Free Summer PD! Save the Date for Camp Chromebook, June 19, 2019

Join us for another Camp Chromebook on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at Northwest Regional ESD in Hillsboro, OR. This is a *free* professional learning opportunity for any educators interested in learning more about Google Apps and G Suite for Education tools and how to integrate them into your classroom instruction using best practices and relevant strategies. All levels welcome. Sessions will be posted on the website when the schedule is finalized.

Register here for the event to save your spot! We also need volunteers to facilitate sessions–do that here. ALL educators are welcome. Please help us spread the word and share this with any interested colleagues. 

About the camp:

  • Will run from 8am – 1pm for a full day of fun.
  • Bring your own device (Chromebook or laptop recommended).
  • Four session times, each one 55 minutes long.
  • Each session time slot will have multiple workshops to choose from, you pick what you want to learn more about.
  • PDUs will be available.
  • Visit the Camp Chromebook website for more information.

Live from ISTE: 12 Google for Education launches to save time for creativity

On the first day of ISTE, Google for Education gives to you: 12 updates to help teachers save time and spark creativity in their students. By releasing educators of time-consuming tasks, these new features and tools will enhance teachers’ ability to organize courses, increase collaboration with students, and unleash creativity in the classroom.

Check out the full post.

From Google for Education, Education on Air: It Takes a Teacher


Dec. 2, 2016 3PMDec. 3, 2016 4PM PST

Sessions around the clock, around the world

Check out this free, online conference! Share with and learn from other educators. Hear from inspiring speakers. Get tips and tools to help boost student engagement, collaboration and productivity and in the classroom.

Follow this link to see highlights from the 2015 event and to register.

Summer Technology Learning Opportunities

PPS Education Technology Workshops
For the first time in several years, I will be offering summer technology professional learning opportunities. Workshops will take place Tuesdays through Thursdays, June 23-25, July 14-16 and Aug. 4-6 from 9 am to noon in the BESC Wallowa Lab. See the links below for class descriptions and dates. 

PPS EdTech Summer Camp
Summer camp is about having fun, trying new things and connecting with friends. That’s what PPS EdTech Summer Camp is about too! This camp is an introductory virtual playtime that allows you to explore some great tools you can use in your classroom. Through a series of creative challenges, you will build your own knowledge and skill in using technology to create and share. Join us for a summer learning adventure!  Follow the link above for more information and to register.

PPS EdTech Summer Texts
Continue your learning this summer! Join this group and receive a weekly text with a teaching and technology tip, starting June 12. To receive SMS text messages, text @ppstechtexts to 23559. You may also visit to join @ppstechtexts and sign up for Celly.  For more detailed directions, follow this link.

PPS IT Expo Cancelled Due to Low Registration
PPS IT will be hosting this special one-day event on Wednesday, July 22 with sessions focused on educational and technical support topics, as well as a hardware showcase and unconference session. Please bring your own device and join us at the BESC to connect with your colleagues around using technology in the classroom and how best to support teachers with that technology. This is a free event and lunch will be provided!

For more information on workshops or the expo, please go to Attendance is voluntary for all events and PDU hours are available. Registration for workshops and the Expo opens on April 28. Please spread the word! Space is limited, so please register on the PPS Learning Campus, under Instructional Technology. 

Professional Learning Opportunities–Save the Dates

  • May 7 Learning CAFE
  • May 16 EdcampPDX at Catlin Gabel
  • May 20 Learning CAFE
  • June 19 Camp Chromebook at Lewis
  • June 23-25 PPS Technology Workshops
  • July 14-16 PPS Technology Workshops
  • July 22 PPS IT Expo
  • August 4-6 PPS Technology Workshops
  • August 14 Camp Chromebook at Lewis

AcceleratED & IntegratED PDX 2015

IntegratED Nametags

Follow this link to view the IntegratED PDX photo album from Rachel Wente-Chaney.

Last week, I spent Wednesday through Friday attending my favorite conference, IntegratED PDX. As always, Darren Hudgins, from OETC, did an amazing job of giving participants a variety of sessions with very skilled facilitators. Choosing between so many fantastic offerings is a good problem to have. This year’s event outdid itself and I’ve been reflecting on why it felt so special to me.

The intention I set for my conference experience was to take risks, not only with my facilitating and learning, but also in my interactions with others. I was really excited to meet some people face-to-face that I had only previously connected with on social media. It was also a treat to hang out with friends I don’t see on a daily basis and get to know them better, whether they work in a neighboring district or live in a different city.

