Summer Rejuvenation Guide

Check out this Summer Rejuvenation Guide (PDF) from Edutopia. Here are 10 tips to get the most out of your summer.

  1. Grow Your Network
  2. Party with the Stars
  3. Do-It-Yourself Professional Development
  4. Tell the Story of Your Life
  5. Try Something New
  6. Curate Classroom Artifacts
  7. Give a Little, Get a Lot
  8. Get Moving
  9. Crack the Books
  10. Plan Ahead for Next Summer

Come visit the Learning CAFÉ!

Photo by julianrod

I’ve decided to try something new around technology professional learning opportunities in March and April. I’m excited to announce the Learning CAFÉ! Please spread the word. Posters are also being sent out to each building and you can access an online flyer here.

  • Create, collaborate, connect
  • Advocate for the use of technology
  • Facilitate learning
  • Engage in professional learning

Wednesdays: March 11, April 1, 8 or 15
Thursdays: March 19, April 1 or 23
4-6:30 pm in the IT Nehalem Conference Room and the IT Wallowa Lab at BESC

The Learning CAFÉ is an informal drop-in time to meet up with other PPS teachers to get questions answered, create lessons infusing digital resources, seek assistance with technology integration strategies, learn about a new tool, work collaboratively or share ideas. Bring your device and come for as little as 15 minutes or stay the entire time (PDU hours available). You may also join via Google Hangout. It’s personalized professional learning! 

Register on the PPS Learning Campus under Instructional Technology. Questions? Contact Melissa Lim,, 503-916-3030.

New Courses Up for November & December


Here are courses that I’ve just added to the PPS Learning Campus for November and December. All classes take place on Wednesdays, from 4:30-6:30 pm in the Wallowa Lab on floor L1 of the BESC.

Register on the PPS Learning Campus. Click the links below for course descriptions. Please forward and share with any other interested colleagues.

IT Updates: Google Apps, Chromebooks, Tech Bundles

Google Apps for Education – Student Accounts
PPS students in grades 1-12 (kindergarten will be addressed later), in addition to all PPS employees, now have a Google Apps for Education account! Each students will need to activate their Google Apps account at by entering their PPS username and password. For additional instructions, visit our Google Apps Blog here.

Chromebooks and Tech Bundles
The tech bundle project continues on schedule and is moving into Phase 1 schools. Updates on the Chromebook and Tech Bundle projects including information on printing and projection are now available on the Tech Bundle Project site. Due to the importance and rapid pace of these projects, IT will be keeping this information up to date as frequently as possible via the links referenced above.

Save the Date: Oregon Summit Featuring Google for Education is Oct. 10!

PPS is hosting this year’s Oregon Google Summit on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 at Jackson Middle School. Registration for the event on the website:

More information will be added regarding workshops, presenters, etc.

The call for presenters is here:

As the host for the event, I would encourage any PPS teachers to submit workshop proposals. I know a lot of you out there are doing great things with Google Apps, so share and connect with other educators across the state!