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Reviewed OER Resources

The Washington K12 OER Project has just released the results of our review of full course Algebra I/Integrated Mathematics I and selected units in 11th-12th grade English Language Arts (ELA). This review was part of the legislative mandate to identify and develop a library of openly licensed courseware aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license. These resources may be used free of charge, distributed without restriction, and modified without permission.

OER Review Goals

1.Help educators select high-quality materials for their classrooms

2.Provide districts with information to help with materials adoptions and a replicable process and instruments to evaluate CCSS alignment of instructional material

3.Identify gaps in CCSS alignment that can be addressed by content creators or school district users

Findings

In ELA, reviewers found many choices for educators seeking ELA units with some alignment to the CCSS. In mathematics, reviewers found that OER are an emerging platform for mathematics curricula with alignment to the CCSS. For both the ELA and mathematics reviews, extensive reviewer notes provide an extremely valuable resource as educators and content developers tap into the most powerful feature of OER: the ability to freely adapt and redistribute materials to meet the specific needs of districts and students.

Visit the OSPI OER Review project website for the results of this OER review as well as the process and instruments used.

Download the entire report as a PDF.

Important Notes

·This review process was not intended to rank the materials; rather, the results provide rich evaluator feedback on changes necessary to bring the OER resource into closer alignment with the CCSS.

·The results of this review do not represent an endorsement from OSPI as to the recommended use or adoption of the OER materials that were reviewed. OSPI does not require the use of any particular instructional materials, including OER, by districts or schools.

·Washington school districts have specific local policies and procedures that may govern the use and adoption of core and/or supplemental instructional materials. These should be reviewed as districts and buildings consider OER within their suite of instructional materials and resources.

·The results of this review represent a point in time in a continually evolving process of OER materials. They are intended as a resource for schools and educators, as well as content developers creating materials for those audiences.

·The instruments used in this review process were intentionally selected and are intended to be used in concert. The suite of instruments and process may be used with any instructional material, OER or published, to gauge CCSS alignment.

·For results of past OSPI instructional materials reviews, including state laws and guidance for the selection of instructional materials, visit the OSPI Instructional Materials Review and Resources website.

OER Day

OER Day at North Central ESD

May 23, 2013 9:00 - 3:00

No Registration Fee—Lunch provided by NCESD—5 Clock Hours Available

To Register: http://www.escweb.net/wa_ncesd/catalog/session.aspx?

Open educational resources (OER) are free and openly-licensed educational materials that can be used for teaching, learning, and research. This day-long awareness-developing event will explore OER and address issues in their usage in the K12 classroom. It features a keynote by Dr. Cable Green, and additional pertinent presentations. This seminar will lay the groundwork for further work to be done in the area of OER.

Event Program

9:00 ● Welcome, Introductions and Instructions

9:15 ● OER in K-12: Sharing, Common Core and Future Directions - Cable Green,

Director of Global Learning, Creative Commons (Webinar)

The Internet, open licensing, cloud computing and open educational resources (OER) provide the foundation for a world in which a quality education can be a basic human right, and Washington Schools can have updated, high quality, afforda-ble, common core aligned curriculum and textbooks for the marginal cost of $0. Dr. Cable Green, Director of Global Learn-ing at Creative Commons, will discuss the current state of OER, what is happening in K-12, the opportunity for an "open common core," and how governments are adjusting their policies and funding requirements to ensure publicly funded resources are openly licensed resources.

10:15 ● Guide to Open Educational Resources - Karl Nelson,

Director of Digital Learning Department, OSPI

Despite national spending of $5.5 billion dollars a year on instructional content, many students still use textbooks that are out-of-date. Open educational resources (OER) may help address this issue. Come learn about the explosion of OER - teaching and learning assets free to use, edit, and share. Learn how to search for OER and how to evaluate their quality and alignment to common core standards. We’ll discuss delivery options, licensing issues, and Washington‘s OER pro-gram.

