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,  http://www.k12.wa.us/STEM/ClockHours.aspx.

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Tech Kick Off will begin with a keynote from Kiki Prottsman,  the K-5 CurriculuDevelopment 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!

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.

Keyboarding Resources for Summer

 

As summer approaches, here are some free keyboarding resources you can pass along to students/families.

Keyboarding Resources
The following keyboarding programs are designed to introduce keyboarding and to build fluency. Students will want to spend time within the programs to learn the typing basics.

typing.com
Purpose: To develop typing skills
https://www.typing.com/

  • Create a login
  • Includes lessons, tests and games.
  • Students go through an animated lesson (headphones needed). At the end of each level, they test their typing speed.
  • Students earn badges as they complete lessons within the 4 levels in the program
  • Can remove Ads( top of screen)

 

dance mat
Purpose: To develop typing skills
http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/z3c6tfr#zgkpn39

  • Students do not login because there is no data that is saved
  • Students go through an animated lesson (headphones needed). At the end of each level, they test their typing speed.
  • There are 4 levels in the program
  • Helpful tips to teach students under the tab “Why learn to touch type?”
  • Please use Google Chrome to run this program

 

Nitro
Purpose: To increase typing speed
https://www.nitrotype.com/

  • Create a login
  • Race the computer or friends (add under the tab Friends)
  • Earn money to purchase cars, paint cars, and buy nitro (allows students to skip words by pressing enter in the race, this can only be used up to 3x)
  • Go to Stats to see how students are progressing

 

 

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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