Monday eLearning Missive

September 22, 2014

Hello All-

Over 200 people gave me a few minutes of their time this past week. With the fullness of your schedule, this speaks loudly to me. THANK YOU. I'm looking forward to meeting with the staff at Fairlawn on Thursday. This is Week 7 of the EVSC iCats Photo Challenge see info below for the theme and submitting directions. Are you guilty of any of the below? I know I am!

25 Signs You're Teaching in 2014-2015

1. You think of clouds as good things.

2. You believe tagging is the new email.

3. The blogosphere is more relevant a term than the stratosphere.

4. You spent more this year on iPad peripherals than you have pencils and pens.

5. You giggle when you recall how you used to simply give tests at the end of a unit.

6. You google before you even try to remember.

7. You begged your school accountant for an iTunes card instead of your annual classroom fund.

8. Have actually used the phrase “digital citizenship” in a sentence with a straight face.

9. You’re in bad shape if the internet goes down during a lesson.

10. YouTube makes more sense than television.

11. You forgot what chalk does to your skin.

12. Flipping the classroom is an instructional strategy rather than a response to misbehavior.

13. You’re sure Vine is rotting your middle schooler’s brain.

14. Your district has a more transparent facebook policy than they do on assessment or curriculum mapping.

15. You’re scared to explain your blended, student-centered, mobile-centric classroom to parents, so you don’t mention any of it on the syllabus.

16. You’ve “crowdsourced” something–school supplies, for example.

17. You trade rooms with another teacher for a better Wi-Fi signal—and don’t tell them why.

18. You’ve texted during class, but have taken a student’s phone for doing the same.

19. You plan lessons assuming that every student has Wi-Fi broadband access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

20. Students blame passwords and log-in issues rather than the dog for eating their homework.

21. Your students have to explain certain technologies to you, but you pretend you already knew.

22. You seriously consider that if it’s not being talked about on twitter, it may not have happened.

23. You’ve spoken more recently with the tech leader in Mumbai than the new 10th grade Math teacher down the hall.

24. You’d never admit it, but you judge other people by the tech they carry.

25. You’re energized–and absolutely fatigued–by the rate of change in your craft as an educator early in the 21st century.

Schedule Sept 22-26, 2014

Monday: AIS Diamond

Tuesday: AM - AIS Diamond PM- AIS First

Wednesday: AIS First

Thursday: Fairlawn

Friday: AM Flex (send me your requests for help!) PM iTeam Meeting

Bright Bytes Survey

We have partnered with Bright Bytes to conduct a survey of your technology use. This survey will take less than 10 minutes and gives us feedback so that we can serve you better. 100% participation is expected from all staff. We are also asking that students take the survey.


No login usernames or passwords are required.


You will be receving a link very soon, if you haven't already, from your building technology coordinator.



Since the links are building specific, I do not have access to them all.

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EVSC is holding a weekly photo challenge for teachers to capture the happenings of their classrooms. This week our topic is:

Where the Magic Happens.

Please submit any photos from the week by:

  1. You can share via Instagram- Simply post your Instagram photos using the hashtag #EVSCstory. Feel free to add other hashtags as well to indicate the theme (e.g. #Selfie), or add more information to the caption to help tell the story.
  2. You can share via Twitter- Post your photos to Twitter using the hashtag #EVSCstory. Again, we invite you to add other hashtags, including some of our EVSC hashtags like #evscchat. You can also include our Twitter handle (@evscicats) to ensure we see your pictures as soon as you post.
  3. You can share via Facebook- Visit our ICATS Facebook page, click the Message button in the upper-right corner, and in the text of the message give us your name, school, and the theme for the week. Be sure to attach the photo by clicking the Add Files button. While you are there, we’d love it if you liked our page
  4. You can share via Google Drive- If social media isn’t your thing, feel free to share your photos directly with us through Google Drive. Use this link to access our shared folder. You will need to then click the blue Open in Drive button. Then drag your photo into the window, or click the red upload arrow in the upper-left to search for your photo and click Open. It would help us if you would name your photo with the week’s theme and your name and school.

How to Check Out the Photos

After each week’s challenge, we will post a link to the archive of the week’s photos here. Follow the link, and enjoy the story that unfolds!

Sarah Stephens - eLearning Coach

Sarah is a learner for life. She's on a mission to teach others about how to put some pizzazz into their teaching to grab the attention of students. She also has a passion for helping teachers foster our future by creating strong readers.