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.

After School Fall Technology Offerings

These offerings are now posted on the PPS Learning Campus. Register there and forward to any interested colleagues. PPS full-time and part-time school-based teachers have priority over substitutes. All classes will take place in the Wallowa Lab (floor L1) at the BESC from 4:30-6 pm, unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday, Nov. 17
Anytime, Anywhere Access to Student Work (And Your Own!)
Learn about the power of using a collaborative tool to transform classroom instruction. Google Drive includes docs, presentations, spreadsheets and forms. We will learn the very basics of Google Drive and Docs and explore features and sharing capabilities. This is a voluntary class.

Wednesday, Dec. 2
Efficient Ways to Collaborate with Students
Have students begin to use Google Classroom to complete assignments and turn them in. The teacher can then provide feedback on the assignment and return it to the student. Google Classroom is a new tool that allows you to shift to a digital assignment workflow. This is a voluntary course.

Thursday, Dec. 10
An Easy and Simple Way to Gather Data
Learn how easy it is to use Google Forms to create simple surveys that you can use with the school staff and community and assessments that you can use with students. We’ll also look at using a Google add-on to quickly and easily grade assessments that you create. This is a voluntary training.

Wednesday, Dec. 16 in IT Nehalem Conference Room (floor L1 at BESC)
Learning CAFÉ
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. You may also join via Google Hangout. It’s personalized professional learning!

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

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.