Instructional Technology Newsletter February 2019

Goodbye eschool

Hello Skyward!

After a comprehensive vetting or various vendors the school board has approved the adoption of Skyward as our new student information system slated for the 19- 20 school year. We anticipate an improved experience on all fronts with this new software. This program also offers better integration with Schoology than eSchool provided. As we make progress getting this software online, we expect to provide training prior to the end of this school year at each building. From a teacher perspective, nothing will change for the remainder of the year. Additionals digital resources and tutorials will be provided in the coming months.

Schoology tip

Communicating with other educators for best practice questions, and 2 simple ways to email your class or send updates

How to make a public link to a google doc, slides pres., or sheet

Post these items on Twitter, web pages, or schoology and parents outside our domain can view without the need to request access!

We often would like to share a Google doc, or Slide presentation with others as a reference to be posted on a website, Schoology or Tweeted. The only challenge is anyone outside of our @pdsdstudents domain would have to request access to view the file. However, if you select the publish to the web open and use that link you can post these items so anyone can VIEW the document or file. The ability to make a file public works with Google Docs, Slides, and Forms.

Marzano #12

Use flipgrid to capture students' thinking for cognitively complex tasks!

This tool compliments Marzano #12 by easily allowing students to share their thinking via video response. Students can see other student's or group's responses and learn from them as well as their teacher. The benefit for teachers is they are able to capture and see all students' thinking for a cognitively complex task which is often difficult to do in a short class period. The link to a Grid or topic can be posted into Schoology, Google Classroom or website. This is an excellent and engaging way to formatively assess all students thinking while hitting many 21st Century Skills.

Looking for assistive tech for students?

Technology can be a powerful tool to assist students with special needs or any sort of learning challenge. In particular the Chrome web browser allows users to install a wide variety of web extensions that provide tools that can help all learners, regardless of ability level. Eric Curts shares his list of over 30 Chrome web extensions that can assist students in five main Categories: Text to Speech, Readability, Reading Comprehension, Focus, Navigation

Google's new tool

a search engine that only searches published books. Excellent for student research of reputable sources not random websites or blogs!

This blog post by Eric Curts is a curated list of youtube channels with high quality videos to support elementary math. There are some resources you have probably heard about and many that are may be new to you. Click the link below for the full blog post.

Other interesting articles and blog posts

10 Chromebook features you probably don't know about

In the blog post linked below Matt Miller does a nice job of highlighting some lesser known but very powerful Chromebook features, tricks and shortcuts that will increase your proficiency and comfort with Chromebooks.

Remind app update


After an initial announcement by remind that Verizon users would not be able to receive messages there has been a reversal and all users including Verizon users, will have the same access they previously had.

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Thank You

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