11:00 ● OER as a Full Curriculum Option - Hetav Sanghavi,

Senior Director of Business Development and Marketing, CK-12 (Webinar)

CK-12 Foundation creates and aggregates high quality, curated STEM content for K-12. Learn about the FlexBook platform that allows you to customize FREE textbooks for your classroom. Also explore CK-12’s collection of thousands of concepts, interactive learning objects, exercises, teaching materials, and a web-based interactive Algebra 1 curriculum…available to teachers, students and parents.

Noon ● Lunch is on-site and will be provided by NCESD.

1:00 ● OER in the Real Classroom - Ron Brown,

Director of Instructional Technology and Assessment, Wenatchee School District

Delivering digital content on a wide scale requires thought and consideration given to infrastructure,

implementation and transition. Ron will share some insights into Wenatchee's implementation of OER

curriculum and tools, one-to-one initiatives, delivery approaches to digital resources, handling of security, learning management systems, true costs, and access issues.

2:00 ● Technology Requirements of Scaling up OER in the School—Dennis Small, Educational Technology Director

3:00 ● Wrap-Up

Download file "OER Flyer.pdf"

NWEA Resources on Formative Assessment



Use formative assessment to drive academic achievement — Dylan Wiliam will show you how.




At NWEA, we seek ways to enrich the education community by sharing valuable information. As part of that commitment, we are offering you the opportunity to dive deeper into formative assessment by engaging in a comprehensive on-demand webinar series.

In three compelling sessions, international formative assessment expert Dylan Wiliam explains the foundation and value of his approach.






Understanding Formative Assessment & Why it Needs to Be a Priority for Every School



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Practical Techniques for Implementing Formative Assessment



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How to Sustain the Development of Formative Assessment Using Teacher Learning Communities



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Increase your knowledge, master techniques, and gain understanding. See how formative assessment practice can be used to gather evidence of learning in the moment to improve teacher effectiveness and student learning. Key takeaways include:


•A comprehensive definition of formative assessment practice


•A look at research documenting the success of the approach


•Detailed explanations for key success strategies


•Techniques to help you develop effective Teacher Learning Communities



Student Growth Percentiles

OSPI plans to provide Washington school districts with the first round of student growth data on March 14, 2013. OSPI will send out a bulletin to superintendents, principals, and district assessment coordinators next Thursday, March 7, announcing the student growth percentile (SGP) data release and addressing other pertinent policy questions surrounding the data. In the meantime, please follow this link http://www.k12.wa.us/assessment/StudentGrowth.aspxto find an overview of the SGP model and a summary of the data and supporting materials districts can expect on March 14.

If you have any questions, please send an email to studentgrowth@k12.wa.us.

A Guide to Common Core-Aligned MAP

A Guide to Common Core-aligned MAP | Webinar Series

NWEA is pleased to offer our partners a series of webinars designed to answer common questions about the transition from standard MAP(Measures of Academic Progress®) assessments to MAP aligned to the Common Core. We invite you to register for the webinar that’s most relevant and convenient for you.

Links to the inaugural webinars in the series are below. The first sessions in the series will focus on:


  • How Common Core-aligned MAP will change to support your transition to the Common Core State Standards.


  • How growth data will be affected by these changes to the assessments.


  • Strategies to prepare students and teachers for the transition.

Register now to reserve your space for these complimentary live webinars, or to receive information about viewing on-demand.

Guide to Common Core and MAP for Teachers
Monday, March 11, 1:30 - 2:30 pm PDT

Guide to Common Core and MAP for Leaders
Wednesday, March 13, 3:30 - 4:30 pm PDT

Un-Make a Bully Winners

How did students think we could "Un-Make a Bully"?

Congratulations to all who entered and to the winners from each level!
We have gone through all the entries and selected the three winning entries:

Elementary: Giselle Chicas from Mr. Weavers 2nd Grade at Columbia

"Tell the bully to stop and be nice to people and respect them and listen to others."

