TechBits - January 2016
Updates from the Instructional Technology Team
Second Annual OSD Technology Fair - Jan 23
This year we are adding a new component to our OSD Technology Fair. The Student Challenge is a competition designed to allow groups from each school to engage in using collaboration, problem solving, and classroom technology to persuade, inform, and/or entertain an audience. Read more about the STUDENT CHALLENGE HERE.
Questions? Please talk to your TAC representative or call or email one of the instructional tech coaches.
Hapara Interact Becomes Highlights
The Interact feature of Hapara has been updated to a newer version called Highlights and is now LIVE. Here is a quick overview of what's new:
- Better view of students browsing activity during class
- Capability to send up to 5 sites/URLs to students at one time
- Ability to target and focus students’ browsing activity to particular sites for a set period of time
- Capability to better capture student activity online
- Improved connectivity and troubleshooting for classroom teachers and students
If you used Interact, Highlights should be a great update for you and your students. Please consult the link below for more information.
PBS Learning Media for Curriculum and Student Research
Looking for short video clips and other resources for science and social studies research? PBS Learning Media is a great free source of high interest, age appropriate, standards-aligned content and information.
For elementary teachers focusing on world explorers, check out the World Explorers Collection. "Some sailed across the Atlantic, others rocketed to the moon. Learn more about the lives and journeys of some of history's greatest explorers with our PBS World Explorers collection."
Do You Know these Google Search Tricks?
Help Us Help You! New and Improved Helpdesk Ticket Tracking
Go to helpdesk.osd.wednet.edu. Sign in with your OSD username and password and create tickets to your heart's content.
Technology Professional Development Opportunities
Please check the calendar on MyOSD for upcoming workshops.
We are also happy to schedule workshops that match your individual building's needs.
Want to Put on Your Own Technology Workshop?
If you and/or others in your building wish to lead a tech PD session, please fill out the form at http://goo.gl/forms/8hFFmwC5ZV.
The form will be reviewed to make sure that it is consistent with the District’s direction with technology. Workshops should be tied to the umbrella list of aligned training topics, as set by the district instructional technology staff.
Tech Advisory Committee 1/21/16 at OHS
TAC members represent their schools and have the responsibility to communicate information about district technology initiatives. Please ask your TAC rep for the latest tech news or to relay any questions or concerns you may have.
Your OSD Instructional Technology Coaches
Middle School Level and Teacher-Librarians
Elementary School Level
High School Level