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Technology Integration Newsletter - September 2015


I am Katy Berner-Wallen - your BOCES technology integrator (aka the iPad lady). Many of you met me last year as I shared the role with Marley Smith. This year I will be taking on the role solo, but am very excited to serve as your technology integrator.

As we move into the school year, I am available to help you integrate the iPad and other technology into your classroom. I have created an iTunesU course for you and for students with Tips and Tricks to help you plan/integrate/collaborate in building 21st century skills into your classroom. The student course includes picture-based how-to instructions to help them navigate the technology as well. The links for these courses appears later in this letter.

When I am in Silver Creek, I am here to serve you. My schedule is mostly yours to dictate; I can make myself available before/after school, during your planning periods, and visit your classrooms if desired. If administration receives requests, I can also run workshops and staff development to help meet your tech needs. I am in the process of creating a shared calendar where you can schedule time with me to work with you and help you and your students with your technology needs in the classroom.

My September calendar is at the bottom of this newsletter. Please feel free to contact/visit with me anytime I am scheduled in the building.

What do I do? How Can I help you?

Staff and Student Access to iTunesU Resources


I have created a Staff iTunesU Course of Resources. Included in the resources are:

- best apps for specific content areas/grade levels

- step by step directions for using iTunesU, Showbie, and more

- resources for Showbie/iTunesU

- discussion boards to ask for assistance

- best practice resources for online/technology

Enroll Code

Teacher Course (For Teacher's ONLY) - CAC-TTN-LFF


Student Quick Reference Cheat Sheets

I have also created step-by-step guides for Showbie and Notability for Students. I have added some basic iPad resources as well. **More resources will be added to the Student Course as it is suggested/requested by staff members.

Enroll Code

Student Course -DJP-ALK-YDB

While You Were Gone: Summer iPad App Updates

iTunes U

iTunesU did a full update in early July that included the addition the ability to annotate and turn work in using iTunesU, it also includes a "gradebook" and the ability to add discussion boards. Although this would simplify the process of submitting work, it is still “glitchy” and does not provide the same user-friendly interface that Showbie still provides. Unfortunately, previous iTunesU users would need to re-add all of their course work in order for this feature to be available; Therefore, Showbie is still the recommended program for student submissions.
For more information on the iTunesU Upgrade: Article

Showbie (2.2)

In Early August, Showbie also did a full update to Showbie 2.2. Although some features are still in “beta”, new features include the ability to assign grades to assignments and then export scores in a CVS or HTML format. You can use the gradebook to send yourself an e-mail of student scores and the comments you typed on the assignment. Showbie creators also listened to educators who complained about the struggle to find students and assignments that are due with new search features and an “all assignments” view for students. Lastly, they have adjusted the interface to allow multi-touch tools (like zooming) when you are in “pen mode” so you don’t have to keep toggling between tools at the top. For more information on the Showbie Upgrade: Article

Check Out What is Coming Up at E2CCB

This Fall we have ample opportunities for professional development available at Erie 2. Check out our calendar at

Katy Berner-Wallen

Erie2 Cattaraugus-Chautauqua BOCES

Technology Integrator/Staff Development Specialist
Integrated Education Services

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