Middle School: Diana Rios from Mrs. Cox 3rd period at Pioneer

"The way to un-make a bully is by making friends with him and convincing him to stop. When he does, he'll do the same, it'll cut the chain."

High School: Yvette Ramos from Mrs. Monroe 6th period at Westside

"Treat others how you want to be treated. You never know what a person goes through so Don't Bully."

These students and their selected teachers will be working on their anti-bullying videos the week of March 18-22. Once they have completed videos we will post to our district YouTube channel and various district websites.

How to UnMake a Bully

Wenatchee and Eastmont school districts are partnering with Better Actions Now (BAN) for the How to UnMake A Bully program. Three classrooms from each school district are being randomly selected to participate. Students write, produce, direct, act in, and film their own public service announcement (PSA) about taking a stand against bullying. The program teaches students that if they are not taking a stand against bullying, then they are contributing to bullying.


A fundraiser and information evening is being held Tuesday, November 6 from 7 to 830 PM at the CTC building. Come to learn more, view previous productions, and hear from students who have participated in the program. Beverages and appetizers will be provided. For more information, visit www.betteractionsnow.com or call 518-487-1550.

October tidbits from Educational Consulting Services

Educational Consulting Services

October newsletter 2012

Our team (Bonnie, Blaire, Brooks, Bob and Harry) collected nearly a thousand new e-mail addresses while working with educators this summer in South Carolina, Illinois, Georgia, Ohio, Michigan, Arizona and California. So…..Hello to all our first time readers!


TechNO to TechYES

When I began teaching school, computers were sequestered off in a room called “The Lab” as if we were conducting some top secret experiments in there. Technology wasn’t built into what we were doing. We spent time confiscating cell phones while complaining about not having enough calculators. Duh! Today technology has become like oxygen: everywhere, necessary, and invisible. Don’t think we’ve come a long way……….Driverless car will be road tested in California.


The bill was signed at the headquarters of Google, which has been testing a fleet of 12 autonomous computer-controlled vehicles for several years.


Technology and Design Teams

Here are three folks doing some incredible things with school technology and helping to solve some of the problems Design Teams run into. Last month we talked about using technology to create short assessments in minutes. This month let’s take a look at how schools are scoring those assessments in seconds!


Assessment at the Speed of Sight with Gradecam

Ron Brown is the Director of Instructional Technology and Assessment and is in charge of technology integration and assessment in the 7500 student Wenatchee School District in rural central Washington State. Ron has taught me everything I know (not everything he knows) about using a small camera to scan and grade Design Team assessments as well as a hundred other school documents.

GradeCam (http://insight.gradecam.com)

This software will allow the use of a camera to grade bubble sheet type assessments and makes collecting and analyzing student assessments more efficient and valuable.

•Using GradeCam makes grading assessments a snap and empowers the student and the teacher. With the software you can do credit/no-credit, multiple choice, true/false, yes/no, and rubric answer types.

•The system provides instant item analysis and a connection with state and common core standards.

•GradeCam can be purchased as a teacher, school, or district, but I am especially excited about its integration with other systems like DataDirector and the assessments they offer.


Or…How about Scoring Student Work with Your Phone?

That’s what the folks at Madison County High School (Danielsville, GA) are doing. ALL In Learning (http://www.allinlearning.com) is a cloud-based instructional tool from the folks that brought us those hand held clickers. ALL In Learning allows teachers to grade assessments by capturing images of printed "bubble sheets" using web cameras, iPads, iPhones, and iPod Touches.

George Bullock, a high school administrator, told me that teachers have used ALL In successfully to capture and evaluate common assessments for a year now.


Great Read

If you’re feeling behind the curve when it comes to technology let me introduce you to Greg Dhuyvetter, Superintendent of Catholic Schools (Diocese of Orange, CA). Greg has a large group of links to articles, presentations, and other ed-tech information at his bookmark page www.delicious.com/gdhuyvetter/10trends. He also writes about ed-tech trends on his website www.workwithhope.net.


Best New Thing in the World!

