Tech Talk

The DPS Ed Tech Newsletter

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We strive to enlighten educators aspiring to effectively use technology in the classroom.
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Volume 3, Issue 1 (18-19)

In this edition...

Welcome New and Returning Teachers!

The Educational Technology team wants to welcome our new teachers to DPS!

Our team is here to support you as you begin to:

  • integrate technology in the classroom

  • tackle classroom management with devices

  • encourage digital citizenship

  • embed technology into your curriculum throughout the school year

  • and more!

Veteran teachers, we also welcome you back to your classrooms. As you continue your journey as a valued educator at DPS, our team is here to support you on your journey and we look forward to our continued partnership.

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We are eager to support you as you swim in the “SAMR pool.” Our department will offer professional learning as you dip your toes into the pool with Schoology, Google Classroom, Google Suite, or Seesaw. Our support continues as you swim laps in the pool with our team: writing in the classroom with digital tools, creating engaging assessment, and providing digital citizenship to keep our students safe in and out of the classroom. If you prefer a deeper dive, we can offer professional learning that supports writing in the classroom, Schoology for engaging class discussions, ELL resources for integration, or individualized support with coaching in your classroom based on your specific needs.

Check out our menu of services, and remember our team is here to support your school and your personal professional learning goals around the integration of technology into your classroom throughout the school year. Please do not hesitate to reach out to our team for support.

We look forward to a great school year supporting teachers and administrators around their use of integrated technology -- to support a safe, joyful, rigorous and personalized learning environment for your students, honoring their voices and encouraging ownership of learning.

Schoology Corner

Now that DPS is starting its second school year with Schoology, there are a few things you can do to start to your year off right with our learning management system! Here is your quick list to get going:

  1. Get your course icons loaded - Watch this

  2. Update your profile picture - Watch this

  3. Teach your kids to change their profile picture - Watch this

  4. Post a welcome page to students for your courses - Watch this

  5. Add a discussion to get to know your students and build community in your classroom. - Watch this

Check out the new features in Schoology via this quick overview video!

If you would like to learn more about Schoology, feel free to join the Schoology 101 Course (course code: B88J4-WCXX5), and the Schoology 201 course (course code: 3TW2K-5WBXS).

You can also reach out to Educational Technology, or fill out this training request form for face to face professional development and support!

Starting the Year with Digital Citizenship

What’s your school’s plan for helping students and their families navigate the ever-changing digital world? Are lessons on digital wellness embedded in the student day? Are you showing parents how they can encourage responsible screen use?

Several DPS schools are launching the school year teaching and showing students how to safely and responsibly use the online world. Educators are using lessons from Common Sense Education, Google, BrainPOP, and other sources to remind kids from ages 8 -18 what digital wellness means. Families can also view the helpful resources at Common Sense to manage the media onslaught. For educators, DPS has implemented helpful “guardrails” and practices to help teachers manage a classroom with devices.

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For more school resources and programs, visit the DPS digital citizenship page. Also view the DPS Schoology course on digital citizenship here (access code: 4V6S8-8BBTZ).

Need advice or a student, educator, or parent program on digital citizenship? Contact Ed Tech: or 720-423-1991.

Thanks for reading!

And thank you for all you do to help our students become 21st Century Learners!

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About Your Ed Tech Team

The Educational Technology department of Denver Public Schools is dedicated to ensuring student success through collaboration with all DPS educators and the community to personalize learning and use digital resources effectively, responsibly, and creatively.