Tech@ATES Newsletter January 2017

New Year’s Resolutions

Welcome back from what was hopefully a restful and rejuvenating break. With a new year comes many new resolutions. Perhaps incorporating technology to meet classroom needs is one of your resolutions. In the new year, I am challenging myself to support our school’s reading goals by focusing on the following strategy, “We will foster independent readers and writers who improve in fluency and comprehension and hold themselves accountable for their learning.” You’ll find some strategies for supporting literacy with technology in newsletters like this throughout the rest of the school year.

Need Tech Help or Tech Ideas?

Introducing some new sources of Tech information and ideas to support your classroom! As always, Tech help is available 24/7 at the Tech@ATES site. We also have a school-wide Blackboard site, just log into Blackboard and check your classes, you'll see it right there! There is a tab with tech tips and how-to's featuring Blackboard and Google Classroom. You can also enroll in a technology Google Classroom. Use the access code wjj9f62 to join, and stay tuned for ways to earn MyPLT points with this resource.

Book Trailers

Have you ever seen a movie trailer and thought to yourself, “I just have to see that!” The same is true of a book trailer. Book trailers can be a great way to build your classroom reading community. Both students and teachers can create book trailers to “sell’ books they have read and promote great titles to their fellow students. Check out for ideas, instructions and inspiration. Interested? Send an email and we'll set something up for your class.

New Year's Reading Goals

As students work on setting goals for reading and monitoring their progress, they may be creating new reading goals or reading resolutions. Looking for ways to encourage students to meet a personal, classroom, or grade-level reading challenge? There are a variety of ways to facilitate this using technology. How about creating a class reading discussion board or using Google Forms to create reading responses or tally pages read? Want more information?


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