ITRT News & Updates
ITRT Newsletter for Secondary Schools - January 2015
MS Office 2013
Information and directions for downloading your personal copy of Microsoft Office was emailed on December 18, 2014. If you did not receive this email, deleted it, or need help please enter a help ticket into the work order system (http://sydney/otportal) if you are on the district's network or email the help desk (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are not on the district's network.
*Please note: If you are downloading Office on a Mac, the version will be 2011 as this is the latest version provided by Apple.
Web 2.0 Tool - ReadWriteThink Timelines
What is ReadWriteThink? ReadWriteThink is a website, in partnership with the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English, whose mission is to provide "access to the highest quality practices in reading and language arts instruction by offering the very best in free materials."
What is the Timeline Interactive? Timeline allows students to create a graphical representation of events or processes and allows both words and images. Timelines can be printed or saved to continue work at a later time. The timeline homepage also shares numerous lesson ideas for grades k-12. This is a great resources for students of all grade levels to create products that show what they know!
Organize everything! Evernote is a cloud storage application that allows users to add notes via text, audio, or images and organize them into online files- called ‘notebooks’. Evernote is designed to 'remember everything' and allows users to easily collect and find data on multiple devices. Evernote and a mobile device combined allow teachers to work effectively, move around the school and not be tethered to a desk in the classroom, with everything they need at their fingertips. To effectively become organized with Evernote many teachers are storing student assessment notes and portfolios, lesson plans and administrative tasks within the app. This means that no matter where the educator is, home or school, they can access all of their information efficiently.
Evernote is also supported on Android, MAC, PC and web.
Social Media Spotlight:
We are excited to offer a workshop series to parents called Connecting Families-Helping Parents Connect with their Children’s Digital Lives.
The goal of this workshop series is to support families in raising kids who think critically, participate responsibly, and behave ethically in their online lives. The program materials were developed by Common Sense Education and are endorsed by the National PTA.
February Workshop Date/Description:
February 9, 2014
7:00-8:30 pm at The Georgetown School
What do teens think about cyberbullying?
How can they be a part of the solution?
EdTech 2015 Conference
Thursday, March 12th, 8:30am
1000 Floyd Ave
Save the date - The EdTech conference is back!
For those unfamiliar with EdTech, it is a regional educational technology conference geared towards teachers, administrators, school librarians, and ITRTs. This year's theme is Personalized Learning: Sparking Innovations for Students and Self.
This one-day conference will be held at Virginia Commonwealth University on Thursday, March 12th.
Click here for more information and to register: http://www.edtechrva.org/