PPS Learning, Teaching & Technology Newsletter • Issue 3 • Nov. 10, 2016


This bi-monthly newsletter will feature cool learning, teaching 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.

Spiral is a suite of collaborative web apps that enhance teaching activities and can be used on any device with an internet connection. Spiral connects teachers and students through a unique three-way view and joins an entire class together as a collaborative team. It's also fully compatible with Google Classroom. More resources can be found here. Check it out!

TechSmart Grant Project

TechSmart Grant Project

IT, in close partnership with the Mt Hood Cable Regulatory Commission (MHCRC), the PPS Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL), the PPS Office of School Performance (OSP), and other key stakeholders have embarked on a $10 million, five-year project to promote PPS’s goal of having all students reading at grade level by the 3rd Grade.

The partnership, grant, and project integrates curriculum and practices developed by the PK-5 Literacy Adoption with technology-rich learning environments within pilot classrooms. Five schools have been upgraded coming into this school year: Bridger, Grout, Lewis, Sitton, and Vernon. Five additional schools will be added per year for the next three years.

The project is designed for continuous improvement with each year’s successes driving the next year’s experience. In order to create the technology-rich learning environment needed in the schools’ K-3 classrooms and complement the new blended learning curriculum and practices, all building classrooms received extensive technology upgrades and supports including 2:1 student-to-device ratios in grades K-3.

I'm still calling it Google Apps.

Teaching & Learning/GoogleApps User Group

We had our first meeting this past week and it was great to connect with some old and new folks and share what's happening in our respective buildings, as well as exchange ideas and resources. Please join us for any or all of our future meetings that are all at the BESC: Dec. 6, 2016 at 4 pm in Mazama, floor 2 and Jan. 10, March 7, May 9, 2017 at 4 pm in the WyEast, floor L1.

HYFY is the simplest way to record a video screen capture and share. Just click record and start talking. When you’re done, share your video URL wherever you want. HYFY will capture video of any activity within a tab, including the mouse position and clicks. The free version is limited to 4 minutes of recording time.

HYFY Screen Recorder

Newsletter • Issue 1 • Sept. 30, 2016

Hope to see you tomorrow at the 2016 Oregon Summit Featuring Google Apps!

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

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