The Hour of Code is organized by Code.org, a public non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. The Hour of Code is celebrated during the annual Computer Science Education Week in December. Code.org®,
The Hour of Code for 2017 is coming December 4th-10th!
Looking for ideas to host an event in your classroom or entire school?
This week's blog is a special edition, sharing resources and news from the founder of code.org, Hadi Partovi.
Planning on hosting an event? Share out your school's Hour of Code pictures on Twitter and mention @jeffcoedtech #HourofCode
Still haven't "dove" into
the world of Twitter?
We are going to give you the wings you need to take flight. To celebrate Connected Educator Month, Jeffco Ed Tech is hosting a
Take part in a 3-week challenge to start to build your PLN (Personalized Learning Network). Following and connecting with educators on Twitter can help you gain knowledge and ideas to help transform the student learning experience. Details for starting the challenge are below.
Week 1: Be a Lurker - Twitter Basics
Challenge #2: Find some Flight Patterns.
Search for @jeffcoedtech and click the blue "follow" button to follow us on Twitter. Find some other Ed Heads to learn from. Here are some suggestions that we follow:
@COJasonGlass @GoogleForEdu @iste
@alicekeeler @JeffcoSchoology @E_Sheninger
@rmbyrne @ShakeUpLearning @ColoradoSTEM
Challenge #3: Retweet. Find a quote or article that someone you follow has posted. Click the icon to retweet their post. You can also show you like or agree with a post by clicking the heart icon.
Challenge #4: Start Watching the Flocks.
Become a lurker by just checking in regularly and see what people you are following have to say and share. You will be building your PLN in not time!
TUNE IN TO NEXT WEEK'S BLOG FOR WEEK 2 OF THE JEFFCO ED TECH TWITTER CHALLENGE!
The Results Are In...
A total of 37,103,946 minutes were read by students and community members
12,424,426 minutes were logged by Jeffco students alone
9,111 students completed their summer reading log this past year.
3,916 babies “read” 2,053,010 minutes
19,086 children read 10,896,665 minutes
8,440 teens read 6,267,520 minutes
12,424 adults read 17,863,351 minutes
If there is one device that we are seeing more readily used throughout the district, it’s the Chromebook. Chromebooks allow students to easily utilize the G Suite, a variety of web tools, and other platforms that help them to create a more personalized learning environment. The only problem is, oftentimes, not all students have access to the technology that they need in order to truly be future ready-students. This was the issue that was presented to students at Dakota Ridge High School in a US History class. What world issues do students see? For one group of students, this was clear. “Our generation is growing with technology, and some kids don’t have the opportunity to take part,” said one student. So together, a group of four students, with the help of their teachers, decided to solve that problem be creating the non-profit organization Chromebooks4Kids.
As stated on their website, the goal of Chromebooks4Kids is to raise money to purchase Chromebook carts for schools that need access to these devices in their classrooms. Currently, the organization is working with Colorow Elementary in hopes that they can raise enough money through both fundraisers and donations to purchase a Chromebook cart for these future Dakota Ridge High School students. After that, “We’ll keep building it one cart at a time,” said the group’s student leader. “We want all schools to have the technology and maybe even promote technology careers,” he added.
This project is a perfect example of how we can empower our students by creating authentic learning tasks with real-world implications. These students have learned everything from how to start a non-profit, to how to run a profitable fundraiser, to how to improve their organization and get more volunteers to support their cause. They also continue to build their positive digital footprint by building their social media presence on both Instagram (@chromebooks4kids) and Twitter (@ChrBooks4Kids).
We can’t wait to see where this student project and many others throughout our district can go. If you want to learn more about this organization or if you’d like to help their cause, you can visit http://chromebooks4kids.net/
Over the past 2 years, Jeffco Ed Tech has been thoughtfully building resources to support teachers with technology integration. Read on to find out how you can stay connected with all that is happening in the world of Ed Tech through our website, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and this blog!
Here are some features of our new Ed Tech Blog:
Last Tuesday, the Ed Tech Teacher Advisory Team wrapped up their final meeting of the year. This team was composed of 25 teachers representing grades K-12, in a variety of articulation areas, including Title 1 and option schools.
Over the course of three meetings, the team learned more about the new ISTE Standards for Students and looked specifically at tech integration, tech professional learning, and tech planning throughout their schools and in our district overall. Throughout these meetings, the team had the opportunity to discuss what technology integration currently looks like throughout the district, their vision for how they hope it can look in the future, and how schools are creatively tackling challenges while also celebrating the amazing things that teachers are already doing in their classrooms. Check out some of the things the team discussed below:
We’d like to thank the Teacher Advisory Team members for all of their great thinking and focus around thoughtfully integrating technology into classrooms and schools across our district. This team was an excellent reminder of the exceptional talent and vast knowledge that the teachers in our schools have when it comes to ensuring that all of our students will be successful 21st century learners. Make sure to follow the Ed Tech Team (@JeffcoEdTech on Twitter) to learn about more opportunities like this in the future.
Mark your calendar!
August 7th, 8th, and 9th Ed Tech will be providing professional learning opportunities at Jeffco’s Academy for Professional Learning- L3.
Find your favorites and REGISTER HERE starting today, May 9th at 4:30pm
View Ed Tech’s available sessions in the presentation below.
Questions about our courses? Contact Ed Tech
Questions about registration or other L3 opportunities? Contact the Center for Professional Learning
Summer Reading is Right Around the Corner!
Did you know Jeffco schools has a strong relationship with the Jefferson County Public Libraries? Each year JCPL runs a Summer Reading School Contest and they provide schools the opportunity to win cash prizes. Now is the time to sign your school up, get cool t-shirts for student helpers, and schedule time to have JCPL come to you to help you get the ball rolling. All you have to do is sign up at the link below. This will give the library the information they need to help your school get started.
Summer Reading Sign Up
JCPL also has a newsletter that has valuable information that goes out monthly to schools letting them know different resources that are available and upcoming activities that are happening at the library. If you would like to be on their mailing list please sign up at the link below. This is a great way to stay connected to your local library.
Mailing List Sign Up