Trojan Tech Fairfield Educational Technology Newsletter - January 2017

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

Digital Citizenship

It’s a topic that’s been on the radar for several years, but it’s taken on new importance thanks to the ubiquitous nature of students' online lives, an alarming lack of media literacy. With increased access to 1:1 devices and school wide personalized learning initiatives. We are here to help with the curriculum and programs to support teaching digital citizenship skills.

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"

Check Out The New Google 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.

Classroom Spotlight!

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!

If you would like your classroom highlighted in our Trojan Tech newsletter, send us a few pictures and a brief write up and let us share the great things happening in your classroom!

Mrs. Gaston's participating in a breakout!

Google Keep

Google Keep isn't your average note-taking client. While the app sports a minimal interface and is very easy to use, it offers a set of powerful tools that make it an effective task management utility. From creating collaborative to-do lists to transcribing voice notes and saving bookmarks, the app does it all. The best part about Keep is that all changes are synced automatically, giving you quick access to your notes across all your devices, and on the web. For more information and how to steps, read Google Keep: Ultimate Guide or watch the video below.

Practical Ed Tech Handbook - Best of 2016

The Practical Ed Tech Handbook by Richard Byrne is a list of ed tech resources. Included are ideas for using these resources in many cases and included are links to video tutorials. In The Practical Ed Tech Handbook you will find resources arranged in seven categories; communication with students & parents, web search strategies, digital citizenship, video creation, audio production, backchannels & informal assessment, and digital portfolios. To download the handbook and the great resources included click here ---> The Practical Ed Tech Handbook - PDF

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