Thursday, November 30, 2017

Post #9: BrainPOP,, PLC Meetings, Subscription Renewals, Technology Committee

It's been a wonderful week back; lots of gratitude this week for all you do to support technology at Happy Hollow and in the district. Thank you for being so supportive during the eSchoolPlus preview workshop on Wednesday and to those on the Technology Committee. Your feedback is very important to our success. Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend as we head into the next part of the holiday season.

BrainPOP - Accounts have been created for students in grades 4 and 5. If you'd like to make a classroom in BrainPOP, you can create assignments and have students join your class (similar to Google Classroom). I believe you can even add BrainPop assignments into your Google Classroom. I hope to use it with students next week as they have a few coding projects. - A HUGE thank you to teachers for helping in the collection of permission slips for I only need 9 more!! I have no doubt I will be able to collect those from students. They are probably tired of seeing me :) Next week is the official Hour of Code. I will be doing coding activities with students in technology class outside of as that site usually gets very slow during the official week. If all goes well with the last 9 permission slips, I will plan on starting all classes with the week of December 11th.  

PLC Meetings: I know that your PLC agendas are filling up. However, please let me know if you'd like me to attend an upcoming PLC to discuss technology. I'd be happy to answer any questions or provide training/support to you as a team.

Subscription Renewals: Based on the feedback from the HH Subscription Renewal survey, I have renewed BrainPop/BrainPop Jr, TumbleBooks/TumbleCloud Jr. and More Starfall. CultureGrams does not expire until March. I will review that request in January. Thank you for your feedback.

Technology Committee: We had our first technology committee meeting of the year yesterday, Thursday, November 30th at 3:30 in the computer lab. We had a wonderful discussion on a variety of topics. Here are our agenda notes.  Our next meeting is Wednesday, January 10th @ 2:30. 
All are welcome to attend and join in our discussions.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Post #8:, Headphones, Innovation Summit Sharing

Happy Friday! A few updates below. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. I'd be happy to attend a grade level PLC meeting to work with you. Just let me know.

Wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving Break.
 Thank you for continuing to facilitate the permissions slips. We are getting really close to having all permission slips returned. Please send them down to the lab as they come in. 

Please remind your students to RETURN all headphones that they borrow from the pocket chart behind the computer lab door. I restocked the pocket chart last week with 11 pairs of headphones to borrow. As of this writing, there are 3 pairs left. 
Innovation Summit: This week, I attended the 2017 EdTech Teacher Innovation Summit. Lots of wonderful information around creativity,  collaboration, computational thinking, and critical thinking. These are a couple of quick takeaways I wanted to share:

  • Which One Doesn't Belong - website to get kids thinking in different ways related to math (shapes, numbers and graphs & equations). You are given picture (grid) with 4 items - then you need to decide why something doesn't belong.
  • Student Recordings - Do you have students record in your classrooms? It can be tough to record in a classroom environment. Buy $1 earbuds with built-in mic. Cheap and easy solution.
  • Hyperdocs - Do you know what these are? It's like a Webquest for the 21st-century learner. Students can work through the unit at their own pace, work collaboratively, and share their thinking. You are then freed up to facilitate projects and work with small groups of students. Check out the presentation link and examples if you are interested in learning more. 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Post #7:, Headphones, Online Software Request Form (Fixed),

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you for facilitating the permissions slips. Feel free to send them down to the lab at any time. Once I have all permission slips, I will create accounts for students to use in technology class. 

Please remind your students to RETURN all headphones that they borrow from the pocket chart behind the computer lab door. I have restocked the pocket chart with 11 pairs of headphones to borrow. 

Online Software Request Form: It was brought to our attention that the software request form was not working. We worked with the web company and have resolved the issue. When you submit a request for a new software title, you should see the message below. 

Thank you for letting us know that there was a technical issue with the form. If you need assistance in filling out the form or have questions, just let me know.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Post # 6: FasttMath, Instructional Tools Policy, Tumblebooks,

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend. Please let me know if you have any questions!
is ready for student use. We use a locally installed version of FasttMath, where the data is saved on our own WPS server. 

Student Login:
Username: Student ID
Password: Student ID
Username: Firstname_Lastname
Password: Wayland21

Instructional Tools Policy: Please review the Instructional Tools Policy page. An area that I want to make sure you understand is the online tools that require parent permission. If a title says "Active" (approved) but says "Legal Drafted Guardian Release" - this means the company declined to sign our SDP. If you wish to use a title that has Legal Drafted Guardian Release, then you must follow the procedures below:

1) Request a copy of the release from your building’s Tech Specialist.
2) Send an email to parents with embedded links to the release form and links to the website/tool’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. (I have a sample letter for you to follow.)
3) Send home a paper copy for parents to sign and return to school.  
4) Collect the signed forms. Once you have 100% compliance, scan the forms with a class list as a PDF file and email it to Leisha Simon.

Each month Tumblebooks announces new books to their collection. Here are the newest EBooks.

Did you know that several of Peter H. Reynolds books are on Tumblebooks? 
"The North Star" (NEW)
"So Few Of Me"! (NEW)
Rose's Garden
The Dot

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