The New Tools Is Back

Our little podcast The New Tools is back with a new season and the first episode is up now. Check it out below and check out the show page for links and resources mentioned in the show.


Want to listen to it on your phone or tablet? Click on the buttons below to open it in your favorite podcast app.

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We’d also love for you to check out the band Clipping. and Sub Pop Records who have generously allowed us to use the song A Better Place in our show. You can also find Clipping.’s music on the TV show The Mayor.

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Family Engagement Twitter Chat


Looking for a great opportunity to engage in meaningful discussion with educators from across the country? And do it all from the comfort of your home or your favorite coffee shop?

Then you need to check out twitter chats. Twitter chats are discussions held through Twitter by users who decide to meet in the Twitterverse at designated time and share answers to questions. Twitter allows users to filter posts through hashtags found in the body of the tweets. Twitter chats take advantage of this filtering by using a hashtag in every question or answer that is part of the chat.

As a twitter user you can simply search for the twitter chat’s hashtag, and view everybody’s answers (the sit and listen approach), or you can dive into the discussion by tweeting answers to the questions with the hashtag.

There will be a great opportunity to try a twitter chat led by ISD’s very own Liza Rickey this Sunday (October 22) starting at 7. This twitter chat will focus on Family Engagement. Their hashtag will be #WATeachLead .You can expect to get a lot ideas and resources by following along. It is also a great opportunity to connect with educators and bring their experience to your own practice.




Gamify Your Digital Citizenship

Do your students love to play games? Why not capitalize on their interest and offer some engaging learning about Digital Citizenship. Here are a few options for the classroom.

Google’s Be Internet Awesome: “Helping kids be safe, confident explorers of the online world.” Students take on Interland and explore different worlds: Reality River where they learn about fake news, Mindful Mountain where they share with care, Tower of Treasure to secure your secrets, and Kind Kingdom where it is cool to be kind. This is a kid-friendly game suitable for all ages.

Common Sense Media: There are three different game platforms that connect with the Common Sense Media scope and Sequence. Digital Passport for grades 3-5 which teaches critical skills related to digital safety, respect, and community. Digital Compass is a choose your own adventure for students 6-8. Digital Compass is a safe place to see how their choices impact them and the people around them. Digital Bytes for grades 9-12 teaches teens digital citizenship through student-directed, media-rich activities that tackle real-world dilemmas. Teens then create collaborative digital projects to share their learning.kahoot

Kahoot: There are many pre-made Khoot! games that you may edit to meet your needs, or try this one made by Instructional Technology Specialist, Valerie Buck, targeted towards middle schoolers.

Facticious: Fighting Fake news is a national concern, and here is a game you can play to test your fake news detecting skills. Facticious is great for high school, because some of the articles may be just a smidge controversial. At the bottom of the article title and preview, students can click on the source of the article to help them decide. The game works like Tinder, you see one story at a time and swipe right or left to choose real or fake, you get immediate feedback and a brief explanation.

7 tips for spotting fake news


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.

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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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.


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.