An airplane built by students will soon be shipped overseas to be used by the Kenya Wildlife Service in monitoring elephant populations.

Since the project began three years ago, more than 100 elementary and high school students, both boys and girls, at Saint Wendelin Schools (Fostoria, OH) have worked on the Challenger II airplane under the guidance of science teacher Ron Bowerman.

http://www.13abc.com/story/19342319/students-build-an-airplane-as-a-class-project

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Digital Learning in 2012 - Survey Results

The 2012 Speak-Up survey that Wenatchee Schools participated in is now available to view. Attached you will find a couple nice infographics regarding some of the data about schools leadership, educators, parents, and students. Our district's outcomes are in-line with the data for the nation as a whole.

Download file "Infographic_PersonalizedLearning2012.pdf"

Download file "Infographic_DigitalLearning2012_Educators.pdf"

Our technology planning committee, has been, and will continue to work on our 4-6 year vision of instructional technology in Wenatchee. We are facing the same issues and concerns that everyone else is facing across the nation. Now we need to figure out how to take action on this important topic for the future of our schools.

Here is a link to our technology planning website with links to our current draft technology plans, members, and meeting notes.



Webinars of Interest

Learn from the Leaders:

Sharing Best Practices in Educational Assessment

Riverside is pleased to present an exciting new series of online meetings devoted to the most pressing issues in educational assessment. Throughout the coming months, we are offering a variety of webinar topics focusing on professional development for district administrators, school principals and teachers. Join us to explore best practices in educational assessment and data use with online presentations from our distinguished authors, research experts and thought leaders in the field.

More information and Registration at: http://www.riversidepublishing.com/learnfromleaders/index.html

Upcoming Webinars

Moving Beyond ORF: Essential Constructs in Reading and Mathematics for RTI Implementation

Presenter: Julie Alonzo, PhD, Research Faculty, University of Oregon
Date/Time: Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 3:00 P.M. Central

About the Webinar
During this webinar, Dr. Alonzo, one of the lead developers of the easyCBM™ system, will provide a brief overview of the reading comprehension, vocabulary, and mathematics CBMs available on easyCBM, answering questions about the research behind the measures. She will then demonstrate how to glean the most instructionally-relevant information from the benchmark, group, and individual assessment reports. This seminar is appropriate for teachers, school psychologists, para-professionals, and administrators interested in enhancing their ability to use the easyCBM system as an integral part of their Response to Intervention model

Integrating Writing with Technology
Presenter: Dr. Bob Haller, Educational Testing Service

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. Central

About the Webinar
Writing is a skill essential to virtually all learning especially as it involves critical thinking. Learning to write involves a process and as such takes a significant amount time and effort. Technology can provide automated writing programs to help streamline the writing process, organize the time spent in learning to write and optimize the time available to teach individual students how to write well. This Webinar will explore how such programs work and provide specific examples to help teachers evaluate them

Teach Like a Champion

Presenter: Michael White Ph.D.
Date/Time: Friday, March 30, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. Central

About the Webinar
Tired of waiting for superman, martyrs or geniuses, Dr. White has spent the past several years examining the craft of teaching. In this presentation he identifies some simple techniques that teachers can use to get above average results from themselves and their students.


You can also register for Pre-Recorded Webinars

that include the following topics:

More information and registration can be found at: http://www.riversidepublishing.com/learnfromleaders/index.html

Just Google IT

What:

A one-day conference for educators on learning more about Google tools and apps

When:

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Where:

At your regional Educational Service District

Register here http://www.escweb.net/wa_ncesd/catalog/session.aspx?sessionid=2611298

Why:

To learn more about:

·Google Docs

·Google Forms

·Google Searches

·Google in the Classroom

·Using Google for Assessment, Portfolios

·Flipping Your Classroom with Google

·and more!

Checkhttps://sites.google.com/site/waconf2012/for more information coming your way, including registration instructions.

For more information, contact the Educational Technology Director at your regional ESD.

