PPS Learning, Teaching & Technology newsletter • issue 12 • Oct. 6, 2017

Above: Teachers playing Quizlet Live during the Oregon Edtech Cadre.


This monthly newsletter will feature cool teaching, learning and technology ideas, resources and tips, as well as news about upcoming learning opportunities. Feel free to forward this flyer and invite others to share in the learning! Send a message to Melissa Lim, mlim@pps.net, to join the Edtech Listserve to receive email news and updates related to learning, teaching and technology in Portland Public Schools.

Teachers Integrating and Learning Technology (TILT)

Teachers collaborating and working together.

The PPS Teachers Integrating and Learning Technology Cadre, or TILT, is a professional learning network focused on technology integration and best practices in classroom and leadership environments. The goals of this group include:

  • providing forums for networking and ongoing collaborative work
  • integrating proven and emerging technology effectively to support standards-based learning and teaching
  • modeling and practicing effective instructional strategies
  • focusing on exemplary professional learning to improve practice

This first year will focus on the exploration of technology resources in a safe collaborative environment to support students with personalized, equitable, racially and culturally responsive learning. Teachers will be expected to complete hands-on projects, improve their technology skills in a variety of areas and become proficient in using online tools. If accepted, participation in this group is voluntary, not paid, and you must commit to three meetings: Thursdays, Jan. 18, March 15 and May 17, 2018 from 4-7 pm. Deadline to submit your application is Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 at 5 pm. PDUs are available. Only teachers are eligible to apply (use the button above).

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Download this poster at https://www.dhs.gov/publication/ncsam-phishing-awareness-2017-poster.

October is Digital Citizenship Month, as well as National Cyber Security Awareness Month–an annual campaign to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity. The Internet touches almost all aspects of everyone’s daily life, whether we realize it or not. National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity, provide them with tools and resources needed to stay safe online, and increase the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident. Check out all the resources here. Don't forget you have access to the PPS Digital Citizenship curriculum too.

Join the GEG::Oregon. See information below.

Google Educator Groups, or GEGs, provide a platform for educators to collaborate with one another, allowing them to pick up new creative ideas from one another, and to help each other best meet the needs of their students with Google solutions. GEG activities take place both online and offline. Online GEGs provide a space for educators to discuss together and learn about one another through Google+; offline, locally run events and workshops are a way to learn and share face to face. Anyone is very welcome to join GEG. You may be a principal, a school administrator, a professor, a student, or just someone interested in using Google products to help people learn. Each group is organized by a local volunteer (GEG leader) and is entirely independent from Google, the corporation. Join GEG::Oregon to connect with others across the state and beyond! Learns more about GEGs here.

Professional Learning Opportunities

Oregon Summit 2017, Friday, Oct. 13

The OregonSummit is a low-cost, educator-led day of learning, sharing, and fun. The focus is Google Apps for Education, a suite of tools that encourages collaboration, sharing, and mobility.

2017 Fall SuperQuest Conference, Saturday, Oct. 14

SuperQuest trains, prepares and empowers educators with the skills and classroom tools necessary to implement hands-on technology learning directly into their classrooms or after school programs. SuperQuest is affordable and available year round throughout many locations in Oregon. In 2017, workshops will be offered at 12 state-wide sites for a cumulative total of 30 days of professional development opportunities.

Designing for Playful Learning Institute, Oct. 28-29

Come out on Oct. 28-29 for the “Designing for Playful Learning” Institute for Innovation in Education Gathering. Located on the campus of St. Mary’s Academy, this Gathering is shaping up to be an incredible professional development experience for participants from all backgrounds and professions. Oregon teachers can receive up to 12 PDUs for attending.

Tip via Tony Vincent https://twitter.com/tonyvincent

Virtual Office Hours

This year, I'll be holding virtual office hours on the third Friday of each month from 4-4:30pm. If you have education technology-related questions, would like to have a conversation or get feedback, please join me in my WebEx meeting room. I'll send out reminders, so just click the link at the scheduled time!

Questions or comments? Contact Melissa Lim, mlim@pps.net.



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