443 TECHUPdate

May 2, 2016

Chat Stations

Martha Mendoza, Comanche, shared this academic discourse structure that might fall right into your end-of-the-year review plans. It combines powerful practices like discourse, movement, collaboration, and whole-group discussion.


Watch below as Jennifer Gonzalez, cultofpedagogy.com, explains Chat Stations!

Chat Stations for Class Discussion

Epic Olympics Review

As we start to wrap up this school year, it's important to keep providing our students with structure and closure. Matt Miller of ditchthattextbook.com writes here of ending his year with Epic Olympics. He uses tech and non-tech tools to review the most important concepts from the year. Maybe activities like Quizlet Live and Chat Stations can help with your own epic review!
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We're excited to announce that our Twitter book study this summer will be Paul Solarz's Learn Like a Pirate! Solarz focuses on teaching strategies that will empower and inspire students to take charge of their learning. Solarz shares specific strategies to transform your classroom into a student-led environment that will nurture confident, curious, collaborative leaders.

If you are curious about how Learn Like a Pirate might look in USD 443, contact Jane Culver (K-1 at Sunnyside) or Angie Dahl (4th at Miller). They're both LLAP pioneers in our district!

Join Jane, Angie, and others on Tuesdays in June and July at 8 p.m. for an hour-long Twitter chat (#443llap). We'll archive the chats for PD points.

  • June 7: Chapters 1 & 2 (What is a Student-Led Classroom? & Common Concerns About Student-Led Classrooms)
  • June 14: Chapter 3 (Peer Collaboration)
  • June 21: Chapter 4 (Improvement Focus vs Grade Focus)
  • June 28: Chapter 5 (Responsibility)
  • July 5: Chapter 6 (Active Learning)
  • July 12: Chapter 7 (Twenty-First Century Skills)
  • July 19: Chapter 8 (Empowerment)
  • July 26: Chapter 9 (Our Purpose as Educators)


Want to participate? Order your book and join us on Tuesday nights. No sign up needed. if you want to sign up to receive reminder emails, etc., then certainly do that via the QR code on the image above.


Want to moderate one of the weeks' chats? Contact Kara Huck (huck.karalee@usd443.org) to volunteer or use the QR code on the image above. We still have a few spots open!

#EdCampSWKS - a free day of PD right here in Dodge City, KS!!!

If you haven't yet registered for the FREE EdCampSWKS being hosted right here in Dodge City, KS, please use the link below to get registered. So far, we have about 70 Southwest Kansas educators planning on attending.

What is an EdCamp? EdCamps are free professional development occasions. Sessions are created at the site based on participants' interest and abilities, so EdCamps provide a relaxed atmosphere to connect with others who share your interests and gather knowledge from those who have more experience.

Join us on June 16 at Linn Elementary. Check in is at 8:00 am, and sessions will begin at 8:30. We can't wait to see you!
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We'r ethe yellow ones! So far, approximately 80 educators have registered for #EdCampSWKS in Dodge City. So exciting!!