Sharon Cardia-Instructional Tech Coach (updated 5/12/15)

Google Apps for Education

Students and teachers continue to use their Google Apps for Education accounts to create technology based projects that coincide with curriculum standards. Teachers and technology coaches collaborate to create, communicate, and construct meaningful tasks using GAFE.
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PARCC-Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.
These K–12 assessments in Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy give teachers, schools, students, and parents better information whether students are on track in their learning and for success after high school, and tools to help teachers customize learning to meet student needs.

Technology Skills
The technology skills include keyboarding, cut and paste, drag and drop, highlighting, on-screen calculators, manipulating graphs, running simulations, changing font size and background color, knowing when to select multiple answers (square boxes) and when to select only one (circles), and a variety of other technology skills

New Link Online Student Tutorial-for ELA and MATH computer based samples

  • a. Notepad
  • b. Line Reader
  • c. Enable Magnifier
  • d. Pointer
  • e. Quarter Inch Ruler
  • f. Protractor
  • g. Answer Eliminator
  • h. Eighth Inch ruler
  • i. Centimeter Ruler
  • j. Change the foreground and background color
  • k. Disable Answer Masking
  • L. New Link --Equation Editor

Digital Citizenship Technology Project-FEBRUARY

List of Character Traits

What is Cyber Bullying?

Prevent Cyber Bullying

· Students will be given access to various articles or videos looking at cyber bullying from varying points of view.

· Students will begin to create their own video project with information from their articles to demonstrate the importance of being be safe, smart, and responsible in the digital world.

New Year's Resolutions-JANUARY

Our students in the younger grades have been typing up their 2015 New Year resolutions. Students took their pictures in Photo Booth, dragged thumbnail into Google Docs, inserted WordArt, and typed up their resolutions! Students are learning how to manage a Google Doc, toolbars, layouts, and more.

Happy New Year!

Enjoy our end of the year River "Edge" of Technology video!


Google Classroom in Action!

Haggerty's 5th grade class is just one out of the MANY teachers who had their students enter and explore Google Classroom! She assessed their knowledge in a Google form quiz about the reading material. Afterwards, students commented via the classroom stream and got to see what their fellow classmates thought! Students love this paperless platform!
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Parent Academy in Literacy-Hosted by Julia Diminich Supervisor-DECEMBER

Technology in the Primary Grades

Location: Computer Lab

Presented by Sharon Cardia, District Technology Coach

Reading Instruction in Kindergarten

Location: Library

Presented by Reem Halabi, Kindergarten Teacher, New Bridge Center

Reading Instruction in First Grade

Location: Room 24 (lower level)

Presented by Ashley Adimando, First Grade Teacher, Roosevelt School

Reading Instruction in Second Grade

Location: Room 16 (lower level)

Presented by Caitlin Holmes, Second Grade Teacher, Cherry Hill School

Technology in the Primary Grades

Location: Computer Lab

Presented by Sharon Cardia, District Technology Coach

Writing Instruction in Kindergarten

Location: Library

Presented by Reem Halabi, Kindergarten Teacher, New Bridge Center

Writing Instruction in First Grade

Location: Room 24 (lower level)

Presented by Ashley Adimando, First Grade Teacher, Roosevelt School

Writing Instruction in Second Grade

Location: Room 16 (lower level)

Presented by Caitlin Holmes, Second Grade Teacher, Cherry Hill School

Google Classroom at River Edge! November News

After school professional development classes offered by:

Sharon Cardia & Frank Perrone

Benefits for classes

Easy to set up Teachers can add students directly or share a code with their class to join. It takes just minutes to set up.

Saves time The simple, paperless assignment workflow allows teachers to create, review, and grade assignments quickly, all in one place.

Improves organization Students can see all of their assignments on an assignments page, and all class materials are automatically filed into folders in Google Drive.

Enhances communication Classroom allows teachers to send announcements and start class discussions instantly. Students can share resources with each other or provide answers to questions on the stream.

Affordable and secure Like the rest of our Google Apps for Education services, Classroom contains no ads, never uses your content or student data for advertising purposes, and is free for schools.

