Google’s Be Internet Awesome

With school out and summer break giving kids more time to spend on the Internet, it’s a great time to introduce Be Internet Awesome: a new way to encourage digital safety and citizenship.

To make the most of the Internet, kids need to be prepared to make smart decisions. Be Internet Awesome teaches kids the fundamentals of digital citizenship and safety so they can explore the online world with confidence.

Developed in collaboration with online safety experts like the Family Online Safety Institute, the Internet Keep Safe Coalition and ConnectSafely, Be Internet Awesome focuses on five key lessons to help kids navigate the online world with confidence:

•Be Internet Smart: Share with care
•Be Internet Alert: Don’t fall for fake
•Be Internet Strong: Secure your secrets
•Be Internet Kind: It’s cool to be kind
•Be Internet Brave: When in doubt, talk it out

The program includes a range of specific resources for kids, educators and parents, so everyone has the tools they need to learn and participate in the conversation. You can read moe about the program here.

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.