Jan. 2014 Tech Tidbits

TPS Instructional Technology

Digital Learning Day - Feb. 5, 2014

Digital Learning Day 2014 is a nationwide celebration of innovative teachers and common-sense, effective applications of digital learning in America’s schools that support teachers, improve learning, and provide options for students to achieve at their highest potential. All fifty states, the District of Columbia, hundreds of districts of all sizes, thousands of schools, and tens of thousands of teachers are planning activities and events, offering lessons, and trying something new this year. This grassroots momentum serves as a powerful megaphone for highlighting successful models, great teaching practice, and effective uses of technology to improve learning for all students.

Learn more on Feb. 5th at a special event at our Professional Development Center (PDC) from 3:00-6:00. More details will be coming over the next few weeks about the event and how you can participate. Can’t wait? Call TPSIT (Instructional Technology) at 253-571-3541, visit our website at www.tpsit.org or the Digital Learning Day website at www.digitallearningday.org.

Student-Made Tutorials

Create New Document in Student SkyDrive

Emily Bannon worked with a small group of students from Sara Cooper's 4th grade class at Pt. Defiance to create video tutorials to assist the rest of the class. These videos will also assist students and staff across the district as they begin using our new Microsoft SkyDrive system for cloud storage, document creation, email, and more. Here's a look at the first video created by the 4th graders:

SkyDrive Create New Doc

Common Core and Atomic Learning

Most teachers are probably aware that if you have a technology question, answers are available 24/7 at Atomic Learning which is available to all TPS students and staff.

In addition to providing 24/7 video support to answer tech questions, Atomic Learning also provides workshops, projects and Common Core – Professional Development.

Teachers from around the country produced the Common Core Series. Join Tabitha, Tim, Catlin, Deb, Cindy, Donna, and Jody on their journey to incorporate Common Core in their classrooms.

New Functionality in TAC

There are a few new features that have been added to TAC. The new functionality has been documented and posted to the SharePoint site (in the New TAC Features folder) at:


New functionality includes:

  • Automatically save changes in Gradebook Entry
  • Custom Views for Class Roster & Gradebook Pages
  • Add Performance Trend to Gradebook
  • Edit All for Assignment Updates
  • Create Seating Chart for non-Attendance Class
  • Browser Print for Seating Chart

Please take a look at the documentation and contact our eSchoolPLUS Help Desk if you have any questions. 571-HELP or ESPlus@tacoma.k12.wa.us

Standards Crosswalk - CCSS & Ed Tech

OSPI has an online Crosswalk tool that allows you to select your grade level(s), CCSS ELA standards, and provides examples of related Assessments, Digital Tools, and Lesson Ideas. http://k12.wa.us/EdTech/Standards/edtechcoresubjects/CCSS-Crosswalk.aspx

(from OSPI - http://k12.wa.us/EdTech/Standards/edtechcoresubjects/CCSS.aspx)

"Our crosswalk documents the alignment between representative learning goals from Washington’s Educational Technology Standards and the Common Core State Standards for ELA. Although teachers can integrate hardware and software into their practice as students work to meet the CCSS standards for ELA and mathematics, the primary purpose of the educational technology standards is to support student thinking skills. For this reason, we did not include examples where technology might support student practice, such as reinforcing phonics skills."

Hour of Code--Battle of the books--12/16/13

Upcoming Tech Classes

Jan. 6: Cameras in the Classroom Using Photoshop Basics w/Lance Cadena

Jan. 7: Webmaster PLC w/Jack Leiman

Jan. 7 & 14: Creating w/iPads w/Emily Bannon & Ryan Booth

Jan. 8: Adobe Premiere in the Classroom w/Lance Cadena

Jan. 9: Camtasia Studio-Classroom & Staff Dev. Tutorials w/Jack Leiman

Jan. 13: Cameras in the Classroom Using Photoshop Intermediate w/Lance Cadena

Jan. 13: Lesson Planning w/SMART Notebook w/Sherri Desseau (at NE Tacoma)

Jan. 15: Camera in the Classroom Using Premiere Intermediate w/Lance Cadena

Jan. 16: TPS Online Resources for Communicating w/Students & Parents w/Sherri Desseau

Jan. 21 & 23: Powerful Presentations w/Jack Leiman

Jan. 22: Gamify Your Classroom PLC w/Ryan Booth & Damond Crump

Jan. 23: Effective Teaching & Presenting w/Your iPad w/Sherri Desseau

Jan. 28: 20+ Classroom Tools You Can Use in Your Classroom Tomorrow w/Ryan Booth

Jan. 30: Digital Storytelling w/Photos & Audio w/Emily Bannon & Kristie Stanek

Feb. 3: TPS Online Resources for Communicating w/Students & Parents w/Sherri Desseau (at NE Tacoma)

Feb. 4: Webmaster PLC w/Jack Leiman

Feb. 6: Google Maps & Google Earth for Teachers w/Ryan Booth

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