Check out Google Classroom Video

Classroom 101


Linkit Data Training

November 4, 2014

Professional Development Day

Ø View class and student assessment data

Ø Navigate Item Analysis to view student data per standard and per skill level to search for skill deficits

Ø Analyze data and create RTI groups based on skill deficits in your class

Ø Grades 5 and 6 will be able to view student data on stand alone rosters

November 4, 2014 Professional Development Day

Genesis Lesson Planner

November 4, 2014

Professional Development Day

Teachers were given at tutorial session on another management tool to organize lesson plans. They were shown how to set up Lesson books based on subjects taught, use the Lesson Calendar to create curricula units and lessons, and access Common Core and other "standards" integration. Teachers can "Lesson Pal" request each other to collaborate more effectively. The template has a variety of elements: Differentiation, Technology Integration, Objectives, Learning Activities, Assessments, 21st century skills, and more!

Typing Club-Preparing for PARCC


Students in all grade levels have been practicing inside their Typing Club program where they are reinforcing the "Homerow" and moving on two various letter combinations. Slow and steady wins the race; practice makes perfect! Students have been accessing the program in school and from home. The link is located via our district website under the Student Technology Playbook. Students receive STARS for their level performance as they try to reach their grade level speed and accuracy benchmark.

Generation Text Online

Tara Benevento, Pupil Assistance Counselor

Janel Blake, Pupil Assistance Counselor

Beth Rosen, Anti-Bullying Coordinator

Sharon Cardia, Instructional Technology Coach

The mission of Generation Text Online is to guide our school or organization in 21st Century Teaching and Learning strategies in the following areas:

    • Classroom Management for the 21st Century Learner
    • School Climate
    • Integrating Technology Into Classroom Instruction
    • Digital Citizenship
    • Cyber bullying / bullying
    • Conflict Resolution
    • Relationships – How to build and maintain relationships with students for effective teaching
    • Character Education/Ethical Decision Making

This program empowers the individual by focusing on each person's own actions and reactions and how those words and behaviors effect the people around them!


Now that we have settled into the school year, teachers in grades 1-3 have been bringing their students into the computer lab with the Instructional Technology Coach. Students accessed their very own Student Technology Playbook (which is still being developed!) This playbook is a journey to fun learning games, educational websites that align with the Common Core, and activities that will prepare them for academic success.

Students enjoyed reinforcing computer basics and keyboarding skills! They were introduced to lessons that focus on Homerow, and identifying the QWERTY keyboard. A review of proper keyboarding techniques and body position was introduced, along with how to navigate our district website.

Students honored "Week of Respect" in the computer lab by identifying letters and typing their respective grade level words like Respect, Gratitude, Self-Control, Integrity, and their names. They worked with layout, font styles, and design. Teachers followed up with a writing activity, on the colorful printout!


How many “LIKES” can you earn???

Every Student will create a Charactergram (all about me) page.

The pages will be displayed in the hallways.

Students who receive a “caught with good character” slip from staff will earn:

· A Like for their charactergram page

· Have their name announced in Friday’s morning announcements

· Receive a reward.

The following character education traits will be the focus of each month:




January-Goal Oriented



April- Zest


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Bruno Mars - Count On Me - Lyrics on screen


We had a great evening on Monday, October 20th at CHS Library, Computer Lab, and classrooms! Parents were educated about Math in our schools and the Common Core. We navigated a variety of amazing sites and the Student Technology Playbook. Parents couldn't believe how fortunate and lucky their children are to be introduced to so many technology resources that support academic success.

SEPTEMBER TECH NEWS! Give us "smore" technology!

Students have been in the labs taking online assessments (Linkit) that incorporated PARCC-like skills. Some of the skills included: following a GOOGLE-FORM like format where students needed to click circles, check boxes, expand windows, navigate tabs, type in a text box, highlight text, choose from a drop-down menu, drag and drop, and more.

All grades have been familiarizing themselves with the "STUDENT TECHNOLOGY PLAYBOOK". This is a link attached to our district website that has educational & computer literacy programs. Students were using the headsets to hear rules and instructions they were required to follow. They were getting reacquainted with adjusting the sound on the headsets, its wire and ear pierce.

All grades are familiarizing themselves with their Interactive Smartboards again! Grades 5&6 have their Google Chrome books inside classrooms, working hard in the "drives" creating documents that are shared with their teacher and classmates for reflections and collaboration.

Our laptop carts and lab sign-up Google calendars have been established and in full gear! Teachers are signing up for technology times and using the Mac computers and laptops to assist with their dynamic lessons.