Instructional Technology Newsletter

November, 2016 - 4th Edition

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This Month...

Welcome to the Fourth Edition of the Instructional Technology Department's monthly newsletter. We hope you are finding the resources and other information useful and timely.

In this month's edition, we spotlight:

  • Innovative Educator
  • Art and Music Technology Integration
  • Cohort Shout-Outs
  • Technology Resources
  • Technology How-To's

Much more is included so be sure to spend some time exploring the entire newsletter. We invite you to add your comments at the end of the newsletter!

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GaETC - Live Hourly Updates!

Join Instructional Technology Coaches Angie, Dru, and Libby as they share each of their GaETC sessions with you throughout the conference!

GaETC Updates!

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Mr. Eric Koonce, an eighth Science teacher at Myers Middle School, earned his BSEd in Middle Grades Education from Armstrong Atlantic State University, with a concentration in ELA and Science. Mr. Koonce is currently enrolled at Armstrong State University and is working towards his Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He was selected as an Innovative Educator because of his passion, drive, and dedication to utilizing technology integration in his classroom.

Mr. Koonce uses Google Forms to assess student’s understanding. He runs the Add-on Flubaroo, which quickly grades the assessments for him. This enables Mr. Koonce to analyze data and guide his instruction. He has been a teacher leader by sharing this skill with fellow teachers who now use Google Forms to collect data and guide instruction.

Mr. Koonce has helped his students use Ipads to conduct research. Students in Mr. Koonce’s class show a dramatic raised level of engagement and more pride about their work when technology is incorporated.

Innovative Educator Eric Koonce
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Technology Use in the Art Classroom

Calling all Art teachers! Yes, you can integrate technology into the curriculum to enhance your students' learning. Click the link to view several SlideShares for ideas and resources. If you have ideas for integrating technology in your class, feel free to post in the comments at the end of the newsletter. SlideShare

Music and Technology Integration

Elementary music teachers! Have students explore some of these interactive sites for composing music, music fun and virtual instruments. Click Here!
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Automating Assessment

Congratulations to Mercedes Josey (Beach HS) and Jarvis Dean (Heard ES) for earning the Quarter 1 Assessment Badge. They are well on their way to earning a Quarter 2 badge, as well. Instructional Technology Coach, Libby Miller, is facilitating this cohort.

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Flipped Classroom

Instructional Technology Coach, Melissa Milligan, sends a Shout-Out to Allison Crouch from DeRenne Middle School for receiving her Quarter 1 Flipped Classroom Badge.

Google Apps and Authentic Lessons

This shout out goes to Jillian Sussman from South West Elementary and Jennifer Taylor from Myers Middle School for earning the Quarter 1 Google Badge. They each completed the activities in the three Quarter 1 Modules! This cohort is facilitated by ITC, Dru Piersol.

iPads in the Classroom

Sending Shout-Outs to Jennifer Norrell, Belinda Adair, and Wonza Williams for completing the first 2 activities in the iPad cohort. An additional Shout-Out to Angel Harlin for showing her colleagues how to add a screenshot button to students' devices. ITCoach, Yolanda Sanders, is leading this cohort.

Social Media

Shout-Outs to Natalie Muthersbaugh and Lisa O'Donnell for earning the Quarter 1 Social Media Badge. Check out what they have to say about building their Personal Learning Network through the use of Twitter!

YouTube - MyTube

Facilitator, Natalie Muthersbaugh, states that the YouTubers have been rocking and rolling for the Quarter 1 badge. High Five to the following teachers:

Stephen Routh, Alicia Harvey, Valarie Walker, Raegan Dillon, Alisa Harris, Brooke Whitlock, Karen Burroughs, Amy Smith, Angela Robinett, Cynthia Campbell

Students Super Short Contest Winners

Congratulations to the students at STEM Academy and Savannah Arts Academy for being announced as winners in the Students Super Short Contest held at the SCAD Film Festival on Thursday, October 27, 2016.


Savannah Now article

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Introducing G Suite for Education

This recent blog by Jonathan Rochelle, Director of Product Management for Google Education, explains the change.

Google Apps for Education arrived on the scene ten years ago with a vision to help teachers and students share and learn together in innovative ways. Since then, we’ve added products like Google Classroom and Hangouts — tools that transcend the meaning of what an app means today, tools that are powerful alone, but even better when they work together. So we’re excited to introduce a new name for Google Apps for Education that better reflects the collaborative power of these tools and reinforces our dedication to teachers and students: G Suite for Education. Read more

MyMaps from the cool folks at Google

Use MyMaps to invite students to create their own interactive maps. Using their district Google login, students can add overlays, hotspots, text, and photos, to create amazing interactive maps on any region of the world.

