T & L Essentials

USD #232

October 16, 2014

Speak Up Survey

Speak Up, a national online research project facilitated by Project Tomorrow®, gives students, teachers, parents, school/district/technology administrators, and community members the opportunity to share their unfiltered viewpoints about key educational issues, particularly concerning 21st century education and technology.


· For Adults, there is NO password required

· For Students, the password is USD232


Speak Up will be open for input October 6th through Dec 19th, 2014 at http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2014.

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9 Online Activities and Resources for Geography Instruction

  1. Geosense: use and improve your knowledge of world geography
  2. Mission Map Quest: map-based tool for creating treasure hunts
  3. GeoGuesser and GeoSettr: online geography games to find locations
  4. Overlap Maps: compares the size of countries, states, provinces, and some bodies of water
  5. Place Spotting: website of geographic riddles
  6. Math Trail: blends geography and math questions for 5th-7th grade students
  7. Capital Toss: states and capitals game
  8. World Geography Games: 25 free geography games
  9. Topographic Map Lessons: grade level lessons about typical geography topics


For more information about these resources visit this website.


Kansas Standards for History Government and Social Studies

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Internet Safety Presentation at Monticello Trails Middle School

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Blended Learning: Making it Work in Your Classroom

Educanon

This site supports blended instruction by allowing teachers to embed multiple-choice questions into YouTube, TeacherTube, or Vimeo videos. Videos can also be chopped so students view a portion of a film. Student viewing mode also prevents students from fast-forwarding, to assure they watch the entire assignment. Videos can be uploaded to a teacher's Blackboard site for students to view.


Educanon

Embeding Video in Blackboard

Creating a Youtube Mash up in Blackboard

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Introduction to Blackboard

Continue working on the Blackboard Learning Modules to receive professional development points towards relicensure. These points will be entered into My Learning Plan by the T & L Department. Faculty may work on the class outside of the staff meeting times. Once a staff member has completed the class, they are welcome to attend the monthly technology meetings to get more in depth help with Blackboard, however, attendance is not required.

Bundling Classes and Creating Organizations

Staff may request for an Organization to be created or for classes to be bundled using the following online form. Please allow one week for all requests to be completed.


Requests (Organizations or Class Bundles): http://tinyurl.com/pbbnx6u

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Teaching & Learning

USD #232


Jessica Dain, Ed.D

Director of Teaching and Learning


Christy James

Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning


Ceresa Schaffer

Secondary Curriculum Coordinator


Kristl Taylor

Elementary Curriculum Coordinator