Setting Technology Goals for the New Year!
New Year's Day is traditionally the time when we look back on the past 12 months and make resolutions for the next 12. If you're looking to set a goal for yourself professionally, why not focus on technology integration? This year, think of an area where you can grow! Read Setting Technology Goals for the New Year if you need some ideas on an area of focus for the upcoming year!
9 Fundamental Digital Skills
The beginning of the new year is a great time to set goals for yourself and for your students! The tech coaches are challenging you to select a 21st Century skill to try in your classroom. Check out the graphic below and read 9 Fundamental Digital Skills for 21st Century Teachers. FCSD Tech Coaches are here to assist if you are interested in trying a new skill with your class. Fill out the Coaching Request Form and let us know how we can help!
11 EdTech Trends for 2017
The most compelling topics among educators who embrace technology for learning and teaching are not about the tech at all, but about the students. Click Here to read the full article ---> 11 EdTech Trends for 2017
The Four C’s of Education
Communication, critical thinking, collaboration and creativity will be at the forefront in 2017, particularly tools and approaches that lend themselves to collaborative learning.
Next generation online tools are facilitating student collaboration and communication, and allowing students to act as creators of knowledge, rather than just consumers. Collaborative learning models that drive student-centered learning and emphasize interacting, working in groups, developing solutions to real-world problems and communicating globally are the latest iteration of this trend.
Augmented & Virtual Reality
There are trends and then there’s “year of” status. We think 2017 just might be The Year of AR and VR in the instructional environment.
The key will be leveraging AR and VR to transform education, going beyond gaming applications and the “wow” factor these technologies represent. With more and more classroom content for these technologies being developed all the time, AR and VR will find a home in schools.
Google Updates "Sites"
Google Sites is described as a "product for creating effortless and beautiful team sites." Google Sites is a friendly, easy-to-use tool for pulling your team's content together into one place. Paired with the updated suite of Google tools, it's become apparent now more than ever that Google's focus on creating next-generation productivity tools is finally paying off. Helpful Articles ---> Google Sites Update Makes It Easier Than Ever To Collaborate & Check Out The New Google Sites! - Grant Wood AEA
Apple Training Tip
The staff at FHS has gone though a series of training sessions with coaches from Apple. We will try to highlight some of those tips throughout the rest of the school year.
Apple Training Tip - Download YouTube Video
If you would like to download a YouTube video for classroom use. You can follow the steps below. Once downloaded the video can be placed into Canvas for student viewing.
5th Graders Participate in Reindeer Games Breakout! Students in Mrs. Gaston's 5th Grade class had the opportunity to participate in the Reindeer Games Breakout Session before break! Breakouts teach teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, and troubleshooting by presenting participants with challenges that ignite their natural drive to problem-solve!
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