2018 ISD Ed Tech Challenge

Back by popular demand, here is an updated Ed Tech Challenge to keep you organized and informed. Learn more about the resources available to you as you tackle one task a day for just 10 days. We kept some of of the same items as last year...because who doesn't need to unsubscribe to at least ...

Human Computation, Crowdsourcing, and the brilliance of Luis von Ahn 

Ever used Duolingo? I brushed up on my Spanish with it a few years ago. It was an incredible program that best of all was free. However, it is a for-profit company. How does Duolingo make money? It's business model is an extension of its brilliant co-founder, inventor, and young professor, Luis von Ahn. Von Ahn invented the captcha. You know ...

Build Tech Skills Through Peer Teaching

John Barry Elementary in Meriden, CT recently began using peer teaching to promote tech skills in there school. Watch the video below to learn how they did it and to see the results.

Students as Creators of Content

In 2006, Time Magazine chose "You" as its person of the year. This was in recognition of the vast number of people who were creating and sharing their own content via YouTube, Wikipedia, individual websites, print on demand publishing, eBooks, etc. The number of valuable tools and their ease of use, efficiency, and cost continues ...

Four Things Students Need To Create Book Trailer Videos

Looking for an alternative to the traditional book report assignment?  Have you tried getting your students to create book trailer videos before?  Richard Bryne of the blog Free Technology For Teachers describes four things students need to create great looking video book trailers.  From creating a script and finding good images to recording and editing ...

Sixty Second Survey

Please take 60 seconds to complete our ISD Hour of Code participation survey. Even if you did not participate this year, we want you to take the survey. Everyone who completes the survey before break will be entered to win a prize from the Ed Tech department! Secondary teachers please click here  Elementary teachers please click ...

Web Chat With Us on Friday!

Issaquah classrooms are invited to join us this Friday to chat with Computer Science students and professionals via Zoom Meeting. The Educational Technology department is hosting 20 minute sessions where students can ask questions and interact with people learning or working in the field of Computer Science. If you would like to sign-up your class ...

3 Tips To Help Get Students Coding In Your Classroom By Common Sense Education

Common Sense Media's Education site is a great resource for teachers looking for lesson plans, ed-tech reviews and teacher strategies.  As a part of Computer Science Education Week (December 4-8), they have put a great resource, including a video and tip sheet that explains 3 ways to help get your students coding in your classroom.  ...

Computer Science Education Week

This week (December 4-8, 2017) is Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) This annual program is dedicated to encouraging K-12 students learn about and become aware of computer science and its role in their lives. Begun by the Computing in the Core coalition, Code.org has grown CSEdWeek over the last few years and is now supported ...

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