TIS (and TMHS) is converting to Schoology Enterprise this year. This means that all classes and students will be pre-populated in the Schoology platform and be synced with PowerTeacher. Students will now have one place to go see all their classes, teachers, assignments and calendars making it easy to communicate about all classroom and school related activities. This will also be a place for parents to easily keep track of student progress and communicate directly with you. Schoology knocks the socks off of Google Classroom (click on image on left). It will be a great tool for enabling building wide collaboration and supporting student-teacher-parent communications. The best part of all of this is while PowerTeacher is still the place to post report card grades, you can now create assignments in Schoology and sync those assignments directly with the PowerTeacher gradebook. During In-Service, we go over in detail how to make the best use of Schoology and its features.
Also, we’ve purchased Notability (replacing uPad) for students and staff. This will enable students to easily annotate and share PDF’s and much more. There will be more information shared during in-service.
During today’s Wired Wednesday we will have an open session. No agenda, just time to work on practicing using instructional technology or learning from each other.
Ideas for coming:
– Explore applications that help you enhance teaching/learning strategies
– Set up and explore Schoology gradebook
– Set up quizzes on Schoology
– Create student mock-up presentations using Educreations/uPad or another application
– Explore using Casper Focus for classroom management
– Investigate Nearpod or a different application that you’ve never tried.
Each session is worth 1/15th of a credit (1 seat hour).
Please bring your laptop and iPad.
Meeting Dates (3:30-4:30) Location: 200
March 4, 18
April 1, 22
– We discussed taking care of class room iPad crates, folders, tags, etc.
– We nominated Maddie as our secretary.
– Stressed the importance of ignoring iPad updates. It breaks uPad.
– Add folders to classrooms with new students (Hubbard & Steinke)
– We added more of our photos to http://earthtree.org/tech-crew/
Thank you so much for encouraging students to sign up for Tech Crew. We had our first and largest membership meeting yesterday. We had nearly 30 students crammed into to TIS Conference room! AND we have a great balance of girls and boys. We also have representation for EVERY CLASS. 🙂
Please allow Tech Crew Members check Schoology at least twice a day. I’ll assign tasks through Schoology.
Their first assignment is to count iPads at the end of the day. I know you have someone else doing this, but the redundancy will help to confirm the placement of iPads. I’ve also asked the Crew to take a photo of themselves for our website. Please let them do this during a convenient time.
Here’s a tutorial on how to upload photos/videos to Schoology. As the Crew and I create tutorials, we’ll add them to the right-side of www.earthtree.org, under TIS Tech Crew. http://goo.gl/VMEYx5
Crew Members should ALWAYS model good digital citizenship. Let me know if you see any non-examples. I’ll talk to the student and call their parents to let them know that their child may be uninvited if they aren’t able to maintain good digital citizenship consistently. I’m sending home letters to Tech Crew parents regarding their child’s role and expectations.
I’m changing the meeting times for 4th grade. We meet each Tuesday in the TIS Conference room at the big table. We meet during recess time.