Student-Centered Learning Experiences

Student-centered learning experience I want my students to work collaboratively together on a project and get the benefits of common knowledge, process and critical thinking Use collaborative Google Apps for Education tools (Drive, Docs, Slides, Sheets, Drawings) where every group member can work on the project at the same time Use collaborative technology tools where

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Digital Workflow Options

With all the equipment coming to our school in the coming month, teachers need to decide how they are going to push out digital information to their students.  Below are some options whether you want a complete digital solution for daily use — or use some ideas for occasional use. Complete digital solutions:  Google Classroom,

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What Is A Chromebook?

ThingLink Project:  What is a Chromebook?     Chromebook 101 Chromebook Benefits: No hard drive, start up fast, work in constantly being saved, get another one, easily convertible from other platforms, touch screens Chromebook Disadvantages:   Limited software on the laptop, requires wifi,  must use Google suite, small screen, typing on a smaller keyboard Features:

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Student Engagement With Technology

This year the World History 9 Learning Team is investigating how technology can play a part in student engagement.  We are looking at the 5D indicators and trying to see how technology can enhance or impact the student’s experience when they are using Chromebooks in class. Focus on Learning Targets The first aspect to focus

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Google’s Chrome Browser vs. Chromebooks: Whats the difference?

A Chromebook is a different type of laptop. Instead of Windows or Mac OS, Chromebooks run Google’s Chrome OS. These machines are designed to be used primarily while connected to the Internet, with most applications and documents living in the cloud. Google’s Chrome browser is a fast, simple, and secure web browser that you can

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Great Features of Google Docs

With Google Docs, you can create and edit text documents right in your web browser—no special software is required. Even better, multiple people can work on the document at the same time and every change is saved automatically.  If you are new to Google Docs – check out the Google Docs Learning Center. Helpful tips

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One Drive To Rule Them All

As part of our Google Apps for Education (GAFE) account, the online version of Google Drive http://drive.google.com  is the ultimate cloud storage document sharing solution.  Think of Google Drive like a giant online file cabinet where you are able to upload and keep documents, photos, drawings, recordings, videos, PDFs — almost anything.  Sign in with

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Science News magazine on EBSCO

Besides academic journals, EBSCO has some magazines in their results and I saw that Science News is one of them. First I went to the Sunset Library Resource page and chose Academic Search Complete https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/depts/IT/Library-Resources/Pages/sunset.aspx You are automatically logged on when on campus; off campus needs your username and password. I chose Advanced Search but didn’t

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Accessing Electronic Resources

One of my #1 goals this year as a LITT is to expose faculty and students to the wide variety of electronic resources available through Beaverton School District. Research shows that one area college-level students are lacking is in their ability to locate, access and disseminate scholarly material — especially from academic electronic databases.  

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What can a LITT do for you?

Every so often I will send out an email to my faculty with helpful tips and resources.  All information will be archived on my resource site:  https://sites.google.com/a/beaverton.k12.or.us/sunsetpd 9/8/15   What Can A LITT Do For You? LITT stands for “Library Instructional Technology Teacher” and my role is to be an embedded resource at Sunset High School to

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Colette’s Future Ready: News You Can Use

I’ve been gathering some of my favorite resources for a new website that I am creating for my new position at Library Instructional Technology Teacher at Sunset High School.  Here’s my initial shares. Chromebook Four Powerful Formative Assessment Tools for the Chromebook Classroom blog post by Holly Clark (May 2014). Here are four assessment tools

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100 Day Plan for a new job

The Prompt:  Before interviewing for my new position, I was asked to outline my 100 Day Plan for starting the school year as a new Library Instructional Technology Teacher. Planning my first 100 days gave me time to really reflect on the responsibilities of the new position and make concrete plans of how I would

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A New Direction

I have this poster hanging in my office – I actually made alongside my Multimedia students a few years ago.  It reads “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams – Live the life you have imagined” ~Thoreau.   Well I never imagined that I would be announcing that I am leaving La Salle Catholic

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ISTE 2015

 Unleash the Power of Your iPad with “App Smashing” Come play and learn the power of App Smashing, the process of using multiple apps in conjunction with one another to complete a new and creative final task or project. We’ll put together fun combinations of apps to use with middle and high school formative assessments,

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Google Apps training material

I often am asked to come to a school and provide a basic Google Apps for Education (GAFE) training during a faculty meeting.  Below is the sequence and activities that I use for a 2 hour training.  Feel free to use or adapt as needed. Google Apps for Education (GAFE)  http://goo.gl/KbhjhE Activity 1:  Getting Started

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