Instructional Technology Newsletter December 2018

Wishing you and your family a safe and Happy holiday!

Before visions of sugar plums go dancing through your head take a look at some of the videos, add-ons, and ideas you can try before the the year comes to a close! Best wishes to you and your family for the upcoming break, and have a wonderful holiday!

Resources and information

Navigating the Schoology Gradebook

The link to a Google Doc contains videos & information for the most common tasks teachers ask about when using the Schoology Gradebook in addition to the overview video. Click here to view link

PLease take a moment to review the 19-20 Schoology teacher expectations for NMS & SV

Information sessions and opportunities or Q & A will be provided to at each building to answer any questions. Please use your @pdsdstudents account to access. Schoology Expectations link

K-5: Creating digital manipulatives for word work you can assign & grade!

The template has been created for you just make a copy!

Digital manipulatives are not limited to word work or this specific idea. If you are interested in creating other digital manipulatives let me know, we can incoporate pictures, graphs, links, etc. If you have an idea let's make it happen! Assign to students on their devices or use at your board for whole class or small groups acitivities.

Word work at the elementary level can be an essential part of ELA instruction. Often times creating and providing manipulatives can be time consuming, materials can get damage or misplaced, and it is difficult to gauge students' success with the task during centers without observing their actions first hand. Going digital can remove those challenges as well as add some benefits!

Digital manipulatives created with Google Drawing provides the ability to assign word work in Google Classroom and see what the student was able to produce. No materials get truly damaged or lost and a lot of time and paper is saved once these resources are created. Create, use, modify, and reuse year after year!

SPEAKD: Google Doc add-on let's you listen to your docs!

Excellent tool to support students who may need accomodations or anyone who can benefit from having their google doc read to them.

We have all probably seen speech to text but text to speech is now easily available from within Google Docs using the Add-on Speakd. This would be helpful for students to review their writing or listen to a doc shared with them to make instruction more comprhensible.

The video will not record the SPEAKD playback as it cancels my mic during recording but it works well! A little robotic but does the trick.

EDU in 90. SUbscribe to this youtube channel for updates on all things Google and Education

EDU in 90 is a video series from Google for Education, with new episodes three times each month. Each episode, focuses on an important topic for educators, administrators, and school leaders - things like product updates, new programs, and helpful resources for the classroom. Stay connected to the latest trends or revisits some items you'd like more information about.

I have watched and used many resources by the creator of this event, Matt Miller. He is a Google innovator, educator, author, and speaker who always offers excellent ideas, resources and practical tips merging tech and pedagogy. Some excellent presenters!

What is it?

The Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit is a FREE virtual event from December 14-31. It brings together some of the brightest minds in education to discuss technology, pedagogy and more.

You’ll get one new inspiring, practical presentation each day for nine days. Videos will be available until the summit closes on Dec. 31. You can automatically generate a FREE certificate for professional development credits that's emailed to you for each video you watch.

Fundamentals review: how to edit images in google docs and slides

A brief, easy to follow 101 for those who may be unfamiliar with editing images in Google docs or slides.

Link to all previous Newsletters

Thank You & have a wonderful holiday break!

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