I.T. Monthly: April Issue

West Point Consolidated School District

DEAR TEACHERS AND STAFF!!

In April's edition, we want to share some resources to help prepare your students with practice online assessments and tips so that they are confidently ready for the MAAP assessments.


We've also provided you with activities and resources in honor of National Poetry Month. If you need CEUs, we have that covered too!!


Please read through this newsletter completely. Contact us with any tips, tricks, or suggestions to help improve our communication!


~I.T. Department

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Digital MAAP Test Prep Resources

April is National Poetry Month

A quick and easy poetry lesson:

Asha Christensen at TEDxKids@SMU 2012

Watch the video as a class:

1. Discuss: what do we notice? About her language? Her gestures? Her emotion.

2. Brainstorm: have students make a list of topics they're passionate about & note feelings & associations with each.

3. Write: Time to write a poem.

4. Perform: Enjoy a vibrant classroom poetry slam.

Stuck on what to write about?

Here's a creative list of prompts to spur your students to greatness!

Newsela

MDE & Newsela Newsletter for April

Checkout the April newsletter which includes training opportunities, implementation tips & tricks and more!

Newsela's April Calendar

Explore Newsela's Content Calendar

Paper Tutoring

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πŸ“š MAAP Math Mission Test Prep πŸ“š

πŸ’‘Ideas for Use

For the MAAP Test:

1. Click here to choose a writing prompt for your students.


2. Click here for the MDE ELA Writing Rubric.


3. After students write their essays, have them upload their essays with the rubric to the Paper Essay Review Center.


4. After they get their feedback, have them revise the essays using suggestions from their tutors and upload the essay to the RC again. Encourage them to attach the original comments from the first tutor's review so the second tutor can compare and contrast.


For AP Writing Exams:

1. Click here to choose a writing prompt for your students.


2. Click here for the AP Lang. Writing Rubrics and here for the AP Lit. Writing Rubrics.


3. After students write their essays, have them upload their essays with the rubric to the Paper Essay Review Center.


4. After they get their feedback, have them revise the essays using suggestions from their tutors and upload the essay to the RC again. Encourage them to attach the original comments from the first tutor's review so the second tutor can compare and contrast.

πŸ“š MAAP Math Mission Test Prep πŸ“š

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πŸ”—Math Missions Video Tutorial



πŸ’‘ Ideas for Use

  • Daily Warm-Up: Before beginning your math lesson, have students complete 2-5 questions each day to review key math concepts.

  • Bell Ringer: As soon as students enter your room, have them complete as many missions as they can in a given amount of time.

  • Centers: Select 5-10 math missions for your students to complete. If they need help, tell them to hop on with a Paper Tutor.

  • Study Guides: Assign math missions and encourage students and parents to use Paper’s subject matter experts.

  • Homework: Select math missions for students to complete at home with a Paper tutor

  • Substitute Teacher: While you're out, assign students Paper Math Missions to continue preparing them for the upcoming MAAP assessments.

Math Missions Video

Click here to learn more about Paper's Math Missions!

PAPER Tutoring Resources

Click here to see a compiled list of Paper Resources!

Imagine Learning: Math & Math Facts

Imagine Learning Teacher's Lounge

Check out Imagine Learning Teacher's Lounge for some excellent resources, free downloads, and some pre-recorded PD webinars. Click here to get started!

Kami

Celebrate Earth Day with Kami!

Earth Day (April 22) is the perfect time to do some fun activities with kids of all ages to celebrate planet Earth and learn about the importance of environmental protection. Click here to Earth Day activities and lesson plans.

Free Professional Development Opportunities

Imagine Math Learning Webinars Series for Mississippi

Click here for a full list of sessions.

2023 MS Connect Summer Summit

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friEdTech in partnership with MS Connects is excited to offer this exclusive IN-PERSON digital learning opportunity FREE to ALL Mississippi Educators!


The 2023 MS Connects Summer Summit is a one-day, in-person event offering high-quality tech integration and blended learning breakout sessions from some of the best presenters in EdTech!


Join friEdTech, MDE Digital Learning, and MDE’s premier partners for a full day of digital learning fun!


Plus, earn CEUs/SEMIs on-site by the local RESA for full day attendance (including the opening session/keynote).


0.6 CEUs 5.0 SEMIs


Choose your day. Choose your location.


Seats are limited so register now to save your spot!


Click here to register for this free event!

FriedTechnology On-Demand Learning Opportunities

Upgrade your technology skills with these free asynchronous courses provided by friEdOnline for all Mississippi educators at NO COST!


Browse through the list of courses and register at https://www.friedonline.com/mscourses. Once enrolled, participants have 10 months to complete the course. Course completers will receive a Certificate of Completion and can apply for CEUs or SEMIs within 6 months of completing the course. For more information, please contact ms.help@fried.tech.

APPLE LEARNING VIRTUAL CONFERENCES

Click HERE to explore helpful resources, practice new skills, and reflect on ways Apple technology can support great learning and teaching.
Mississippi Connect

Mississippi Connects along with MDE professional development partners are pleased to offer a variety of professional learning opportunities and resources to Mississippi educators to support their digital learning needs.

MDE: Professional Development Calendar

Click here to see all of the Professional Development opportunities MDE has to offer.

MSU Extension: Center for Continuing Education

Click here to learn more about MSU Center for Continuing Education offers online and in-person trainings for teachers to earn CEUs.

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Check for Updates on Surface Pro

Your Surface Pro needs to be updated every two weeks; think of it as your phone. If you notice it running slow, or having any other issues, then it's probably time for some updates.


Be sure to check for updates on your computer and online Microsoft updates.

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How to Check for Updates on Your Surface Pro

Complete instructions for checking for updates.

Previous I.T. Staff Newsletters

Missed a Staff Newsletter issue? Want to go back and see a resource posted from a previous month? Click here see previous newsletters.

MDE DIGITAL LEARNING RESOURCES

MDE: Digital Learning Best Practices

Click on the picture below to learn about addressing the needs of ALL learners.

Click the picture below to learn to use Feedback as a tool to empower students.

MDE: Digital Learning Instructional Guide

Click here to learn how to integrate digital learning into classroom instruction.

DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP

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COMMON SENSE EDUCATION

Digital Citizenship Playlist for K-12: Youtube

Click here to find Digital Citizenship YouTube Videos for K-12

West Point Consolidated School District: I.T. Department

Contact us with any questions or tips you may have!

Katie Roach

Instructional Technology Coach

West Point Consolidated School District

Meon Carroll

Instructional Technology Coach

West Point Consolidated School District