BTSD Internal 21st Century News

The 6-1-16 Issue

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Google Apps News

Do you have sticky notes all over the place? Do you keep Things To Do lists (or want to)? While my personal favorite is Wunderlist, Google Keep is gaining momentum. Wunderlist is a straight forward program that you can categorize your various lists. Google Keep allows you to organize what you want in a variety of ways. As you will see in the tutorial, it is easy to get to. So in addition to getting into the habit of opening your calendar each morning, you could also open up your Google Keep. The video will detail things like you can always have your TTD list with you & you can share all or some of the items with others. Think of the possibilities of sharing with students!

As always, don't forget to check out the BTSD Internal 21st Century website for other 21st Century information and help. Hey, add this to your bookmarks while your at it!

New! Google Keep Tutorial
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Creative 21st Century Scholar

The "Creative 21st Century Scholar" for this issue is: Colleen Fee

Colleen Fee designed a Google Form that she uses to collect data on her contact with students. By analyzing the data, she can see patterns that help her plan counseling interventions.

The form captures some basic information about each student -- their grade, their race, and whether they are a general education, 504, special education, or ELL student. She also logs whether the contact was the result of a classroom lesson, group, or individual session. The form allows her to indicate the reason the student received counseling, and what interventions she used.

Google Forms organizes the data into charts that allow Colleen to see how much many students she’s seen at each grade level, and whether there are certain students who have frequent visits. She can also use the data to learn more about which issues are re-occurring in the student body as a whole or among certain grades or sub-populations of students.

Analyzing the data helps Colleen plan her interventions. Noticing that students’ issues cluster around a few topics allows her to think through the most effective ways of serving them, and to plan services that are both preventive and responsive.

Kudos to Colleen Fee

(Each issue will feature a new staff member or a new idea.)

Previous 21st Century Scholar's

November 2014: Joe Tyler

December 2014: Jessica Estep

January 2015: Danielle Beebe

February 2015: Jay Jones & Kevin Monaghan

March 2015: Cheryl Weldon

March (Special Edition) 2015: Myra Manus

September 2015: Katie Goslin

October 2015: Jackie Ballard & Gina Zimecki

November 2015: Melissa King

December 2015: Stephanie Caracci

January 2016: Joe Tyler

February 2016: Jane DeAngelis

March 2016: Peg Perry

April 2016: Kandis Astemborski

May 2016: Colleen Fee

Do you know someone or feel you are a worthy candidate for the "Creative 21st Century Scholar" recognition? Please send an email out to any of the Google Clusters along with a brief description of your impressive initiative.

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21st Century Learning News

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Do you have other questions?

Please feel free to reach out to any of us.

BBY: Reshma George - Mathew

FWS: Shawn Fitzpatrick

BTMS: Dianna DeFiore

BTHS: Sheri Einhorn

District: Kirt Thomason

Don't forget to check out the BTSD Internal 21st Century Learning website for all this and more archived information.