Choice Boards Come Alive with Technology

Empower student choice by incorporating Choice Boards or Learning Menus using Google Docs. Kasey Bell has a great blog post where she provides awesome examples you can use right away.

IPad Tip #3 - Opening More than One App

The iPad has finally caught up with its Android and Windows competitors in terms of multitasking. While using one app, you can view a separate app in a sidebar along the edge of the display. Simply swipe in from the right, and a list of compatible apps will appear. Tap the one that you’d like to use, and it will launch in a column alongside the other app you’ve already opened.

(iPad Air 2 and iPad Pro only)

Use GoNoodle for Brain Breaks!

If you have not used GoNoodle - you have GOT to check it out! GoNoodle has amazing opportunities for students to work out their wiggles or practice their focus. Create an account, if you don't already have one!

YouTube is not BLOCKED - it's restricted!

Be sure to log in and approve the videos you plan to use in your lessons. Remember, when you are approving videos, you are approving them for the ENTIRE District!

Chromebook Logins for Students and Teachers

Students have it EASY!

Chromebook Username: district email address

Chromebook Password: district password.

If students are under the age of 13, students will need to browse as guest OR obtain parent permission to use their Google Suite email address. Your media specialist will provide you with the permission slip, as well as the account info., once the permission slip is signed by the parent.

Teachers have a less obvious login.

Chromebook Username: district email address

Chromebook Password: district username (firslas##, or Firlas##, or FirLas## or firLas##) The Chromebook password for teachers will be some variation of the district username. Uppercase letters may (or may not) be used. You'll just need to try to give it a whirl. If you have problems, contact your IT Coach.

K12 Computer Science Frameworks released!

Every child should have an opportunity to experience the problem solving and excitement related to Computer Science. With the new frameworks, teachers now have grade level concepts to implement in their instruction.

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Google Hangouts!

November's Google Hangouts will focus on properly utilizing videos within the classroom. Students should interact with educational videos in a meaningful way that causes them to reflect and think through what they have been exposed to. The two tools that will be shared during the Hangouts are EdPuzzle and Khan Academy.

Session Dates:

November 3, 2016:

  • Develop and share tools that automate feedback (EdPuzzle) 8:15-8:45 A.M. and 4:00-4:30 PM

November 10, 2016:

  • Locate and organize digital content (Khan Academy) 8:15-8:45 A.M. and 4:00-4:30 PM

Click on this link to sign up for a session.

Get Connected with Educators in SCCPSS and Beyond!

If you are a Twitter user (whether just getting started, or been Tweeting for years), click on the link below to join the SCCPSS Twitter Tribe to share resources, get a peek at their classrooms, and build your Personal Learning Network. Add your Twitter handle to the list so that others can follow you. Does the idea of using Twitter to connect with other educators sound interesting? Join the 20 day Twitter Experiment anytime, anywhere!

Want to Connect Using Facebook?

Interested in using public Facebook pages to connect with parents and the greater Savannah community? Join the Social Media in EDU Learning Cohort to begin your journey and receive guidelines and support along the way.

Join the Social Media in EDU Learning Cohort

Teacher's Idea Exchange (Facebook) - Join our online "Teachers Idea Exchange" Facebook group to swap ideas and resources with other teachers throughout the district and beyond.
SCCPSS ITC Facebook page - Calling all Facebook users – be sure to like the SCCPSS Instructional Technology Facebook page at (We won't see your personal posts - promise!) – but we will share techie awesomeness in action right here in our district and other resources as well.
SCCPSS Instructional Technology Website
New Teachers - Join the New Teacher Remind group for Pick-Me-Up ideas by texting @NTO2016 to 81010. Click HERE to Learn How To in a few easy steps!

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Know Your Instructional Technology Coach!

The Instructional Technology Department is responsible for coordinating, organizing, and facilitating the effective use and integration of technology within the schools in order to increase student performance.

Instructional Technology Coaches

Angela LaPlante

Dru Piersol

Gillian Riley

Melissa Milligan

Natalie Muthersbaugh

Libby Miller

William Harris

Yolanda Sanders

Media Services

Carol Tarnowski - Library Media Technology Coach

Deborah Hargroves - Media and Broadcast Trainer (part-time)

Vacancy - Media Support Assistant (912) 395-1124

Program Manager

Wendy Marshall - Program Manager

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