All the Tech & Innovation News You Can Use • Issue #18

EdTech@NSCDS News

Here's the 18th issue of EdTech@NSCDS, an occasional newsletter for the faculty at North Shore Country Day! Back issues can be found here.



  • Check out the new Tech@NSCDS website! Find help and resources on this site.
  • The NSCDS dashboard is THE place to find important links for staff and faculty. Chris J. recently refreshed this page. Bookmark it (Command + D) for easy access!
  • We're now on Twitter! Follow us at https://twitter.com/TechAtNSCDS.
  • Apple Teacher is a self-directed, professional learning program that focuses on the use of iPads and Mac computers. Apple tools such as Garageband, Pages, Keynote, etc. are featured. Teachers at North Shore should participate complete the 8 modules for either the Mac or iPad track by the end of August 2019.
  • Department heads and grade levels, please invite me to any upcoming department meetings. I'd also like to observe in any classrooms. invite me in!

Recommendations from the Road

Recently, several faculty members have attended the Illinois Computing Educators, EdCamp North Side, the ASCD conference, and the Consortium for School Networking Conference. The following are resources worth sharing with the North Shore community.

From Jeff Shaw

  • Learning Ally and Bookshare are two sources of ebooks and audiobooks designed to support struggling readers. YouTube 360: YouTube has many videos in a 360-degree format for immersive learning experiences. Just search for your topic and apply the "360" filter. (Lucy's note:
  • YouTube 360: YouTube has many videos in a 360-degree format for immersive learning experiences. Just search for your topic and apply the "360" filter. (Lucy's note: See this example search for geography videos.)
  • Wonderscope app: This app turns your classroom into an interactive adventure as students interact with engaging virtual characters.

From Carissa Clark

From Caitlin McLennan

From Lucy Gray

Here are a few tools and resources from the three pd events I attended in the last month.


Upcoming Opportunity: No. More. Plastic.

This educator, Koen Timmers, runs amazing global projects and has a new one launching in April. Register here for more information about the student-centered No. More. Plastic project.


Notes from visiting learning spaces in #Helsinki, #Finland. It was an excellent trip from start to Finnish!

My friend Karen Blumberg teaches at the Brearley School in New York, and this excellent post recaps her spring break adventures in Finland. What can we learn from their successes? Check out her post here.

Library Maker Space at Fountain Valley School

Another friend, Toni Olivieri-Barton, is the librarian at the Fountain Valley School in Colorado. The first floor of their library has been converted into a maker space, and Toni has documented this reimagined space here. She used Adobe Spark to create this document.

Digital Citizenship Cheat Sheet: 5 Important Steps For Teachers

Fostering digital citizenship is essential in every modern school. In this post on the Flipd blog, recommendations are made for thoughtfully using technology and for framing conversations with students. Incidentally, Flipd makes an app that addresses distraction issues. (I have not tried it yet, but will be downloading it shortly!)