Information & Resources from the ADW Director for Ed Tech

2018-19 Educational Technology Survey Due Feb. 1, 2019

To be completed by the schools educational technology team and/or principal.

All Regions Educational Technology Educators Meeting Survey - Please complete

In preparation for our Spring all regions ed tech educators meeting, we have created a 3 question survey. Please save the date, March 29, 2019 from 9:30-2:30 at St. Columba School. We hope to see lots of new attendees as well as everyone who made it to the fall meeting. It is important as an educational technology educator that you take an active role in growing your PLN/PLC (professional learning network/community). Attending these meetings is just a piece of the puzzle. Please know that during our Spring Collaboration Days, we will NOT have our dedicated ed tech time together therefore, we hope you can make it on March 29th. In an effort to provide the most useful content possible, we are asking each of you to complete this brief form ASAP. We want our time together to be so enticing that your principals will be begging you to attend!


Thank you for all you do!

Teacher's Website - Educational Technology & sub pages

Be sure to check out the Educational Technology page and sub pages.

Do you have great ed tech things happening in your classroom and school? Share them and inspire others!

ADW principals and teachers have been sharing the creative ways their students are using ed tech to enhance learning. Check out what has been going on throughout the ADW here. Want to share? email pictures and details to Please be sure that all students have permission to have images of them posted on social media. Looking forward to hearing from you.
2019 Proposals

We Need YOU!

1 hour breakout session

Choose which day(s) you would like to present, no need to go to all 3 days!

ADW is calling on you to share your knowledge and expertise in one of the following topic areas.

Our goal is to have two presenters from every school!

Huge Shout Out

Teachers from the following ADW schools have already submitted at least one proposal!

Archbishop Neale School

Blessed Sacrament School

Holy Redeemer Catholic School, Kensington

Holy Trinity School

Our Lady of Victory School

Sacred Heart School

St. Bernadette School

St. Columba School

St. Elizabeth School

St. Francis International School

St. John the Evangelist, Clinton

St. Joseph's Regional Catholic School

St. Mary of the Assumption

St. Mary of the Mills

St. Mary's Rockville

San Miguel School

St. Peter’s School, Waldorf

St. Pius X Regional School

The Academy of Saint Matthias the Apostle

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ISTE + NCEA = ISTE Certified Educator Cohort

ISTE Certified Educator NCEA Partnership Opportunity

The Archdiocese of Baltimore in conjunction with NCEA is developing a cohort for administrators and teachers to become ISTE Certified Educators. This professional development opportunity is focused on pedagogy, based on the ISTE Standards and aligned to the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Schools. Participants will discover new and improved strategies to integrate pedagogically-driven practices into instruction. As part of the cohort, participants will attend a two day workshop on Thursday, March 14 and Friday, March 15, complete four self-paced e-learning courses and submit an e-portfolio demonstrating integration of ISTE Standards into practice. Participants will earn 2 in-service credits from Dominican University. We are inquiring to see if they can be used towards MSDE certification. Tuition is $595. If interested, please submit your intention by clicking on this link and completing the Google Form by February 1. If there is enough interest in this opportunity, the AOB Department of Catholic Schools will notify ISTE of our intention to participate and applicants of their acceptance in the cohort. Click for: more information about the program, a sample program syllabus, a slide presentation and a justification for using federal funds to support tuition. We are excited about this new opportunity! If you have additional questions, contact and

Collaborate Across Schools during #CSW19

Plan now for Catholic Schools Week! Interested in having your class(es) collaborate with other schools?? Sign up and contact other innovative teachers like yourself.

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When your students return to the classroom this month, try creating a #oneword for your class. Post their class #oneword on the board where they make great discussion topics for other classes. When you feel as thought you are getting off track or need a boost, students, and sometimes the teacher, can direct attention to the class #oneword as a point of encouragement.

Creating a class #oneword is a great way to encourage students to take part in developing and maintaining a positive classroom culture, while encouraging their classmates and teacher to be intentional in the learning environment.

