We are very pleased to announce that this year’s Tech Kickoff will provide up to six STEM clock hours.
Teachers certified with K-8, secondary math and science, technology, and/or CTE endorsements must earn 15 STEM clock hours to renew their teaching credentials beginning in 2019. Additional information is available on the OSPI website, http://www.k12.wa.us/STEM/ClockHours.aspx.
Tech Kick Off will begin with a keynote from Kiki Prottsman, the K-5 Curriculum Development Manager at Code.org and a former computer science instructor at the University of Oregon. A champion for responsible computing and equity in both CS employment and education, Kiki works with organizations to improve the experience of girls and women in STEM. She will help us explore the current status of Computer Science education in the Issaquah School District and provide ways that ALL teachers can help promote computer science for underrepresented populations.
In addition to the keynote speaker, our launch session will include Ed Tech department updates and the chance to win some exciting prizes.
Sign up for your Tech Kickoff sessions now!
Get ready to view the solar eclipse with these helpful safety tips. You should never look directly at the sun, even during an eclipse. Many options for indirect viewing are outlined in this video.
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.
Saturday, February 4th at Issaquah Valley Elementary from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm there is a FREE workshop for K-5 teachers to learn how to implement Code.org’s elementary curriculum into their classrooms. Issaquah teachers are eligible for 6 clock hours and 6 hours of tech compensation. Sign up Here or on PD Place.
Recap gives teachers a fun new way to collect video evidence of their students’ learning. We mentioned this app in November’s blog post Five Ways to Summarize Student Learning, and would like to share some updates Recap made to improve your experience.
First, how does Recap work? Teachers create written or video question(s), for students to respond to using Andriod or iOS apps. Student video responses, which may be set between 30 seconds and 2 minutes, are collected through the student app. As student videos are submitted, teachers may view them on a desktop computer. The prompts and videos are compiled into a Daily Review Reel. Both the individual responses, and the class compilations may be shared with others via email, a web link, or may be posted directly to Twitter.
Click the image below to play an example Review Reel!
Two features that were frequently requested are now available for teachers:
- Until recently, the Daily Review Reel automatically pulled a random sample of student responses and did not have a way for teachers to edit. Recap added an edit feature for your Review Reels so that you may modify the clips for various reasons. Teachers may select students they would like to highlight and choose to include graphics or music for each of their Daily Reels.
2. Prior to the update, Recaps due dates were limited to a maximum of 2 weeks after you assigned it. Teachers may now select any due date from a calendar offering more flexibility around due dates.
Interested in trying this out with your class? Create your account here: https://app.letsrecap.com/login
Contact your Ed Tech Lead or your Instructional Technology Specialist for support. http://connect.issaquah.wednet.edu/intranet/technology/
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