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
As Digital Teacher Librarians (DTLs) it comes as second nature to find the collaboration opportunities in all that we do. Multiply that times two and the energy becomes an unstoppable force, something akin to the thing superheroes are made of (Did you know Batgirl was a Librarian during her “off” hours?).
When we combine the energies of our Jeffco DTLs and the Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) resources amazing things happen for our staff and students. Just as Gru’s Minions each have unique talents, when they work together they are able to accomplish extraordinary tasks.
2016 marks the 5th anniversary of the Colorado Summit featuring Google Apps for Education at Monarch High School in Louisville, Colorado. Google summits are presented by Ed Tech Team Inc. and feature sessions from leaders in educational technology from across the globe. These summits "... are high intensity two-day events that focus on deploying, integrating, and using G Suite for Education (formerly Google Apps for Education) and other Google Tools to promote student learning in K-12 and higher education." - Edtechteam.com/summits
This year's summit took place on November 5th and 6th. More than 400 educators were in attendance, with Jeffco representing over 90 of those attendees. These educators spent their weekend collaborating and learning about new and innovating ways to integrate technology into their work with students.
Earlier in October, Jeffco hosted the Connect Colorado with Schoology conference at the Ed Center. There were participants from all over Colorado and over 17 school districts, including some travelers from Nebraska and Wyoming. Jeremy Friedman, founder and CEO of Schoology, was the keynote speaker and provided a great overview of the many new features Schoology has added, as well as features that are in various plans of development that will make using Schoology even more robust and efficient.
Are you aware that we have a unique partnership with Jefferson County Public Libraries (JCPL)? The public librarians come into our schools for parent nights, registration, back-to-school nights, book talks, and much more! They encourage our students to get signed up for a library card, which enables them to not only check out books, but also gives them full access to hundreds of databases for free! JCPL is an amazing resource for our students, parents, and staff.
Each summer, JCPL hosts a summer reading program, in which they give out coupons for free food, amusement parks, etc. They also give free books to students in our schools for reading a minimum of 8 hours over their summer break. This past summer, JCPL had a contest in which they gave a $300 reward to every preschool, elementary school, middle school, high school, and option school with the largest quantity of minutes read over the summer. The students needed to read and log their minutes-read online. Jeffco had winners in every category. The schools were presented with a check by JCPL at an all-school assembly.
Congratulations to all students, staff, parents, and additional stakeholders at these schools. Your hard work certainly paid off!
We hope you check out JCPL, an invaluable resource for our students: https://jeffcolibrary.org/. Contact your local branch to see what resources they can provide you. Together we can make a huge difference in our students’ lives!
This past September, teachers, digital teacher librarians, and administrators from across the district came together for a day of technology sharing and learning. Matt Flores, our Chief Academic Officer, kicked off this day of learning with a keynote talk. He spoke about the important role technology plays in the Jeffco 2020 Vision.
Various sessions were held to introduce teachers to ways to effectively integrate technology in the classroom. Various feedback from participants indicated this day was a great success and opportunity.
Many lucky participants won fabulous prizes! Some of these included an iPad Cart, a Chromebook cart, and a versatile device cart. Others included Chromebooks, Google Cardboard, Google Summit featuring Google for Education registrations, and other vendor goodies.
We hope to see you at our Jeffco Tech Share Fair next year!
It's almost here! The Jeffco Tech Share Fair is this Saturday at Arvada West HS from 8:00 am-1:00 pm. Check out the slideshow below for more details on some of the exciting sessions that will be happening.
This is just a sampling of learning opportunities that will be available. Check out our website for full details and don't forget to sign up to attend.
Not only are we providing the gift of knowledge, we are also giving away some fabulous prizes including Chromebooks, device storage carts, registration to the GAFE Summit in Boulder, vendor swag, and much more!
Last year, our Ed Tech team set out with the mission to improve our department's web presence. Our goal was to provide a location where teachers could find the support and resources they need to successfully integrate technology into their daily lesson plan design.
Last spring, after several revisions, we launched our newest Ed Tech Website design.
On our website you will find the following:
Welcome back to the 2016-2017 school year! We have had some changes in our Ed Tech office over the summer and we would like to dedicate our first blog post to getting you acquainted with those changes!