Technology Job Alikes

After a brief discussion with Instruction, Curriculum & Assessment (ICA), it looks like I can offer technology job alike sessions. I will most likely follow an every other session schedule. So, we will meet this first time, Oct. 16 and 23 and then…

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After a brief discussion with Instruction, Curriculum & Assessment (ICA), it looks like I can offer technology job alike sessions. I will most likely follow an every other session schedule. So, we will meet this first time, Oct. 16 and 23 and then the next meeting times would be Dec. 4 and 11, Feb. 12 and 26 and then April 16 and 23. We will meet virtually from 3:30-5 p.m. via Google Hangout. You can see directions below for how to join the meeting. All sessions will be recorded, so if you cannot attend, you can watch it later. All links to recordings will be posted here.

If you plan to attend, you must sign up on the PPS Learning Campus, so that your attendance is tracked and you can receive a certificate of participation. All the sessions are listed under Instructional Technology.

Directions for Joining the Virtual Meeting
If you already have a Google account, follow this link to join the meeting:
https://plus.google.com/118258876749622699208/posts
When the meeting has started, click on the blue button that says Join This Hangout.

If you do not have a Google account, watch for the link to the live YouTube stream here:
https://plus.google.com/events/cpdesic2u0kcm7poraiuin4ubl0

The agenda can be seen here:
http://bit.ly/ppstechagenda  

 

 

Digital Media Resources

Portland Public Schools subscribes to two separate digital media products, Learn360 and PCTV, which offer streaming videos, audio files and digital photo downloads. Each service offers media from different vendors and publishers, so it is recommen…

Portland Public Schools subscribes to two separate digital media products, Learn360 and PCTV, which offer streaming videos, audio files and digital photo downloads. Each service offers media from different vendors and publishers, so it is recommended that you register for both products. The District-wide license for Discovery Education has been discontinued.

The Instructional Resource Center (IRC) has created "Access Code Sheets" which contain registration information and school pass keys for both Learn360 and PCTV. These code sheets are posted on the IRC’s Digital Media Connect site by school name. Each access code sheet can be downloaded, printed, and shared with teachers and staff at your school. 

Since PCTV is a relatively new service, they have offered to do trainings for teachers. If you feel that this could occur during one of your staff meetings and you are interested, please contact me and I can give you the vendor’s contact information.

10 TED Talks on Making School Great

From the TED Blog: With just over a month to go before the 2012 presidential election in the US, eyes around the world are on the contest between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. The election may well come down to a few key issues. So what matters mo…

From the TED Blog:

With just over a month to go before the 2012 presidential election in the US, eyes around the world are on the contest between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. The election may well come down to a few key issues. So what matters most to Americans? The TED Blog read this Gallup poll from late July on issues that citizens want the next president to prioritize. Conveniently, these are topics that speakers often address on the TED stage. So, every week until the election, we’ll bring you a playlist focusing on one of the top-rated issues.

Among the most important questions in the upcoming election is, “How can we improve the nation’s public schools?” — 83 percent indicated that improving schools is “very important” or “extremely important.”

To get you thinking, talking and voting, here are 10 talks from speakers with some very big ideas about how to reshape our school environments.

http://blog.ted.com/2012/10/09/10-talks-on-making-schools-great/

 

Lewis & Clark Continuing Education 2012-2013 Workshop Series

Workshops in the 2012-2013 Workshop Series, hosted by the Center for Community Engagement, cover a range of topics including wellness, sustainability, social justice, classroom and curriculum issues, writing, and more. Click here for more informat…

Workshops in the 2012-2013 Workshop Series, hosted by the Center for Community Engagement, cover a range of topics including wellness, sustainability, social justice, classroom and curriculum issues, writing, and more. Click here for more information and to see the fall 2012 and spring 2013 offerings.

These workshops are offered at times convenient to practicing professionals (they start at 5 p.m.) and do not involve the same responsibilities as more typical graduate school coursework. PDUs or CEUs are available for all workshops. There is also an option to purchase continuing education credit upon completion of selected workshops. Click here to view current credit option series offerings. Within the 2012-2013 Workshop Series, selected workshops can be taken in sequence with the option to purchase 1 semester hour of continuing education credit after completing all 5 in that particular series. Registration for credit will occur at the last workshop in this series.

The cost of these workshops is only $30 each!

SMART Certified Training

There is a new offering for PPS staff in the Learning Campus. A newly launched SMART Education Learning Network now provides access to SMART Certified training. In conjunction with SMART Technologies, the Learning Campus vendor is offering access …

There is a new offering for PPS staff in the Learning Campus. A newly launched SMART Education Learning Network now provides access to SMART Certified training. In conjunction with SMART Technologies, the Learning Campus vendor is offering access to a SMART course bundle which contains 10 free SMART certified courses as well as other free content such as videos, tips and tricks, learning briefs and other SMART expertise.

To access this SMART content, there are links on the left hand side of the site which provides a link to the portal page. 

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From the portal page, select the “Go To CoursePark” button and you will automatically be redirected to the Learning Network.

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You will be taken through a guided tour the first time you access the site. The information you supply is used for profile information only and is not shared in any way. If you provide all the information, you will receive a promotion code for 100% off any course or bundle of your choice which is up to $250 in savings. However, if you choose not to enter this information and disable the display of the tour, you will not be able to access the tour again and therefore will not be able to retrieve your 100% promotion code. The SMART Free course bundle is accessible whether you complete the tour or choose not to participate. 

Check it out!