ADW Ed Tech-er

October, 2018

Happy Fall

To those who were able to make the all regions educational technology educators meeting, a huge thank you! It was a wonderful day spent together learning and collaborating. I can't stress enough the importance of having a close knit professional learning community. Collaboration is key to our success as educators. While there is plenty of collaborating going on within your school, there isn't many individuals who can relate to what you do. I will continue to promote and help grow our community of Catholic ed tech educators. Be sure to mark your calendars for March 29, 2019, we will have our spring meeting for the 2018-19 school year. I hope to see you there. Thank you for all you do, God bless.

Shannon McQuillan Norris

Director for Educational Technology

Archdiocese of Washington, Catholic Schools

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3-credit courses - Registration Extended

We are extending our registration deadline and postponing the official start date for all of the 3-credit courses.Registration will now stay open until November 1st. All of the courses will now begin on November 3rd and end on January 12 (online).

November 3: ADW Fall Hybrid Courses

Building Classroom Connections in the Early Childhood Setting - In person at St. Mary's, Landover Hills

Social-Emotional Well-Being in the Classroom - In person at St. Mary's, Landover Hills

Engaging Children’s Minds through Inspiration - Welcome and syllabus instructions sent via email

Your School Is Going 1:1, Are You Ready? - In person at Academy of Saint Matthias

Please share these courses with your friends and encourage them to sign up!

Vicky McCann, M.Ed.

Director for Curriculum & Instruction

Archdiocese of Washington


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Collaborating across schools is a great way to start your class(es) on becoming global citizens. Share and signup here; Contact another innovative educator like yourself to set up a project with your classes.

ADW Educational Technology Educator Resources

By: Matt Miller @MattMiller

Tech integration + PIRATE teaching = exciting learning!

The hooks to engage students in “Teach Like a PIRATE” are effective, but what could happen if you integrated some techno-wizardry with them? There are 20 concrete examples in “The Digital PIRATE.” To download the entire ebook for FREE, click here.

iKeepsafe By Google

Welcome to the Be Internet Awesome curriculum, a collaboration between Google

and the Internet Keep Safe Coalition ( This resource is part of

Be Internet Awesome, a multifaceted program designed to teach kids the skills

they need to be safe and smart online.

The Be Internet Awesome curriculum gives educators the tools and methods

necessary to teach digital safety and citizenship fundamentals in the classroom.

The lesson plans bring the most critical teachings to the surface for educators

priming students to be safe and successful citizens in our networked world. These

lessons are reinforced by gamification techniques, using Interland (,

an adventure-packed online game that makes learning about digital safety and

citizenship interactive and fun – just like the Internet itself.

Five fundamental topics of digital safety and citizenship form the Internet Code

of Awesome:

• Share with Care (Be Internet Smart)

• Don’t Fall for Fake (Be Internet Alert)

• Secure Your Secrets (Be Internet Strong)

• It’s Cool to Be Kind (Be Internet Kind)

• When in Doubt, Talk It Out (Be Internet Brave)

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Online - FREE

Join us for a free, global online summit that you can attend from anywhere
(with an internet connection)!

Introducing the theme CREATE, we’re mixing it up to unveil new and ever-evolving content on the most relevant topics and learning principles in the classroom today, including mindfulness, accessibility, creativity and personalized learning. Expect engaging sessions covering everything from Creating with Chromebooks to Creating Real World Problem Solvers and Teacher Leaders.

Register today and join us from the best seat in the house.

October 23, 2018


Connect virtually and watch makers discuss live (YouTube Live) about different projects, learning spaces, creations, coding, 3D designs, art lessons, etc. There will be a session each half hour and they each will have a connected challenge. When you arrive to the landing page, you can view the schedule, challenges and watch the live presentations.


We will spotlight those that have amazing things to share. Don't forget to post your pictures and videos of student creations using #GlobalMakerDay on Twitter during and after the event!


