Tech & Learning

October 2015

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MyConnect - Commons

Are you looking for course materials, content ideas or images for your MyConnect courses? If so, you must visit the new Canvas Commons tool in MyConnect. Commons is where the best ideas, courses and curriculum from Canvas users across the world can be freely shared — all seamlessly integrated into the MyConnect environment.


Here is a short video to introduce you to the resources: https://vimeo.com/135067022


For more information please visit: https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-4102


To get started, click on the "Commons" link on your MyConnect menu bar and take a few moments to explore the wide-variety of resources available.

MyConnect PUSD LEARNING CENTER - NEW RESOURCES

We are continuing to add resources to the PUSD Learning Center located in MyConnect. All District wide courses such as ELA, Math and SPED Central are now easily accessible at the Learning Center.


We are also adding video guides to provide directions on how to access all PUSD digital content resources as well as tips and tricks for making your MyConnect course effective to use for students and parents.


Make sure to check the Learning Center for updated resources.

ELEMENTARY PROGRESS NOTICES MOVING TO SYNERGY

Synergy (our student information system) will now be hosting all elementary progress notices. All personal comments from Report Card Maker will be available for use in Synergy.


We have created training resources which are currently available on MyConnect. In addition to the training videos on MyConnect, there will be additional training options including on-line webinars and site training opportunities. Over 20 sites have already scheduled an onsite training from Stacey. Stay tuned for more information from Stacey Campo.

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SPED - OPEN LAB SEIS TRAINING DATES

There will be opportunities for training for our new SPED program, SEIS. SEIS Open Lab Dates (Walk In) will take place at the District Office Training Lab on the following dates from 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. - 10/6, 10/7, 10/8, 10/14, 10/28, and 11/9.

HELP DESK IMPROVEMENTS

We are working on new ways to support your efforts and easily solve many of the tech issues parents and staff report. We are in the process of creating an automated help desk response system to answer the most commonly asked questions. Stay tuned for more information.
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TECH & LEARNING PLAN

We are finalizing a process for developing a new PUSD Technology and Learning Plan. A committee will be convened that includes community members, parents, students, administrators, certificated and classified staff, and business professionals. The process will include:
  • examining current practices in the classroom;
  • analyzing current research on the role of technology in the classroom;
  • determining current and future technology needs;
  • and identifying a process for evaluating those needs.

STUDENT TECHNOLOGY SKILL SET - SCOPE & SEQUENCE

Our schools continue to implement a wide array of technology to support teaching and learning. We will be developing a scope and sequence of technology skills aligned to the state standards that every student should master as they progress through school in PUSD. We will be working with a range of stakeholders to review the skills and scope and sequence our students will need to be successful in the future.
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CHROMEBOOKS - TRAINING FOR LANs

In an effort to support the work at your sites, next week all LANs will attend a training session on how to manage and use Chromebooks effectively. The LANs will be trained on the following:


  • log-in procedures
  • downloading and personalizing apps

  • what system controls can do

  • user rights

ROADMAP FOR PERSONALIZING LEARNING

Many topics must be addressed to ensure a successful transition to personalizing learning using digital resources and mobile devices. The following guide has been created as a roadmap to help sites develop personalized learning environments.