Download file "Just Google It.pdf"

GradeCam Online FREE

GradeCam software
(www.gradecam.com)

GradeCam announces a free formative application that automates multiple-choice test scoring and provides teachers with immediate feedback on the learning in progress in their classrooms. The Web-based program works with a standard web or document camera to quickly grade multiple-choice tests at no cost.

WSD Classroom Innovation Grant Winners 2011-2012

(Listed in no particular order)

  • Ray Birks at Foothills Middle School will be incorporating Kindles into his core class to increase student engagement in reading.
  • Alison Hurt and Angie Willms at Lincoln Elementary will be incorporating iPads and iPod Touches into Daily 5 at 1st grade to help with reading.
  • Dellamy Thomas at Newbery Elementary will receive a wall mounted interactive projector so her students can collaboratively update and create a classroom blog and web resources.
  • Erin Coyle at Orchard Middle School will receive a building license to Stella® systems software for science integration.
  • Ramon Rivera at Wenatchee High School will receive iPod Touches for students to record audio and video podcasts of performances.
  • Maria Gonzalez at Mission View Elementary will receive iPads to improve reading fluency in her spanish literacy classroom.

Thanks to all the teachers who applied for this grant. We will keep your application on file for future funding possibilities. If you didn't apply... look for the grant again in the future.

The school district will be having a technology showcase to highlight these projects and other shining examples of technology integration within our district. It will be held in an open house format sometime in May and hopefully will have video archive to view later.

Tools for Technology Engagement

Found a couple new websites and a couple of old ones to use... enjoy and pass them on! These were triggered when I attended "The Highly Engaged Classroom" training on 12/6/2011.


FREE RESOURCES AND LESSON PLANS FOR TEACHING WITH TECHNOLOGY - http://freetech4teachers.com

How blogs motivate students to write, read, create art, & use technology - http://www.kidslikeblogs.org/

For the WSD you have several tools for blogging available, we have public blogging tools and private blogging tools, talk to your TRT.

Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. - http://wordle.net

Welcome to Tagxedo, word cloud with styles - http://tagxedo.com

Very cool site that shows you the mindset of students in your classroom.. we sometimes forget they live in a time different from our past experiences - http://www.beloit.edu/mindset/

Free online counters - http://www.online-stopwatch.com
http://my.online-eggtimer.com
http://www.timercountdown.net/

One teachers list of tech tools... - http://www.edzone.net/~mwestern/stuff.html

TILT - Teachers Improving Learning with Technology - http://tilttv.blogspot.com/

JeopardyLabs allows you to create a customized jeopardy template without PowerPoint. - http://jeopardylabs.com/

Taboo - http://www.monzy.com/taboo/

Unusual information - http://edutopia.org
http://coolmath4kids.com
http://www.trivia-library.com
http://www.pbs.org

Random student picker/generator with built in timers - http://primaryschoolict.com/random-name-selector/

The fastest way to create stylish real-time experiences for events using mobile devices - http://polleverywhere.com

Video Clip on mirror neurons - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzMqPYfeA-s

Steve Jobs Stanford 2005 Commencement - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UF8uR6Z6KLc

Middle and high school students from across the country used Google Docs to write about the issues and concerns they want our next president to address. - http://www.letters2president.org/get-involved

Lip Dub - http://www.lipdubhub.com/

Don't forget about Twitter!!!!! - http://www.twitter.com search by putting in # and a keyword and you will find a ton of information. http://twitterforteachers.com You can follow me at... @brownron


Meet new people, discover new cultures and connect with classes from around the world, all without leaving the classroom. - http://education.skype.com


My favorite blogs about integrating technology - http://prodev.wsd.wednet.edu/index.php/home/blogroll





TRT Training Notes

This blog entry was hijacked from Ray Birks (Foothills TRT). He blogged some notes during our last training day. Which focused on Google App for the WSD and Web 2.0 tools


