Below are sessions attended by members of the Technology Committee:
Session 1: Digital Citizenship
Summary: How to properly use devices in class such as cellphones or laptops.
Lesson ideas: Teachers can instruct students on the proper manners to use with devices instead of just taking them away. Also, many students haven't been taught these techniques.
Session 2: Microsoft immersive reader on word online.
Summary: Great features for ELA such as:
- Column Width changes line length to improve focus and comprehension.
- Page Color an make text easy to scan with less eye strain.
- Text Spacing increases the spacing between words, characters, and lines.
- Syllables shows breaks between syllables, to improve word recognition and pronunciation.
- Read Aloud lets you hear your document as each word is highlighted.
Session 1 - Digital Literacy
Summary: Explained how the Librarian worked with Grade 6 students
Lesson ideas: Common Sense Media , Brain Pop, Gave ideas/rubrics for student presentations
Session 2 - Blended Learning
Summary: Ideas for independent learning and applying Digital Literacy Skills; Many online tools for various ways to present, with links in the presentation for the tools. One was Ed Puzzle: https://edpuzzle.com/ I will have to explore more to decide if it is better than other tools we already use.
Session 3 - Innovating the Library
Summary: Reinforced the need to weed and clean; Ideal for Jackson for different type of shelving for the most popular authors; Wood still needs easily moveable tables
Session 4 - Digital Citizenship
Summary: Presentation focus Grade 3;
Lesson Ideas: Planet Nutshell - short videos about Internet Safety https://planetnutshell.com/portfolio/what-is-the-internet-grades-k-3/
Digital REP: Respect:Respect yourself, others, and digital property, Empower: Empower yourself by taking ownership of online behavior, Protect: Protect your personal information and the privacy of others
Session 5 - Using Research Projects to Teach Digital Literacy and Citizenship
Summary: This session used paid subscription tools we don’t have but I can use Tumble Books, WB Online, and Grolier instead of PebbleGo, instead of Buncee, use MS Office tools.
Session 6: Digital Story Telling
Online Graphic Organizers https://my.hrw.com/nsmedia/intgos/html/igo.htm
Story Bird https://storybird.com/
Screencastify https://www.screencastify.com/education/ Has a cost…but says it works with all devices
Storyjumper Paid site
WriteReader: https://app.writereader.com/login Free, says safe search pictures, not really.
Session: Assistive Tech Tools for all Learners
- Read and Write Google – can change speed for reading documents; About $25 for individual teacher / schools do promote site base; Store in the cloud
- Google Tools
- iTunes (SEL relations)
- Google-Maps – connection around the world
- Digital portfolios – Class Dojo (early elementary)
- Use numerous of digital tools to promote differentiation
- School need to be on board with students bring in their own devices – (a most for student achievement for the next generation of learners)
- Merge Cubes by MergeVR
- Other websites to check out
- Teach Thoughtfulness
Session: Digital Books in a Mathematics Classroom
- Students need a way digitally show authentic mathematics knowledge
- Kahoot & Quizz - use to data drive instruction
- Use of screencasts so students can explain their thinking
- Have students save and put all their math learning into a digital book
- Explain Everything | Interactive Online Whiteboard App
Session: Flatten Your classroom: Knock Down the Walls – Let Students Engage with the World
Link: CoSpaces Edu
Summary: Allow students to explore their own AR/VR content
Session 1: Unpacking the New Science Standards with Educational Technology
Summary: In this session I learned some websites that allow students to explore science material and ways to integrate projects into science learning to help bring a stronger understanding to the standards.
Session 2: Digital Books in the mathematics classroom
Summary: In this session I learned how to get students talking about their math thinking. They showed some cool things to record and upload students voices and images to teach what they are learning to create an online portfolio of their work. It was focused on apple products but I took away their ideas and I am thinking of ways they could do the same sort of thing in the online portfolio features of class dojo instead.
Links: Explain Everything(for creating screencast to explain howtosolve math problems); Quizizz (online formative assessment); Kahoot (online game-based assessment)
Session 3: Let's solve some problems together
Summary: In this session I learned a lot of different techniques and online simulators that are available to help the math workshop model. They also had a couple of other really good websites they highlighted for quick starters or group number talks
Lesson Ideas: mathlearningcenter.org
Session 4: Scratch That! - Using Scratch for Content Modeling
Summary: In this session I learned about the website scratch. It will provide a way for students to demonstrate their learning of a concept through coding and their imagination! I am currently working on a project with Mr. Hall on scratch in my science classroom which will fit in as their assessment. https://scratch.mit.edu/
Session: Unpacking the New Science Standards with Educational Tech
Summary: There was a document with some different tech ideas that went along with the presentation.