One part of the event is participating in challenges with opportunity for your class to solve problems, be creative and PLAY. Challenges will be posted on the landing page and given in the sessions during the day of the event.


Check out schedules and more about Global Maker Day at

Register for #GlobalMakerDay here

December 3-9, 2018

"Computer science is about so much more than computers. It’s about solving problems, helping humanity progress, and building a world that only existed in your mind. It’s not just coding, but the things that fuel it: passion, collaboration—and creativity.

In just seven weeks, we’ll kick off the Hour of Code during CS Education Week, December 3 - 9th. Students worldwide will uncover something to love about computer science, to see that they too can code and create.

Join us as we post videos and stories about creativity
With 630 million served, you’ve helped build the largest learning campaign in history. Help us reach 1 billion! We invite students, parents, coders, artists, teachers, and creators of all walks to share what creativity means to you. You can post to social media in this format:

Creativity is _______ What will you create? #HourOfCode"

FREE - Computer Science/Coding Clubs

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A few of the Catholic EdCamp DMV Sponsors - Free Giveaways & Swag!

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Catholic EdCampDMV

Saturday, Nov. 3rd, 8am

9473 Annapolis Road

Lanham, MD

Registration and details here

Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM (EDT)

The Academy of Saint Matthias the Apostle

9473 Annapolis Road
Lanham, MD 20706

This event is open to anyone, but we are hoping to get lots of Catholic school educators to join together from Archdiocese of Washington, Archdiocese of Baltimore and Arlington Diocese. If you have never attended an Edcamp, check out this short video.

Teachers of all grade levels and subjects are welcome! Anyone who attends will get a certificate from NCEA for 4 hours of Professional Development. There will be food, fellowship, giveaways and of course GREAT PD on your terms.

Questions? Contact Andrea or Shannon

The Prizes and giveaways are just the bonus to this day of PD on your terms!

We hope you can make it! Cheers, Andrea D. Chavez-Kopp

November 2nd - New Carrollton, MD

FREE Rediker training provided by the company.
Free Registration here

You're invited! Join us for a live demonstration of Rediker Software student information system and see the latest innovations in educational technology. There is no cost to attend, but we do ask that you pre-register. Call 800-213-9860 or visit We look forward to seeing you!

WHEN: November 2, 2018

WHERE: Courtyard New Carrollton Landover 8330 Corporate Drive Landover, MD 20785


8:15am to 9:00am Free Continental Breakfast

9:00am to Noon RediConnect User Community Meeting

Noon to 1:00pm Q & A

* See the latest features in AdminPlus, TeacherPlus Gradebook, PlusPortals and RediSite.

* Learn tips and tricks for Rediker’s education software.

* Collaborate with other educators and AdminPlus users in your area.

All Regions Educational Technology Educators Meeting

Friday, March 29th 2019 at 9:15am-2:30pm

To Be Determined

Please SAVE THE DATE for our All Regions Educational Technology Educators Meeting this Spring. We will continue to collaborate and grow our professional learning community as we come together to discuss best practices in ed tech. Be on the lookout for registration after the first of the year.

If you are a centrally located school and are willing to host please contact me at

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AirTame 2

"In addition to providing educators with a cable-free solution, there are a range of other exciting features for classrooms. The first version of Airtame focused mostly on mirroring screens from one device to another. The new version, Airtame 2 places emphasis on collaborative displays of information.

Airtame 2 has four times the amount of RAM as the previous version and uses a brand-new wifi chip to increase speed. With twice the size of the wireless range as before you can now move much more freely. The new security features include a Kensington Lock input. This makes it simpler to place devices in different spaces in your school. You’ll also find new options for a more flexible set up for the device too – including a magnetic wall mount.

Head over to Airtame’s website to learn more about their new wireless mirroring device. You’ll find information on including options for schools and districts, so you can get started right away!" Monica Burns @ClassTechTips