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 in Portland Public Schools.

Common Sense is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a rapidly changing world. Common Sense Media provides independent ratings and advice to help millions of parents and families make smart media and technology choices. Common Sense Education provides digital literacy and citizenship programs to school communities to empower students to harness technology for learning and life. Common Sense Kids Action provides families with information and advocacy opportunities to help make kids America's top priority. Click the link above to explore all their great resources. The Common Sense YouTube channel includes reviews, tips for parents and kids and much more. Check it out!

Teaching & Learning/GoogleApps User Group

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.

Lesson Plan Idea

Check out this lesson on Rethinking Thinking from TED-Ed. Here's a great accompanying blog post with more resources on critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

New to Google Apps? G Suite Training is a Chrome extension that offers simple and interactive training lessons to get you up and running fast with G Suite/Google Apps. Whether you’re in Drive, Calendar, Sheets, Slides, or Docs, you can learn and take actions, all at the same time. Training is accessible directly within G Suite, so you don’t need to leave the application to learn how to use it. After adding to Chrome, refresh yourCalendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Sites, Forms, Google+, Classroom tabs to access the training menu. Follow this link for more information about G Suite Training.

Look for the G Suite Training menu in the top-right of any Google Apps page for lessons relevant to the product you are using (Drive, Docs, Forms, Classroom, and more).

G Suite Learning Center is another site that offers free self-paced learning on Google Apps. Learn by product, get tips and download cheat sheets.

Great resources here!

Newsletter • Issue 1 • Sept. 30, 2016 / Newsletter • Issue 2 • Oct. 13, 2016

We had a great turnout for the 2016 Oregon Summit at Roosevelt High School on Oct. 14.

Fill out the Summit evaluation, or request a t-shirt if you didn't get one. Thanks for your participation!

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

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