Instructional Technology Newsletter January 2018

New year, New Tech!

Welcome back to the wintery start of 2018! Resolve to try some new tech in 2018 and expand your skills with programs you are already familiar with . Thank you to the 30+ teachers at the secondary level who will be piloting Schoology as an LMS later this year. Congrats to those who have already become Google Certified Educators! Please let me know once you have passed your exam as I have PDSD Google Certified Educator door badges to proudly display this accomplishment. Those who already have a cert let me know so I can get you the badges as well.

*Reminder, share your tech and teaching skills at our PDSD Instructional In-service on 2/16 by signing up this month on MLP.

Google Certification update

For those of you working on your Google certifications, keep going! Please plan to take the exam by the end of February I will collect receipts shortly thereafter. If anyone would like additional support, I'd be happy to meet individually or as a group to instruct or clarify any portion of the training. Please let me know how I can help.

A Google Level 1 boot camp will be offered during our PDSD Instructional In-service on 2/16. This will be a great way to review skills you have been learning about to prep for the test but not a substitute for the training course itself. Teachers should attempt the exam a second time if they had difficulty with their first attempt. After taking the exam, see how you can apply these skills, like creating a classroom, using Google forms for assessments, sharing files in drive etc. I have plenty of ideas to get you going!

Below is a list of skills and resource links for the skills needed to pass the Google 1 Exam. (developed by Kasey Bell from Shakeuplearning.com.) This is an excellent way to check off what you know and find areas to focus on. Thanks Mrs. Jones for Tweeting this out!

Tech to try in 2018!


Use OpenEd to find standards based resources K-12 that can be directly loaded into Google Classroom. Select videos, quizzes, games, HW, interactive resources etc. and assign them in your Google Classroom with a single click. A wealth of great resources linked to standards. Although you can create classes within OpenEd my recommendation is to use their resources in your GC to start. A fast and easy way to find and integrate high interest, high quality materials in your classroom.

After selecting a resource, below it you will see a Google Classroom icon, click it and select your classroom to insert content

Share to Classroom extension

Push out any webpage instantly to student computers

A game changer for students who struggle to find links, type in urls, or just keep the class literally on the same page.

If you have setup a Google Classroom, this extension allows you to push webpages directly to your class, so they open instantly on your students' computers. With this extension, you can get your students on the right page, quickly and reliably. Fantastic for younger students who struggle to type in urls accurately or have trouble finding links. Additionally, you can also post announcements, create assignments, directly to Google Classroom using web content with this tool.

Students can also push web pages directly to their teacher. Both teacher and student need to download the extension from the Chrome Web Store. This extension is already installed for all elementary student accounts for your convinience.


Edit, add questions, create ASSIGNMENTS for videos that import directly into Google Classroom

Looking for a way to make your video resources more meaningful? With EdPuzzle you can trim videos from Youtube, Khan Academy NatGeo and more to only the parts you want, add accountability by embedding questions, and turn them into assignments for students in Google Classroom. Additionally, teachers can see student progress, length of time spent on video, who actually watched it and student scores for any questions. Excellent way to create engaging flipped or blended learning assignments that keep students accountable. All fully integrated with Google Classroom and Schoology. An outstanding Free tool if you use videos for instruction.

21 century collaboration with Pen Pal Schools

With Pen Pal Schools your students will be matched with PenPals from around the world to collaborate through online lessons and correspondence of varying lengths and on a variety of topics you can choose from. All correspondence is done through standards-aligned projects. Ideal for grades 3-8.

Example of 2 options, many more to choose from. Varying lengths and topics of interest.

Looking for a tool for a specific purpose?

These two links offer a tremendous amount of programs and websites categorized for quick searching.

Common Sense Media Tech Resources https://www.commonsense.org/education/edtech-reviews-resources

Kathy Schrock's online tool guide http://www.schrockguide.net/online-tools.html

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