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.

The PE Geek Gives 3 Great Ways To Capture Student Achievments And Results

Whether you are a health and physical education specialist or a general education teacher you may be searching for ways to quickly track student results.  Technology integration in health and physical education has long been championed  by Australia’s Jarrod Robinson, who is known throughout the online community as “The P.E. Geek”.  In his blog www.thepegeek.com, Jarrod recently posted his review of 3 applications that help capture student results and achievements.  He gives the pros and cons of each app and links to video tutorials for each app.  Although his review is given through the lens of a health and physical specialist, the general ed teacher may also find that these apps are relevant for their classroom.

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ITP Dates

If you haven’t checked out the ITP Application page yet, you might not know the dates for this outstanding program.

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As you head into break and begin to think about your summer plans, we hope you will consider ITP.

Applications are due on January 17th, and we will begin notifying applicants on February 24th.

If you missed ITP Launch and looking for some support on the application, please contact Joshua Moore, who will be more than happy to come out to your school and answer questions.

 

Have you checked out the PD Calendar?

Have you checked out the PD Calendar?

We are curating ISD and other tech trainings on Bits & Pieces’ PD Calendar Pages.

This is a great place to find trainings and classes to help you with integrating technology to support powerful teaching and learning.

Below you’ll find a list of trainings coming up in November.

Happy Halloween!

November 1

Gradecam Go at Sunny Hills  (4:00-5:00)

November 3

Connect Support at Pacific Cascade (7:40-9:40)

Report Cards at Creekeside (4:00-5:00)

November 3

OneNote Classroom Notebook at Maywood (2:35-3:35)

November 5

Code.org Workshop at the Administration Building (8:00-3:00)

November 7

Homeroom at Endeavour (3:30-4:30)

Excel at Discovery (4:00-5:00)

Homeroom at Grand Ridge (4:00-5:00)

November 8

ITP Launch (3:15-4; 4:15-5:00)

Homeroom at Sunset (4:00-5:00)

November 10

Appy Hour at Beaver Lake Middle School (2:40-3:40)

November 15

Collecting Data at IVE (3:30-4:30)

Skyward Report Cards at Cascade Ridge (3:30-4:30)

November 17

Gradecam Go, Homeroom, Connect and Skyward at Beaver Lake (2:40-3:40)

Connect at Challenger (3:30-4:30)

November 22

Edmodo at Beaver Lake Middle School (2:40-3:40)

November 29

Kahoot! and Google Forms at Skyline High School (2:45-3:45)

Save the Date

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We are excited to announce that we will be doing ITP  Launch again this year.

ITP Launch is a chance for teachers curious about ITP, and about how to make their applications stronger to come and learn about ITP and the application process.

Attendees at ITP Launch will learn what ITP is all about, and all the great things the program has to offer. Additionally, teachers at ITP Launch will get tips and tricks for making a formidable application.

This year we are offering Launch on two different dates.

Our first launch will be on November 8, with a meeting for secondary (3:15 – 4) and a meeting for elementary teachers (4:30-5:15.) Our second Launch will be on December 12, with a meeting for secondary teachers at 3:15 and a meeting for elementary teachers at 4:30.

Interested in finding out more about ITP? Click here.

For questions about ITP Launch (or just about ITP) please email Joshua Moore.

 

Sign Up for Tech Kick Off

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The Educational Technology Department is excited to offer an optional professional development opportunity to all Issaquah staff members!  Join us for the Tech Kickoff on Friday, August 26, 2016, from 8:00 AM-3:30 PM.  Our conference sessions will cover topics and technologies like ActivInspire, Connect, Skyward, Google, iPads, Podcasting, Infographics, BYOD, Blending Learning, Coding, Office Products, and Next Lab. This year we have grouped the sessions by strand and added sorting for TPEP evaluation criteria, new and refreshed courses, and 21st century skills. The event will take place at three locations: Liberty High School, Maywood Middle School, and Briarwood Elementary.

Interested in learning more? 

Browse through course descriptions and sort classes by strand, location and/or time online here.

Interested in registering for the conference? 

Visit our class registration software, PD PlaceSpace is limited and participants are responsible for registering themselves for the conference and selecting the sessions they will attend. Attendees are required to be current ISD employees and have a contract for the 2016-2017 school year.  Up to six clock hours are available and can be paid for after registering for the conference.  Kindly register by August 22, 2016.  Need help registering? 

Visit the PD Place Information site.

Featured Class – Infographics

One of the new classes we are offering this year is creating infographics with students (you know those eye catching, information-rich visuals you see everywhere from USA Today to your local library, that make you feel smart after reading them.)

Annie Tremonte, a humanities teacher at PCMS has been creating infographics with her students for the last couple of years. At Tech Kickoff, she will share what she has learned, and help you get started on helping your students show what they’ve learned in new ways.

Check out why she thinks infographics are a great for students to show their learning.

New Atomic Learning reporting process

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Last week viewing of Atomic Learning for compensation purposes was suspended due to a change in the Atomic Learning reports. While their reporting system is still not ideal, we have developed a new process for submitting compensation requests for viewing Atomic Learning tutorials.

The instructions can be found on Connect at: http://connect.issaquah.wednet.edu/district/depts/tech/atomic_learning_information/default.aspx

Click on the “Directions” tab to download instructions for Classified or Certificated staff.

 Please remember – tutorials for certificated staff that qualify for compensation can be found under “My Training>Recommended Training” OR “Issaquah Tutorials.”