ITLS Newsletter

January 16, 2015


For next week's DL/TL meeting please install the chrome app Doc Hub on the device you will be bringing if it is not a Chromebook managed by the district.

Link to Doc Hub.

Google’s Computer Science Summer Institute and the Generation Google Scholarship for Students

Applications for Google's Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI) and the Generation Google Scholarship have opened for graduating high school seniors! We encourage students to apply to both opportunities. As part of the scholarship, recipients are awarded a 10,000 USD or 5,000 CAD scholarship and will attend CSSI in the summer of 2015.

We are looking for students who who have shown interest or potential in CS but are perhaps unsure about choosing CS as a major or may need supplemental support. It is our hope that these programs can help provide the support they need to ensure a commitment to CS as they start their undergraduate careers.

We need your help in identifying incoming freshmen (current high school seniors) who would benefit most from involvement and are considering studying CS or a related field. Would you mind posting our flyer (see attached) where possible, such as in classrooms or on bulletin boards? Please also pass the message below to any students or colleagues you know who work with programs that target high school students.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email or


Destiny Book Review How-To

Here is a link to Step by Step directions for creating and approving book reviews in Destiny.

Ways to Search for Copyright Free Images

Article on helping students use search features in Google Images, Google Docs, Flikr and Bing to find Creative Commons images. Info on attribution too.

Librarians: Continue to Champion the Read Aloud to Parents and Teachers!

New research out from Scholastic with some great infographics on the power of reading aloud, what kids like to read, and more.

From Your Peers Free through grant!

Laura Israelsen received a grant to hook up to the district. Use Firefox or IE so you are not prompted for a login.
Kathi Pappas, the tech teacher @ North Star, and Nadine have been brainstorming digital literacy skills needed for PARCC and I sat down with the intermediate teachers at both my buildings and shared this document with them. The teachers eagerly jumped on these lessons and I'm busy collaborating with them on DL skills. Feel free to share this document in your weekly newsletter. I was having trouble keeping track of all the PARCC info, so I attempted to put it all together in one document - it includes great lessons from colleagues also.
STEM-Related Grant Deadline is Jan 31

Becky shared this grant opportunity.