PPS Learning, Teaching & Technology newsletter • issue 10 • May 12, 2017


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.

Summer Technology Professional Learning Opportunities

June and August technology offerings

I'm offering two weeks of summer technology professional learning the weeks of June 19-23 and Aug. 7-11. All classes take place in the Wallowa Lab at the BESC. All but one of the June classes are in the morning and all the classes in August are in the afternoon. Registration opened May 1 on the PPS Learning Campus. Look under Instructional Technology.

Other Summer Professional Learning Opportunities

Neighboring districts–Beaverton, Forest Grove, Hillsboro and Tigard-Tualatin–are once again hosting their summer technology offerings, Digital Dreaming. Lots of different topics, including, Google Apps, iPads, design thinking, digital storytelling and much more. It's free and open to anyone interested, even if you don't work in any of those districts!

Lots and lots of summer technology offerings with Digital Dreaming.

2017 SuperQuest

Looking for free, hands-on, valuable CTE/STEM professional development opportunities? SuperQuest is a highly collaborative technology training series designed specifically for K-12 teachers by K-12 and Community College teachers. The goal is to empower educators with the skills and classroom tools to build hands-on technology learning directly into their classrooms and/or after-school activities. Registration is open now. See the 2017 SuperQuest FAQ to learn more!

Join the Oregon Educator Network to connect with colleagues across the state and share resources and strategies.

Google AutoDraw

AutoDraw is an A.I. experiment from Google. It pairs machine learning with drawings from talented artists to help everyone create anything visual, fast. There’s nothing to download and it's free. It works anywhere: smartphone, tablet, laptop, desktop, etc. AutoDraw’s suggestion tool uses the same technology used in QuickDraw, to guess what you’re trying to draw. Right now, it can guess hundreds of drawings and more will be added over time. AutoDraw will help make drawing and creating a little more accessible and fun for everyone. Check out this tutorial that includes lesson ideas.

Self-paced learning around Google Apps

BADGEQUEST is a self-paced training site for Google Apps for Education/G Suite. Each training module comprises three levels. Each level provides participants with useful videos and performance tasks. After all three levels of a training module are successfully completed, the diligent participant is awarded a badge. The badge should be displayed with pride! Follow the link to get started.

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



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