Washington Tech Tidbits

Washington School - May 4, 2015

The Kid Should See This

Rion Nakaya, a design director living in Oakland, CA, decided there’s just "so much science, nature, music, art, technology, storytelling and assorted good stuff out there" that kids haven’t seen. Together, with her 4 & 7 year olds, she has compiled over 1,900 smart & super-cool, “not-made-for-kids, but perfect for them” videos that can be watched in the classroom* or at home. Check out The Kid Should See This for some great video clips!


(*Don't forget to preview videos before showing them to your class!)

¡Feliz cinco de mayo!

Scholastic has organized a variety of resources and lessons to teach students about Mexican culture and history. A few of the resources involve web-based components; others are hands-on activities. There is something for everyone!

Summer Professional Growth Opportunities

Don't forget to check out District 64's Professional Growth Workshops for this summer. To browse through course descriptions and register, click here.


I am planning to teach the following 3 courses:

  • Creating Your Own Classroom Visuals - #286 (for art and middle school staff) (June 22-23)
  • K-2 iPad JumpStart - #288B (July 9)
  • Engaging Students with Autism - #291 (for K-8 ENCORE and specials teachers) (July 30)

Google's Education on Air Conference


The Education on Air virtual conference, sponsored by Google, will take place this Friday and Saturday (May 8-9). Day 1 keynote speakers include various education experts, such as LeVar Burton (host of Reading Rainbow), Lisa Bodell (author of Kill the Company), and many more.


Day 2 offers over 100 educator sessions that will give you tools and techniques you can put to work immediately in your classroom.


Click here to view the agenda and register.

Green Screen Schedule

Please select the links below to view endangered animal reports written by Mrs. Kotis' 4th grade class.


Part 1 (8:46)

Part 2 (8:23)


Upcoming Tapings:

May 5: Kucharski

May 12: Sammons

May 19: DiLegge

May 26: Govis

June 2: Johnson


*Dates indicate days in which announcements are TAPED. They will air the following Monday.