Kent City Staff Tech Site

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This site contains resources that will support staff in their use of technology. Use the tabs and links below to find resources related to district technology focus areas. Type ctrl+f to search by keyword (e.g. research)

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Staff Tech Guides

Instruction & Content

Assessment & Data

Collaboration & Productivity

Digital Citizenship & Research

Staff Examples & Lending Resources

Student Tech Focus Areas

  • Develop tech competencies through digital work in independent & collaborative tasks (resources link)
  • Use research and information skills in various contexts (resources link)
  • Learn and practice appropriate behavior when working in digital environments. (resources link)

Staff Tech Focus Areas

Technology Guides

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Go to the topics below to get help on using the technology-based systems at Cedar Springs Public Schools

Table of Contents

Infinite Campus

Chromebooks

Email / Gmail

Phones and Printing

  • Phones

  • Printing Tips
  • Type ctrl+p to launch print menu
  • If you don’t see a printer, make sure you have an internet connection or restart your computer

Microsoft Office 2016 / Windows 10 / Troubleshoot

G Suite (AKA Google Apps)



Instruction & Content

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Hosting & Facilitating Content

Steps to Success

  1. Establish an online space to provide resources and interact w/ stakeholders
  2. Add updates, links, docs that can be accessed anytime
  3. Organize everything coherently
  4. Update regularly and share habitually

Platform Options

  • Getting stuff in Google Drive

  • Class websites/blogs/wikis

  • Learning Management Systems

Behavior/Community Building

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General Engagement Ideas & Tools

Steps to Success

  1. Represent content and concepts in multiple ways (text, images, audio, video, etc.)
  2. Connect learning to real people, places, and opportunities
  3. Incorporate student/staff thinking, questions, and ideas for optimal impact
  4. Combine sources to best fit your objectives

Tools and Ideas

  • Be intentional! Tech isn’t always the best option.

  • Creation Tools and Lesson Design

  • Instructional Tools and Ideas

  • Make student thinking visible / audible
  • Combine content w/ interaction

  • Instructional Sites

  • Connect to the World
  • ePals (global pen pal program)

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Assessment & Data

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Assessment Options

Steps to Success

  1. Choose a platform(s) that fits your content and needs
  2. Provide ways for students to check understanding & build learning into the process
  3. Utilize results to target supports
  4. Collaborate w/ others to share and store what you make/use

Digital Assessment Tools/Platforms

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Collaboration & Productivity

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Tools and Ideas for Collaboration

Steps to Success

  1. Understand how collaboration works in different digital formats
  2. Learn how to create, convert, share, and organize content in web-based tools (primarily Google Drive)
  3. Use system features to communicate and assign tasks
  4. Support others in their use of collaborative tools

Collaboration Options and Guides

  • Note conversion process - not all will convert perfectly

Productivity Resources

Steps to Success

  1. Increase awareness of tools and strategies that can increase efficiency and effectiveness in digital work
  2. Practice use of tools and strategies to improve skill
  3. Share and support others in their use of productivity tools

Productivity Resources

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Digital Citizenship & Research

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Resources for Digital Citizenship

Steps to Success

  1. Understand how to be safe and responsible online
  2. Determine guidelines for students to use when online
  3. Teach, model, & reinforce guidelines during online activities

Resources

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Research

Steps to Success

  1. Learn about tools and strategies that make finding, evaluating, and organizing information easier
  2. Incorporate the tools and strategies into your work & teaching

Resources

  • Simple tips
  • Use ctrl+f to search for keywords in any site or document
  • Use Google Search filters to get to specific search needs
  • Use kiddle.co for younger students - reading level & simplicity
  • Research Guide (ideas, source evaluations, annotation & notes templates, citation, and more)

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Available Resources & Staff Examples

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Lending Resources (stuff you can use)

  • Search to see what’s available
  • Create an account to reserve something
  • Items can be sent to your building
  • Webcams & Mics for Video Calls (Skype, Google Hangouts)
  • Contact your building secretary

Staff Examples of Use

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Have you found success with tech in your position? Please share it so others can benefit. Take 2-3 minutes to fill out this form, and we will add it to the examples below.

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