DTL e-Digest

Technology Tips & Strategies

January 2020

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Promises from Digital Teaching & Learning Team

As we enter a new year, many of us will make “promises to ourselves” called resolutions for 2020. The DTL team has made their resolutions and our goal is to stick these as non-negotiables.

We will serve our schools by giving them our best, every time, every day.

  1. We will seek to understand first before we provide feedback or become defensive.

  2. We will focus on making sure our schools see technology as the excelerator of learning and not as an obstacle or deterrent to learning.

  3. We will have each other’s back at all times.

  4. We will ensure that the customer service culture is apparent at all times.

Please be on the lookout for our mid-year satisfaction surveys to help us stay accountable to these and to serving our schools.

Have a great rest of the year,


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Lacy Graham, English Teacher, Troutman Middle School

January 2020 Teacher Spotlight | Lacy Graham
Nominate an Innovative Teacher

Open this form to nominate a colleague for the Teacher Spotlight who is doing some innovative instructure for students.

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Flippity is a great tool that allows you to create a variety of games and activities from Google Spreadsheets templates. This easy to use site allows you to quickly create activities such as quiz shows, scavenger hunts, flash cards, word scrambles, mad libs, crosswords and more.

Find out more at TeachingForward’s site

Transform Google Sheets into Amazing Activities with Flippity

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For those who use Canvas, you can easily embed a Google spreadsheet that uses Flippity activities so that students can engage directly in Canvas Page without going to an external site. Watch the video that illustrates how to use an iFrame Generator to generate an embed code for any Google document, including spreadsheets, that can then be embedded directly on a Canvas Page.
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Did You Know - you can lock individual Notes on your MacBook, iPad, or iPhone? A lot of people keep personal information in a Note, so make sure it is protected - - Lock it! Click here to find out how.

Become an Apple Teacher - Remember the Apple Teacher program is free and always available to anyone with an Apple ID. You can choose the Mac, iPad, or Swift Playgrounds path! We even have an iQuest Course for the Apple Teacher for Mac to help guide you through the program.

Apple Coaching Cycles - Please contact Jackie Parker or Susan Pope if your school would be interested in participating in a coaching cycle where we plan - co-teach - reflect together! Recent teachers and classes that have participated have demonstrated their learning by creating some amazing products.

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START Your IQuest Learning Journey in 2020!!

Earn micro-credentials and CEUs through I-SS iQuest Online Professional Learning hub.

What are Micro-Credentials?

Micro-credentials promote learning by doing where educators demonstrate competency in a specific skill. To earn a micro-credential, educators must apply their learnings in their practice, collect evidence, and demonstrate their competence.

Choose from 14 Micro-credential stacks (a collection of micro-credentials centered around a single topic or category).

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From the above Stacks, you can participate in 30+ micro-credentials.

Watch the video below to begin your journey. Participation is simple.

I-SS IQuest OPL Opportunities
Go to iQuest Web Page to Get Started

Complete enrollment form, view the micro-credential catalog, self-enroll in an micro-credential stack, begin participating.

Other Learning & Growing Opportunities (Outside of I-SS)

  1. D.I.G into Schoolnet: The Digital Implement Guide for Schoolnet is a Canvas course created by the Homebase group at NCDPI. You can self-enroll in this course by click on link and use it build your Schoolnet capacity to leverage learning with your students.

  2. Friday Institute MOOCeds: Massive Open Online Courses are offered by the Friday Institute. These free courses allow educators to learn on a variety of topics. These courses are self-paced and will award contact and participation hours for CEUs. There are ten courses to choose from.

  3. Microcredentials with the Digital Promise: Get started exploring and learning. There are a variety of Microcredentials to choose from. Learn. Grow. Share with Digital Promise.

  4. Canvas.Net: Canvas.Net is a catalog of professional learning covering a wide range of topics (content and curriculum, blended learning, to languages). Teachers and Administrators can search the entire catalog.

  5. NCCAT Online Professional Learning Catalog: NCCAT offers a range of free online professional learning for teachers. Check out the Catalog and choose the learning experience based on need.

  6. NCWiseOwl Webinars: Five NCWiseOwl Gale Webinars are available. All webinars offer CEUs from GALE including full viewing of recorded webinars and alignment to the NC Digital Learning Competencies. Detailed descriptions for each webinar are located in the NCWO Toolkit on the Professional Learning Page. Gale also houses recorded webinars and registration as a service for NC.

    AUDIENCE: Teachers, Instructional Coaches, School Library Media, Instructional Technology, Other Certified Support Staff.

    January 21, 2020, 3:30-4:15 PM - REGISTER for NCWiseOwl: Using Gale Resources for IBL and PBL

    February 18,-2020, 3:30-4:15 PM - REGISTER for Support STEM with your NCWiseOwl Gale Resources

    March 10, 2020, 7-7:45 PM - REGISTER for NCWiseOwl: Gale Resources and Tools for EL and SPED Students

    April 14, 2020, 3:30-4:15 PM - REGISTER for CTE and your Gale Resources from NCWiseOwl
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The Canvas of Things

Read about the latest updates, new releases, tips, and strategies related to Canvas.

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#GoOpenNC & OER are NOW Here!!!

Click on the #GoOpenNC app from your NCEdCloud list of applications to begin exploring and sharing.
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The Platform

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#GoOpenNC is open educational resource (OER) platform where teachers reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute content. Here, you can curate, create, and share.

You are now part of the OER community of practice. Search the collections, create a Hub, join a Group. Add lesson plans, articles, videos, and other openly licensed material to the My Items section. All resources are open licensed and free to use.

#GoOpenNC is created by teachers and for teachers. A myriad of resources are added daily.

What is the Difference Between Chrome Apps & Chrome Extensions?

Chrome App Or Chrome Extension, What's The Difference?

Must Have Chrome Extensions for Teachers

Are there Chrome extensions to which you want students to have access?

Chrome extensions are such powerful tools to leverage student learning. Currently, students do not have the ability to add Extensions. If there are extensions you would like to use for instructional purposes, submit the following request form.
Request Chrome Extensions for Students

Submit a student Chrome extension request using this form.

Digital Citizenship

Common Sense Media has launched NEW Digital Citizenship Curriculum. And it is Free to use with students and parents. The curriculum covers six competencies: Media & Balance, Privacy & Security, Digital Footprint & Identity, Relationships & Communication, Cyberbullying, Digital Drama, & Hate Speech, and News & Media Literacy.

Explore! Discuss! Create! Model!

Here is a sneak peak of three lesson plans for elementary, middle, and high:

1st Grade - Privacy & Security - Internet Traffic Light

7th Grade - News & Media Literacy - Four Factors of Fair Use

10th Grade - Digital Footprint & Identity - Curated Lives

Websites and Other Resources for Teachers and Students

10 Ways to Use Technology in the Math Classroom

From Kasey Bell at Shake Up Learning

Videos from the Teaching Channel

Engage with other practitioners to improve your practice and impact student learning. Videos offer strategies and additional resources.

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Three Rules to Spark Learning

It took a life-threatening condition to jolt chemistry teacher Ramsey Musallam out of ten years of "pseudo-teaching" to understand the true role of the educator: to cultivate curiosity. In a fun and personal talk, Musallam gives 3 rules to spark imagination and learning, and get students excited about how the world works.

3 rules to spark learning | Ramsey Musallam
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