: Visual Tools and Presentations Edition (Amy Johns)

Audience: 2-12

Dates: 8/2/2018


Are you looking for ways to increase student engagement and give students meaningful ways to demonstrate their knowledge? This session will focus on tools and resources students can use to demonstrate their learning through different types of visually inspired projects that are perfect for Chromebooks. Maybe it's getting more out of your student presentations or using new tools to let students visually demonstrate what they have learned. Come learn a few new tricks and leave inspired to challenge your students with something new this year.


TLC - Th108: Technology -- Keeping Parent Communication Classy with Google Sites and Adobe Spark! (Paula Setser-Kissick)

Audience: K-12

Dates: 8/2/2018


Easy? Attractive? Hmm ... easy? When it comes time to connect with parents, we know teachers are looking for that perfect blend of simplicity and professional appearance when it comes to an online tool. Well, look no further. Just gather your materials -- schedules, syllabus, classroom photos, written blurbs, etc. in a Google Drive -- and use those to build your new class website and first parent newsletter of the year during this session. It's the ultimate in killing two birds with one stone, and you'll leave feeling excited about your new communication platforms for 2018-19.


Technology - Dig Deeper with Canvas: Assignments, Speed Grader, and Quizzes (Paula Setser-Kissick)
Audience: K-12
Dates: 8/3/2018


Introductory training barely scratches the surface of the many incredible things Canvas can offer for blended learning. With this session, learn how to turn an assignment into a virtual copy machine with either Google Docs/Slides or Word/PowerPoint, use Speedgrader's markup tools to provide student feedback, and set up Quizzes with various options, such as adding images to answers. Bring your content or have it already uploaded to the Cloud so that you can use your own material while you practice.

Technology - Dream It. Build It: Canvas Work Session (Paula Setser-Kissick)

Audience: K-12
Dates: 8/3/2018

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