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Increasing Digital Literacy in RSD | February Newsletter

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A monthly snapshot of information pertaining to technology integration. You will find practical information and tools that you can use to enhance your teaching and accelerate your students' learning.

Items Included

  • Website of the month
  • App of the month
  • Teacher Spotlight
  • Monthly Challenge
  • Training Event

* Please share your favorites with me and I will include them in future issues!

** In case you missed last months newsletter here is a link.

Websites of the Month: Graphite

Graphite is a free platform that was created by Common Sense Education where you can discover the best apps, games, and websites for your classroom. I love how user friendly the site is, as well as the many other features the site contains. If you are looking for one place to find many ideas, this is a must visit resource.

View the video below to learn more!

Teachers, Meet Graphite

App of the Month: Book Creator

Book creator is the number one selling book app in over 80 countries, and has been voted one of the best educational app for several years. Users pick images, place text, and choose background colors for assembling their book in a variety of shapes, including comic strips. Images are brought in from your device's camera roll, and text is typed in the app itself. Images can be resized and repositioned, and text attributes can be changed. Books can have as many pages as needed and are saved as you go. A sample book is included in the app which also serves as a tutorial for learning how to use the app. The interface is very simple and is helpful in engaging kids in storytelling. They can export it as an e-book, movies or a PDF.

Book Creator is also a great tool for teachers. Many students get inspired to write when they see their teacher as an author. You can find an example big book I created called "Toy Story" in the GLAD Resource group on Schoology.

Tools to help you get started

10 Ten Tips for Using Book Creator

Book creator Support Link

*In the free version you can only make one book at a time, and can only export it as a PDF.

See example books below:

Teacher Spotlight: Lisa Staver

Hands On Tech

Lisa is a third grade teacher, and has been teaching at Davis Elementary School for the past fifteen years. If you were to ask any of the staff at Davis, they would probably say that Lisa is their go to staff member for technology questions.

One of the things that is unique about Lisa is how she has brought the technology to life in her classroom. If you were to visit her class you would see: a 3D printer, Makey Makey sets, lego robotics, an Ozobot, and an Osmo. Over the last five years Lisa has written multiple grants to bring these new technologies in to her class. One particular grant she has had a lot of success with has been Donors Choose.

Another reason I thought it was important to spotlight Lisa is because she is a highly effective teacher that models and applies technology standards. In case you aren’t aware of the ITSE (International Society for Technology in Education) Standards for Teachers, there are five key performance indicators that a teacher should meet.

  • Facilitate and inspire student learning
  • Design and develop digital age learning experiences and assessments
  • Model digital age working and learning
  • Promote and model digital citizenship and responsibility
  • Engage in professional growth and leadership

I believe many people would agree that Lisa often exhibits these standards in the work that she does.

I wanted to tap into Lisa's experience and knowledge, so I asked her several questions that you might find useful.

Q1: What is your advice for a teacher that is wanting to incorporate more technology in their class?

Lisa: Find one or two things your really like and get comfortable using them.

Q2: What is it you love most about incorporating technology in your class?

Lisa: It helps students and teachers think about learning in a different way, and they can demonstrate their learning in different ways. For instance, using Seesaw and Adobe Voice forces kids to use different skills, and you can easily obtain and share that evidence.

*Please note that I share this information with you in an effort to inform you of the tools available. My hope is that you will discover the tools that you are passionate about and enrich your professional practice.

February Challenge: Graphite

Last month my challenge was using either Seesaw or Schoology. Hopefully you were able to see some good results in your classroom. This month I want you to focus on finding a lesson on Graphite and teach it in your class. Challenge yourself and explore the site to find something that seems exciting and useful. As always, feel free to contact me for any help with this new challenge!

Completed the January Challenge?

Complete the Form below and your name will be entered into a drawing for a $15 iTunes gift card. Entries are due by February 29th and the winner will be notified on March 1st.

Visiting Every School (In lieu of a training event)

Instead of having a training event this time, I have decided to schedule times where I will be at each school. Come with your questions, suggestions, and even devices you need support with, or simply stop in and say hi.

Please mark your calendar. I plan to be in the staff room, so that we can easily chat during lunch from 10:30am-1:00pm

  • Alder - Monday, February 22nd
  • Davis - Tuesday, February 23rd
  • Fairview - Friday, March 18th
  • Four Corners - Tuesday, March 8th
  • Glenfair - Wednesday, March 30th
  • Hartley - Wednesday, March 9th
  • Margaret Scott - Tuesday, March 29th
  • Salish - Thursday, March 10th
  • Sweetbriar - Wednesday, March 16th
  • Troutdale - Thursday, March 17th
  • Wilkes - Monday, March 7th
  • Woodland - Monday, March 14th

* Feel free to still book me for specific times as well.

You Can Book Me!

As your instructional technology specialist I am always looking for more effective ways that I can reach you. In order to make it easier to find a time that works, you can simply book time with me by accessing the following link!

Click here to access my You Can Book Me account.