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Incorporating Personalized Learning at SEMS and AJ Prep

Technology in Education: Building our Future

As we bring 2014 to a close to recharge for a new calendar year, think about how far you have come! You have stepped out into the murky waters of the unknown and are navigating them very well if I may say so! Be proud of what you have accomplished, but don't settle there. Watch this video to challenge yourself to keep going further....
Technology in Education

SchoolNet of Homebase

  • SchoolNet is a component of Home Base. It can be used to search for instructional materials, create assessments, and run reports.


    •One login for PowerSchool and SchoolNet

    •Search for K-12 instructional materials

    Lesson plans, Assessments, and Instructional Resources

    •Create assessments using an item test bank or manually

    •Assign assessments to students

    Review assessment results

Need some more Help? The GCS Instructional Technology and Innovation Department has created resources for you. Click Below for Videos and other resources.

Technology Tidbit - December Cheat Sheet

Starting this month, we will bring you a few apps and web 2.0 tools to add to your digital toolbox. Check out this month's cheat sheet in the picture below. CLICK HERE for the pdf version of the cheat sheet with active links!
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APPlying for Apps!

Found a new app? Want to see it in the Amplify Market?

Follow the steps according to the GCS app approval process. In a nutshell:

  • Download the desired app on your tablet and spend some time with it looking at its functionality, advertisements and overall best uses.
  • Complete the app approval rubric.
  • Finally, submit the completed rubric to your school's MTAC committee (contact your Media Specialist).
  • Your part is complete!

From there, if approved at the school level, the app will be submitted for county approval from the MDAC committee. Once terms of use have been properly vetted, you could see your requested app in the Amplify Market!*

Click here for the app approval process and rubrics (find links at the bottom of the page).

*Please keep in mind, this can be a lengthy process so students will not have access to the requested app right away. Please plan accordingly. Also, this is the process for free apps only. Paid app policies are being determined at this time.

Teacher Spotlight opportunities

I am looking for you! Are you creating some exciting things using the devices? Are you pushing the limit with Flexing your environment? Are you using Edmodo, Socrative, and/or playlist to deliver a flipped version of your classroom?

  • I would like to come and witness your lessons and/or environment. I would like to promote your activities,assignments, and or setup to other teachers. Please contact me asap to setup a time for me to witness your PLE transformation. Be prepared to record an interview along with classroom footage.

Need Help..........Will Travel!!!!

Are you stuck trying to do something?

  • Please don't hesitate to contact me if none of the above applies to you! We will blow the dust off of your device and find some creative ways to implement technology in your class. We will focus on your instructional strengths and begin with our three pillars of PLE - Knowing the Learner, Guiding with Standards, and Flexing the Environment. I am on campus twice a week but you have access to great resources digitally and with our mighty PACE teams.

Need some quick ideas to use before Holiday break?

Check out the Flipped Classroom resources from EduCanon. A great way to integrate your tablets in a fun way. Check it out.
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Your neighborhood friendly PLEF

Mr. Domieka Cantey is the Personalized Learning Environment Facilitator serving Southeast Middle School, and Allen Jay Preparatory Academy. He has 9 years of educational experience teaching K-8 students in both Alamance-Burlington and Guilford County School Systems.