iTech e-Newsletter

May 2017 - Oconto Falls Public Schools

The Year in Review

In the Spring of 2016, two committees were formed for the implementation and development of technology in the district. The iMentor team is highlighted below and consists of staff from each of the four main buildings. Their main responsibilities are to help integrate and facilitate the use of technology in the classroom. The second team is the Technology Committee. This team consists of the administration, the district Library Media Specialist, the Director of Pupil Services, the IT Department, and the iMentor team. Although large, this committee was formed to start the process of bringing our teachers, administrators and technology coordinators together to build and evaluate the technology in the district.


The Tech Committee was able to meet several times throughout the 2016-17 school year. Our goal was to begin charting a course for technology integration in the Oconto Falls School District. We researched everything from age-appropriate technology for our youngest learners to the pros and cons of different devices for our high school students. We demoed various learning management systems to streamline assessment and tech integration at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. The team also discussed how and when to introduce one to one technology in our elementary classrooms and have set aside time this summer to work on a technology education scope and sequence for the district. Finally, to ensure students use technology appropriately, the team revised the district’s Acceptable Use Form and piloted software that would improve classroom management of tech devices. We hope that these first steps provide a strong foundation for technology integration in the district grows and evolves to meet the needs of our community.

Summer of 2016:

We planned and held 3 optional professional development days to introduce staff to Google's "G Suite for Education." This included Gmail, forms, docs, and drive. Within the months of June and July, we were able to train over 85% of our staff to prepare them for the next school year prior to the teacher professional development days in August. We were able to train the remaining 15% during those PD days.


August & November of 2016:

After the summer training session, two additional PD days were held. In order to meet the needs of district staff, the iMentor team utilized Google Forms to survey staff members. The results from each survey were used to determine the focus of our professional development sessions.

May 2017:

The team met to outline district goals for technology implementation for the 2017-2018 school year. There will be additional meetings held this summer to continue this process.

Updated District Logo

When building the new website, one thing that became apparent were the numerous Panther logos used within our district. With help from Art Paulson and a few others, we were able to create a logo that is similar to one previously used but with a few updates. The new logo can be found at: Drive N:/District Wide/District Forms/Panther Pictures. The logos can also be found on your Google Drive account at: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B0uU2mDbyWi3QUQyVC1WTEhWMnc

Apps & Extensions to Use

Looking Forward...

Although there are MANY things yet to be determined for the district technology needs for our future, there are a few things you can expect to see in the 2017-2018 school year.
  • G Suite for Education: This will continue to be a large focus for the district
  • Grades 6-12 will be 1:1 with devices
  • Additional devices and carts will be placed within the elementary schools
  • Optional Chromebooks for Elementary Educators

The iMentor Team

Opportunities to Learn and Share

Through the financial support of the TEACH Grant, the iMentor team had a few opportunities to excel this past year by attending the following three professional development opportunities:
  • Google Summit-Fall
  • Google Summit-Spring
  • EdTech Sages Training
Based off of the results from the Google Form surveys given at professional development days, the iMentor team strategically choose sessions at these training to fit the needs of our students, staff, and district.


Sometimes, our district is able to bring additional teachers along with the iMentor team to learn and grow. If you are interested in possibly attending a future professional development opportunity and are willing to share your knowledge, please email Tracy Tate at tracy.tate@of-ps.org and let her know of your interest.

Triton Academy - August 8 & 9 Professional Development Opportunity

This summer, our district has once again given its employees the opportunity to attend Triton Academy on Tuesday, August 8 and Wednesday, August 9. This professional development is free of charge to Oconto Falls School District employees. There is a possibility to earn credits for a fee.


If you overlooked this opportunity or are now able to attend, please click on the following link and fill out the form.
FORM TO BE PUT ON WAITING LIST

Classroom Spotlight

1st Grade Mystery Location Hangout!

In May, Mr. Crandall and our District Technology Integration Specialist, Tracy Tate, worked together to connect his classroom with another 1st-grade classroom by utilizing Google Hangouts. Through a series of questions, the children were able to determine which city the other school was located in. The "mystery location" of the other classroom was Rhinelander, Wisconsin!
17-May Mr. Crandall, 1st Grade Mystery Location

Google Classroom

Google Classroom has had some recent updates. If you want to learn more about Google Classroom and its capabilities, I would suggest doing a YouTube search because there are many videos and tutorials available. Below, are two different resources that may also be helpful!

Blog on Classroom Updates

YouTube Video on Classroom Updates

Chromebook Shortcuts

If you are using a Chromebook, there are many shortcuts to help make things easier and/or faster! Check out the following link: https://support.google.com/chromebook/answer/183101?hl=en .


Another cool trick, while on your Chromebook press and hold the following keys at the same time: "Ctrl + alt + ?". This will bring up a keyboard and if you hold down various keys as stated on that screen it shows you shortcuts!

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