Instructional Technology Newsletter

May, 2017 - 10th Edition

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This month...

Our final newsletter closes out this school year with thanks, and resources!

In this month's edition, we spotlight:

  • Past Mini-Grant Recipients
  • 1st District RESA Summer Institute
  • Summer Suggestions
  • Digital Citizenship
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The Instructional Technology Department sends a heartfelt thanks for reading and referring to our newsletter throughout the year. Readership has grown each month and this hopefully indicates we are providing a timely and useful service.

In the new school year, the newsletter will continue to evolve to promote and engage our audience in conversations and the sharing of ideas! If you have ideas of what you would like to see included, feel free to add your ideas HERE!

As the school year comes to an end, the Instructional Technology Department wishes everyone a safe and techie summer! Be sure to read about some opportunities and ideas for continued growth throughout the summer!

Mini-Grant Moments

Calling all mini-grant recipients!! Let everyone see and hear about an "AHA" moment you experienced while implementing technology. Be creative! Be funny! Be You! Let us hear from you!

Click HERE to add your response in our Flipgrid - Mini-Grant Moments.

Digital Citizenship Resources

As teachers, we encourage good citizenship in the classroom and school community. Today, students need to be good citizens within the digital world, as well. Students' digital interactions have a big impact on themselves, as well as others, but what makes good or bad digital citizenship is often unclear.

Digital Citizenship should not be a "one and done", but incorporated throughout the year. Here are several resources for doing just that!

InCtrl - a series of free standards-based lessons

Common Sense - comprehensive curriculum is designed to empower students to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world.

Digital Literacy - schemes of learning for all grades

Quick Tip Videos - playlist of short videos

1st District RESA - Summer Institute Featuring Google for Education

1st District RESA - Summer Institute Featuring Google For Education

Tuesday, June 6th, 8am-4pm

2451 Little Neck Road

Bloomingdale, GA

Come learn how to integrate Google into your classrooms. For more information.

Join the Tribe!

The Google Teacher Tribe Podcast will be a weekly podcast designed to give teachers practical ideas for using G Suite and other Google tools that you can use in your class tomorrow. We will offer our favorite Google tips and tricks, important updates, and effective strategies for K-12 teachers. But wait…there’s more! We will also have interviews with innovative and inspiring teachers.

Virtual Modules

Need hours or want to learn over the summer? Consider taking one of our Virtual Modules now found in ERO. Follow the ERO link to learn how to register.
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will EXPLORE...

** blogs

** podcasts

** Google Maps/My maps

** G Suite for Education capabilities

** Classroom Web sites

** a tech tool

** creating videos/screencasts

** other...

will create

** infographics

** my classroom Web site

** innovative lessons using Google Maps

** Flipped lessons

** HyperDocs

** other

will share

** my favorite blog and what I learned - where?

** my favorite podcast and what I learned - where?

** infographics - where?

** other

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CONGRATULATIONS to all finishers of Cohort activities in Quarters 1, 2, 3, and/or 4! Who are they? Check out our Wall of Fame and consider joining them by participating and finishing quarterly activities to receive your digital badge and certificate.

SCCPSS Gets Social!

Keep up with what is happening across the district by liking and following other schools on Facebook and Twitter. Does your school or classroom have a page or Twitter account? Send it our way and we will include it in the next newsletter.

Movers and Shakers in Education - check out these amazing educators for inspiration and innovation!

All too often, the world of an educator gets confined within the four walls of a classroom. When there is so much out there to learn and so many others to learn from, this should not be the case. Our department has put together a list of must follows for general and technology education.

  • ITC Blog - We aim to provide timely and usable information.
  • Edutopia - Hosted by the George Lucas Educational Foundation, Edutopia has plenty of well-indexed information on how technology can be used in classrooms.
  • Cycles of Learning - Ramsay Musallam recognized how useful hacks could be in classrooms, so he set up Cycles of Learning to share practical education tech hacks to make teachers’ lives just a bit easier. Who doesn't like easier?!
  • Participate Learning- Check out all that Participate Learning has to offer educators.
  • Learning in Hand - is an educator's resource for mobile and digital learning created by Tony Vincent.
  • TeachThought - full of articles for education
  • Ditch That Textbook - "I’m Matt Miller. It’s my passion to equip teachers to thrive in this new era of education and think differently about the craft of teaching."
  • Alice Keeler -a must read. Full of resources and ideas.
  • Vicki Davis - Cool Cat Teacher
  • Kasey Bell - Shake Up Learning

Know Your Instructional Technology Coach!

The Instructional Technology Department is responsible for coordinating, organizing, and facilitating the effective use and integration of technology within the schools in order to increase student performance.

Instructional Technology Coaches

Angela LaPlante ... Dru Piersol

Gillian Riley ... Melissa Milligan

Natalie Muthersbaugh

Libby Miller ... William Harris

Yolanda Sanders

Media Services

Library Media Technology Coach

Deborah Hargroves - Media and Broadcast Trainer (part-time)

Lakeshia Bostick - Media Support Assistant (912) 395-1124

Program Manager

Wendy Marshall

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