Connecting Educators

June 2022

Coding in the Classroom PD

What: a PD opportunity that aims to provide teachers with a chance to learn about the Sphero indi and Sphero Bolt, as well as, how they can use them to teach coding in their classroom.

Where: JCISD KEC Building

When: June 13, 2022 (9-11am)

Cost: Free

To learn more, check out the Coding in the Classroom webpage.

Mornings with TeamJXN

What: Looking to amp up your curriculum this summer with some great tech tools? Need some help or a great space to work? Join us this summer for coffee, a light breakfast, and EdTech support. Jump-start your school year with TeamJXN.

Where and When:

We will be at each location from 8:30-11:30am. Feel free to arrive at any time.

Cost: Free

To learn more and to sign up for reminder emails, check out the Mornings with TeamJXN webpage.

Innovation Camp

Join us for a two-and-a-half-day scholastic esports event. Educators don't need to know anything about esports to participate. They will bring a team of up to three students to participate in project-based learning centered around entrepreneurship, media creation, and technology skills. Student teams will compete in the TeamJXN Innovation Cup, a tournament featuring school-friendly esports games on day 3 of this event. Winning teams will get their choice of a Nintendo Switch or gaming chair for their classroom.

UPDATE: Jackson College is hosting part of this event. We will be walking over there for gameplay sessions and for the third-day tournament.

Innovation Camp Website

TeamJXN at Jackson Reads Museum Day

There was a big turnout during the Jackson Reads event on May 7th! Over 10,000 books were given out to 1,000 kids! We also had a lot of parents and kids participating in activities like building towers with KEVA planks and Squigz. Thanks to the JCISD Learning Services team for coordinating!


Technology Consortium Update - Sophos Phishing Simulations

Google Forms Phishing Scams

We all use Google Forms and now we need to be on the lookout for malicious behavior.

Just because you are getting a response receipt, doesn't mean you actually completed a Google Form and requested that receipt. Spammers send a response receipt with a prefilled form tricking users into giving additional information. If you receive an actual receipt, IT SHOULD NOT BE ASKING YOU FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.

Read more about it in this article from Chrome Unboxed

Google Updates/Google Tips

Graduating Seniors: Move a school google site to a personal google site

Watch this video from Ron Houtman to learn how.


Google Drive Web: Cut, copy and paste files using keyboard shortcuts

You can now use familiar keyboard shortcuts Ctrl + C (or ⌘ + C on Mac), Ctrl + X and Ctrl + V to copy, cut and paste Google Drive files in your Chrome browser. This saves you time by allowing you to copy one or more files and move them to new locations in Drive, and across multiple tabs, with fewer clicks.

Additionally, a link to the file and its title will also be captured when copying a file, which allows you to easily paste them into a document or an email.

To help you more easily organize files in multiple locations without necessarily creating duplicate files, Ctrl + C, Ctrl + Shift + V will create shortcuts.

Lastly, you can open files or folders in a new tab using Ctrl+Enter, so that you can easily view multiple files at once, or use different tabs to more easily organize files between two different folder locations.

Cut, copy and paste files using keyboard shortcuts in Google Drive Web

Google Docs: Use new table templates and dropdown chips to create highly collaborative documents

You can use dropdown chips to easily indicate the status of your document or various project milestones outlined in your document. There are two default dropdown options:

  • Project Status, which includes selections for “Not Started”, “Blocked”, “In Progress” and “Complete”
  • Review Status, which includes selections for “Not Started”, “In Progress”, “Under Review” and “Approved”.

Additionally, you can create a dropdown chip with custom options and colors to best suit your needs.

Use new table templates and dropdown chips in Google Docs to create highly collaborative documents

Google Tasks: Set recurring task end options directly

Previously you could only set the end date option for a recurring task (never, on a certain date, or after X occurrences) by opening the task in Google Calendar. With this launch, you can now set this option directly in Google Tasks. This gives you more control over how and until when your tasks repeat.

Set recurring task end options directly in Google Tasks

Tech Tools & Resources

MACUL Grants

MACUL will support your innovative educational ideas or classroom projects with up to $1000. Apply today and share how technology tools or resources can help meet your needs. Check out the grant guidelines and information and submit your application today.

CS/MITECs Crosswalk

These resources can help teachers easily implement CS/MITECS in their classroom without it being a heavy lift.



6-8: in the works!

Media Literacy Toolkit

Check out our free REMC Media Literacy Toolkit! This toolkit is designed to introduce students to the process of finding, organizing, using, producing, evaluating, and distributing information in various media formats.

Talking with Students About Shocking or Disturbing News

Age-based tips and lessons to help students process upsetting events.

In our 24/7 breaking news world, there seems to be a new crisis every day. As news outlets compete for clicks, all of us -- including kids -- are immersed in more headlines than ever before. Unless you teach current events or social studies, most of the day's news probably won't make it into your classroom. But certain news events are just too big to ignore. When this happens, a lot of teachers ask themselves: How should I address this with my students? And, should I address this at all? - Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media Article

The Personal Purchase Program is back this year!

Several awarded vendors are offering discounted devices for staff, students, and families. Individual purchases can be made through September 30th. You can find information about the program here:

Girls Hack IT Program

Don’t miss the best tech event of the year!

Introducing Girls Hack IT—where a hackathon meets a middle school dance party! This event teaches middle school girls STEM-related skills to prepare them for a tech career. Participants will learn how to code, develop, and deploy real-world solutions while having fun in an upbeat environment. Working together, you will get hands-on experience and the mentorship you need to succeed at the hackathon.

Girls Hack IT Program:
In-person hackathon event on December 10, 2022
+ 6-week online prep courses prior to the event
Registration starts September 1, 2022

University of Michigan Summer Tech Camps

UofM has a wide variety of summer camps. Some options include coding, game development, robotics, and design for kids and teens. Visit their website for more information:

Updates from Powerschool

  • PowerSchool Rollover will take place the week of July 18-22.
  • Systems will be unavailable for login during this process.
  • Please be sure you have completed all your End of Year steps before this time.
  • For more information on End of Year processes click here.

PD Opportunities

Calling all middle school Social Studies, Arts, and Language Arts teachers interested in….

Michigan State University is working with leading researchers and professional development providers from Telos Learning and Mouse to offer integrated computational thinking Professional Development and inviting PD participants to deepen this work as iCT Design Fellows. This opportunity is open to any middle school ELA, Social Studies, and Arts teachers from across the country.

More information

REMC Esports Institute

The REMC Esports Institute will guide schools and districts through developing a personalized, long-range (three years) implementation plan to build or expand access to esports.

The goal is to capture all interested students through multiple pathways and ensure inclusion in this engaging and competitive learning opportunity.

This institute is appropriate for new or veteran programs and will support the creation of a clear and concrete communication plan and steps to provide a welcoming esports school culture. The REMC Esports Institute will be held on July 25-27 in person at the Winding Brook Conference Center in Shepard, Michigan. Food will be provided for the in-person session. A virtual format will be available from August 9-11. Participating schools/districts must register a team of at least three members; teams should include someone in a leadership role and someone at the classroom level. We highly encourage including a student representative.

Registration is open now! For more information on Esports and resources already available, please visit REMC's website.

JCISD Assistive Tech Weebly

Keep up with the latest ideas from our Assistive Technology Coordinator, Elisabeth Mills.

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