Weekly Buzz

What's buzzing at Franklin in tech this week

Classroom Spotlight

Tech Club at Sandycreek

Sandycreek Elementary students have been staying after school on Tuesdays to work with Tech Club coordinator Ashley Staples to work on creative technology projects. Her students are creating movies in iMovie on iPads and also creating characters and stories in the coding website Scratch. The goal is to present their awesome technology in the Sandycreek Talent Show coming up next month!

Shifting to Flipped Instruction

There is still LOTS of space left if you would like to attend the Flip Your Instruction - Make it Happen meeting being held on Wednesday, April 2 at the middle school after student dismissal. Please RSVP using the space below.

Flip Your Instruction - Make It Happen

Wednesday, April 2nd, 3:30pm

246 Pone Ln

Franklin, PA

This will be the first meeting of Franklin's pioneer flipping instruction group. Meeting will be held at the middle school immediately following student dismissal.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Classroom Collaboration

If you have an activity planned, would like assistance with one, or would like some ideas, please feel free to contact me using the Tech Training Form, emailing me at zacherle@fasd.k12.pa.us or calling me at 432-2121 ext. 142. I would love to hear from you!

What We Learned

Flipping Early Learning Centers

On Tuesday, March 11 teachers from grades K, 1 and 2 joined Holly Johnson at Sandycreek Elementary to watch a webinar together about flipping their early learning centers. We learned just as much through the webinar as we did from the chance to collaborate with each other! The webinar was presented by three awesome specialists and educators, including two classroom teachers who are applying the theory and succeeding in flipping early learning instruction in the classroom: Stacy Hawthorne, Strategist for the Evergreen Education Group and President-elect of ISTE SIGAdmin; Chelsey Eminger, Instructional/Technology Coach at Mentor Public Schools and Jolene Speckman, 2nd grade teacher in the Medina City School District. The presenters explained some of the benefits to flipped stations, including that when the students get to a station, they will hear and see your instructions. This allows the students to repeat or speed through directions as needed and also freed you to work with small groups or individual students. It's the perfect mix of flipped instruction and stations! If you ever see a webinar listed down below in the 'Looking Ahead' section that you want to watch, but don't want to watch it by yourself, just let me know! I am always up for learning something new!

Add-Ons in Google Docs

Have you noticed the new Add-Ons tab in Google Docs? Earlier this week Google launched add-ons—new tools created by developer partners that give you even more features in your documents and spreadsheets. To browse through add-ons for Docs and Sheets, select Get add-ons in the Add-ons menu of any open document or spreadsheet. Once you install an add-on it will become available across all of your documents or spreadsheets and you can start using it right away. Note that add-ons for spreadsheets are only available in the new Google Sheets. Check out the short tutorial below.
Add-ons for Google Docs & Sheets

YouTube Safety Mode

YouTube is filled with wonderful videos that could enhance a lesson or provide remediation or enrichment to students. However, since YouTube is open to anyone from anywhere, the videos can be a mixed bag. To get the safest possible browsing experience for you and your classroom, go to the bottom of the screen of any YouTube page and click the 'Safety' tab (it is the third gray tab from the bottom left). Select the 'On' option to enable the safety feature. Safety Mode is an opt-in setting that helps screen out potentially objectionable content that you may prefer not to see or don't want others in your family or classroom to stumble across while enjoying or learning on YouTube. You can think of this as a parental control setting for YouTube.

Looking Ahead

Check for updates each week so that you don't miss out!


On Saturday, April 5 edcampPGH is happening from approximately 8:30am - 5:00ish at the Ellis School in Pittsburgh. edcampPHG is a form of unconfence designed specifically for teachers and their needs. What makes edcampPGH an unconference? Unlike traditional conferences which have schedules set months in advance by the people running the conference, edcampPGH has an agenda that's created by the participants at the start of the event. Instead of one person standing in the front of the room talking for an hour, people are encouraged to have discussions and hands-on sessions. Sponsors don't have their own special sessions or tables, all of the space and time are reserved for the things the people want to talk about. Check out more details at the edcampPGH site by clicking here. I am definitely going to this FREE and LAID BACK event. If you want to join me, let me know and we can ride down together.

Upcoming PD Webinars

Twitter Chat of the Month

Participating in Twitter chats is a great way to build up your PLN (Professional Learning Network). Create an account and start building! The chat I am highlighting this month can be found under #flipclass . On Monday nights teachers and administrators gather for #flipclass at 8pm Eastern Standard Time. This chat lasts until 9pm. Exchange ideas, resources and best practices with enthusiastic educators participating in the flipped classroom movement. At the time and date, go to Twitter and search for #flipclass. The fun part is developing virtual friendships with folks from all over the globe.

CCSS Resources

PD Pad

There are so many great resources out there, it is difficult to narrow it down to three each week. In a way to get you as many resources as possible, I have created a website to send new resources to daily. If you would like to receive these new resources to support your needs in the classroom, please go to the the site and sign up for updates to be sent directly to your email. You will only receive a daily email if I bookmark a new resource. No new resource, no email for you. I highly recommend that you sign up to receive the latest and greatest resources! Visit the PD Pad and sign up today!

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