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Tech Updates!

Hi Everyone!

We're almost done with the first half of the school year! If you're like me, you're wondering where has the time gone. On a personal note, Ollie is already 28 inches long and 20 pounds, and he's getting bigger every day. As his mom, I want to say, "Slow down!" I feel like he outgrows his clothes in a weekend and learns one new thing every 5 minutes. I just got feeding him real food under control, and now we're going to be crawling soon. As a parent of an infant, I feel like I never have time to stop and catch my breath.

Sometimes, technology feels like that too. When you get one skill mastered, there's five more to practice. When you find an app that will help your kids succeed, there's an even better one that appears the next week. How can we stay ahead of the tech game? How can we ensure the best possible education for our kids?

Just like in parenting, it's all about baby steps. I am growing as a parent everyday because I have to. Ollie needs me to be the best mom I can be. That said, a lot of times, it's a series of trial and error until I find the best way to do something. When we first tried bottles with Ollie, we literally bought 5 different brands before we found the right one for him. Until we found our Munckin Latch bottles, I was frustrated with the process. Why wasn't it working? Why couldn't Ollie just figure it out? What if we never found a bottle that worked? Was I a bad mom? I feel like parenting is 90% me feeling like an idiot and 10% me being a successful mom.

Technology can sometimes feel like that too. And that's okay. We're going to have some trial and error. We're going to have some things that work and some that don't. We're going to have a lot of failures until we find what works best for our students.

This semester, I have been fortunate to be able to be in each building every week and work with you as we figure out the best way to teach our kids. We've had a lot of trial and error and a lot of success. I want to say thank you for the time and effort you've put into making baby steps with technology and teaching. We're all growing as educators because we know our students deserve our very best. It's not always been easy, and it has always been important.

I look forward to continuing our work together next semester. If I don't see you between now and Friday, have a restful and enjoyable break!

As always, let me know how I can help you in our technology adventures!

~Sarah :)

Tech Tips!

Emailing Secondary Parents through SIS

SIS will send emails to parents for you. The default sends to primary parents only. If a student's parents are divorced, this means that only the custodial parent will get the email. Clicking Secondary Parent (if requested mailings) will send to both sets of parents. If you have parents who haven't been getting your emails, it may be because they're listed as the secondary parent in SIS.

Recently Deleted Album

We're almost done with first semester, so your iPad storage might be getting full. If you delete photos and videos from your camera roll, you'll free up the most storage. You may notice, however, that deleting photos and videos doesn't change the amount of free storage you have. No worries! Your iPad has a "hidden" album called recently deleted. When you delete a photo, it goes into the recently deleted album for 30 days before it disappears off your iPad forever. To completely free up storage, you'll want to also delete the photos and videos in your recently deleted album.

Article of the Week!

What do "Future Ready" Students Look Like?

I recently came across this article on Twitter and wanted to share. It's about the recent winners of the Hult Prize. The Hult Prize is a $1 million reward for the student team that addresses a current global issue. This year's competition focused on early childhood education. The winners discussed the skills "Future Ready" students will need to succeed. Integrating technology appropriately into our students' learning can help foster these skills.

You can read the article here:

I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Spotlight on...

Amy Zahakaylo & Bethany Ragar!

Amy and Bethany recently taught their students the concept of Partial Quotients in division. Part of this teaching included a way of doing division different from the way most of us remember how to do it. Some of the student's parents wanted to help with this concept at home, but weren't sure how. Amy and Bethany both created a learning video to send home to parents so that they could support their kids' math learning. Both videos took less than 5 minutes to make. Bethany and Amy then uploaded the videos to YouTube. Once they were uploaded, they were able to email the link to parents through SIS. Check out Amy's example below!

High five, Amy & Bethany, for supporting learning at school and at home!

Partial Quotient Example