Bee Bots

Bee Bots from Tech Tosa   Looking for a way to get your students interested in computational thinking and coding? Check out Bee Bots*, little programmable robots that encourage students to problem solve and use logical and sequential thinking to navigate challenges. Also, they’re just plain cute. Check out Cougar Ridge librarian Julie Hembree using ...


Winter Tech Series

We are excited to announce the dates and topics for our Winter Tech Series. This winter we will be offering classes on Office 365, Padlet and Twitter. Read below for all the details. OneDrive & OneNote with Office365 January 30  8 AM – 12:15 PM Pacific Cascade Middle School – Room 1008 Learn how to ...


Save The Date – Office 365 PD

We will be offering a four-hour training on the morning of Saturday, January 30th. Stay tuned for details after the break.


The New Tools: Embracing Failure & Utilizing Your Web Presence

We just finished another episode of The New Tools. This week, Josh, Carrie and Tricia discuss embracing failure with tech (including an obvious fail in the episode, see you can hear it) and how to create and use an effective web presence (including creating a firewall against excuses.) We also discuss tech and the holidays. ...


Calling all ITP Alumni!

Do you wish you had a support network that serves as a source of motivation and ideas on how to integrate technology into your classroom? Do you want a way to reconnect with members of your cohort? Have a great idea you think others could use? Due to popular demand, there is now a site for current and ...


No Registration Webtools!

Using webtools in the classroom are great because (almost) any internet ready device, whether it’s a laptop or iPad, can access them.  This article contains a list of free webtools that do not require student users to register with an email address.  The list also contains: links to each webtool a brief description star rating Have ...


Cougar Ridge Students Learn to Code Micro Bits

Hour of Code 2015 from Tech Tosa This week, many teachers (and their students) across the district participated in Hour of Code, an annual celebration of computer programming and the engineering/design process. One of those teachers is Julie Hembree, librarian at Cougar Ridge. Through her work participation in the Microsoft Innovative Educators program, she struck ...


Renewing your Teaching Cert?

Did you know that OSPI has released new STEM requirements for renewing your teaching certifications?  Soon, OSPI will require that certain teachers participate in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) professional development as part of the renewal process. WHO does it affect?  Teachers with the following endorsements. Elementary Education (K-8) endorsement Early Childhood Education (P-3) endorsement Mathematics ...


Tech Hours Tracker

Have you ever shown up to a tech training and been unsure whether to sign the pink or the blue comp form? With all the ways to access dollars for tech training, it’s a complicated question to be sure. To help make sure you get paid and hopefully avoid extra paper work, you can always ...

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