ADW EdTech-er

From the Director for Educational Technology

Welcome Back!

Happy August! As you begin your preparations for a new school year, I wanted to share some resources and information with you. It is important that we work to grow our professional learning community within the Archdiocese of Washington. We will have time together during this year's fall and spring collaboration days as well as two planned educational technology meetings. Please try your best to join us on these dates. I look forward to our collaborative time together in 2018-19 as we work towards creating 21st Century, Blended Learning environments throughout the Archdiocese of Washington.

In Christ,

Shannon Norris

ADW Shared Ed Tech Resources Google Folder for Technology Teachers

I have created a shared Google folder (ADW Ed Tech Folder (shared resources)) for all technology educators in the ADW. This will be a great place for us to add and grab resources. Please be sure to make a copy of any document before editing for personal use. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Update the Director for Educational Technology

Do you have some new technology staff at your school? Be sure to update the Director for Educational Technology on any new technology teachers and Rediker admin staff you may have in your building. We want them to receive all correspondence related to their job from the CSO.

Update NEW Tech Teacher:

Update NEW Rediker Admin Staff:

Please be careful not to edit the wrong information.

Grow Your PLN with Teacher Circle

We've talked a lot about the importance of cultivating professional and personal learning networks for support and ideas, and I've found a great new one! Teacher Circle is just a PLN... nothing else (no distracters like Twitter or Instagram or Pinterest). It's created by teachers, for teachers, and is a community of education minds who want to share ideas. Get in on this while they're still getting going, and cultivate that PLN. We're all in this together!

Your "Trash" Could Be Another Schools Treasure

The Summer of 2017, I started this FREE Technology Equipment “YARD SALE” as a platform for schools to communicate. Thank you in advance for those schools who so generously donate gently used technology and edtech items.

Looking to get rid of some gently used technology in your school? OR Looking to gain some FREE items at your school? It’s that time of the year when we clear out classrooms and upgrade technology. This is a never ending process, why not gift items to your fellow Catholic schools??

To add technology that you want to give away for FREE, click here to complete the form.

To see what FREE technology is available to you, click here

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How do you share videos with your class? Is it safe? Are there ads always popping up? Try using for sharing any type of videos from the internet with your class. Safely watch and share YouTube and Vimeo videos without ads and distractions.

Mark Your Calendars - Fall 2018 All Regions Ed Tech Meeting

Friday, Oct. 5th, 9:30am-2:30pm

5001 Eastern Avenue Northeast

Hyattsville, MD

When: October 5, 2018

Time: 9:30am - 2:30pm

Where: Pastoral Center, deStwolinski Room

5001 Eastern Avenue

Hyattsville, Maryland 20782

* Join your fellow technology colleagues for a day of learning and collaboration. It is important to take time for your own professional learning. We will hear from the ADW's CIO & Executive Director for I.T., Will Potter as he shares Security Best Practices with us. We will also have a 1:1, Blended Learning hands-on workshop and a Google VR Kit demo. There will be additional time to collaborate with your fellow tech teachers so bring your questions and experiences.

Feel free to bring your own device.

NOTE: Light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Please RSVP as soon as possible.

** If you have another technology teacher or an IT specialist that would like to join us, please send them the registration link so that they may sign up as well, RSVP HERE:

Help Your Class To Become Global Collaborators This Year

In education, Global Collaboration involves a group of students, classes, and/or schools working together who are usually not located in the same school, city, state, region, and/or country. What is Global Collaboration? Read more here. Sign up and contact fellow Catholic school educators like yourself who are willing to team up for some great global activities across classrooms. Click here to sign up and to find other innovative educators like yourself.

  • Learn about Global Collaboration Day, find resources, info and registration here
  • ISTE Global Collaboration info and resources here
  • Skype in the Classroom has virtual field trips, lessons, and resources here
  • Find Digital Citizen lessons on our site

Google Classroom, Now What?

Need help with setting up and understanding your Google Classroom? Let Alice Keeler's 49 short video series help you! Check it out and subscribe here.

Find more resources from Alice Keeler on her website

Product News & Updates: Earlier this summer, we shared 10+ updates on Google tools as we head toward Back to School - everything from Classroom to Virtual Reality to Google Earth.

See Announcements here.

Whats new in G Suite: Curious to hear about the latest G Suite updates? Last year, the G Suite team created What's new in G Suite as a hub to announce new features and enhancements. Be sure to bookmark these links for future reference.

Google For Education Training and Resources

Did you know that you can learn about Google Classroom and become a Certified Educator all at your own pace. Dedicated educators are lifelong learners. With that in mind, Google designed FREE, ONLINE training for the classroom that helps educators do what they do best, even better. Start your self-paced Google training here.

