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Technology & Professional Development Update

January 05, 2015

Happy New Year, and Welcome Back!

In this issue…

PARCC Sample Items & Practice Tests

Curriculum & Instruction News

Tech & PD Updates

The Google Apps Show

Resources for Chromebooks and Classroom Technology

Webb’s Depth of Knowledge

Tech & PD Needs Assessment Survey Results Published

Google Forms and Sheets

Duolingo for Schools Available This Week

SAMR & TPACK - What the…?

Join the Crash Course Book Club!

Professional Development Opportunities



PARCC Sample Items & Practice Tests

Help your students prepare for our first ever Official PARCC Performance Based Assessments.

Image from: http://parcc.pearson.com/practice-tests/ 

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Curriculum & Instruction News

Curriculum Director Tammie Bolden publishes periodic Curriculum and Instruction Newsletters to help teachers and the public learn more about District #205’s curriculum development activities. These newsletters are archived on the Curriculum & Instruction Website. To stay up to date on recent activities involving curriculum & instruction in District #205, check out these resources!

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Tech & PD Updates

“I can’t find it, but I remember that Matt said something about….” - No Worries! Catch up on what you may have missed, or find what you’re looking for in the Tech and PD Archives.

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The Google Apps Show

Looking for a quick way to advance your skills with Google Apps? Watch The Apps Show by Google, a brief one-a-week (or so) update on recent changes & developments surrounding Google tools, as well as ways to use Google tools to streamline the work you do with students and your collaboration with colleagues. Visit The Apps Show on YouTube, and click the Subscribe  button to receive weekly updates.

Image from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1XelE2lmfM&list=PLU8ezI8GYqs7tAIAv9qFoYM7F02L251Ai 

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Resources for Chromebooks and Classroom Technology

Looking for ways to learn more about using Chromebooks and other educational technology tools in your classroom? Here are a few resources that might help:

Image from: http://www.google.com/chrome/devices/acer-c720p-chromebook/ 

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Webb’s Depth of Knowledge

Webb’s Depth of Knowledge (DOK) is becoming widely used as an alternative to Bloom’s Taxonomy. Webb’s DOK helps educators identify and classify the cognitive complexity of the work students perform to achieve academic goals and objectives associated with the National Common Core State Standards - which are now also considered the New Illinois Learning Standards.

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Learn more about Webb’s Depth of Knowledge:

Download the full-page Webb’s Depth of Knowledge “Wheel” chart here

Image from: http://static.pdesas.org/content/documents/M1-Slide_19_DOK_Wheel_Slide.pdf  

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Tech & PD Needs Assessment Survey Results Published

Results of the Tech & PD Needs Assessment are available to the public. Use the buttons at the tops of each page to navigate through the site. Building-specific information will be shared with principals in January.

The results are somewhat surprising in many cases- in a good way! Have a look!

Some highlights include:

Expect to see more during- and after-school professional development opportunities on these and other topics soon, based on this preliminary data.

You’ll also be asked to complete a much more brief version of this same survey again soon to help everyone understand these trends more clearly.

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Google Forms and Sheets

As a whole, the feedback noted above indicates two major areas of interest or need. One area that respondents indicated is very important is the development of an understanding of basic learning management systems (LMS) to help manage student/teacher workflow. While there are many LMS to explore, two of the easiest to get started with are Google Classroom & Skyward’s Online Assignments.

Many teachers have used Microsoft Excel for mathematical processes, but it is capable of quite a bit more. The Google version of Excel is called simply Spreadsheets, and is an integral part of Google Apps for Education. Google Forms is also a handy application that works with Google Drive. Google Sheets and Google Forms are easily accessible through Google Drive - just click the big red CREATE or NEW button on your Google Drive screen..

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Google Forms and Google Sheets work together nicely to help gather & organize ideas. Teachers can easily create simple quizzes to assess student learning using these two tools.

  1. Create a Form. This is where you’ll enter your questions and answers. Learn how to Create a Survey, Poll, or Quiz from Google.
  2. Create a folder. A spreadsheet containing students’ responses to your questions will be automatically created after you send the form to students. Too keep things organized, put the Form inside a folder, and the spreadsheet collecting responses will be created inside the same folder for you! Learn how to create & use folders from Google.
  3. Send the Form to your students. After you create the Form containing your quiz questions & answers, you’ll need to give students access to the quiz. In the upper-right corner of the Form you’ll see a blue Send Form  button. Click that and a link to share the live survey will appear. Since this will be an awful lot of letters for students to type in, try one of these options:
  1. Click the button to copy the link and share the form through a hyperlink or Google Classroom etc., OR...
  2. Since this will be an awful lot of letters for students to type in, click the box next to the words “Short URL.” This will give your students an easier code to type in so they can access the form, OR…
  3. Type in students’ email addresses in the box at the bottom of the window to send individual emails to students containing the link or the whole form itself.  

Your students’ responses will be stored as individual lines in a Google Spreadsheet. Your question stems will be column headers. All you’ll need to score these assignments is access to the file!

In the next issue we’ll look at how to automatically score student quizzes. It’s a little more work up-front, but can be a real time-saver after kids have finished!

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Duolingo for Schools Available This Week

According to THIS POST on Free Tech for Teachers by Richard Byrne, language-learning app Duolingo will very soon offer teachers the ability to develop classroom groups, track & monitor individual student progress, and more.

Please read the post on Free Tech for Teachers for more details.

Images from: http://www.freetech4teachers.com/ and https://www.duolingo.com/welcome 

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SAMR & TPACK - What the…?

Two models are used to describe the ways that students and teachers use technology for learning. Of course, in education we love our acronyms, so meet SAMR and TPACK:

For a more detailed explanation and examples of the SAMR Model, please see Kathy Shrock’s Guide to Everything,  read about the SAMR Model from its’ author, Dr. Ruben P. Puentendura, or read this article on SAMR from the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Image from: http://www.hippasus.com/rrpweblog/archives/2014/11/28/SAMRInTheClassroom_DevelopingSustainablePractice.pdf 

Watch a 2-minute video explaining TPACK, learn more from the TPACK Academy, or compare SAMR & TPACK.

Image from: http://tpack.org/ 

These two models of thinking about how we design learning activities for students will become more familiar as the use of technology tools becomes more ubiquitous in the future.

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Join the Crash Course Book Club!

We’re starting a book club using Kim Bearden’s Crash Course: The Life Lessons My Students Taught Me. CPDUs are available!

Each spring our New Teacher Learning Team reads and discusses an educationally-related title to apply to teaching practice. This year we are opening our doors to other interested educators who would like to read and discuss the topics in this book, which everyone received after attending Institute with Mrs. Bearden in October 2014. We hope you’ll join us in the Board Room at Lincoln from 4-5 PM on selected Wednesdays.

Please see 2014-2015 NTLT Schedule at the New Teachers page on the Technology & Learning Website.

Image from: http://www.ronclarkacademy.com/Neque-porro-quisquam   

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Professional Development Opportunities

Visit the Professional Development Calendar for details on local and regional PD opportunities!

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