Washington Tech Tidbits

Washington School - May 2, 2016 - Rachel Labuz

Chromebook and iPad Collection

All student Chromebooks, power cords, and cases (with tags) must be permanently returned to school, no later than Tuesday, May 24th, to allow for inspection and paperwork to be completed before students leave for summer break.

Chromebooks, cases, and accessories will be collected on Wednesday, May 25th and Thursday, May 26th. PLEASE CLICK HERE to sign up for a 30-minute time slot when your students will be in the room. More details to follow.

Primary iPads and classroom laptops will be collected on Friday, May 27th.

Laptops and iPads can be checked out from the LRC carts through June 2nd. Please use the the appropriate Google calendars to sign them out.

Summer Professional Growth Classes

When you have a moment, check out District 64's summer professional growth workshops. If you're interested in taking a course, please register by THIS Friday, May 6th.

*I will be teaching Get to the Head of the Class with Google Classroom on the morning of Wednesday, July 20th. Sign up if you'd like to learn more about using Google Classroom with your students!

Dan Meyer's Three-Act Math Tasks

This wonderful resource offers a variety of engaging math tasks for students. Many of the tasks address middle school standards, but there are some great upper elementary projects, too! The tasks involve authentic, problem-based questions, such as How Many Boxes of Girl Scout Cookies Would Fit in that Trunk?, How Many Push-Ups Did Bucky the Badger Have to Do?, Who Do You Think Did the Best Job Drawing a Square?, and Which Glass Contains More Soda?

Some projects are more challenging than others, but this may be something to consider for a small group or whole class activity for the last week of school. :)

Choosito Search Engine

Last week, I had the pleasure of hearing Richard Byrne of Free Technology for Teachers speak in Rosemont (if you haven't already, I highly recommend that you check out his blog--it is full of wonderful resources and tutorials). His words were very inspiring, as he discussed the things that we should be doing as teachers to prepare students to work independently.

One tool he discussed during his presentation was Choosito, which provides trusted content and safer access to the world wide web. Content can be filtered by reading level and subject area. Choosito also encourages users to evaluate sites based on a series of questions. This is a great way for students to assess the credibility and validity of the resources that they view. Head over to Choosito to sign up for a free trial, and check out the video below for more information.

Choosito! search and learn

District 64 Student Technology Showcase

The First Annual District 64 Student Technology Showcase will take place on Monday, May 23rd from 6-7pm at Emerson Middle School. A small group of students from each school will be highlighting ways in which they have used technology this year to support the 4Cs of learning. Feel free to come on by and listen to our students, as they reflect on ways they've communicated, collaborated, shown creativity, and demonstrated critical thinking with technology!