Happy New Year

From Your Technology Department

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Take the ONE THING Challenge!!!! We'll Support You!!!

This year...we'd like to ask every one of you - Teachers AND Administrators - to take the ONE THING Challenge! Choose one technology goal for the spring semester...that's right...just ONE!

Share with us what your goal is and we will:

  • provide you with training
  • send you resources
  • serve as your accountability partners
  • send little surprises to keep you motivated
  • support you throughout the semester
  • and celebrate with you when you reach your goal!

Grab your teammates, principal, or best friend and fill out the form below to get started on the ONE THING Challenge!

Don't know what you want to learn? Ask your students what THEY would like you to learn so that YOU can teach it to THEM!

When Setting Your Technology Goals...Remember:

1. Do not try to do it all.

The worst thing is trying to keep too many different resolutions at once. Pick one and really plan out what you want to do and how you'll do it. The school year is a busy time, and we're already trying to do it all. Adding four or five new things will only lead to failure. Choose one that's really important to you and go for it.

2. Connect with others for support.

Don't try tackling something new all by yourself. There are great communities on social media that have tons of excellent resources for teachers who are trying new things in the classroom. Never feel like you have to go it alone with your resolution.

3. Take your time and start small.

If you choose a change in pedagogy, don't try to make a wholesale change of everything you do right away. Start with one lesson here and another lesson there. You need to see if these changes work and if they are what's best for your students. If it works, add more. If it's not working, reflect and consider changing your approach.

4. Do not fear failure.

There's always a chance that the new things you want to try aren't going to work out the way that you hoped. That's OK. The most important things to learn from failure are why it happened and how you can benefit from it. Constantly reflect on your practice and strive to be better. If you do this, failure will never be a problem.

You can read the rest of Nicholas Provenzano's article for Edutopia HERE.

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New Resources For A New Year!

g(Math) Add On for Google.....Get Your Math On!

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  • Create graphs (including plotting points) and complex math directly in your Google Doc. Now includes Handwriting & Voice entry!
  • Create graphs and complex math directly from the sidebar in your Google Doc, Google Sheet, or Google Form. You can now use Speech to Math in Chrome to talk directly to g(Math) to create the expressions or use Handwriting recognition for expression entry!
  • You can use LaTeX commands or the prebuilt codes to create complex math that is not possible using the built-in Equation Editor. Some examples include Geometric signs, custom characters, and formulas (like the Quadratic formula).
  • With the graph creator, you can type in functions and inequalities and it will create the graph associated with the functions and inequalities. You can also plot points in the same graph, find the line of best fit of those points, and specify a viewing window. As a new feature, you can select a table in a Doc and import the data into g(Math) to create a plot!

Teacher Hacks: How to Use g(math)
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Moving Forward...Looking Back

Chronas is a history project linking Wikipedia and Wikidata with a chronological and cartographical view. The Chronas home page has 11 images representative of the world at different times. For example, an image of a painting of Genghis Khan has the title “1248: Mongols Invade East-Europe.” Click on the image and you can read a short article about Genghis Khan and his empire. Click the map to the right of the article and you’ll be taken to an interactive map of the world as borders appeared in 1248. Once you are on the interactive Chronas map, you can adjust the time slider at the bottom of the page to see national boundaries change through the course of history. Stop the time slider at any point and click on the map to reveal a Wikipedia entry about that nation. In the upper left corner of the Chronas map is an option to explore various sets of data. In the data sets, you can find “sunburst” visualizations of population demographics according to year. You’ll also find aggregations of data that show you population distribution by ruler or empire. In addition, Chronas offers the option to turn on additional markers for cities, battles, artifacts, and famous people. When you activate the additional markers, they’ll appear on the map in the proper geographic context for the time you’ve selected on the map’s time slider. Each marker is interactive. Clicking on the marker will take you to a Wikipedia entry related to the item represented by the map marker.

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Chronas: Basic Features
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The Principal of Change by George Kouros

Looking for inspirational reading for the new year? Ready to rev up your leadership skills and toss in a dash of technology? George Kouros' blog, The Principal of Change, is a great read for administrators and teacher leaders. Stop by and give it a read...you can even subscribe to be notified of new entries. Here's a graphic from one of his articles about stepping out of your comfort zone...something we're asking all of you to do with technology this semester (have we mentioned our One Thing Challenge?)!

Visit The Principal of Change by clicking the button beneath the graphic.

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How do you stick to those New Year's Goals? Grit!

Stamina. Passion. Perseverance. These are all part of possessing grit, which Duckworth says is the key ingredient in reaching our long-term goals. “Grit is sticking with your future, day in, day out, not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years, and working really hard to make that future a reality.”
Angela Lee Duckworth: The key to success? Grit

Looking For More? We've Got It...

Newsletters from previous months...chock full of resources, ideas, and tech: