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Digital Teaching and Learning @PCHS │ November 27, 2017

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The Culture We Create

Students feel valued when they feel safe and feel that they've been heard. It's within that environment that they are free to take risks and grow. The same is true for educators.

George Couros (The Innovator's Mindset) says, "the culture we create for our staff is also essential because it trickles down to our students... If we want educators and students to be excited to come to school each day, we have to create an environment where they feel valued. Feeling valued doesn't mean that we don't have flaws and weaknesses; it is just that we do not start from that point."

At Pine Creek High School we have collaborative teams that are engaged in team building and collaborative work to develop that environment. This isn't a box to be checked, but an ongoing process supported by Learning Leaders, Instructional Coaches, Department Chairs, and Administration. The process in which we are engaged is an exciting one. The path may not be straight, but it has direction and support. For this I am thankful and I am excited for what we can achieve.


Click here for more on student voice.

Click here for more on taking risks.

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Google Forms, More Than a Survey Tool

We're all accustomed to taking surveys using Google Forms, but that's only one possibility for this tool! Forms can be used for reflective feedback, quizzes, exit tickets, and scavenger hunts just to name a few additional ideas. It's a great tool for gathering data and hearing your students' voice.

Stop by during either lunch on Thursday or Friday for a Tool Time quick look into the features that make these options possible. No need to bring a device!

Tool Time

This week's workshop is on the tool Google Forms. Stop by the Collaboration Room Tuesday during either lunch or Wednesday during B lunch.

Tool Time Workshops

Tool Time Workshops are 15 minutes of testing out a new tool that meets a pedagogical need. They start 5 minutes after lunch starts and end before lunch is over allowing you time to get your lunch, stop by the collaboration room, have some hands-on time with a new tool, eat your lunch, and get back to your next class. No need to bring a device, I'll have some ready for you to use. If you want more time with the tool, we'll figure that out together.

#30DaysofThankfulness at PCHS

What are you thankful for? Let's share and celebrate those moment, people, and things that bring joy and thankfulness into our lives!

Click on our Padlet link below and add a picture, share a thought, share a video or send your photo or text to me to post. Let's celebrate together!

Feel free to follow my own personal journey of thankfulness on my #GratitudeSnaps Padlet. Are you on Twitter? Follow #GratitudeSnaps to see what others are sharing. There's a lot for us to be thankful for!

Which Digital Tools are You Using?

We've had a lot of freedom at Pine Creek regarding the tools we choose to use. We'd like to continue having you, the experts, continue to be the ones choosing the tools your students use. That's why we are asking you to partner with us.

Partner with us and help us ensure your tools are approved and ready for to use when you need them. PLAN AHEAD. Visit Pine Creek's Resource List; it includes the resources submitted by you. Don't see the one you'd like to use? Visit the District database. Still don't see your resource? Fill out the Digital Tool Application and we'll get it submitted to District IT for approval. Once the tool is approved, we'll update our list and inform you. This process takes time, especially if a purchase needs to be made.

Please be patient with us and the District as we embark on this new process. The District database is continually being updated as is our own resource list. Our goal is to ensure you have the resources you need while protecting our students' privacy.

Have questions? Contact anyone of your Digital Resource Team members, Susan, Sasha or Steve.

What can your Digital Learning Coach do for you?

  • Share with you what tools we have available to you and your students
  • Show you how to use the tools we have
  • Push out course-specific apps to you and your students
  • Co-teach with you so that you can focus on the content and I can focus on the tool and any digital issues
  • Trouble-shoot issues, iPad and Desktop
  • Share our Vision and what it means as we travel down the road towards making that it real
  • Help you plan and reflect on lessons using digital tools
  • Provide Digital Citizenship tips and resources

I'm here to serve you!