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


Welcome to Digital Citizenship Week

This week is Digital Citizenship Week! Take a minute to explore the ISTE Student Digitial Citizen Standard and what it means to be a good citizen in the digital age. The ISTE Digital Citizen student standard has four components: A. Students cultivate and manage their digital identity and reputation and are aware of the permanence of their actions in the ...


Skype, Reading, and Africa… Meet Julie Hembree

Julie Hembree is an Ed Tech leader for our district, a Microsoft Innovative Expert & Master Skype Trainer, and Books to Africa Partnership founder. Julie has been sharing her love of Skype with teachers around the district, most recently during Summer Tech Camp and Tech Kickoff. Julie was recently featured on our district website. Cougar ...


Breaking up with ActivInspire? Meet your new match at Tech Kickoff!

Check out the Interactive Presentations with Nearpod class at Tech Kickoff and learn how to make your presentations truly engaging! Sign up here.


STEM Credit for Tech Kickoff

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, Tech Kick ...


Watching the Friendly Skies- Eclipse Safety Tutorial

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.


Time to Update

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 ...

C Workshop 2/4

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’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.       ...


You Requested…. Recap Delivered

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 ...


ISD EdTech Challenge

Try our 14 day Ed Tech challenge to get your technology organized, keep yourself informed, and try some tested Ed Tech tools with your students!