Reading and Writing Support with Technology
Tools to support the Big Five for literacy (Elementary) - Don’t miss the tabs at the bottom of the spreadsheet
Secondary ELA technology resources
Formative Assessments with Technology -
Formative assessments are those that are embedded within lessons, quick checks of student understanding and are used to help determine the “next steps” for both the teacher and the student.
Answer Garden Tutorial
Great for brainstorming, 1-2 word responses to a question. Answers display in a word cloud with most frequent responses in bold print.
20 Ways to Use Go Formative
Works well for “quick checks” and Exit Tickets. Teachers get live results and can display student answers as well as respond to individual students.
How to Post a Question
In addition to longer assignments, a single multiple choice or short answer question can be posted within Google Classroom. Teachers can allow students to respond to each others’ ideas.
Tutorials, demos, examples & more
Embed questions to check for understanding within slide presentations. Results are summarized in a graph and individual written responses or drawings can be shared with class.
Beginner's Guide to Padlet
Simulates a bulletin board on which students can post an answer to a question, link a resource, or even add a photo.
Socrative Tutorial - Getting Started
Best for short quizzes and Exit Tickets. Students are able to get immediate feedback - even for short answer questions.
We hope you ready for a fantastic school year filled with all of sorts of technology.
First of all, who are "we"? Dan Rothwell is beginning his third year as an Instructional Technology TOSA and 11th year in the district. He was a middle school math teacher at Memorial Middle School for nine years. Cindy Drouhard is starting her first year as an Instructional Technology TOSA, after spending 16 years as a middle school science teacher, most recently at Timber Ridge.
Win a Dutch Bros. Gift Card-October’s Bits & Bytes topic will be formative assessment tech tools. We will share our ideas and resources next month, but we know there are some great things happening in the classroom and we would love to see them. Please email Dan and Cindy examples of formative assessment tools you are using, student examples, suggestions and tips to help and encourage others using technology in their instruction.
Anyone who shares such items by September 25th will automatically be entered to win a Dutch Brothers gift card.
Chromebook Tips and Reminders-If you have not yet received your Chromebook, please sign up for a training session. All the remaining trainings will be at the DO at 4pm.
REMINDER: You can always refer to the Google Classroom for any information shared during the initial training. These items include Updated Chromebook FAQ and 10+ Things You Should Know. We have updated information regarding printing and a few other important items. Please take a moment and review the newly added information (highlighted).
Technology PD Sessions-Here you will find a list of the technology training offerings for this school year.
Staff Chromebook Deployment
This month, I am focusing on Chromebook resources and Google Apps for Education. If you have not signed up for a training for the Certified Staff Chromebook Deployment, please do so soon so we can plan accordingly. Time slots are filling up and closing fast. See the 2016 Certified Staff Chromebook document below for more information.
Here is a link to my GAPS Youtube Channel-LOTS of videos on a variety of topics to help you. Take a look and subscribe.
You May Have Noticed....
Have you seen an increase in the number of "laptops" out and about? This year we have deployed 9 carts of Chromebooks(not to be confused with a normal laptop) throughout the district. 5 of those carts are currently part of our Chromebook Tryout Contest and are moving from building to building every three weeks. Beyond those carts, there are nearly 1,000 Chromebooks throughout the district. Interested in learning more? Check out the videos below or take a look at my Chromebook YouTube Channel.
Google Apps for Education
An easy way to stay up to date with Google Apps is to follow the #GAFE hashtag on twitter. All of the resources and information below was snagged from Twitter.
Food for Thought
How Game-Based Learning Can Help Students of All Ages
5 Maker Movement Tools That are NOT 3D Printers
Have You Seen This Document?
Below is a comprehensive resource list for Google Apps for Education. The docuement linked below provides a WIDE variety of tips, tricks, resources and cheat sheets for using Google Apps for Education in your instruction. Feel FREE to suggest edits and additions to the document.
Google Apps for Education Resource List
Albany-Google Apps for Education
I have created the following document to help aggregate resources pertaining to Google Apps for Education in one place.
Google Apps for Education
A Fresh Look
Spring is just around the corner and we thought it would be a good idea to clean up our Education Technology site. Make sure you check out the "Menu" button in the upper left hand corner to access more information.
How to Pick the Right App or Tool?
Picking the correct app, add-on or tool for your device can be a daunting task. There are millions of choices and it is difficult to sort through and narrow down your choice. Our new page called Apps and Tools lists two very good resources to help you narrow down your search. We cannot take all of the work out of finding your perfect app, but the tools listed will help!
Apps and Tools Page
Free Digital Citizenship Curriculum from Nearpod
Digital citizenship is often overlooked in the hustle and bustle of the school day. However, it is a critical piece of education many of our students are missing. Take a look and see if you can weave it into your curriculum. Did I mention it is mostly free? Need help learning how to Nearpod? Contact Us.
Nearpod Digital Citizenship Curriculum
Apple TV Settings
We see a growing number of Apple TV's around the district and the article below may help you reduce some anxiety and give you a better sense of control over the little black box.
Apple TV Settings for the Classroom
Good Resources and Reminders
10 Ways Edtech Tools Can Impact the Learning Process
50 Edtech Tools Every Educator Should Know About
5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Non-Teaching Time