RUSD Ed Tech News and Notes

May 2016

WELCOME!

Welcome to the monthly RUSD Ed Tech News and Notes! This newsletter will contain a few tech tips and tricks you can use in your classroom and school site. It will also spotlight the innovative ways teachers, administrators, and staff are using technology in order to transform the learning experiences of our students. Finally, upcoming Mash Up Monday sessions will be shared so you can mark your calendars to attend these personalized PD events created with your needs in mind!


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EdTech CoP

Thursday, May 5th, 3:30-5:30pm

Rowland Instructional Center, Conference Room 1

At our final CoP meeting of the year, we will reflect on our technology use and make goals moving forward. Using various tech tools, we will create an archive of our work this year. Time will also be spent discuss the EdTech CoP moving forward--requirements and rewards. If you are interested in joining the CoP for the 2016-2017 school year, this will be a great meeting to attend!


Please make sure to register on Oars!

RUSD EdTech Institute

Please join us for our 2nd annual RUSD EdTech Institute where we will showcase the super power of instructional technology!


You will be able to choose from a variety of sessions that can help you harness the power of technology to facilitate your students' participation in engaging, hands-on lessons and activities that will help them meet the standards.


Breakfast and lunch will be served at this action-packed, amazing event!


Check out the flyer below for more information and fill out the survey to share topics you're interested in learning about.


Click here to register


Click here to visit the Institute website

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Parent Tech Night

We will be hosting our second Parent Tech Night for South side schools on Thursday May 12 at Rowland Elementary School. This will be a time that parents can come and learn about the technology applications used in RUSD. We will also be discussing ways they can support technology and 21st century learning at home. Please see the flyer below for more details.
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Tech Tools

Google Certification

Because learning never stops, Google has designed free, online training for the classroom that helps educators do what they do best, even better. The training center has content to meet you where you are and get you where you want to be.


There are 4 certifications that teachers and administrators should take note of: Google Educator Level 1, Google Educator Level 2, Google Education Trainer, and Google Innovator. Check out the image below (courtesy of Shake Up Learning) for details about each certification and its requirements.

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Google Educator Levels 1 & 2 only require an online exam. All content for the exam can be found in the training center.


Google Education Trainer and Google Innovator require exams as well as an application.


Click here to visit the Google for Education Training Center where you will find more information about each certification and all of the modules for the Google Educator exams.


Resources for the various Google Certifications:

Spotlight on...

Device Pilot


2 teachers from each site are currently pilot devices to determine what a universal classroom in RUSD will look like. Piloting classrooms in grades TK-8 are looking at the iPad Air 2 and an 11 in HP Chromebook while pilot classrooms in high school are looking at an 11 in HP Chromebook and a 14 in HP Chromebook. The pilot will continue this month.


Check out the pictures below to see what teachers and students have been up to!

There will also be a Tech Fair at the Rowland Instructional Center (RIC) May 9-12 and May 16-19 from 3 pm to 4 pm. This will be a time that all RUSD stakeholders can come by and see, touch, and play with the devices.

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We'd love to spotlight how you are using technology to inspire students, teachers, and staff. Please email me so I can come out and snap pictures of your fabulous work!
Mash Up Monday on Oars.webm

Renaissance for Beginners

Monday, May 2nd, 3:30-4:30pm

Oswalt, Room 7

For teachers, administrators, and classified staff

Digital Assessment Tools

Monday, May 9th, 3:30-4:30pm

RIC, Training Room 3

For teachers, administrators, and classified staff

Digital Publishing Tools

Monday, May 16th, 3:30-4:30pm

RIC, Training Room 3

For teachers, administrators, and classified staff

Aeries Gradebook for Beginners

Monday, May 16th, 3:30-4:30pm

Alvarado MP 1 (Computer Lab)

For teachers, administrators, and classified staff

Other Ed Tech Learning Opportunities

BCCUE Spring TechFair

Saturday, May 21st, 8:30am-12pm

2950 East 29th Street

Long Beach, CA

BCCUE Spring TechFair is the second annual technology conference hosted by Beach Cities CUE. Participants will engage in hands-on sessions while learning best practices for integrating technology into educational curriculum, instruction, and assessments. There will be multiple presentations to choose from during two sessions.


Registration and morning snacks will start at 8:30. The sessions will begin at 9:00. Closing and door prizes will follow shortly after the second session.


Click here to register

Tech Across District Lines (TADL)

Tuesday, May 24th, 4:30-6pm

500 N. Walnut St., La Habra, CA 90631

Are you a teacher looking to find best practices for integrating technology? Are you a principal hoping to motivate your staff and students to embrace 21st century learning tools? Are you a district administrator trying to identify LEA best practices?


Have you looked all over for support at conferences, seminars, Twitter chats, only to find talking points, buzz words, one-way communication, and keepers of knowledge talking at you and not listening to you?


If you feel like we do, then it's time for a change. It's time to engage in a conversation. It's time to listen to others who are quietly making waves in their classroom, school, district (you!). It's time to connect across district lines and make meaningful, ongoing relationships with educators just like you.


With Technology Across District Lines (TADL) we want to create a living, always-evolving group that includes educators making connections between districts.

There is no agenda. There are no sessions. There won't be a panel. This isn't an Ed Camp; it's a conversation.


Click here to register for this FREE event

Think.Create.Share Conference

Saturday, June 4th, 8am-4pm

California State University Fullerton - Mihaylo Hall: College of Business and Economics

Think.Create.Share is a FREE conference on Creativity, Critical Thinking, and Technology explores how technology is being used in innovative ways in schools to foster creativity and critical thinking. This annual event highlights the work of K-12 teachers, administrators, teacher educators, and educational technology experts who are passionate about improving teaching and learning.


Click here to visit the conference website


Click here to register

Tech Across District Lines (TADL)

Monday, June 20th, 4:30-6pm

Fullerton School District (TBD)

Are you a teacher looking to find best practices for integrating technology? Are you a principal hoping to motivate your staff and students to embrace 21st century learning tools? Are you a district administrator trying to identify LEA best practices?


Have you looked all over for support at conferences, seminars, Twitter chats, only to find talking points, buzz words, one-way communication, and keepers of knowledge talking at you and not listening to you?


If you feel like we do, then it's time for a change. It's time to engage in a conversation. It's time to listen to others who are quietly making waves in their classroom, school, district (you!). It's time to connect across district lines and make meaningful, ongoing relationships with educators just like you.


With Technology Across District Lines (TADL) we want to create a living, always-evolving group that includes educators making connections between districts.


There is no agenda. There are no sessions. There won't be a panel. This isn't an Ed Camp; it's a conversation.


Click here to register for this FREE event.

Riverside Summit featuring Google for Education

Tuesday, July 12th, 8am to Wednesday, July 13th, 4:30pm

Central Middle School (Riverside, CA)

This two-day high-intensity event focuses on deploying, integrating, and using Google Apps for Education (and other Google tools) to promote student learning in K-12 and higher education.


Click here for more information

Click here to register

SGVCUE Tech Fair

Saturday, Oct. 15th, 8am-3pm

Covina High School

SGVCUE is a local CUE affiliate group that hosts a yearly tech fair. Sessions will be held around a variety of topics ranging from beginning to advanced. Come for a day of fun and learning! Breakfast, lunch, and a shirt are included with your paid registration!


Click here for more information


Click here to register

  • Early Bird pricing is $50 for CUE members and ends July 1
  • Pre-conference pricing is $55 for CUE members and ends September 30
  • Conference pricing is $60 for CUE members and ends October 15
  • Group rates and bring a friend offers are also available

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