In-Flight News

October 2015

Post-Vacation Edition

Welcome back! Hope you had a good week off.


In this edition...

  • Update from the Digital Coaches' meeting
  • Tech Integration Blog updates
  • How to register for the Edmodo AASSA-Lima online community
  • Asking for Apps
  • Research Skills continuum (aligned to ATL skills!)

Digital Coaches Update

Our First Meeting

Highlights:
  • Presentations from colleagues who attended tech conferences last year
  • Choosing project teams to work with
  • Setting up our Tech Integration blog
  • Meet your digital coaches HERE

Projects for 2015-2016

New! Tech Integration BLOG entries

Join AASSA's Edmodo Community: Required for FDR teachers!

Set up Edmodo:

Why is this required?

  • As the hosts, we'll want to be fully engaged in the conference
  • We'll be able to connect with our visitors and access all the conference materials
  • Presenters: You will create a page for your session where you will post everything you'd like participants to have (more on this later!)


Directions HERE


Want help joining? Email sducharm@amersol.edu.pe

Asking for Apps

The App Process

See an app you'd like us to purchase?

Follow these steps:

  • See integration team for a password
  • Use a Media Center iPad to review the app
  • Complete the app review form HERE (also on the MS/HS Dashboards under "Tech")


Done!

The form goes directly to Sean, who will (most likely) order the app based on your review.


Why these steps?

  • Avoids duplication
  • Avoids purchase of apps that may not work with our devices
  • Makes it clear which iPads should have that app installed

iPad check-out

Checking out a class set:
  • In your google calendar, search for the iPads in the "room" search bar
  • Book the iPads for the blocks you need
  • When booking, consider the time you may need to collect them from the Tech office

Research Skills Continuum

....a work in progress!

What is it?

  • A chart showing research-related ATL skills matched with the research process


What will it be?

  • A plan for ensuring that research skills are taught across content areas and grade levels
  • A bank of lessons for teaching the skills
  • A place for student exemplars showing evidence of the skills
  • A set of rubrics for assessing the skills (MS level and HS level)


Who's involved?

  • Sarah, David, Graham, Kelly


Why do we need it?

  • To make the most efficient use of our time
  • To be sure all skills are directly taught at various points in a student's career at FDR


See the DRAFTS here: MS and HS.

If you're interested in hearing more about this email sducharme@amersol.edu.pe

Your In-Flight Crew

Sean Sweeney - Head Honcho

Kelly Paredes - Design Teacher and Tech Queen

Sarah Ducharme - Research Skills and tech help


The background this week is a photo from a well-known cafe in Lima. Anyone know which one?