Friday, May 25, 2012

What are your thoughts on Technology Training here at PPS?

It has been a busy year of training and learning for me this year.  Thank you to everyone who has been infinitely patient with me this year as I figured my way around this new position.  Now that I am a full year in, I am looking for ways to improve technology training here at PPS for next year.  Soooooo, I am coming to the users.  I would really appreciate your feed-back...  Please click on the link and fill out the form to give your opinion on 5 quick questions.

THANKS!  

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Interested in trying a new tech project with your students? Read this first!


In order for us to create 21st century learners, we are looking to the Internet more and more for tools, resources and project ideas.  The Internet is full of great free resources for us to use with our students.  Whenever you begin a new project, it is important to follow these steps:

1.      You need to make sure you read the PPSNet User Agreement and review it with your students. This is something you should do before beginning a technology project as a reminder to students of the expectations. Each student should have this on file already. If you have concerns, check with your office staff. Here is a copy of the agreement: http://www.portageps.org/departments/technology/acceptableuse/aup_revised_2012.pdf
2.      Before starting your project, you should contact Jessica Winstanley and/or Kelly Jensenius to help you solidify your project and/or provide tips and tricks.
3.      As with any project you introduce for the first time, you should always contact your building administrator so they are aware of your plans and aren’t surprised by parent calls.
4.      Next, it is in your best interest to contact the parents to let them know your intentions. This will give them the information they need and alleviate possible concerns. Here is a letter about Google Docs you can personalize, as well as an additional voluntary contract to the PPSNet agreement to help communicate expectations for Google Docs. Feel free to adapt these as needed for the program you are using.
5.      Know your age group.  If you teach students that are under the age of 13, you are not going to want them using websites that require an email address to register for an account.  Free sites that allow us to use them without registering are best for young students - just make sure you check out the site completely for appropriate content and advertisements.  Our Google Apps products are also great tools to use with our younger students.
6.      Start small – you don’t have to use ALL the features of Google Apps or ALL the resources on the web.

If you don’t know WHERE to start but want to, ask for our support! Jessica Winstanley and Kelly Jensenius are available to help guide you. 

Monday, May 21, 2012

Such a great year with Technology!

Coming into this position this year, I had no idea how many wonderful ways teachers at PPS were using technology.  I knew what I was doing in my third grade classroom, but was woefully unaware of what was happening outside my four brick walls.  Needless to say, I have been VERY impressed!  This year I have seen:

  • Skype being used to connect students to the world outside their classroom walls.
  • Google Docs projects that encourage students to share and collaborate - Great 21st century skills!
  • Distance learning experiences that enhance students' understanding of their content.
  • Google sites and blogger to create reports that encourage educational discourse.
  • Multi-media projects that work to enhance students understanding of the classroom concepts by encouraging them to not just know the information, but create something with their knowledge.
  • Teachers creating classroom blogs and websites to enhance communication with their students and parents.
  • Students reviewing for tests and taking assessments via computer programs like Google Forms, PollEverywhere and Pinnacle Instruction.
  • Teacher using their document cameras not just for in class instruction, but also to create narrated e-books, videos of instruction, scans of student work, and much more!
  • Students creating not just consuming information via tools like: Photostory, Prezi, PowerPoint, Inspiration/Kidspiration, Google Docs, Google Sites, Google Blogger, etc.
I have learned so much from all of you this year!  Your dedication to your students, your profession, and using technology in your classroom is amazing.  Thank you for all you do to make PPS a great place to work and learn.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Summer Tech Training Registration Now Available!!!

The summer technology training sign up is now available on the PPS Tech Integration website: http://techtraining.site.portageps.org/
Click on the link, then go to the Summer Training Tab.
Here you will find all the classes offered this summer.  Feel free to register for as many as you would like!

Once you find the class you want to learn more about or register for, click on the title.
This will take you to the registration page.  Read about the class and then register by filling in the form on the page and clicking submit.

NOTE: Please register by June 1!

Any question, email me...
Jessica

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Performance Series Quartile Sheets Updated

I have updated the Performance Series Quartile Sheets to accurately correspond with the NPR/Scaled Scores.  They are on the Performance Series Tab on the PPS Tech Training Website: https://sites.google.com/a/portageps.org/portagetechpd/performance-series
You can also click the Performance Series tab on the blog to be taken directly there.