60 With Saint

Weekly Tech Update 9/28 to 10/2

Start To a New School Year Like No Other

What a crazy start to the new school year! In the past two and a half weeks, I have witnessed first hand what amazing colleagues I have the pleasure of working with. The perseverance that you have shown, in order to make this situation the best that it can be for our students has been inspiring. I am also really appreciative of the patience that is being shown as the district is onboarding Kami, Ed Puzzle, Go Guardian, Parent Square, and the Google Classroom Sync with School Tool. I know there are kinks to be worked out, and so does the administration. They are working to get those kinks resolved so that we may start integrating those platforms with our students.

I wanted to share with you a few updates that are going to be implemented this coming school year. First, in order to make myself more accessible to my 6-12 colleagues, I have agreed to a schedule and will rotate between buildings so that I can be more accessible for technology integration strategies and conversations with my colleagues. I will be rotating between Wiley, Case, and WHS. The day that I am assigned to a specific building, I will be located in that building for half the day. The other half of the day I will continue to support Lisa and Tara, as well as be on call to help with any immediate concerns. I will be alternating the times that I am in the buildings so that I can accommodate as many colleagues as possible. For instance, if I am scheduled for the day at Wiley, the first time will be a half-day am. The next time Wiley comes up on the schedule, it will be for a half-day pm. If this is confusing, don't worry. Check out the bottom of this newsletter to see when I will be in your building. I will also list the location of where I will be for easier contact. Of course, if anyone has a question or needs assistance, you are still more than welcome to contact me ANYTIME.

The other update I wanted to share with you is this newsletter. It is my hope to give you a weekly update! It won't always be this lengthy, but it will always be a similar format. That format will be as follows:

  • A quick message
  • Video Tutorial(s)
  • New App/Site/Extension/Add On of the Week
  • Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities (once schedule is established)
  • Share what our colleagues doing
  • Feedback

I know that wasn't exactly a quick message! I promise that the future ones will be shorter in length. Here are a couple of video tutorials for your viewing pleasure.

Install Kami Extension
Assign an Assignment With Kami

Activities for Teachers and Students to Get Familiar with Kami

Click here to force a copy of Kami Toolbar Introduction (Google Doc)

Click here to force a copy of the Getting to Know Kami (This will force you to download as a pdf. You may have to upload it your drive if not on a Chromebook)

Courtesy of Lisa Jenkins and Kay Coates

Completing a Kami Assignment

Tech Tool of the Week

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Need a quick and easy way to split your screen? Try the extension Dualless! With a click of the mouse, you can choose 6 different options to split your screen either horizontally or vertically. The best part is when you want to put the windows back together, you just drag the split tab back to the main window. Super quick and easy. Share this with your student's. Great for looking at the instructions and completing an assignment.

Click here to access the extension in the Chrome Web Store.

Upcoming Professional Development Opportunity

Hopefully, you have seen the email from the District regarding the upcoming virtual book study that is being offered. The District is conducting a virtual book study for the Distance Learning Playbook. Be on the lookout for more information in My Learning Plan. Dates/times and modules were listed in the email sent out by your building principals.

Empower Web Page

Keep checking the Empower web page for upcoming events, links to resources, and access to FAQ's.

Link to Empower Web Page

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Let's Talk Tech Integration

Below are the dates and times that I will be in the following buildings exclusively.

Day Date Location Time

Monday 9/28 HT Wiley 8:00 - 11:30

Tuesday 9/29 Case Middle 7:30- 11:00

Thursday 10/1 WHS 7:30- 11:00

Friday 10/2 HT Wiley 10:30 - 2:30

Monday 10/5 Case Middle 11:00 - 2:30

Tuesday 10/6 WHS 11:00 - 2:30

Thursday 10/8 HT Wiley 8:00 - 11:30

Friday 10/9 Case Middle 7:30- 11:00

I will make myself available in the following locations:

HT Wiley: Wiley IMC

Case Middle School: Room 210

WHS: Student Help Desk 1st Floor

Jayson St.Croix

Please contact me so we can collaborate on how to integrate more technology into your lessons.