CCS Technology Times

October 14, 2014

Free Webinar

Digital Leader Corps-Fueling An Innovative Change Movement Around Instruction

Designed to scale digital transformation and re-image the culture of teaching and learning, Discovery Education's Digital Leader Corps is a three-year + professional learning partnership for educators and school leaders. This system is employed to fuel an innovative change movement around instruction, which is intentionally designed to drive system transformation, build a culture of continuous improvement, support a shared leadership model, and maximize teachers' impact on student learning.

Join Todd Wirt, assistant superintendent for academics with Wake County Public School System (WCPSS), N.C., and Carol Wetzel, senior director with Discovery Education, as they discuss the challenges WCPSS faced implementing Common Core State Standards across the district and how they determined the best way to scale professional development for its 11,000 teachers as they embarked on this digital and instructional journey.


Todd Wirt, assistant superintendent for academics, Wake County public school system, N.C.

This webinar will be moderated by Carol Wetzel, senior director, Discovery Education

Register now for this free live webinar.

Technology Facilitator Meeting Middle/High

Thursday, Oct. 16th, 8:30am

Technology Center

Middle/High TF meeting Thursday at 8:30 on October 16th.

Technology Facilitator Meeting Elementary

Friday, Oct. 17th, 8:30pm

Education Center

Please see location change.

Webinar - Buidling Better Ed-Tech STrategies for the Pre-K-5 Crowd

Building Better Ed-Tech Strategies for the Pre-K-5 Crowd

Using technology to improve literacy and math skills for younger students takes very different strategies and tools than are typically used for middle and high school students. Our guests will discuss the best approaches for using digital devices, apps, and software for students in preschool through 5th grade, examining issues around how to balance the use of text versus multimedia, what types of online interactivity are most effective, and when technology should be turned off.


Suzy Brooks, fourth grade teacher, Mullen-Hall School, Falmouth, Mass.

Todd Nesloney, principal, Navasota Intermediate School, Navasota, Texas

This webinar will be moderated by Michelle R. Davis, senior writer, Education Week/Digital Directions

Register now for this free live webinar.

Tripod offers free student surveys for teachers

The Tripod Project has just launched a new format that allows individual teachers to conduct free once-a-year online surveys of their students and get immediate results and analysis. Teachers can sign up here and principals here

Classroom management apps –

In this School Library Journal article, Richard Byrne recommends three apps that help with classroom management:
• Random student name selector –
• Countdown timer –
• Noise regulator –

“Classroom Management Tricks” by Richard Byrne in School Library Journal, October 2014 (Vol. 60, #10, p. 15),

16 Educators you should follow on Twitter

Teachers can often find support and help from other educators online. Laura Devaney, Managine Editor, @esn provided the following list of educators to follow on Twitter.

1. Tom Whitby @TomWhitby

Whitby founded #edchat, has authored several books about teaching and learning, and taught middle and high school for 34 years.

2. Dan Brown @DanBrownTeacher

Brown is executive director of the Future Educators Association, is very active on Twitter, and offers great tips for teachers.

3. Karina Barley @karinadawn

Barley is the president of Autism Australia and authored an online course series that teachers educators how to use iPads to engage students who are on the autism spectrum.

4. Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher

Davis maintains the Cool Cat Teacher blog and focuses on using new technologies in the classroom.

5. Gisele Santos @feedtheteacher

Based in Brazil, Santos tweets frequently on project-based learning and the Maker Movement. Santos also focuses on the role of technology and tech tools in education.

6. Jennifer Carey @TeacherJenCarey

As director of educational technology at the Ransom Everglades School in Florida, Carey tweets about expanding PLNs in an effort to integrate technology into the classroom.

7. Mary Beth Hertz @mbteach

Hertz is a technology integration specialist in Philadelphia and has a particular interest in addressing gender gaps in schools, as well as implementing technology at the classroom level. She is an Edcamp Foundation board member and organizer.

8. Todd Whitaker @ToddWhitaker

Whitaker focuses on leadership, teaching, and motivation, and has written more than 30 books. He is a professor at Indiana State University.

9. Eric Sheninger @E_Sheninger

Sheninger‘s influence is widely felt in education and on Twitter, and Time Magazine named his Twitter feed one of the best to follow in 2014.

10. Pernille Ripp @pernilleripp

Ripp, a 7th grade teacher, is creator of The Global Read Aloud Project, which encourages students from across the globe to collaborate and interact with one another. Ripp is the co-founder of Edcamp in Madison, Wis.

11. Josh Stumpenhorst @stumpteacher

Stumpenhorst teaches 6th grade language arts and social studies and offers an inspiring and humorous perspective on teaching tips.

12. Scott Newcomb @SNewco

Newcomb specializes in mobile learning, iPad apps, project-based learning, and mobile learning. Newcomb is the author of The Mobile Native.

13. Amy Mayer @friEdtechnology

Based in Texas, Mayer is an instructional technology guru and offers ed-tech advice, educational developments, and job openings.

14. Nicole Bucka @nbucka

Bucka focuses on autism and special education and offers RTI support for secondary schools in Rhode Island.

15. Wendy Kopp @WendyKopp

Kopp is the CEO and co-founder of Teach For All, a global network that aims to expand educational opportunity across the world. Kopp was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2010.

16. Jessica Johnson @PrincipalJ

Johnson, an elementary school principal in rural Wisconsin, was named the 2014 Wisconsin Elementary Principal of the Year and moderates the weekly #educoach Twitter chat.

Laura Devaney, Managing Editor, @eSN_Laura,October 14th, 2014