Nov. Tech News
TPS Instructional Technology, 2015-16
MinecraftEDU in Middle School Libraries
Librarian Professional Development Charter
Review 360 and Rethink
Student Services is utilizing 2 different online systems for many of our students receiving specially designed instruction. Rethink is being used in 12 of our self-contained autism classrooms. This system provides a large library of resources for the teachers, as well as means to collect and maintain data for students individual goals. Review 360 is an online system being used in our LTC classrooms for students with behavior disabilities. This system provides an extremely easy to use means for creating learning plans, collecting and maintaining data as to the students’ progress on behavioral goals. Sherri Desseau oversees both of these systems for Student Services.
Hour of Code: December 7-13, 2015
Bring computer science to your school. Start with an Hour of Code.
Computers are everywhere, but fewer schools teach computer science than 10 years ago. Good news is, we’re on our way to change this. If you heard about the Hour of Code last year, you might know it made history. In the first Hour of Code, 15 million students tried computer science. Last year, that number increased to 60 million students! The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. Sign up to host an Hour of Code this December 7-13 during Computer Science Education Week. To add your school to the map, go to https://hourofcode.com/us
F1 for Help in Microsoft Office
In any Microsoft Office program (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.), the Help menu is available in the upper right corner with the ? icon, or just press F1 on your keyboard. You can browse topics or use the search box with key words. Step-by-step directions and even some video tutorials are available in the Help menu.
Upcoming Tech Classes
This list contains just some of the TPS technology classes. Review the PD calendar for a full list of upcoming classes. Registration is required at least 48 hours prior to start date.
11/02, The Apprehensive User, Learning the Basics of Microsoft Word
11/02, Microsoft Sway
11/02, OneNote for the Secondary Humanities Classroom
11/05, MinecraftEdu PLC
11/09, Creating Interactive Lessons with SMART Notebook
11/12, OneNote: An Intro to Digital Notebooks (online)
11/12, Outlook: Mail, Ribbon & Quick Steps (online)
11/12, Game Based Lesson Planning PLC
11/16, Excel: Working with Data
11/17, Office 365 to Support Collaboration (online)
11/17, Computer Essentials: Conquering the Fear Factor
11/17, Interactive Projector & SMART Notebook Overview
11/19, Another 20+ Classroom Tools
11/19, Outlook: Contacts & Calendars (online)
12/01, OneNote: An Intro to Digital Notebooks (online)
12/03, The Apprehensive User: Learning the Basics of Microsoft Word
12/03, MinecraftEdu PLC
12/08, Computer Essentials: Conquering the Fear Factor
12/10, Game Based Learning PLC
12/10, Interactive Projector & SMART Notebook Overview
12/10, Excel: Formulas and Functions
12/17, 20+ Classroom Tools You Can Use in Your Classroom Tomorrow
FYI regarding types of classes listed on the PD Calendar:
- School-based - Registration for a specific building
- Invitation Only - Registration for a specific group/target audience (ex. Occupational Therapists)
Reminder: There are required District Directed Trainings available online from the SafeSchools Training portal for topics such as Boundary Invasion and Workplace Bullying. Once logged in, you’ll see a list of options and when they are due for you to complete. From the Professional Development website, look for the “SafeSchools” link.