All posts by Valerie Buck

Valerie is an Instructional Technology Specialist in a public-school system with 10 years of teaching experience in elementary and middle school classrooms. Teaching middle school math earned her Washington State PTA Outstanding Educator in 2014. Today she provides professional development to teachers with an emphasis on ISTE EdTech standards, digital citizenship, and computational thinking that is integrated into core curriculum. Contact her at buckv@issaquah.wednet.edu

Digital Citizenship Week – Secondary Edition

Digital Citizenship Week is October 15-19! Nicole Kreuger is a freelance writer and has a great piece on the ISTE blog right now titled It's Time to Commit to Digital Citizenship. "Unfortunately, many educators still mistakenly conflate digital citizenship with online safety. While teaching kids to craft strong passwords and refrain from posting inappropriate pictures ...

Digital Citizenship Week – Elementary Edition

October 15-19 is Digital Citizenship Week Wondering how to get started? Try one of these activities from Common Sense Media with your students.  Grades K-2 Share the Pause & Think Online video with younger elementary school students to spark a discussion about how their digital world is connected to their real world. Once your students ...

Digital Citizenship in Action

Secondary teachers are invited to participate in a book study designed specifically with 6-12 educators in mind. Digital Citizenship in Action: Empowering Students to Engage in Online Communities by Kristen Mattson. In her book, Mattson creates a road map for moving from the traditional sense of  "don't do this" and "marketing yourself for college" to ...

Code.org and Clever for K-5 Students

Issaquah students using Clever will have access to their Code.org account without another log-on to remember, and teachers no longer have to add each student to their sections name by name. When you set up your sections, in just a few clicks, your roster of students set up in Clever is automatically added to the ...

Elementary Computer Science Project

Through the integration of computational thinking learning experiences into core content areas, students will gain experience with the problem solving skills that are the underpinning of computer science – providing an opportunity for all students to see themselves in this ever-growing field. Preparations are being made for the second cohort of the Elementary Computer Science Project and ...

Ed Tech Library

Welcome back to a new school year! We are excited to share some new tools, and last year's favorites, available now in the Ed Tech Library. Items are checked out for one week at a time and are delivered and picked up from your school's main office. Your Instructional Technology Specialists are happy to come ...

Ed Tech Summer Camp Options

We hope you will join us as we dive into summer learning! Every Tuesday this summer from July 10th to August 7th we will have optional camp sessions for teachers to learn more about ed tech tools. Both am and pm sessions are scheduled to cover a variety of widely used tools. Each of the ...

Train Like a Martian

What is the #TrainLikeAMartian challenge? A week of fun activities that highlight the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, space exploration, and physical fitness. The challenge begins May 14th and provides students and adults around the world a chance to have some fun, show why STEM is important, and to win some cool ...

Computational Thinking Book Study

You will learn what Computational Thinking and Computer Science is, why it is important, and how it fits into your larger curriculum.

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 ...