Instructional Technology Newsletter May 2019

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There will be 191st day online, asynchronous, training opportunities this summer for...


With our transition from Eschool to our new student information system SKYWARD, teachers have the ability to work at their own pace through various modules from gradebook, to attendence and more with content specifically designed for their role.

Schoology (secondary only)

An introductory course on the fundamentals of Schoology designed to help teachers be ready to start the 19-20 school year. This course will be self paced covering all the basics, from synching your courses, assignment creation, gradebook and beyond.

With both these options you work at your own pace through self guided modules, accounting for 3 hours of work. There is always the ability to get support via email or in person as needed.

SKyward update

We are in the process of creating accounts and training modules for the "SKyward Knowledge HUB," the training and support center for Skyward.

  • For each position: teacher elem, teacher secondary, guidance, nurses etc. We will have training modules specifically designed for that role.
  • You will receive emails about your account creation from Skyward with login information shortly. There is nothing you need to do at this time.
  • June 14th, teachers will have time to login and explore these modules in detail. Extensive in person training for all staff will be provided before the start of the school year.

Below is an overview of the SKyward "Knowledge HUB" which will be utilized for training & support

World Book online has now been integrated into our PDSd Schoology PLatform

More integrations coming soon!

There are several apps that teachers and student use that can be integrated into the Schoology platform. We are working this summer to bring in McGraw Hill, Lab Aids and several others. We expect these integrations to be ready for the fall or sooner. More information will be provided once those integrations are complete. Note: although you may see an app listed as available for integration, it may not always be possible due to cost or account configurations, but please do not hesitate to ask so we can explore the potential options.

You can now insert audio into Google slides! Learn how

How to Create Individualized Online Spelling games for Your Students

K-2: Google slides interactive vowel sounds activity

In this post and video, Eric combines new audio feature in Slides with digital manipulatives to allow students to practice different vowel sounds. He shares a free template of his work for you to use with your students. He explains how he did this so you could create similar projects if you wish.

Eric created an interactive, audio-based activity in Google Slides for practicing short and long vowel sounds. In this slideshow, students are presented with clipart images that have attached audio files with each word spoken aloud. The students can then drag and drop the images to a box with the corresponding vowel sound. (Even if you are not a primary teacher, you can learn a lot about grouping items for any audio activities you might want to make.)

Create a word cloud directly from a Google doc!

Quick tip: essential Teacher Keyboard Shortcuts

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