PPS Learning, Teaching & Technology

Newsletter • Issue 1 • Sept. 30, 2016


This monthly newsletter will feature cool learning, teaching and technology ideas, resources and tips, as well as news about upcoming learning opportunities. Feel free to forward this flyer and invite others to share in the learning! Send a message to Melissa Lim mlim@pps.net to join the Edtech Listserve or click the orange Follow button at the top of the page for email updates.

Create Graphics, Stories and Videos with FREE Adobe Spark

Communicate with impact and turn your ideas into amazing social graphics, interactive web stories and animated videos—in minutes. This free tool works in any web browser, including Chromebooks, and has iOS apps. Adobe Spark is a fun and easy way for students to demonstrate their learning in a creative way and allows teachers the ability to easily showcase classroom events, workshops and more. Go to https://spark.adobe.com/ to give it a try!

Adobe Spark is Here!

Chrome Sweet Chrome

My current favorite Chrome extension is the Toby tab manager. Toby is a free Chrome extension that provides easy access to all of your sites. All your tabs stay on your device or you can sync them to Google Drive so you have access across all your devices. With Toby, you can organize tabs into easy to digest visual lists, and add sites using the on-page drag and drop menu. Don’t want to navigate away from your tabs? Toby lets you add to lists from anywhere with a one-click button. Love it!
Toby Chrome Extension

Click the button above to download the extension.

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Fall Professional Learning Opportunities

Registration is now open on the PPS Learning Campus for the following classes. Please forward to any interested colleagues. PPS full-time and part-time school-based teachers have priority over substitutes. All classes are voluntary. All classes will take place in the Wallowa Lab (floor L1) at the BESC from 4:30-6 pm, unless otherwise noted. See full descriptions on the Learning Campus.

  • Lunchtime Learning: Google Apps
    Friday, Oct. 7, 12:30-1:30pm
    Wednesday, Nov. 9, 11:30am-12:30pm
    Friday, Dec. 9, 11:30am-12:30pm
  • Anytime, Anywhere Access to Student Work (And Your Own!)
    Tuesday, Nov. 15
  • An Easy and Simple Way to Gather Data
    Wednesday, Nov. 16
  • Efficient Ways to Collaborate with Students
    Thursday, Nov. 17
  • Be More Productive with Your Browsing!
    Wednesday, Dec. 7

2016 Oregon Summit Featuring Google Apps

Friday, Oct. 14th, 8am-3:30pm

6941 North Central Street

Portland, OR

The Oregon Summit is a low-cost, educator-led day of learning, sharing, and fun. The focus is Google Apps for Education, a suite of tools that encourages collaboration, sharing, and mobility. This is our seventh annual Oregon Summit. We have improved and grown each year. We hope you’ll join us at Roosevelt High School in Portland. Happy Googling!