RUSD Ed Tech News and Notes

April 2016


Welcome to the monthly RUSD Ed Tech News and Notes! This newsletter will contain a few tech tips and tricks you can use in your classroom and school site. It will also spotlight the innovative ways teachers, administrators, and staff are using technology in order to transform the learning experiences of our students. Finally, upcoming Mash Up Monday sessions will be shared so you can mark your calendars to attend these personalized PD events created with your needs in mind!

If you are struggling to view the YouTube videos in this flyer, please click here to read about accessing Youtube in RUSD.

EdTech CoP

Thursday, April 14th, 3:30-4:30pm

This is an online event.

This month we will not be having a face to face meeting, but we will be having a virtual meeting to prepare for the LMS decision meeting. Please join us on Schoology on April 14 to share your thoughts around both LMS platforms we have piloted this year--Haiku and Schoology.

Professional Learning Opportunities for Secondary Teachers

Do you teach secondary? Every Tuesday beginning January 12, Tech-Mex Tuesdays will be happening! These will be tech sessions geared toward secondary teachers. Please refer to the flyer below. Sign up on Oars to attend. See you there!
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Tech Tools

Classroom Bridges

Classroom Bridges is a website you can use to look for other classrooms to connect your students with around the world. The main purpose of this site is to help you find other teachers who are willing to collaborate with you and your students. These connections could be something as small as doing a Google Hangout to expand your students' audience for class presentations, or they could be much larger scale projects where your students are working together (in two different locations) to complete an end of unit project. No matter the complexity of your connection, it's important to get our students connected to each other.

Check out the infographic below for more information!

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Youtube is a fabulous tool you can use to bring content to life in your classroom. Youtube is now not blocked on all campus! It is available in restricted mode which means most content is available to view. If you would like to approve other videos, you can do that as well and your students will be able to view them.

For step by step directions, please look at the screenshots below and check out this blog post from Vern in Technology!

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Spotlight on...

CUE Conference

Last month, a contingent of district teachers, coaches, and administrators went to Palm Springs for the 2016 CUE Conference. 7000 educators attended this conference which focused on best practices in technology integration. Members of our group selected focus areas to attend sessions on including Google Apps for Education, iPads, Makerspace, Coding, NGSS/STEM, ELD, and more!

We also had 3 coaches from Rowland that presented at the conference. Check out the pictures below and click on the slide deck to read some reflections on the different focus areas.

CUE has also posted the keynote sessions as well as some sessions from featured presenters on their YouTube channel. Click here to view them.

We'd love to spotlight how you are using technology to inspire students, teachers, and staff. Please email me so I can come out and snap pictures of your fabulous work!
Mash Up Monday on Oars.webm

Renaissance for Beginners

Monday, April 4th, 3:30-4:30pm

Oswalt, Room 7

For teachers, administrators, and classified staff

Google Certifications

Monday, April 11th, 3:30-4:30pm

RIC, Training Room 3

For teachers, administrators, and classified staff

LMS Decision Meeting

Monday, April 18th, 3-5pm

Alvarado Intermediate School

For teachers, administrators, and classified staff

Aeries for Beginners

Monday, April 18th, 3:30-4:30pm

Oswalt, Room 7

For teachers, administrators, and classified staff

Schoology for Beginners

Monday, April 25th, 3:30-4:30pm

RIC, Training Room 3

For teachers, administrators, and classified staff

Renaissance for Beginners

Monday, May 2nd, 3:30-4:30pm

Oswalt, Room 7

For teachers, administrators, and classified staff

Aeries for Beginners

Monday, May 16th, 3:30-4:30pm

Oswalt, Room 7

For teachers, administrators, and classified staff

Other Ed Tech Learning Opportunities

SGVCUE Coffee Break--Hands on with Google Forms

Saturday, April 9th, 8am-12pm

Manzanita Elementary School, Covina

Are you using this free, easy-to-create, yet incredibly powerful tool to gather information and solicit feedback from students, parents and other teachers?

From Forms 101 ("What is a form and how do I make one?") to more advanced features like add-ons, come learn about the power and possibilities of Google Forms in education. More than just theory, we'll create working forms you can use on Monday (be sure to bring your laptop or Chromebook). Teachers and administrators, join us to see how Google Forms can transform your classroom or school.

Brent Coley will serve as the Facilitator for this Coffee Break. Brent has been an educator in Southern California for nearly two decades as both a teacher and administrator.

This event is $10 for SGVCUE Members and $15 for nonmembers.

Click here for information.

Click here to register.


Saturday, April 9th, 8am

Las Colinas Middle Schoool

Come enjoy a day with colleagues from California and beyond. Arrive with an idea for a session that you would like to lead or with the anticipation of a full day of learning. A session might explore a technology tool, a discussion about best practices, or a collaborative presentation with multiple facilitators.

During the first hour (8:00-9:00), you will have time to meet other teachers over coffee. There will be an empty session board where you and all attendees can post session titles, either for a session you would like to lead or for one you would like to attend. Sessions begin at 9:45 am.

Over the course of the day, you will have the opportunity to attend up to four sessions. The rule of the unconference is to “vote with your feet”. If a session doesn’t meet your needs, simply get up and move on to another room.

Click here for more information about this FREE event.

Click here to register.


Saturday, April 16th, 8am-12pm

San Dimas High School

EdCamp is a non-profit organization that has “un-conferences” around the world. In our case, San Dimas High School will open on a Saturday, and teachers from around the area will converge for a morning of conversation, debate, learning, and growth. The event is free for teachers to attend, and the sessions are decided by whoever shows up that morning. Click here to see the website.

Our EdCamp is themed “Excellent Adventure,” after the late-80’s film Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, which took place in and around San Dimas High School (though they travelled through time and space, too).

Also, there's breakfast and free stuff.

Cotsen (Un)conference 2016

Saturday, April 30th, 8am-12pm

Nogales High School

Cotsen is hosting an Unconference at Nogales High School. This is a workshop designed by educators for educators. Come join like-minded educators passionate about sharing ideas, trying new ideas, and extending their learning.

This event is open to all RUSD teachers. Click here to download the flyer. Click here to register.

Riverside Summit featuring Google for Education

Tuesday, July 12th, 8am to Wednesday, July 13th, 4:30pm

Central Middle School (Riverside, CA)

This two-day high-intensity event focuses on deploying, integrating, and using Google Apps for Education (and other Google tools) to promote student learning in K-12 and higher education.

Click here for more information

Click here to register

SGVCUE Tech Fair

Saturday, Oct. 15th, 8am-3pm

Covina High School

SGVCUE is a local CUE affiliate group that hosts a yearly tech fair. Sessions will be held around a variety of topics ranging from beginning to advanced. Come for a day of fun and learning! Breakfast, lunch, and a shirt are included with your paid registration!

Click here for more information

Click here to register

  • Super Early Bird pricing is $45 for CUE members and ends March 1
  • Early Bird pricing is $50 for CUE members and ends July 1
  • Pre-conference pricing is $55 for CUE members and ends September 30
  • Conference pricing is $60 for CUE members and ends October 15
  • Group rates and bring a friend offers are also available

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