Weekly Buzz

What's buzzing at Franklin in tech this week

Classroom Spotlight

NPAECT Extra Mile Awards Dinner in Edinboro

The Franklin Area School District’s Tech Department was awarded The Extra Mile Award presented on behalf of the PAECT and NPAECT on Thursday, April 10, 2014 in Edinboro, PA. This award was presented in recognition of their contribution to the advancement of technology in our schools. They were nominated by Ann Black. In the picture from left to right: Ron Bennett, (Secretary/Treasurer of NPAECT and Treasurer of PAECT), Scott Armburger (Tech Director), Randy Stachelrodt (Network Technician), Anna Benvenuti (Computer Specialist), Darlene Eakin (Tech Aide), Connie Sitterley (NPAECT President), and Chris Cunningham (Computer Specialist). Congratulations team! In the short time that I have had the privilege to work with you all, I have been amazed at the knowledge, patience and determination that this department possesses. Each of you are truly invaluable and I could not do my job without you! Thank you for all you do each and everyday to keep us going.

Technology Talents on Display

On Wednesday, April 9 Sandycreek Elementary held their annual Evening of the Arts. This year the Tech Club wanted to display art through multimedia technology. Members of the club used iMovie or Scratch to express themselves. The videos were a hit! Take a look at them below! Great job, Sandycreek!
Super Spectacular Sandycreek
Spooky Side of Sandycreek

Shifting to Flipped Instruction

The next meeting of our future flippers will be held on Wednesday, May 7 at 3:30 in the Middle School. Even if you could not make the first meeting, please consider attending this one. The more, the merrier! Please RSVP below. To compile what we share throughout this process I have created a LiveBinder that you can access here: Flipped Classroom LiveBinder. In this binder you will find resources, professional development opportunities, creation tools and much more to assist you as you take on this shift in instruction. I hope to see you at the next meeting!

Flip Your Instruction - Make It Happen

Wednesday, May 7th, 3:30pm

246 Pone Ln

Franklin, PA

This will be the second 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


On Saturday, April 5 Ann Black, Victory 4th grade teacher Kathy Elkin and myself attended edcampPGH held at the Ellis School in Pittsburgh. The Ellis School is an independent school for girls in grades 3-12. This was a great day of professional development. When we arrived in the morning attendees were signing up on a board with sticky notes to be presenters during the day. The topics ranged from 3D printing labs to TouchCast to creating your own edcamp. The best part was the collaborative nature of the day. These are not "sit-and-get" sessions, but rather collaborative conversations between the facilitator of the room and other conference attendees. For example, I attended a session on TouchCast. The teacher presenting shared how she was using it in her high school classes and then wanted me to share how Franklin is using it. I shared how Central and Tammy Powell's tech club are using it to create a weekly broadcast of great things happening around the school. Then the room was full of excitement, questions and possibilities. It was truly a great day that I am looking forward to again.

First Flipped Workshop

On Wednesday, April 2 the first meeting was held on the flipped classroom model. The conversation began with how to create content and share it with students. Once the content is created and shared the big question then becomes - what do I do with my students during class time? Check out the video below that was shared during the workshop to kick off the Project Based Learning conversation. For more information about this shift in instruction check out the Flipped Classroom LiveBinder for more information and resources.
Project Based Learning: Explained.

Looking Ahead

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

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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