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Digital Teaching and Learning @PCHS │ May 8, 2017

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Virtual Digital Professional Learning and iPad Information

It's a busy time of year - for us as a staff, for our students and for the building. It's a busy time for Digital Learning, too! What's our end of year look like?

iPads are being returned for students and staff! Who is returning iPads? Who is exchanging iPads? What do we do? What are the timelines? How do I make sure my resources aren't lost? Our May Professional Learning time was designed around those questions, those needs. Building space and more immediate staff needs are changing the appearance of this time.

I will be briefly stopping by pod lunches this week to answer questions. Are you having department meetings this month? Please invite me! I'll answer any questions you might have and provide whatever digital assistance your department members might need. I am posting videos on how to backup your resources as well as information regarding which resources you should back up. I will also be available during digital study halls and afternoons during finals week to assist. Ready to work on your own? Check out the Digital Teaching & Learning Google Drive folder for tutorials on how to backup your resources.

I'm here to make this a smoother process for you. Call (x2663) or email me!

iPad Return is Here!

Yes, it's time to start planning ahead!

Students will be returning their iPads before the end of the school year. Seniors have already returned their iPads. Underclassmen will be returning theirs May 16 through 19. Return schedules for underclassmen will be distributed soon.

This timeline sometimes causes stress for students and staff, that's why we're asking you to plan your projects in advance. Have your students turn their projects into Google Drive and share them with you there.

We ask for your understanding in our timelines regarding iPad return. We need time to check them in, assess fines for damage, and find any missing devices. While the timeline might appear contradictory to our vision for the digital learning, it is necessary in order to process the volume of devices within our systems.

Many of you have older iPads, 30-pins or iPad 4s. We will be collecting these at the end of the year. Our May Virtual Professional Learning is focused on how to backup your files in preparation for that exchange and as part of curating our resources.

That One Thing - Your Place in Technology Integration

That One Thing, that one thing you do. That was the theme of our digital professional learning program this year. What was that one thing for you? Where do you find yourself in the process of technology integration? Embedding technology into instruction is supposed to support that instruction and further students' ability to demonstrate what they know and are able to do - not to take the place of instruction.

Starting at an entry level where we use digital tools to consume material, to substitute what we might have done on paper into a digital format, we begin to grow. We grow to explore and experiment and find ourselves moving beyond curating resources to creating our own and even having students create to demonstrate their learning.

How do we find that transformative place in our instruction? We find that through collaboration with educators within our department, within our building, and outside our walls, too. We find that as we explore the possibilities online. We use resources like the Technology Integration Matrix filled with models and examples. Resources like that exist for a reason: to guide you, to provide you models, to provide you structures necessary to strengthen their own practices.

Are we expected to be at that transformative place all the time? No! This is a constructive process where we build on best practices, use direct instruction and guided practice. It's a process where we scaffold learning with students as active participants, collaborating with one another in authentic, goal-directed situations.

As you reflect on your school year and plan for the next year, reflect on where you are regarding technology integration. Technology is available to support your instruction, not take the place if it. What was That One Thing for you this year? What will your Thing be next year? There are so many possibilities - Be Inspired!

Which Digital Tools are You Using?

We've had a lot of freedom at Pine Creek regarding the tools we choose to use. We'd like to continue having you, the experts, continue to be the ones choosing the tools your students use. That's why we are asking you to partner with us.

Partner with us and help us ensure your tools are approved and ready for the next school year. Visit Pine Creek's Resource List; it includes the resources submitted at the end of last school year and may be a better resource at the moment for us than the District database. Don't see your resource? Fill out the Digital Tool Application and we'll get it submitted to District IT for approval. Once the tool is approved, we'll update our list and inform you. This process takes time, especially if a purchase needs to be made. Don't wait until the last minute. Don't wait until right before the next school year starts. Start the process now.

Please be patient with us and the District as we embark on this new process. The District database is continually being updated as is our own resource list. Our goal is to ensure you have the resources you need while protecting our students' privacy.

Have questions? Contact anyone of your Digital Resource Team members, Susan, Sasha or Steve.

What can your Digital Learning Coach do for you?

  • Share with you what tools we have available to you and your students
  • Show you how to use the tools we have
  • Push out course-specific apps to you and your students
  • Co-teach with you so that you can focus on the content and I can focus on the tool and any digital issues
  • Trouble-shoot issues, iPad and Desktop
  • Share our Vision and what it means as we travel down the road towards making that it real
  • Help you plan and reflect on lessons using digital tools
  • Provide Digital Citizenship tips and resources

I'm here to serve you!