ITRT News and Updates

ITRT Newsletter for Secondary Schools ~ October 2014

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Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

Click here for information on upcoming eLearning and Face2Face professional development opportunities brought to you by Hanover County Public Schools ITRTs.

Instructional Technology Updates and Information

MS Office 2013

Hanover County is in the process of upgrading to Windows 7 and Microsoft Office Suite 2013! To see the latest check out these free resources:

Blackboard

Did you know that Blackboard has an effective plagiarism deterrent and educational tool called SafeAssign? You can find this feature in the Submission Details section when you are creating an assignment in your own Blackboard course. SafeAssign uses a text matching algorithm to highlight duplications of existing internet content that may exist in student work submissions. More information on this helpful tool can be found in How To Tech under Blackboard > Level 2 Intermediate Features > Assignments > SafeAssign

Web 2.0 Graphite

Are you often looking for teacher-tested websites or games to use with your students? Is it sometimes overwhelming trying to evaluate these resources all on your own? Lucky for you, there is Graphite! Graphite (http://www.graphite.org/) describes its site as a free service from Common Sense Education that makes it easy to discover the best apps, games and websites for classroom use. Graphite provides blogs, webinars, and web 2.0 tools that have been reviewed and rated by expert educators and teachers to provide the information you need to help you make great technology choices!

iPads



Please Note
: When receiving an iPad for school use through school funds, grants, donations, PTA funds, etc., initial set up has to be completed by your ITRT. Please contact your ITRT as soon as you receive the iPad(s).

BYOD

Implementing BYOD in your classroom:

  1. Think carefully about your goals
  2. Survey students about what devices they own
  3. Determine rules for personal devices, and make sure everyone is clear on them
  4. Ask students about their experiences with their own devices
  5. Let students teach others how to use specific apps on various devices
  6. Plan how you can use BYOD to develop fun and meaningful activities for students

Social Media Spotlight: #MysterySkype

Looking for a fun way to engage your students using Geography? Use Skype to connect with another classroom in the world, then ask questions back and forth to figure out where each class is located. This activity, called #MysterySkype, provides opportunities for students to analyze and use critical thinking skills as they narrow down options to learn about new places. For more information on this unique learning experience, contact your ITRT! Connect with the ITRT Team on Twitter: @ITRThcps

Technology Integration: The Good, the Better, the Best

How are you and your students using technology in your classroom? Do you find that you are the one who mainly uses technology for instructional purposes? Are you interested in providing more opportunities for your students to learn, create, and share in our digital world? Explore the SAMR model. The SAMR model is a framework that outlines levels of technology integration. Find out which level you're at by reflecting on your instructional practices Watch this 4:22 minute video to see a common example of how to move a very basic use of technology up the SAMR ladder to provide students opportunities for communication, collaboration, and critical thinking. Explore Kathy Schrock's resources here as well.
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Rebecca Narron

ITRT - The Georgetown School

rnarron@hcps.us