ITLS Newsletter

March 20, 2015

Hwy 21 Presenters Needed: Our 7th annual Highway 21 Conference will be here before you know it. We want YOU to present at this year’s conference! Come share your best practices and collaborate with other educators. Presentations for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level users all welcome. For more information, click here!

If you are trying to decide what to present, Google stuff is huge. If you love add ons we know many people don't even know how amazing and fun they are! Any integration ideas for using Google would be great.

April Meeting Preparation: We will be spending a chunk of time sharing data pertaining to how you assessed your students’ digital literacy skills this year. Please bring examples of student work that demonstrate digital literacy skills.

Please consider the following questions

  • Which students did you assess and which Digital Literacy Skills does the assessment measure?

  • How did you choose the assessment?

  • How does the student work you brought in demonstrate their proficiency in Digital Literacy?

  • How did you collect the data? (After classroom teacher assessed? separate from project assessment? formative and summative?)

We will be using the Atlas protocol to examine student work. Link to Atlas protocol Info for more information.

DL/TL Showcase Presentations: We will be continuing the DL/TL showcase at our April meeting, so be ready to talk about your slide if we have not covered it already.

April Meeting Optional Afternoon Session Agenda: If you choose to attend the afternoon session on 4/14, you will have the opportunity to attend 3 one hour sessions of your choice as listed below:

1. Collaboration


-inquiry project exemplars - mini lessons, etc.

-examples of tech integration

2. Destiny

3. Folletshelf

4. Doctopus & Goobric

5. Middle School only: Worldbook Screencast Work Time

If you have not filled out the form letting us know if you are coming to the optional afternoon session, please do so through this form link.

Use Khan, Get Classroom Money!

Here is an opportunity for classroom teachers to get some funding just for using Khan Academy.


CCBA books and Mackin: CCBA winners and nominees were just announced and this list is available on under Title Lists: CCBA tomorrow. They will also be providing an additional discount. They just added 2 FREE new ebook Promotions this week. Go to My MackinVIA: Promotions and activate these!

From Your Peers

Google Calendar Apple app: From Tricia, If anyone is interested in having Google Calendar on their iPhone/iPad, Apple finally released an app for it yesterday. You can add multiple accounts (work/personal), and you can turn off and on calendars.

Here's the link to download:

More info:

Disclaimer: Thanks to everyone who has been so willing to share resources and ideas. We have tried to consolidate your great work in this newsletter in an effort to give you an easy way to track back and find what your peers have suggested. Although we are using the newsletter to distribute many different ideas, we have not taken those through any type of formal approval process. We have not contacted IT to determine whether the tool(s) and/or resource(s) meet their standards nor have we obtained input from district content leaders. Please know that as we share your ideas and suggestions we do so as part of an effort to make your jobs easier, but those resources and suggestions are not "officially" part of any Adams 12 curriculum. The approval/"sanctioning" process will be ironed out in the near future, but for now everything we include in this newsletter are ideas and suggestions for your consideration. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Julie.