Session: Rigorous Whimsy
Summmary: Some great ideas for fun formative assessments using social media, music production, Lego Bricks, art tools, etc. - very interesting
Session: Interactive Cross-Curricular Lessons on PBS Learning
Summary: The presenter previewed some of the new content available - units of study with different types of resources - Great
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Session: IT Security 101 – Device Management and Threat Prevention
- Managing human risk - Even the best virus protection software can be defeated through the interactions of users, either by downloading and installing infected programs or by clicking on infected emails. One of the best defenses against such behavior is training the end user on what to look for and how to avoid infected programs or email. And periodically reinforcing the training with additional follow up training
- Program Management and enhancement - Threats evolve all the time and we have to be prepared to adjust as they do, we must keep up to date software and make sure that we are aware of future enhancements.
- Stats - Agent based applications, 40% come in through off network. (take home a device), 55% of disk drives are unencrypted (FERPA, HIPAA), 22% antivirus not working
Session: Protecting Students On Their Digital Tools - Email and online drive space security management (Gaggle)
Summary: The Gaggle software which is a safety management tool for digital spaces (365 email, One Drive) it protects both students and district from inappropriate use. This software takes a multi-tiered approach to student online safety by monitoring every email and file store online and taking action when necessary. Interest item, students have begun using one drive and share document as a chat room. Open a document share and just start typing back and forth.
Session: Office 365 -Tips and tricks (Online Version Only)
Summary: Teachers can obtain a free copy of Office 365 by going to office.com/teachers, you must use school email address; New dictation software within Word, will translate to or from any language that is supported in the pull down list; Immersive reader, copy paste text, then click play and the text will be read out loud.
Session: Can Cloud Solutions Resolve your Academic Intuitions IT Issues?
Summary: Cloud storage for Veeam backups and VM’s - This seminar was mainly about using the cloud for backup and disaster recovery. The cost of cloud storage has come down making it more affordable for disaster recovery and BaaS, (backup as a service) and SaaS (software as a Service).
Session: FIRST Robotics: Making An Impact In Your District Leadership
- Showed examples how the use of robots to introduce, implement, inspire students to technology, robotics.
- Described how using teams and competition improved students social, group, communication skills with others.
- Explained the impact of girls involved with technology and engineering.
- Educated group that there is funding and grants available, and help to initiate a new program.
- Helps improve students creativity, communication skills, respect and how interact with others in a group.
This was an informative session, especially for faculty and schools looking to get into technology and robots and introduce it to their curriculum. Furthermore, there are programs and grants available to help the school system initiate a program.
Session: An Open Dialogue on School Safety & Security: Ideas for Approaching Data, Cyber, and Campus Security Challenges
- This session was open for the audience to brainstorm and ask questions of their fellow districts around best practices.
- Cisco finished with a brief overview of the stories and solutions which have led to successful K12 partnerships in New England.
This was an open forum with security administrators of challenges that they face with protecting data and networks. There was interesting dialog with some of the problems that they had to identify and address with teachers, students, the web…etc. In my opinion, much of the discussion was informative especially listening to the challenges that the network groups have to deal with on a daily basis. However, some of the discussion was very technical and at times I had trouble following along with some of the details.
Session: Social Media Credit Score: Empower your Students and Teachers to Confront the Hidden Risks in Digital Age Teaching and Learning
- Informative session with how students and teachers leave digital footprints on the web.
- How companies and marketers collect data on an individual through, rewards, social media sites, phone apps etc.
- Inform how data on the web can impact students and teachers lives, jobs, college admission
- What students are using today to entertain and communicate with the world.
- Many do not even understand what data is being collected related and what is available to the public through the web regarding their reputation.
In my opinion this was the most informative session. There were examples given that showed how data presented online can lead to footprints that may portray an inaccurate image of an individual.
Session: Coding, Not Just for Nerds Digital Age Teaching and Learning
The purpose of this workshop is to discover that the importance of teaching young students to code cannot be ignored. We should be teaching students to code as part of the curriculum in all grades. Learners will have the opportunity to explore coding resources. They will program robots - Blockly, Code.org, Kodable, Scratch jr Scratch Code Spark Learners, Dash and Dot robots, Mice and Cheese, Lego WeDO, and Robo Wunderkind, Scroll Quest.