News and updates from the the D65 Instructional Tech Team


Today we are launching #D65iTEch - a monthly communication from the instructional technology team. The goal of #D65iTech is to keep staff updated on the latest edtech news, PD opportunities, and to share ideas of tech integration and innovation.

The D65 iTech Team

The mission of our team is to support, promote and provide opportunities for the integration of technology into instructional practice. We collaborate with teachers and administrators to identify the best technology tools to enhance the curriculum and better engage students. We also support the use of applications that assist staff in using technology to manage the day-to-day workflow of teaching in a constantly changing technological landscape.
Our current schedule and contact information can be found at the bottom of this page. We try to visit all schools on a weekly basis and can also make appointments to work with your schedule.

The D65iTech Website

We are also announcing the launch of the new Instructional Technology website! The D65iTech website is the place to find resources and information for:
  • Login & support for D65 databases and administrative systems
  • Recommended Instructional Tech tools for your classroom
  • Guides for using Prometheans, Epson projectors, Macs & more
  • iTech PD Workshop resources & follow-up
  • Ipads - guides for use in classrooms, App request form, D65 app list
  • Digital Citizenship, student gmail (grades 6-8)
  • 3rd grade keyboarding program
  • 21st Century teaching guides: SAMR, 4C's, & ISTE Standards

The website is a work in progress and we welcome suggestions. Please bookmark the site as it will be a valuable resource for using tech in your classroom.

Requesting Apps for Student iPads

This summer we worked with our Tech department to streamline the process for making apps easily available on student iPads. All requests for apps will now be made through an App request form and approved apps will be pushed to the D65 Student App store, which can be found in Self Service on the iPads. To install an app, students will simply find the app in Self-Service and click install. That's it - no Apple ID needed! More details, including the App request form and a current list of available apps, can be found on the D65iTech website.

Digital Citizenship

Technology presents incredible learning opportunities for students to collaborate, connect and create in a digital world. It's important to build a positive culture at school and home that promotes safe and responsible use of technology. To highlight it's importance, Common Sense Media sponsors Digital Citizenship week in October. This is a good opportunity to take some time review theses great resources and help students learn how to use technology safely, responsibly and respectfully.

Here are some ways to get started:

Tech to Check

  • The ed-tech world is constantly changing, which is good! It can also be overwhelming to keep up with the innovation. A good place to turn is Common Sense Education's Edtech Eleven, a monthly list of trending ed-tech tools that are worth checking out. This month's tools include some of our favorites including BreakoutEdu, SeeSaw and Swift Playgrounds. Contact us for ideas to use these tools in your classroom.

  • Common Sense also does a yearly list of the Best Learning Websites. Most are free, can be accessed from any device, and if they made CS's list, they are worth your time!

  • It's election time! With so much focus on the presidential candidates, it's an opportunity to teach students about the elections process. Here's a list of 12 U.S. election resources to use in your classroom now.

  • With the school year rolling along and parent-teacher conferences complete, it's time to give yourself a high-five, take a deep breath, and spend some time to think about a few cool digital learning activities your students will love.
    Below is an infographic of ideas to get started - pick one or two that spark interest for you and your students. Not sure how to begin? That's where the iTech facilitators can help. We have knowledge of the tools and resources to make these ideas a reality in your classroom.
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PD Opportunities

Google Educator Cohort

Are you interested in learning more about how Google Apps for Education can positively impact teaching and learning in your classroom? If the answer is yes, please join with your ETHS colleagues in the next joint district Google Level 1 Certified Educator Cohort, which will begin in November. Participants will enroll in a Google Classroom intended to provide structure and support for teachers to work through Google's 13 Google Educator Level 1 units and prepare for a final certification exam. All work can be done remotely and at your own pace. If interested, signup here. Registrants will be sent an email with more information prior to the start of the November cohort.

Congratulations to these D65 staff members who completed the summer cohort and are now Level 1 Google Educators:

  • Gary Cipinko

  • Regina Colquitt

  • Jennifer Olson

  • Kathleen Woodward

Upcoming Events

10/26/16 - NICE meeting - BreakoutEDU

10/29/16 - EdCamp Northshore

11/1/16 - November Google Level 1 Cohort - signup

1/28/17 - NICE Minicon

Breakout EDU

What is Breakout Edu?

Breakout Edu is a way to use a game-based approach to teach critical thinking, teamwork, problem-solving, and can be used by all content areas and grade-levels. It is engaging, fun, low-tech, and Breakout games are free. It's a great way to spark student's interest in learning.

New Teachers and Breakout Edu

It's not just for students. New teachers in D65 experienced a Breakout session as their last activity of orientation week. The large group was split into 6 teams, each with a Breakout box and a minimal set of instructions. Each team was tasked to solve the puzzles and open the box so they could celebrate the end of their week. Not only was this a fun, collaborative experience, it helped new teachers see how and why to try something like Breakout Edu in the classroom. One of the new teachers even tried a breakout session with her 1st grade class the very first week of school, inspired by the book "If you Take a Mouse to School" by Laura Numeroff.

How to get Started

  1. Find out how it works at breakoutedu.com/how-it-works
  2. Find a game at breakoutedu.com/games
    All games are password protected to prevent players looking up solutions during play. To get the password, email Fred or Janet
  3. Get a box - no need to purchase a Breakout box. We have 4 complete kits available for a 1 week checkout. Email Fred or Janet for details. We are also available to help setup or facilitate a Breakout session.
  4. Prepare - carefully go through game instructions, set your locks, print items
  5. Breakout! - This Facilitation Presentation has tips, a timer, signs & debrief questions
  6. Celebrate - take a picture, tweet it out or send it to us so we can celebrate with your class.

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