I had the opportunity to present at AcceleratED, a one-day event prior to IntegratED, that is specifically for leaders and administrators. My session was on modern curation tools and introduced a framework that nicely illustrates the process of aggregating resources. You can see the agenda here. I had a small group of participants, but I was able to try some new strategies and I think everyone was engaged and had time to work on something relevant to them. I also got to participate in the AcceleratED Sounding Board, which was a Q&A panel about ideal and current technology in schools. With fellow colleagues that included chief technology officers, a superintendent, principal and instructional technology coordinator, I was honored to have been invited to add my voice. I was a little nervous about participating in such a forum (I would never volunteer for something like this), but looking out into the audience and seeing many familiar faces made me realize I was in a safe and supportive environment.

As I mentioned, the session choices were excellent. There were lots of different topics, including gamification, making GIFs, the culture of selfies, 1:1, passion-based learning, instructional strategies with digital media and many, many more. Since facilitators are invited to participate, I think the caliber of workshops is much higher than what you might experience at another conference. Like last year, there was also a makerspace to explore and it was a good place to take a break and get creative. The keynotes were fantastic too. DK‘s opening keynote, Follow the Digital Breadcrumbs, focused on the social aspect of learning and presented models of innovation from different industries. It was nice to be reminded about how powerful tools like blogging and RSS can actually be. Leigh Graves Wolf deserves kudos for her closing talk, Bricolage by Bricolage: Making & Repurposing iPDX15, which was something I have never experienced before with a keynote. It was an interactive presentation, where each table (there were about 50 total tables) had a task to work on collaboratively. After completing the task in 20 minutes, it was revealed that we had collectively authored a book called TL;DR The Quick, Creative, Crowdsourced Guide to #iPDX15. Absolutely brilliant! You can read Leigh’s reflection about the experience here.

For me, the main reason this year’s conference felt so special was because of this community that Darren has worked so hard to create. It’s an incredibly constructive, enthusiastic and welcoming place that encourages and challenges your learning and thinking. It’s a perfect model for what teaching and learning should look like in school today. Many thanks to Darren and OETC!

Other things that stood out to me:

  • There was a little more racial diversity at the conference this year with facilitators and participants. It’s encouraging because we need those other perspectives and viewpoints in the education technology world. Hopefully, this is a trend that will continue with each passing year.
  • Will Magid, trumpeter and DJ, provided a concert during the vendor happy hour. He was at IntegratED SF and it was a genius move to bring him to Portland. It even resulted in an impromptu dance party!
  • EdcampPDX Express was held on the Saturday following the conference to draw in out-of-town visitors that could attend. It was great to have some new voices in the edcamp conversation and experience how powerful this kind of professional learning is.
  • The weather wasn’t great, but it did get nice by the weekend. As a native Portlander, I have immense pride in the city that Portland has become (apart from the Portlandia references). It’s an awesome place to live and it’s fun sharing that with others.

Camp Chromebook 2 and EdcampPDX Express

Show your love for Google and join us on Valentine’s Day for another day of Camp Chromebook!
Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015
Lewis Elementary
Follow the link above for more information and registration. We are looking for additional workshop session facilitators. Look over the schedule here. If you see a session that you could facilitate or want to recommend your own session, please fill out this form. Lunch will be provided.

EdcampPDX Express
Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015
A special express version of EdcampPDX is happening on the Saturday after IntegratED PDX to encourage those attendees to join us and add new voices to the mix. Concordia University is hosting the event at their new Columbia River campus and providing breakfast. Interested folks can also join us for lunch and a photowalk in the afternoon.  Follow the link above for more information and registration.

Save the Dates and Join Us for These Learning Opportunities

Some PD opportunities for you. Please spread the word!

Edtech Women Portland Meeting
Thursday, July 31, 4-7 pm
OETC, 14145 SW Galbreath Drive, Sherwood, OR
For more information and to register, go to
Connect with local women with an interest in education and technology, network and listen to an exciting guest speaker. Happy hour snacks provided. Free!

Camp Chromebook
Monday, Aug. 11, 8:30am-3:30pm
Riverdale Grade School
11733 SW Breyman Avenue
For more information and to register, go to

Saturday, Aug. 16, 8:30am-3:30pm
Riverdale Grade School
11733 SW Breyman Avenue
For more information and to register, go to

Oregon Google Summit
Friday, Oct. 10, 2014
Jackson Middle School, 10625 SW 35th Avenue
8am-3:30 p.m.
Watch for more information soon!