Subscribe to Googles EDU 90 videos on YouTube. EDU in 90 is a video series from Google for Education, with new episodes three times each month. Each episode, we'll focus on an important topic for educators, administrators, and school leaders - things like product updates, new programs, and helpful resources for the classroom.

Explore the Teacher Center: in June, we unveiled the new Google for Education Teacher Center, an updated hub that helps educators find exactly what they need, when they need it. It’s a one-stop-shop for training materials, resources, certifications, and educator communities. Explore the teacher center here.

5 Things to Know About Google Classroom

As you prepare for the new school year, here are some new things coming to Google Classroom this this Fall. Read the full article here

Article from Shake Up Learning By Kasey Bell

NASA Education and STEM Lessons

Visit NASA Education on the Web:
NASA Education:
For Educators:
For Students:
NASA Kids' Club:

Are you looking for NASA educational materials to support your STEM curriculum? Search hundreds of resources by subject, grade level, type and keyword at

Find NASA science resources for your classroom. NASA Wavelength is a digital collection of Earth and space science resources for educators of all levels -- from elementary to college, to out-of-school programs.

Check out the 'Explore NASA Science' website! Science starts with questions, leading to discoveries. Explore the redesigned NASA Science site and send us feedback. Visit To view the site in Spanish, visit

Sign up for the NASA EXPRESS newsletter at

18 Challenges For Teachers in 2018

Kasey Bell from Shake Up Learning had created this book, just for teachers! You will find 18 challenges that will challenge educators to try something new in their classroom in 2018--new ideas, new apps, new features, and some fun extras along the way.

Get Resources for Teaching in the Digital Age. Expert-Tested. Teacher-Approved!

Edtech ratings and reviews, teaching digital citizenship, professional development, expert advice on edtech tools and finding inspiration for your classroom. It is our job to inspire others with our 21st Century skills. Stay up to date with what's new and safe for your students, parents, and educators with Common Sense Media.
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Save The Date for Catholic EdCamp DMV

Saturday, Nov. 3rd, 8am-12pm


Please save the date for NCEA's Catholic EdCamp DMV . Learning with and from your fellow Catholic educators from around the DMV. Breakfast and snacks will be provided for this FREE un-conference. There will also be lots of swag and giveaways! What is EdCamp? Learning more here.

Feel free to RSVP to this save the date. It will allow us to have an idea of attendance and we will email you directly once details have been finalized. Please know we are seeking out a location that is central to all local dioceses. If your school is central to Baltimore, Virginia, and Washington and you are interested in hosting, please contact me directly,

Follow Catholic EdCamp DMV on Twitter

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SAVE THE DATE - Rediker RediConnect DC AREA User Community Meeting - FREE

Friday, Nov. 2nd, 9pm

8330 Corporate Drive

Hyattsville, MD

You’re invited! Join us for a live demonstration of Rediker Software’s student information system and see the latest innovations in educational technology. There is no cost to attend, but we do ask that you pre-register. Call 800-213-9860 or visit We look forward to seeing you!

▪ See the latest features in AdminPlus, TeacherPlus Gradebook, PlusPortals and RediSite.

▪ Learn tips and tricks for Rediker’s education software.

▪ Collaborate with other educators and AdminPlus users in your area.

(if you RSVP below, please note you still HAVE to RSVP at

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2018-23 ADW Educational Technology Plan

This is a living document that may be edited and updated as new resources and tools become available. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me directly at

ADW Teacher's Website - Ed Tech Tabs

Check for events, tools, newsletters, and resource updates under ALL the Educational Technology tabs/sub-pages. I update these regularly.

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ADW Collaborators Weebly

You can find ALL the ADW ed tech newsletters here along with a wealth of ed tech tools and resources.

ADW Catholic Schools Website

From pre-kindergarten through high school, our schools combine strong academics with a deep sense of community, with values firmly rooted in the Gospel.

Technology Equipment and Services in the ADW

Technology Teachers/Coaches and Principals, please add as much information as possible. This will be a great resource for schools when the time comes to invest in new technology and/or companies.

Share ADW Career Opportunities With People You Know!

Become a part of the Catholic education tradition. Catholic schools form the whole child – academically, spiritually, physically, and socially.

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The WTA is a Washington DC non-profit organization that supports technology in schools. The WTA has programs to provide free and extremely low-cost computers to teachers and students (email for more information)

  • Why do we do it? Technology access is part of our technology workforce development mission. The WTA also believes that high quality used technology is THE most cost effective and environmentally friendly way for schools acquire education technology.

Interested in seeing what equipment WTA has to offer? Contact Lou August directly.

Lou August
Executive Director
Wilderness Technology Alliance (WTA)
Skype: lou.august