River Trail Tech


Surface Quick Tips

If your Surface does not connect to the internet, hold down the power button on top of the device for a minimum of 10 seconds until it completely powers down. After it is turned off, press the power button once to turn it back on and it should connect.

When you fold the keyboard into the screen while leaving the power on, the battery still continues to run. If you're not going to use your Surface for at least an hour, go ahead and power down to save your battery.

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OneNote Intro

What: Come hear an introduction to OneNote. It's just the basics! We'll discuss what it is and how it can be used. Maximum time of 20 minutes!

When: Thursday (May 5th) during your PLC time:

7th Grade: 9:00 - 9:20

8th Grade: 11:30 - 11:50

PE/Connections:1:15 - 1:35

6th Grade: 2:30 - 2:50

Where: Media Center

This week you WILL NOT need your laptop or Surface.

Each week, we'll build upon what we've already learned or already know!

Personalized Learning

In August, we will begin living personalized learning, along with the addition of students having Surface tablets. If you haven't already, between now and the end of the school year is the perfect time to try out PL in your classroom. If you need some help generating ideas, let me know!!!

A few weeks ago, the Ed Elements team conducted short 5-7 minute walk-throughs in the majority of classrooms to gain an understanding of where our school currently is with personalized learning.

Some of the things they would like to see from us is

  • an increase in relevancy (why am I doing this) and students having authentic talk
  • student choice in gathering and demonstrating information
  • deviating more from paper and pencil tasks and from DOK Level 1 practice (worksheets)
  • increasing co-planning of learning, student reflection, student goal-setting, and student growth monitoring
  • setting standard expectations for PLCs

Beginning this week and continuing through the rest of the school year, I will begin popping in classrooms for about 5 minutes to see where teachers are with PL and what changes or additions we can make.

My goal is to have everyone try PL before the end of the year, so that no one feels overwhelmed or lost when we return in August.

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Jennifer Lee

Instructional Technology Specialist