ITLS Newsletter

February 1, 2016

A Note From Julie

You rock! Thanks for your leadership around information literacy and for directing people to the resources of World Book Online. (Tiah did a great job of pulling together 2014-2015 usage statistics and comparing them to the previous year.) For example, content views on World Book Kids increased MORE than 400,000 views over the previous year. There were about 65,000 MORE hits on the World Book Spanish Encyclopedia, and about 1 million MORE hits on World Book Timeline. Through your efforts to champion World Book Online, our efforts to tie World Book Online to the new units of study, and your efforts to identify and purchase the best databases for your schools, the Adams 12 learning community is able to access safe reliable information. Thanks for ALL of your contributions!

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EdCamp Adams 12 (Northglenn)

EdCamp Northglenn is Coming. Check out this fantastic S’MORE to share with your staff. Credit available on PDExpress. Tiah and Julie want to give a big thank you to the planning committee: Becky, Tricia, Vicki, Vanessa, Nick, and Nathan.

CODE.ORG Training Opportunity

Bobbie Bastian will be offering another Code.org workshop Saturday, March 5th, at Bollman Tech. In addition to learning about the Code.org curriculum, you receive all the materials you need to implement the curriculum. We have also applied with the PD department so you can receive recent credit if you take the course. We will send out information once the course is approved and set up in PD express. Here is a link to the informational flyer for the workshop. If you are interested please sign up at here. If you know of any classroom teachers who might be interested please pass the information along.

ISTE Information

ISTE 2016 will be in Denver beginning on June 26th and ending on June 29th. The Instructional Technology and Library Services department is offering a $200 registration scholarship to each elementary school tech teacher, middle school tech teacher, and member of the Digital Literacy Partnership (digital literacy teachers and digital literacy teacher librarians). The total cost to register will vary from $309 to $434 depending on whether the attendee is already a member of ISTE.


If you are going to take advantage of the scholarship offer and attend ISTE Denver 2016, please note that Desiree Lopez, secretary for the ITLS department, will be registering all scholarship recipients. Members of these three scholarship recipient groups must register through the process outlined below.


By April 20th you must deliver to Desiree at the ESC:

  1. A completed paper copy of the ISTE registration form

    1. Registration forms will be passed out during the February meetings.

  2. Either a personal or check or the appropriate account code information

    1. If YOU are paying the remainder of your registration, then please attach a personal check made out to Adams 12 Five Star Schools.

    2. If your SCHOOL(S) are paying the remainder of your registration, then please have your office staff(s) supply the number(s) of the account to be charged and their contact information.


If you have already registered you must send proof of your registration to Desiree Lopez in order to be reimbursed the $200 registration scholarship.


Please note that other Adams 12 staff members are welcome to register using our Adams 12 group code, which will allow them to receive the Super Early Bird rate throughout the spring. We will be sharing this information with the entire system. You do not register using that code; YOU send your registration information to Desiree Lopez at the ESC.

METS Money shared by Nadine

METS is the DTEA Member Education Training Scholarship (M.E.T.S) and association members can get up to $200. However, funds don't last. So we are getting the word out that you can apply for a scholarship. If you have already paid for ISTE the METS Money could be a reimbursement. If you need more info email Nadine.

Makerspace Circulating Library

Last Thursday night, Tiah had the opportunity to talk with GT Leaders from many of your schools. She shared out the wonderful work that is happening in many of your schools around creating collaborative, participatory, student-directed learning opportunities in your schools. ITLS is presently assembling a Circulating Makerspace Library that will have items that will be available for schools to borrow. IT is currently checking each of the products for compatibility and student security. Plan on being able to explore and learn from one another on February 23 at the Digital Literacy Partnership Meeting.
Mark Your Calendars

Digital Literacy Partnership Meeting Feb. 23, 7:30 - 10:45

The Communication Department Wants You!

The communications department is upping Adams 12 social media presence. They want to share the great things that are going on in the schools. So...if you have an interesting project, activity, or event you want to share with the greater community. Please send a couple of sentence explaining the event, project etc. (answering who, what, when, where, why). Pictures or videos would be great! to katie.vanmeter@adams12.org

Disclaimer

Although we are using the ITLS newsletter to distribute many different ideas, we have not taken those through any type of formal approval process. We have not contacted IT to determine whether the tool(s) and/or resource(s) meet their standards nor have we obtained input from district content leaders; your resources and suggestions are not "officially" part of any Adams 12 curriculum, just ideas and suggestions for your consideration.