Here are some of the gems from the TRT meeting on 5/25/11:

iGoogle - get your own personalized Google home page with all of your own add-ons, change your theme (background) and search for Gadgets or Stuff
Stuff - add gadgets to your iGoogle homepage like Moodle login, Google Docs, news, scores, clock, Gmail, words of the day, there are thousands to choose from
Extensions - add-ons to Chrome that allow more flexibility, for example Easy YouTube Video Downloader. This is an external link but normally for extensions go to Window > Extensions
Calendar - add the calendar gadget and sync it with your iCal (video to help you sync if you have Snow Leopard)
TRT Sharing
    Link to Wenatchee Google Docs accounts - admin side allows TRTs to add/delete staff and students, and change/reset passwords

    Google Services within your WSD account:
    • Calendar - you can share to public or other users, sync iCal to Google Calendar, can have collaborative calendars (example of my calendar embedded into my iWeb page)
    • Sites - create a website with Google Sites
    • Apps - Bibs (create bibliographies), Engrade (gradebook)
    • Labs - all of the stuff Google is working on but has not released
    Miscellaneous (20+ Tools in 20 minutes) -
    • My Lovely Charts - creating flow charts & online diagrams
    • Aviary - drawing painting program
    • 280 Slides - easy online presentations
    • Empressr - presentations that are already created for you or lets you create your own
    • Shwup - upload some pictures and it builds a movie for you
    • Prezi - cool online presentation tool (previous blog post)
    • Edmodo - a social network for your class (Facebook for education) - all posts are moderated by teacher
    • Jamendo - free, royalty-free music
    • Google Shared Spaces - collaborative areas, spaces on the web that you invite people to collaborate in
    • CC Image Search - creative commons image search, free picture search
    • Qwiki - web search that pulls pictures from the web and creates an automatic presentation
    • Jeopardy - creates a Jeopardy game for you (or choose from games already created)
    • Qwizlet - free flashcard site, create your own or choose flashcards that are already made
    • Web 2.0 Guru - tons of cool Web 2.0 tools (blogged about what web 2.0 is here)
    • Kids Tube - YouTube for kids (currently blocked in WSD)
    Technology Planning for the Future - committee to investigate new technologies to foster 21st century skills in students and staff

    Mimio Recorded Webinar

    I attended a webinar with some interesting ideas...

    “Secrets” of High-Quality Interactive Lesson Content, hosted by Tech & Learning magazine and sponsored by DYMO/Mimio Interactive Teaching Technologies.

    The original event was broadcast on:

    Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2011

    Duration: 60-minutes

    http://www.media.qualitytech.com/client/new_bay/2011_0323/291083/launch.htm


    We hope you will share this URL with colleagues so that they can watch it as an on-demand event.

    Mimio Training Resources

    I attended a Mimio training at Newbery Elementary this morning with 20 other Mimio users:

    Here are some resources, ideas, and links:

    Mimio Self-Guided training gives you quick access to training topics. Get the on-demand assistance you need to make a busy day of teaching go smoothly. Set your own pace with our video tutorials and guides.

    Right Clicking on the lower right of an image from the Gallery.
    • You can turn on Clone, then you drag as many clones as you want around the screen
    • You can also add action settings:
      • You can add sound
      • You can add hyperlinks

    Clip content or an image from the internet, then you can right click the lower right of the content in Mimio and Hyperlink it to the website by copying/pasting the address into the dialog box for hyperlinking.

    Right click allows you to do grouping, locking, arranging, etc.

    Some videos demonstrating the features from the mimio.com tutorial site.
    • Object Grouping MOV
    • Object Ordering MOV
    • Object Locking MOV
    • Object Transparency MOV
    • Object Hyperlinking MOV
    • Object Cloning MOV
    • Action Settings MOV
    • Object Alignment MOV
    • Grid Options and Object Snapping MOV
    • Text Editor MOV

    Gallery
    • Searching the MimioStudio Gallery MOV
    • Adding Content to the MimioStudio Gallery MOV
    • Sharing Galleries MOV
    Cool handwriting recognition - using the Writing Pad or the Keyboard Viewer

    You can drag in a PDF to the ink file.

