Sign-Up for Tech Kick Off Today

On behalf of the Educational Technology Department, we are excited to offer a paid professional development opportunity to all Issaquah staff members!

Join us for Tech Kickoff on Friday, September 1st 2017, from 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM.  Our conference sessions will cover topics and technologies such as Office 365, OneNote, BreakoutEDU, Google Expeditions, Skype, Actively Learn, Formative, Sway, and more!

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This year we will launch our learning with a keynote session for all teachers to discover exciting opportunities with our Ed Tech TOSAs and Kiki Prottsman, author of Computational Thinking {and Coding} for Every Student. Find out the resources available to you and how we all play a role in ensuring equity in Computer Science education.

Visit our Connect group for more information and to browse through course descriptions. Use our Awesome Table to sort sessions by ISTE standard, TPEP criteria, and time or do a text search to find your favorite tools!

Sign up now on PD Place.

Keyboarding Resources for Summer

 

As summer approaches, here are some free keyboarding resources you can pass along to students/families.

Keyboarding Resources
The following keyboarding programs are designed to introduce keyboarding and to build fluency. Students will want to spend time within the programs to learn the typing basics.

typing.com
Purpose: To develop typing skills
https://www.typing.com/

  • Create a login
  • Includes lessons, tests and games.
  • Students go through an animated lesson (headphones needed). At the end of each level, they test their typing speed.
  • Students earn badges as they complete lessons within the 4 levels in the program
  • Can remove Ads( top of screen)

 

dance mat
Purpose: To develop typing skills
http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/z3c6tfr#zgkpn39

  • Students do not login because there is no data that is saved
  • Students go through an animated lesson (headphones needed). At the end of each level, they test their typing speed.
  • There are 4 levels in the program
  • Helpful tips to teach students under the tab “Why learn to touch type?”
  • Please use Google Chrome to run this program

 

Nitro
Purpose: To increase typing speed
https://www.nitrotype.com/

  • Create a login
  • Race the computer or friends (add under the tab Friends)
  • Earn money to purchase cars, paint cars, and buy nitro (allows students to skip words by pressing enter in the race, this can only be used up to 3x)
  • Go to Stats to see how students are progressing

 

 

Sign up for Ed Tech Summer Camp Now

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Come to Summer Ed Tech Camp to learn new skills for integrating technology in your classroom!  Choose from a variety of teacher-led 3-hour session that feature ed tech tools, such as Kyte Learning, BreakoutEDU, Seesaw, Skype, Office 365, Actively Learn, GradeCam, and podcasting!

Morning sessions are from 8:30-11:30am and afternoon sessions are from 12-3pm.  All sessions take place in the Admin P6 Computer Lab.

Sign up now on PD Place.

Space is limited, so be sure to sign up for the specific session/s you want to attend.  Technology compensation and clock hours are available.
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Organizing Text with Labels in Actively Learn

Looking for a quick way to find relevant text in Actively Learn? This 4.13 minute video gives an overview of how to filter, pin and manage labels, saving you time.

Adding Labels:

  • Label menu
  • Add label and choose text
  • Create a taxonomy system for labels- grade, content area, unit- to make sharing and finding text easier in District library

Toggle or filter in your work space:

  • Label menu
  • Manage pinned labels
  • Choose desired labels to add to your work space

Actively Learn

Time to Update

office 2016

Make sure you have access to all of the great Office 2016 features such as Office Mix and One Drive. Ask your Tech Specialist to update your computers ASAP!

Tech Kickoff will be a BYOD event and many of the courses offered will utilize features available only in Office 2013 or 2016. If you are currently running on 2010, update now.

Access School Dude here to submit a request for your Tech Specialist.

Atomic Learning Is Going Away In June

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ISD’s Atomic Learning Subscription Ending In June

We are writing to let you know that the Educational Tech Department has decided to end our district’s subscription to Atomic Learning effective June 25, 2017.

Consequently, staff will no longer be able to access Atomic Learning resources effective June 26, 2017.

What Does This Mean for You?

We want staff to be able to continue using Atomic Learning through the end of the subscription. As a result, staff will still be able to view and receive pay for watching Atomic Learning videos until June 25.

In order to receive compensation, staff must submit compensation requests and activity logs to the Educational Technology Office by the end of the workday June 26. Instructions for accessing compensation are available on Connect.

How Can I Receive Compensation for Tech Learning After June 25?

The Ed Tech Department recognizes the importance of providing a variety of opportunities for staff to learn and grow in the use of technology to support powerful instruction. We also recognize that for many staff, the summer provides a prime opportunity to not only learn about new digital tools, but it also provides time to reflect on how best to use those tools in their classrooms.

To support professional development for teachers, the Ed Tech Department will offer a series of face-to-face classes this summer for staff. Additionally, we have chosen a new platform for online professional development. Details on this new platform will be coming soon and in time for you to use this summer. We believe that both the in-person opportunities, and our new online learning platform, will support staff in their desire to grow in their practice this summer.

Resources

If you are interested in receiving compensation for your work on Atomic Learning, please review the instructions here.  Your Ed Tech TOSAs are also available to help you.

Piktochart – Visualize Your Learning

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Piktochart is a great tool to make sharing information more visual by creating infographics.

It’s great for teachers to share information with their students or for students to use on to summarize their understanding. You can make infographics, reports, posters, and presentations using their ready made templates or start from scratch to create your very own! The final product can be interactive or static; they can also be embedded on your website for instant updates or they can be saved as an image file that you can save and send.

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Kristen Bennett, science teacher at Skyline High School, has had great success in making her syllabi into infographics that are hosted on her website here and here. Check them out if you’d like to see an example of what you can do!

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PCMS teacher Annie Tremonte and IMS  teacher Alyssa Eckhardt have been having students create infographics to show their learning. Check out this little recap of how infographics can spur deeper learning.

Special thanks to Kristin Bennett for sharing her ideas about Piktochart and how infographics can be used to support student learning. Much of this post comes from her monthly newsletter Tech Tidbits.