Read More about #OneWord here - from @EdTechTeam January Newsletter

Join the Director for Educational Technology for some Springtime PD - Hope to see you there!

X-STEM 2019

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 9:30am to 3:00pm Walter E. Washington Convention Center Washington, DC. An Extreme STEM Symposium - presented by NCR - for middle through high school students aimed to empower and inspire kids about careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

CLICK HERE to register to attend X-STEM DC 2019. Advance registration is required! View the agenda and speaker line-up below.

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CSM - Digital Citizenship Curriculum Grades 3-8

These new and revised lessons, based on our original K–12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum, take on timely topics for school communities, support teachers with improved classroom tools, and prepare students to take ownership of their digital lives. Learn more.

They also have; edtech review & resources, professional development, recognition & community, privacy initiative, parent resources, and more.

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5 Things You Might Want to Do in February - From the @CoolCatTeacher

  1. Virtual Valentines - stay tuned for an upcoming 10-Minute Teacher Episode on this one. It teaches geographic awareness and cultural literacy. Micah Brown explained how this works in 2017 if you want to hear how a real teacher did this project.
  2. Random Acts of Kindness Day Feb 17, 2019 - plan your own ideas or use the RAK (Random ACt of Kindness Foundation) ideas. They also have a free cool calendar you can download that is pretty inspiring. Here is a post of 50 Random Acts of Kindness ideas. You can let kids choose from the list!
  3. The 2019 Traveling Mural Project - this project is over, but if you want to sign up to join Shannon McLintock Miller and her friends to collaborate, this is great to do.
  4. The Jason Project - students or teachers can sign up to apply to be a “Jason Argonaut” for some pretty incredible trips around the world to learn and explore.
You could use the Kindness Reminders that I’ve created. Use the code “newsletter” and get half off if you want these.


4 Ways to Use Seesaw (portfolios) From the @CoolCatTeacher

4 Ways to Use SeeSaw: Think About Portfolios for elementary students

SeeSaw is a fantastic alternative for elementary portfolios. Here are some resources showing how it is being used around the world:

  1. Elementary Portfolios with Seesaw
  2. Seesaw in the elementary music classroom
  3. An Australian Math Classroom is using SeeSaw
  4. Mr Robbo uses SeeSaw in PE

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Looking Past the Bells and Whistles of Ed Tech - Ed Circuit

Identifying the pedagogy in education technology choices

by Dr. Rod Berger

Featuring Andrea Kopp, NCEA.

Read the full article here:

INFY Makers Contest Opportunity

1.8.19 - 2.21.19

If you are a school, library, museum or youth organization looking to expand access to Maker-focused experiences for K-12 students! You could be one of 10 organizations to win a $10,000 grant. Additionally, winners may receive Maker professional development for two staff members during the Pathfinders Summer Institute 2019 and travel support to attend CrossRoads 2019, Infosys Foundation USA’s annual conference.

For more details click here, view last year's winners and check out the contest rules for this year.

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The Nifty Fifty - Science Spark (STEM)

The Nifty Fifty, a program of Science Spark, are a group of noted science and engineering professionals who fan out across the country to speak about their work and careers at various middle and high schools. Featuring some of the most inspiring role models in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, this signature program of the USA Science and Engineering Festival presents your students with the latest in green technology, engineering, human health and medicine, astronomy and space exploration, nanotechnology, computer science, and more. The Nifty Fifty program featured over 100 STEM role models and reached over 22,000 students during 2016-2018.

View this year’s list of participating speakers here.

During the 2018/2019 school year, Nifty Fifty speakers will visit schools in the Washington DC Metro area, and surrounding counties of Maryland and Virginia. Nifty Fifty events will take place during the months of February through April 2019. Schools must submit an application to be considered. There is no cost to participate!

Shannon Norris

Director for Educational Technology

Archdiocese of Washington, Catholic Schools Office