Bucks County Tech Mentors Share

Highlights and Best Practices in Instructional Technology

Welcome

This newsletter is a monthly publication from the Tech Mentors of Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The overall goal of this newsletter is to share Instructional Technology applications and how they are being implemented in Bucks County with teachers, staff, administrators, students, parents and community members. Please take a minute to take the survey shared below, as well as comment at the bottom of the Smore.
Digital Community Survey

Please take a minute to take the linked survey about digital communities.

SAMR Model Explained

Article by Chad Evans. Click to access his full article!

SAMR Model Video by student from Armstrong Middle School Bristol Township

SAMR Model at Armstrong Middle School 2

NEW HOPE-SOLEBURY MIDDLE SCHOOL’S ONE to ONE CHROMEBOOK INITIATIVE

During the first week of the 2015-2016 school year, the New Hope-Solebury Middle School launched a 1:1 Chromebook Initiative for grades 6 through 8. From the initial planning stages through the early school year launch, the team has worked together to provide a model of continuous support and improvement. Click this link to read about the initiative.


Shared by Amanda Lynch

Flyer Creation Site Comparison

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Online Learning Tips and Tricks

Creating an Online Presence

One of the best things you can do as an online teacher is to create a positive web presence. You want to make sure your students and parents know that you are visible. Nothing is worse than taking an online course where you do not feel connected to the your teacher.

- Create a “Get to Know Your Teacher” page with pictures and fun facts about you

- Create an introduction video welcoming the class to your course using Powtoon

- Create clear course expectations that are easy to find

- Create online office hours where you will be available to students using join.me or Skype

- Create online parent sessions or newsletters using Smore to keep parents up to date with what is going on in your course

- Check in with individual students via email at least once a week to make sure everything is going well

- Create announcements at least once a week with information pertaining to the current unit of study or with any useful information you find that will help student learning

- Have fun! Think of your online class as you would your face-to-face class, make your class fun and exciting, get creative and make it an experience that the students won't forget!


Shared by Kasey Hinrichs

Bucks County Teacher Feature

This teacher feature has been created by Karen Hornberger through her blog, Living in a Library World…

All About Non-Linear Presentations

Shared by Karen Hornberger

National Bullying Prevention Resources

The Pennsylvania Department of Education, Office for Safe Schools bullying prevention website contains resources for parents, educators and professionals serving youth in school and out-of-school time settings.


http://www.education.pa.gov/K-12/Safe%20Schools/Pages/Bullying-Prevention.aspx#.VglnqlTD9wE


2. PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center includes a toolkit for National Bullying Prevention Month.

http://www.pacer.org/bullying/resources/toolkits/classroom/ele-starting-the-discussion.asp


3. Stop Bullying.Gov is a federal government website managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and contains links to: Kids, Home, The Facts, What You Can Do, Kids Videos and Games.
http://www.stopbullying.gov/blog/2013/09/30/month-learning-bullying-prevention-awareness-month

http://www.stopbullying.gov/kids/webisodes/


4. PA Bullying Prevention Consultation Line

1-866-716-0424


For more information, please contact our regional bullying prevention expert:

Ron Rolon

215-348-2940 x.1440
rrolon@bucksiou.org

Upcoming Events

2015

Internet Safety Live Stream Recording - Oct. 15th

A Morning of Visual Learning - Nov. 7th 2015


2016

Bucks County Computer Fair - March 18th​ 2016

Upcoming Internet Safety Live Stream - Feb. 4th 2016

60in60: Conference 2.0 - May 20th and 21st 2016

Authors

Cara Gurysh

Media and Technology Integrator

Pennridge School District

Kasey Hinrichs

Online Learning Mentor

Bridges Virtual

Powered by Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22

Karen Hornberger

Librarian Media Specialist

Palisades High School

Amanda Lynch

Technology Teacher Leader and Cyber Program Liaison
New Hope-Solebury School District

Dawn Martesi

Instructional Coach

Bristol Township School District