Technology FYI

Jordan School District October, 2015

MasteryConnect Tips

Teachers we have noticed that several teachers have created multiple trackers for the same class. Remember you only create one tracker for each curriculum area for example one tracker for math, one for language arts, one for History 1, for the entire year.


For MasteryConnect help and questions, you may contact your Curriculum Technology Specialists


Elementary Schools

  • Deanna Taylor – 801-567-8773
    Schools: Blackridge, Columbia, Falcon Ridge, Fox Hollow, Hayden Peak, Jordan Ridge, Mountain Shadows, Oakcrest, Oquirrh, Riverton, Welby, Westland
  • Bonnie Muir – 801-567-8726
    Schools: Bluffdale, Butterfield Canyon, Daybreak, Eastlake, Heartland, Herriman, Majestic, Riverside, Rosamond, Silver Crest, Terra Linda
  • Raimee Jensen – 801-567-8158
    Schools: Copper Canyon, Elk Meadows, Foothills, Jordan Hills, Midas Creek, Monte Vista, Rose Creek, South Jordan, Southland, West Jordan, Westvale

Secondary Schools and Special Schools

  • Harrison Beckett – 801-567-8759
    Schools: Copper Mountain Middle, Oquirrh Hills Middle, Sunset Ridge Middle, Bingham High, Valley High, River's Edge, JATC-North
  • Jay Eads – 801-567-8159
    Schools: Elk Ridge Middle, Fort Herriman Middle, South Hills Middle, South Jordan Middle, Herriman High, Riverton High, South Valley School
  • Nancy Lagerberg – 801-567-8774
    Schools: Joel P. Jensen Middle, West Hills Middle, West Jordan Middle, Copper Hills High, West Jordan High, Kauri Sue Hamilton School, JATC-South

UEN October Highlights

You can connect with UEN through social media for professional development:

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/uenpd

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UENpd

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/UENVideo

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/uenpd/


#UEN welcomes fall back with these great resources http://go.uen.org/4GI UTED


UEN October Highlights: http://www.uen.org/netnews/2015/october

Highlights include:


  • Utah Farm to School Month
  • 2nd Annual Cheese Challenge
  • EdCamp Utah
  • Artisan Cheese Month

Google Apps for Education

All Things Start in Google Classroom

Do not use Google Classroom sometimes, use it for EVERYTHING. Getting students into the habit that they go to Google Classroom first for everything creates a very smooth workflow with your students. This will particularly pay off when you have a substitute. Directions are posted in Google Classroom, the students will know exactly what to do.

Here are a two quick ideas for using Google Classroom with your students:

Create exit tickets and bellringer activities. Want to do some quick assessment at the beginning or end of class? Classroom’s new question-driven discussions let you post a question where students can post replies to answer it. (Worried about students copying each other’s answers? You choose whether students can see each other’s replies.)

Create new assignments from templates. Do you find yourself posting the same kinds of assignments or announcements in Classroom? If so, the new “reuse assignment” feature can help. Create a template that models the kind of assignment, announcement or question that you commonly use. (Maybe create a brand new class called “Templates” as a place to house it.) Then, when you need it, use the “reuse assignment” feature, find that template and change it as necessary before posting it. Save time and effort!

Upcoming Elementary Professional Development Courses

PD classes for elementary are now available in JPLS. Information is listed on our website:

http://curriculumtechnology.jordandistrict.org/professional-development-classes-for-elementary-teachers


Classes are offered cafeteria style: that is teachers can take whichever class or classes they would like. There is no pre-requisite for any of the classes, except for Google Classroom-which is specifically geared for teachers of grades 3-6. Each class is worth 2 relicensure points.


After logging into JPLS, search for “Elementary: Google Classes” or “Elementary: iPad Classes“.


Class Location: PDC Computer Lab, Room 112.

Time: 4:30-6:30 pm


October

  • Oct 7: Google Drive and Docs
  • Oct 14: Google Sheets and Forms
  • Oct 21: Google Addons: Tips and Tricks
  • Oct 22: Google Classroom
  • Oct 29: Google Slides and Drawing

November

  • Nov 3: Google Sites
  • Nov 4: Chrome Extensions
  • Nov 5: One iPad Classroom
  • Nov 18: Google Drive and Docs
  • Nov 19: Google Sheets and Forms

December

  • Dec 1: Google Classroom
  • Dec 2: Google Sites
  • Dec 3: Google Slides and Drawing

iPad Pointers and Projects

I recently started to revisiting a Blog entitled "I Teach With iPads Innovating Learning and Literacy with iPads in Kindergarten" by Kristi Meeuwse.


The latest post highlights how you can use iPads in conjunction with Shared Reading. She has her students do projects on the iPad that go with selected books, The Dot by Peter Reynolds, books in the Mrs. Wishy-Washy series for example.


Check out her posts present and past. You can also follow her blog through email.

Curriculum Technology Website

For the latest information on upcoming Professional Development Courses from our department check out our website. We also showcase interesting technology tools you may find useful.