Instructional Technology Newsletter

February, 2017 - 7th Edition

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This Month...

Our February newsletter is filled with recognitions, as well as tips, tricks, and other useful information.

Past Editions have been moved and can be found HERE or by using the link at the end of this newsletter.

In this month's edition, we spotlight:

  • Innovative Educators
  • Cohort Shout-Outs
  • School/Teacher Shout-Outs
  • Technology Resources
  • Technology How-To's
  • and much more!!
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Sara Lobaugh, Shannon Morgan, and Bethany Payne

Bloomingdale Elementary School

Turn up the sound and view the video

Innovative Educators Bloomingdale
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Success Story from Godley

The following was written by Suzanne Campbell:

I just wanted to share a success that we had on our team today. Today we took advantage of being a multi-grade team and having 1:1 technology. The 6th graders finished drafting their essays in Google Docs, and we were able to use flexible scheduling to pair them with 8th grade peer revision partners. The partnerships were formed based on writing strengths and weaknesses. It worked beautifully. The 8th graders did a fantastic job of using academic language to show the 6th graders the skills they have mastered. The 6th graders were very attentive and open to the suggestions of their 8th grade peers.

Mrs. Schrambeck's Class Learns Seesaw

Mrs. Schrambeck is a mini-grant recipient of Chromebooks and Chromeboxes from Pooler Elementary. Her students were introduced to the wonders of Seesaw and how it will allow them to keep track of all the different things they are learning in second grade.

East Broad Students at Writing Kiosks

Writing and technology work very well together. Follow this link to get step-by-step instructions for setting up writing kiosks in your classroom. Writing Kiosks

1:1 iPads @ Hodge Elementary

1:1 iPads @ White Bluff Elementary

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Reading & Writing Resources

Digital Read Works - Read Works has gone digital! Research based and free!

Writing Kiosks - providing opportunities for students to write and compose at the keyboard.

Write About - digital writing for classrooms where students are writing for an authentic audience.

Your IT Coach is available to assist with these resources.

Math Resources

Prodigy Math - Prodigy incorporates the math curriculum into a video game format. - is dedicated to providing revolutionary ways for students, parents, teachers, and everyone to learn math

Zearn Math - personalized digital lessons

EngageNY - developed and maintained by New York State Education Department. Contains Common Core resources and more.

Reach out to your IT Coach for assistance.

Trends Reshaping Education

Check out this video on Essential Skills of the 21st Century. See the trends impacting education.
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CONGRATULATIONS to all finishers of Cohort activities in Quarter 1 and/or Quarter 2!! Who are they? Check out our Wall of Fame below and consider joining them by participating and finishing quarterly activities.

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Automating Assessment to Differentiate Learning

Creating More Authentic Lessons using G-Suite

Flipped Classroom

Social Media in Education

New Cohort! Future Schools Project

Future Schools Project looks at the principles of modern learning and classroom practices that make school more relevant to students in the 21st Century. Log-in to your Office 365 account to request access and join the conversation.
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Google goodness

Google is is always releasing new features and enhancements for G Suite (formerly Google Apps for Education). We have added a new section to keep everyone up-to-date.

You can now differentiate assignments for your students within Google Classroom. Instead of sending the same assignment to everyone, you can now send different assignments to a single student or a group of students. Differentiation at its finest! Kasey Bell of Shake Up Learning offers a great overview of how to accomplish this.

If you need assistance, be sure to contact your IT Coach.

Check out Tuesday Tips from Google For Education. This link takes you to tips for using Google Classroom. Tuesday Tips
The Google Teacher Tribe Podcast is a weekly podcast designed to give teachers practical ideas for using G Suite and other Google tools hosted by Matt Miller (Ditch That Textbook) and Kasey Bell (Shakeup Learning).

Join several of your IT Coaches and others - let's learn together! Click HERE.


Have your iPad read to you

Enabling the Speak option makes it possible for your iPad to read aloud any selectable text. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility. Scroll down to Speak Selection, and tap to turn it on. You can also adjust the speaking rate, choose from a wide variety of voices and highlight words as they are spoken.
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Tap to top

You won't believe how much time this will save you. If you're halfway down a web page in Safari, tap the top bar to jump back to the top of the page. Try it in other apps too - lots of them, third-party apps included, use this navigational trick.

Chromebook Keyboard Shortcuts

As Chromebooks and Chromeboxes become more prevalent in our district, it is worth investigating the keyboard shortcuts that could save you and your students a lot of time.

These keyboard shortcuts can be illustrated on the screen by holding down both the CTRL and ALT buttons and then tapping the “?” key. This pops up a handy interactive keyboard reference on the Chromebook screen showing the keyboard shortcuts. Pushing the SHIFT, CTRL and ALT keys shows what that particular key combination will type or do on the Chromebook.

For more information click HERE.

Emoji Keyboard on ipads

The emoji keyboard lets you insert all kinds of fun images wherever you type. Go to Settings > General > International > Keyboards. Then tap Add New Keyboard and find Emoji. Now open an app where you can type some text. Next to the space bar, you'll see a little globe icon. Tap it to switch between your normal keyboard and the Emoji one.

How could you incorporate this to get students excited about writing? Check out this idea for using emojis to describe your weekend. There are plenty of ideas out there. Give it a try and share what the students created with your IT Coach.

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Take a Day to Reflect: Field trip for educators

Looking for a day to catch your breath and rethink some of your teaching strategies? Come to a Future Schools Project professional development day at STEM Academy. Spend the day touring the school, interviewing students, reflecting and rethinking some of our traditional practices in education including: classroom environment, roles of students and teachers, and practices that help students become real-world, problem solvers.

Audience: Teachers and school leaders K-12

Dates: February 28th, March 1st, April 26th, May 4th

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Movers and Shakers in Education - check out these amazing educators for inspiration and innovation!

All too often, the world of an educator gets confined within the four walls of a classroom. When there is so much out there to learn and so many others to learn from, this should not be the case. Our department has put together a list of must follows for general and technology education.

  • ITC Blog - We aim to provide timely and usable information.
  • Edutopia - Hosted by the George Lucas Educational Foundation, Edutopia has plenty of well-indexed information on how technology can be used in classrooms.
  • Cycles of Learning - Ramsay Musallam recognized how useful hacks could be in classrooms, so he set up Cycles of Learning to share practical education tech hacks to make teachers’ lives just a bit easier. Who doesn't like easier?!
  • Participate Learning- Check out all that Participate Learning has to offer educators.
  • Learning in Hand is an educator's resource for mobile and digital learning created by Tony Vincent.
  • TeachThought - full of articles for education
  • Ditch That Textbook - "I’m Matt Miller. It’s my passion to equip teachers to thrive in this new era of education and think differently about the craft of teaching."
  • Alice Keeler a must read. Full of resources and ideas.
  • Vicki Davis - Cool Cat Teacher

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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)

Lakeshia Bostick - Media Support Assistant (912) 395-1124

Program Manager

Wendy Marshall

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