Monthly Tech Tidbits

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The purpose of this monthly newsletter is to provide you with quick information, tips, and technology hacks for the classroom.
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Instructional Technology Needs Assessment

If you still haven't completed the Instructional Technology Needs Assessment, please consider taking a few minutes to do so by choosing the link for your school below. This information gives me ideas for how to be of assistance to you.

New Work Order Procedure

Administrators, Faculty, & Staff,

Effective immediately, SPS & TFAA will be piloting the new process for reporting Work Orders! We will no longer be using spswo or tfawo emails. Instead, you will be provided with a link that will take you to the site to complete your work order request.

This link will be located on the Technology web page, as well as the school's website under the Academics > Teacher Resources tab. I will also post it in my email signature for easy access.

Please review the document below for specific instructions on how to get started.

As always, if you have any questions, please ask! If you have comments or suggestions, please write those down. The IT department will be sending a survey in the next couple of weeks looking for your feedback.

Professional Development News

Common Sense Educators are committed to helping kids and schools thrive in the digital age. In this session, participants will navigate through the Common Sense resources and begin the pathway to become a certified common-sense educator. Common Sense Media has access to wonderful lesson plans, videos, and discussions that can help you to educate our students to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in the digital world.

Section Number: 11816

Section Title: Become a Certified Common Sense Educator

Date: 11/12/19

Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Location: SPS Computer Lab

Section Number: 11814

Section Title: Become a Certified Common Sense Educator

Date: 11/13/2019

Time: 3:00 - 4:30

Location: TFAA Library

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The Rigor & Relevance Framework

Based on the feedback from my Instructional Technology Needs Assessment, many of you were not familiar with the Rigor & Relevance Frame Work. So, I'd like to introduce you with the graphic below, a brief explanation, and a short video of Dr. Robyn Jackson explaining what rigorous instruction requires students to do.

If you'd like to learn more about using the Rigor & Relevance Framework and diving into Blended Learning, please let me know!

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ASCD Video: Excerpt, "What Rigor Looks Like in the Classroom"

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