    Demo of the Mimio Votes - very nice for K-5





    NCCE 2011 Updates, New Learning, and Cool Stuff.

    This blog post will contain all of the information, resources, and new learning that I encounter that will help teachers and students in our district to use/integrate technology effectively.

    Day one of NCCE started for me at a breakfast meeting that was showing the free teacher/student/parent site called Qtopia. You can access the site from


    LIT (Library Information Technology):

    WIKI from the Teacher Librarian Summit - http://2011tl.ncceconnect.org

    Another resource for LIT (Library Information Technology) - http://www.wlma.org

    What should a teacher librarian and library look like: Built by a group of teachers led by Mike Eisenburg.

    Framework

    For a tech conference I am surprised at how hard it is sometimes to find a good reliable internet connection... as I sit at Starbucks on our break culling through my notes!

    Free Resource for teachers:

    Qtopia is a free resource for staff and it is currently loaded with math and reading content directed at k-8 students. It is very nicely done site, I don't know where it might fit at this point, but could be a great resource as a safe fun supplement to math and reading, the activities are flash based and are very engaging and tied to standards. When students play the games they earn time in the game by getting items correct, and if they master skills they earn credits to purchase items for their own personal avatar. A class list can be easily uploaded and they don't have to have emails to participate.

    Here is a link to register yourself and try it out... their is no fee and there is quite a bit of content. http://www.qtopia.com/Registration?code=K9AF56

    It is from Qwizdom so you will see that if you add content not in the prebuilt lists for activities, it pulls from the also free Qwizdom Connect activities. Check it out and let me know what you think.

    Digital Citizenship:

    Annette Lamb gave a great presentation that flips how we look at internet safety and ethics which I agreed with and appreciated. We have to teach the behaviors that we WANT from kids and teach them how to make the correct decisions when using social networks and the internet in general. They have to know that this will effect their life and have consequences later if they do something they shouldn't, but instead of focusing on what not to do lets focus on what they should do and how to deal with situations online. Here is link to her presentation: http://www.eduscapes.com/sessions/socialtech/

    Other Great Resources:

    Her site is a treasure trove of experience and a lifelong persuit of technology literacy for students and staff. http://eduscapes.com/activate/index.html

    Her pathfinders are wonderful pre vetted sites for students to use for research: http://42explore.com/

    Tools for Tech Savvy Teachers - 37 tools in 60 minutes!


    In this presentation learn about some great tools and resources. Jason Neiffer is a great educator. HIGHLIGHT OF THE CONFERENCE!


    Live binders is an awesome service in itself.


    Create the tutorials so that you don't cut into content time by teaching the tools.


    Jeff Corwin Closing Keynote


    Educational Technology Assessments Feedback and Field Test + Free PD Opportunities

    OSPI Memorandum 002-11 ITS

    Action Required: March 31, 2011

    Re: Educational Technology Assessments (Integrated with Science, Math and Global Issues): Feedback and Field Test

    http://www.k12.wa.us/BulletinsMemos/memos2011/M002-11.doc

    Summary: The purpose of this memorandum is to recruit educators to review and field test the assessments for the Educational Technology Standards. In draft now, the assessments for Grades 3 – 12 enable teachers to determine student progress toward Washington’s standards for educational technology. Educators can participate in this process by reviewing the assessments and completing an online survey, informally using the assessments with students, or joining the formal field test and submitting scored student samples and in-depth feedback to OSPI.

    This memo also notifies educators of an opportunity for professional development. At least two educators from every district — teachers, teacher-librarians or instructional coaches — are eligible to join OSPI’s Coach Your Colleagues professional development sessions in March and June 2011. The sessions are free and clock hours are available. Participants will learn how to optimize the new student-centered assessments for educational technology, and then train colleagues to use their resource-rich instructional tools and support materials.

    For more information about the assessments or to sign up for a PD session, go tohttp://www.k12.wa.us/EdTech/Assessment/