PTHSD Technology Newsletter

Introduction- Tech Survey - Edmodocon Viewing Party & More


Hi everyone!

I am Elissa Malespina and I just recently became the Coordinating Supervisor of Educational Technology, Multi-Media and Media for the District. Periodically throughout the year I will be sending out a Smore Newsletter like this one to share important information with you. Please be on the look out for them.

A little about me:

Throughout my 15+ year career in education, I have had the opportunity to work in the classroom as a high school history teacher and as a special education teacher for students with severe emotional, mental and physical challenges. In the last 10 years I have been a Teacher Librarian at Highland Park High School, Columbia High School and most recently at South Orange Middle School in South Orange, NJ. My varied experience gives me a unique perspective toward working with students and teachers, drives my passion for infusing new technology into the curriculum and thinking outside the box to pique students’ interest and keep them engaged.

My passion is using Web 2.0 resources and tools like QR codes and Augmented Reality to make the school experience more interactive and engaging to students. I've had the opportunity to present and write about these tools and look forward to sharing all of this with you.

I have also been the recipient of the ISTE Making IT Happen Award, NJASL 2013 Progressive School Library Program of the Year, 2013 Edublog award for best use of Video and Media in Education. I am also a finalist in the School Librarian Category for the Bammy Awards that are given out on September 27th.

Technology Survey

This is the link to the PTHSD Technology Survey.

I order to get a better understand of the technology needs especially related to professional development in the district, I have composed the above technology survey. I will be using the results of this survey to plan of Technology PD for the upcoming school year so your input would be greatly appreciated.

Edmodocon Viewing Party - August 6th!

Edmodocon Viewing Party

Wednesday, Aug. 6th, 9:30am-2:30pm

309 Baldwin Rd

Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ

Come join us for a free day of learning about Edmodo a learning management system . During the event we will be watching the Edmodocon webinars. There will also be two certified Edmodo trainers on hand to help with any Edmodo questions you may have and provide training. We are also excited to announce that we are partnering with New Jersey NJASD on this event and they will be providing a lunch for all attendees.

PTHSD employees will also receive professional development hours for attending.

Please note you do not have to stay for the entire event but will only receive hours for the time you attended.

For more information and to RSVP for the event please click here.

PD Calendar

Click on this button for the calendar!

Professional Development Calendar

I have created the above Google Calendar. I will be putting Technology Professional Development Opportunities both within and outside of the district on it. I will be updating it as I learn about these opportunities. Please feel free to email me with any events that you would like added to the calendar.

Please note that if you want to go to a conference outside of the district, you will need to follow the districts procedures for conference travel.

Symbaloo EDU Premium Account

Symbaloo Edu (a way to organize and share websites and more with your students) is giving the district a premium account for the school year. If you would like to try it out with your students let me know and I will forward you the account information.

What is Symbaloo Edu? Watch this video for more information:

Using Symbaloo (a bookmarking service) in Education

Technology I used to make this newsletter:

I love Smore which is an online flyer and poster maker. You can add pictures, links, video, and more to the flyer. With a free account you get five flyers for free and can embed them to your website, link to it, email it to people and also post it to most major social media outlets right from the website. After you get 30 views of the flyer it unlocks an amazing set of statistics.

There are so many educational uses for these flyers - I have used them as newsletters and welcome letters for parents. I have had students make them for school projects. If using Smore is something you are interested in let me know and I will totally help you with any questions you may have or run a PD course on it. Below is a video tutorial about it.
My Pinterest Boards

. Check out my boards for lots of great apps, website, ideas and more.