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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 ...

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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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The New Tools: New Tech and iPads

We just finished another episode of The New Tools. This week Josh, Tricia and Carrie discuss how they go about finding and learning about new technology. Then during Application Time, they take turns discussing how iPads can be used by teachers and students to improve and support learning. For more information and links to apps ...

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ITP dates set

All the dates for ITP have been set. Participation in ITP is a year long commitment, so we want participants to know ahead of time what the dates are and hope this will help you plan. During the summer, participants will stay at the Sleeping Lady in Leavenworth, from Sunday afternoon through Thursday morning. There ...

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Hour of Code adds Minecraft module

This week, Code.org announced that they have partnered with the folks behind Minecraft to create a Minecraft module for Hour of Code. Your guide is Jens, the lead programmer behind Minecraft. You get to choose between coding Alex or Steve (your students will know why that’s cool.) This module teaches code similarly to the Star ...

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Ed Tech Tours – Practical uses of Padlet in the Classroom

Have you tried Padlet yet? If you haven’t, Padlet is a free virtual website that works on any device.  Students can post comments, files, pictures, and video on a virtual corkboard.  A padlet takes just a few minutes to set up and can enhance student discussion and collaboration. The two articles linked below offer practical ...

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Ed Tech is podcasting now

Your Tech TOSAs have decided to join the podcasting world, and use it as an opportunity to discuss all things educational technology related. We’re calling it The New Tools and our first episode is up now, and ready for you to listen to. In this episode we discuss our first Aha Moments with technology in ...

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The Force Is With Hour of Code This Year

Hour of Code is an annual celebration of computer programming. It is a chance for teachers to bring computer science into the classroom, in a way that engages and introduces students to the joys and challenges of computer programming. For a week each year, Code.org partners with school districts and teachers across the country to do ...

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Ed Tech Tour – Newsela

If you love news and you love having your students read the news, you should check out Newsela.com. It’s a web tool that takes articles from McClatchy-Tribune papers (like the Seattle Times) and rewrites them in multiple reading levels. Users can then easily adjust the reading level. To help you see what it can do, ...

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15-16 Ed Tech Overview now on Atomic Learning

Ed Tech TOSAs are currently visiting all the schools in the district to present at staff meetings in partnership with the new Ed Tech Building Leads.  The presentations this year include an overview of the Ed Tech Department, as well as many resources available to you as teaching staff as you work to integrate technology ...

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