DTL e-Digest

Technology Tips & Strategies

October 2019

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This month we want to focus on the media center of the future. As we delve into Future Ready and what that may look like for Iredell-Statesville Schools, we need to create a vision document and guiding principles related to the value-add that our Media Centers bring to the teaching and learning process. These principles were gleaned from a national think-tank seeking to re-define the role of the media center in the Future Ready School. Take some time to read through and provide feedback in your PLCs and SIT teams!


  • Principle 1: The library media program is essential to learning and teaching and must be fully integrated into the curriculum to promote students’ achievement of learning goals.

  • Principle 2: The information literacy standards for student learning are integral to the content and objectives of the school’s curriculum.

  • Principle 3: The library media program models and promotes collaborative planning and curriculum development.

  • Principle 4: The library media program models and promotes creative, effective, and collaborative teaching.

  • Principle 5: Access to the full range of information resources and services through the library media program is fundamental to learning.

  • Principle 6: The library media program encourages and engages students in reading, viewing, and listening for understanding and enjoyment.

  • Principle 7: The library media program supports the learning of all students and other members of the learning community who have diverse learning abilities, styles, and needs.

  • Principle 8: The library media program fosters individual and collaborative inquiry.

  • Principle 9: The library media program integrates the uses of technology for learning and teaching.

  • Principle 10: The library media program is an essential link to the larger learning community. Information and technology skills are most meaningful when learned within a subject area, within an interdisciplinary unit, or within a unit which addresses an authentic, real-life need or problem.


CORE VISION/VALUE PROPOSITION


Students must be prepared to access, evaluate, select, and apply the appropriate information to meet their educational, personal, and recreational needs. Students must be prepared to acquire materials and resources to meet their current and lifelong needs. They will need to know how to access, evaluate and choose from a constantly changing and growing reservoir of information for educational, personal, and recreational purposes.

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Lindsay Alford, 2nd Grade Teacher, Celeste Henkel

DTL October Teacher Spotlight 2019 Lindsay Alford
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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What is Jig Space?


JigSpace is a platform where teachers and students can explore and share interactive 3D knowledge for everything. In other words, JigSpace allows teachers and students to see a step-by-step interactive 3D breakdown of a complex idea, product, and phenomenon, in order to understand how they happen, operate or work.

JigSpace - We Learn Better in 3D
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How Do I Get JigSpace?

Available in the Apple App Store for iOS devices (iPad and iPhone)

Available in the Microsoft store for Windows devices

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Elementary Apple Vanguard Cohorts - starting November 19, 2019 - there are still a few seats available - sign up here


Apple Classroom - Elementary Teachers - Apple Classroom can be a GAME CHANGER when managing multiple iPads in your classroom. It allows you, from your teacher iPad, to monitor what the students are doing on their iPads, send them directly to an app and lock them in if you choose, share lesson templates with them and then they can send it back to you. Contact your DTL Coaches, Jackie Parker (jparker) and Susan Pope (sjpope) if you would like some help getting it set up on your classroom iPads.


Apple Coaching Cycles - Contact the Digital Teaching & Learning Coaches if your school is interested in participating in a Coaching Cycle. Your Digital Teaching & Learning Coaches can come guide your teachers through a coaching cycle. The cycles consist of 3 days together: Day 1 planning together, Day 2 co-teaching and Day 3 reflecting on the lesson and technology integration.


Pages, Keynote, Numbers, iMovie, GarageBand - Did you know these applications come preloaded onto to your MacBooks? We get in the habit of using what we are familiar with like G Suite apps. These Apple Apps allow for so much more creativity! A great way to learn how to use them is by participating in the Apple Teacher program. It’s FREE, completely self-paced, and online. You can even earn Digital Teaching Competency credit through our iQuest Online Professional Learning.

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Launch Your Learning Journey with iQuest

Full courses and Micro-credentials are available.
IQuest OPL Opportunities

Other Learning & Growing Opportunties

  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.
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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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Coming December 2019: #GoOpenNC & OER

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Have you heard about the NC open educational resources initiative? Open educational resources (OER) are resources for students and teachers that are licensed to permit users to reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute the content. Imagine a space where a community of North Carolina educators can come together to curate, create, and share OER! That’s what GoOpenNC is all about!


GoOpenNC is the name of the OER initiative here in North Carolina, and it’s also the name of the platform where NC educators can become part of this OER community of practice as they find, develop, and share instructional materials. The platform will be available for all teachers in late December / early January, but you have an opportunity to join the community now!

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Designed for Administrators

Google has launched a new resource to transform the learning culture of schools. Visit the Transformation Center to explore the Framework: From Vision to Sustainability to Professional Learning. This framework aligns beautifully to the DLCs for Administrators.


Sign-in, explore, collect resources, and share your own ideas.

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!

Are you a #DigCit Champion?

Follow #DigCit on Twitter to join the conversation. Learn from other educators about being a #DigCit champion. Grab ideas to share with students and families.


Here are two great resources for you, your students, and parents.

5 Quick Video Activities for Middle School

Find these and other great resources on Common Sense Media.

Getting Families Onboard with Digital Citizenship

Find this and other great resources on Common Sense Media.

#DigCit Kahoots for Your Classroom

Use these Kahoots in your classroom to have purposeful conversations about #DigCit.

Access the Full Digital Citizenship Curriculum

Free Lessons for All Grade Levels which include videos, handouts, assessments, & family actvities.

20 Youtube Channels for Educators

Podcast by Subject Area

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What Adults can Learning from Kids/

Educators have the unique and powerful opportunity to empower youth. This TED Talk by child prodigy Adora Svitak is a fun look at how working with and uplifting children can change your perspective on life and education.

What adults can learn from kids | Adora Svitak
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From Michael Scott

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