Introducing Google Workspace
Once our contract is finalized, and IT has done their work on the back-end, we look forward to having Enterprise in the next week or two!
To prepare, here is a document that explains the feature differences between Education and Enterprise for Education.
new features available now
Translated Closed Captions inside of a Google Meet.
We all love Google Meet for its quick, CC, capabilities. Captions, in any language, help reinforce messages that might otherwise be lost. Now CC in Meet are even better!
CCs in a Meet can now be instantaneously translated into a student's native language.
This tool will support English Language Learners and can be used to better facilitate conversations between staff and families who speak a language other than English.
Save the DAte: Ed Tech Team's Becoming Summit
Jeffco Ed Tech has 200 free tickets to give away to EdTechTeam Inc.'s upcoming remote summit - Becoming: Moving from Surviving to Thriving. This online Summit will be held November 21st and had session pathways for Remote Teachers, Blended Teachers, Primary Teachers, and Instructional Coaches. Dig into sessions on best practices, student engagement, building effective lessons and assessments, as well as instructional coaching for all learning models. Registration information for this conference will be coming soon - keep an eye on Schoology for details!
EdTechTeam Inc. Free Online Learning Courses
Jeffco currently has access to EdTechTeam's entire online course catalog! Course content includes topics: Google Tools, Meeting ALL learners, Extending your Classroom, STEM, Chromebooks, Apple (iPad), Leadership, Classified/Clerical.
Each course is FREE for Jeffco staff and requires 15-hours of learning and creation. Your work will be evaluated and graded by a member of EdTechTeam Inc. Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a certificate of completion that can be submitted to CDE for recertification. Additionally, you may apply for graduate credit through Adams State at an additional cost ($155/credit).
Jeffco staff members will need to create their own individual account in order to access the courses. Use your @jeffcoschools.us account and your Jeffco password when creating your EdTechTeam PD account. Please see the videos on the site for support in creating your account and signing up for courses.
* If you previously completed coursework with EdTechTeam Online, then you will not need to create a new account, but will need to complete this form in order to have the subscription added to your account
Live LearninG: Jeffco Educational University (Ed-U)
Jeffco's Educator Learning department has created a schedule of professional learning opportunities for district educators. These opportunities are offered on Tuesday afternoons and Friday mornings approximately twice per month. The Ed Tech department hosts a variety of sessions on these dates. You can find the list of dates and links to schedules on their website. The next set of dates is October 27th and 30th!
Asynchronous Learning Options
We know not everyone is able to make it to the live Ed U Sessions, so we have created alternate forms of professional learning: YouTube Playlists and eBooks.
YouTube Playlists: We continue to add to the playlists for the Jeffco-supported digital tools and best practices. Come watch short snippets to get support around the tools and learning that you need! You will find playlists for Follett, Mimio Boards, Zoom, Google, Seesaw, Schoology and more!
eBook Professional Learning Library: Looking for the Ed Tech learning from Ed-U sessions in a different format? Check out our newly created eBooks! We are making a book for each of our professional learning sessions so that you have the opportunity to get and share the learning that you need! You can find these books on our new PL Library site, on sites for related digital tools, and in the Bridge to Curriculum (coming soon!).
Actively Learn is one of the newest additions to the premium tools available to teachers and students in Jeffco! Teachers and students grades 5-12 have premium access to this robust interactive platform. Filled with carefully curated content including appropriate articles and readings (even some videos!), thoughtful standards-aligned questions in a highly customizable environment with numerous accessibility tools, Actively Learn makes finding, personalizing and assigning readings a snap. Here’s a quick video overviewing what Actively Learn is capable of bringing to your students.
Logging in to Actively Learn for the first time is a little different than other Jeffco Digital Tools. Find the tech tip here!
Or watch this quick YouTube video overviewing the process.
NOTE: In the future, you’ll be able to simply sign in with Google.
Students will always sign in with Google; no need to do anything different the first time for them!
To learn more about how to create classes, customize and assign content, and grade assignments, take a look at this brand new eBook from the EdTech department: Introduction to Actively Learn - Asynchronous Learning.
Jeffco’s EdTech department has also made an Actively Learn YouTube playlist with tutorials for many of the basic functions of Actively Learn. (See below!)
Actively Learn also has a very robust Help Center to answer your questions on the fly!
Don’t forget about the EdTech Office Hours for teachers! We are available 7am-4pm Monday-Friday to help with your Actively Learn and other digital tool questions. Find the link for Office Hours and other EdTech resources here!
Pear Deck is a Google Slides Add-on that turns a presentation into an interactive experience for students. Teachers have the ability to present content and then ask for students to respond to check for understanding and engagement.