1:1 iPad Summit and EdcampPDX in April!

Some upcoming professional learning opportunities for you:

iPad 1:1 Summit
Jesuit High School
Saturday, April 5, 2014
8:30 am to 3 pm
Registration $25
Follow the link above to register and see the day’s schedule.

Saturday, April 12 at Lewis Elementary, 4401 SE Evergreen

What is edcampPDX?
An edcamp is a unconference-style day of professional development organized and given by the local participants. Sign up to attend here!

What does it cost?
The day is FREE! Check the EdcampPDX website to check on lunch options.

What are the goals of edcampPDX?

  • Networking: Connect educators in the Portland / Oregon area
  • Instructional Practices: Learn new curriculum ideas, best practices, and/or tech integration ideas from other educators
  • Personalized: You customize your own PD by suggesting, facilitating and attending sessions about topics that interest you!

For more information, visit Please share with those who may be interested.

IntegratED PDX 2014 Reflection

When I read this tweet, I was experiencing the same feeling. This year, there were some changes at IntegratED PDX: the dates switched to the end of the week at the end of February and there was also a one-day pre-conference event called Accelerate for administrators and leaders. I was fortunate enough to lead a session at Accelerate with Jennifer Scypinski, which was titled BrandED: Telling Your Story. We discussed why telling your school or classroom story was important and allowed time for exploration of technology tools that could assist with that. The most relevant nugget of information from our session: talk about what interests your community, teachers, students and parents, not about what interests you. (Hat tip to Ben Grey for sharing that at #spark14.)

Like previous years, iPDX did not disappoint. There were a wide variety of excellent presenters and interesting workshops. I know that Darren Hudgins and OETC make it a goal of the IntegratED events to offer so many great sessions that it’s literally impossible to decide on one for each time slot. The conference was jam-packed with too many amazing options (could be a negative, not a lot of down time). From using bare conductive ink and making with Mark Frauenfelder, doing a quickfire challenge with Leigh Graves Wolf  and letting students be amazing with Ben Grey to getting physically challenged with Adam Howell, designing learning spaces with Carolyn Foote and writing with Bud Hunt, these are sessions that I’ve only ever seen at IntegratED. The main reason for that is the nature of the conference itself–longer session times (up to two hours) with the expectation of active and interactive learning from the hand-picked presenters.

Some other highlights:

  • The Makerspace onsite at the conference was fantastic. This space was always full of participants making and playing with stuff: creating duct tape iPad cases and wallets, soldering a simple circuit or extracting DNA from strawberries. I loved seeing this grassroots innovation being fostered in our learning community.
  • It was fun to see the Techlandia crew broadcasting live from the event. They asked special guests to join them on stage for mini-interviews.
  • The Room to Grow Studio sessions allowed time for participants to apply knowledge gained from earlier workshops to professional goals or projects. Mentors were available to help problem-solve and launch ideas.

The main reason this is my favorite conference is because of the learning and the connecting with others. The longer sessions give participants the opportunity for deeper thinking and lots of conversations. Most of the sessions I chose to attend directly affected my work and ideas and resources could be applied immediately. Building relationships with old and new friends is a large part of what makes this event so special. It provides a connected learning experience that is social, participatory, engaging and powerful–a perfect model for what our schools should be.

IntegratED San Francisco 2014 will take place Oct. 3-4 and IntegratED PDX 2015 will take place Feb. 25-27. Start making plans now!

Read Tim Lauer’s conference recap here.

Collaborative notes doc
Group notes for all iPDX14 sessions.

iPDX14 Tagboard
Social media posts in one place.

Upcoming Events

Accelerate PDX for Administrators 2014
Feb. 26, 2014
Airport Sheraton
Registration $199

IntegratED PDX 2014 Conference (used to be ITSC)
Feb. 26-28, 2014
Airport Sheraton
Registration $329

Transforming education through technology is only possible when educators and administrators work together. That’s why it easier than ever for Administrators to attend integratED with their team. When you register for Accelerate and bring your team to integratED, you get free admission to integratED and your team gets 10% off their registration costs. Keynote speakers are Scott Berkun and Mark Frauenfelder. Follow the links above for more information on them and other sessions and presenters.

NCCE 2014
March 12-14, 2014
Washington State Convention Center, Seattle
Registration $375 (before Feb. 11)/$475
NCCE delivers innovative and cutting-edge programming to Northwest educational leaders.