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.
Machine Learning from Raspberry Pi.org
Need Something a Little Different?
Setting up the Blog
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Once the blog is activated, it is easy for students and teachers to post to the blog.
Jeffco Generation skills
Students are involved in Civic and Global Engagement: Students take active roles in their communities, are prepared to be participatory citizens in our constitutional republic, and are engaged with issues of local, national, and global concern. By using the blog, students can engage locally with their class but teachers can also connect with other seesaw blogs across the world.
Students increase their Communication skills: Students learn to effectively communicate in written, digital, artistic, and oral forms. Students learn to explore and articulate their own points of view, while respectfully understanding the perspectives of others. Seesaw blog users need to make decisions as to how they communicate with their peers and how they express themselves in their posts.
Using Seesaw blogs also allows students to apply digital citizenship skills and learn how to give appropriate feedback to their peers.
Blogging with Seesaw
new to teaching with Schoology? We've got you covered!
Curated Content to Support Online Learning
Back in 2018, Jeffco partnered with the iLearn Collaborative to have Jeffco content turned into online courses. These courses are primarily for grades 7-12. These courses can be found within the Jeffco Course Masters Group (Group join code: QSMFR-3KCKQ ).
This course content is designed to be an educational resource to support Jeffco curriculum and should not be considered plug-and-play content.
As with any curriculum resource, teachers should first review their Jeffco Curriculum in the Bridge to Curriculum tool, focus on the Jeffco proficiency scales that are aligned to their grade level and content area, use best planning, teaching, assessment and reflective practices from the Jeffco Deeper Learning Model, and then select the components of the courses that meet their students needs. All content in the courses can be copied over into your course and then can be modified to meet those needs!
Courses & Sections: What's the difference?
In Schoology, you will find courses and possibly sections of those courses. The course is the overall topic that you will teach. For example a course name might be Algebra 1. t is possible you might teach 2 or more sections of that same course. For example, you might teach Algebra 1 during period 2 and period 5.
Each of these sections will have their own unique group of rostered students. These course sections can be linked together to make it easier to distribute content and assignments.
We ask that teachers not attempt to rename courses or add sections to courses that have been created by the district. This causes confusion with other teachers at your school site and with our systems that complete the automatic rostering. Please leave all district-created courses as-is. You may, however, choose to link sections of a course.
Important: Course Deletion Concerns
Jeffco Schoology is set up to automatically create courses for every teacher coinciding with their class rosters in Infinite Campus. Teachers will see their classes auto-populating the Course Section of their Schoology account. It is asked that teachers DO NOT DELETE these auto-created courses in Schoology.
When a teacher deletes an auto-created course, it creates a backlog of Schoology sync issues and also causes students issues with seeing current or future courses for which they are auto-enrolled.
It is asked that if teachers aren't using those courses, or they don't want them interfering with current courses, they move them to the bottom of their course list. This can easily be done in the My Course section of Schoology by dragging courses in the order of desired preference. Teachers can delete any courses they have created at any time without issue, this only applies to the auto-created courses within Schoology. If you have questions or would like further support, please reach out to Amie Adams (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the Jeffco Educational Technology Department.
“Change will come our way. We can go through it or we can grow through it. We grow when we seek out solutions rather than let obstacles hinder us.” - George Curous, Innovator's Mindset.
School Libraries in 2020
When you picture a school library typically it is the stillness and quiet of books and print resources that first come to mind, but in 2020 the school library is so much more. Today’s library continues to embrace and promote reading at its core, but also promotes creativity, communication, collaboration, and innovation through a multitude of ever adapting activities including programming and Computer Science, STEM and Makerspace, Book Clubs, and Geek Squads. Technology integration is a part of the fabric in the libraries of today. In March of 2019 the demand for access to digital resources changed. As we have long anticipated, technology has found it’s space as an essential resource in education next to paper, pencil and textbooks. It is not the only tool but it is an essential tool in the 21st century.
Over the past three and a half years, Jeffco Libraries and the Jefferson County Public Library have been building on a well established relationship, to find ways to support the students in our community. This past Spring we were able to see the next step in our partnership with increased access to curated collections of ebooks and audiobooks for elementary students across the district.
And Finally, the How...
View the informational presentation and videos here.
More tools to support a digital classroom
This will be a year of many firsts, and we look forward to navigating alongside each and every one of you.
With all of the unknowns, we wanted to help make your jobs a little easier.
We heard your feedback from the spring and now have even more digital tools to help make the digital classroom a better space.
Actively Learn allows you to engage students through texts (and videos) for ELA, Science, and Social Studies. Scaffolds and higher-order questions are available to support students in reading and engaging with these texts. All Jeffco 5-12th grade students have access to premium Actively Learn accounts through #TechforEd!
Check out Ed Tech's Actively Learn Multi Media Text Set
Adobe Spark is an integrated suite of media creation applications for mobile and web developed by Adobe Systems. It comprises three separate design apps: Spark Page, Spark Post, and Spark Video.
All Jeffco K-12 students have access to premium Adobe Spark accounts through #TechforEd
Check Out Ed Tech's Adobe Spark Multi Media Text Set
ALL Jeffco employees and students have access to premium Screencastify accounts through #TechforEd!
Check out Ed Tech's Screencastify Multi Media Text Set
Securly Classroom is a cloud-based classroom management tool for Chrome, giving teachers new freedom to guide, monitor and communicate with students during in-person or remote learning.
ALL Jeffco K-12 teachers have access to premium Securly Classroom accounts through #TechforEd!
Check out Ed Tech's Securly Classroom Multi Media Text Set (working document)
Check out all paid digital tools in jeffco
If you are looking for family resources, those can be found HERE.
For immediate support, visit Ed Tech's office hours, Monday-Friday 7:00 am-4:00 pm, HERE.
Meet and Chat are currently available on the web for those that are interested in trying out the communication tools (see document below for setup directions).
Here is the Official Communication
Here is a Tech Tip to support the transition
Updates To Google Meet
Grid View is now part of Meet! Click on the three dots in the lower right-hand corner and then click on "Change Layout". Choose from 3 different layouts: Sidebar, Spotlight, and Tiled. When using Tiled, you can see up to 16 participants at a time.
You will want to delete the Grid View extension from Chrome if you previously added that.
You can now find Google Meet in your Google Calendar! When you create a meeting, you can add a Google Meet to the calendar invite. You can take it one step further and create appointment slots. This would be a great way to set-up specific office hours for students. For support, contact the Ed Tech team.
What is Coming to G-Suite Google Meet (Late 2020)
- Whiteboard (integration with Jamboard)
- Closed captioning in four different languages
- Students/attendees will not be able to join prior to the-moderator(teacher)
- Moderators(teachers) can disable chat
- Once a session participant has been removed, they can't return
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