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Padlet Made Easy!

Padlet just released a free IOS app, which will make it easier for students to use on an iPad. The app has all of the same features as the Padlet website, including custom wallpaper, layouts, and sharing options. The app also makes it easier to add video, and custom wallpaper from the camera roll. Click here to check out the new Padlet app.

TERRA Grants for Technology!

SJCSD teachers have the opportunity to apply for a technology grant through Technology Education Resource and Redesign  Alliance, Inc. (TERRA) .

TERRA’s Mini-Grants are intended to support school-based projects in Pre-K through 12 that are consistent with TERRA’s mission, and have a positive impact on education by using technology. These grants should fund initiatives that utilize technology in a new and innovative way or sustainability initiatives seeking to encourage and support creative, local environmental education and stewardship activities.

Grant Deadline: September 30th

Click Here for more information about this grant! Our Instructional Technology department would be happy to assist you in writing this grant. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Upcoming Instructional Technology Trainings!

Our Instructional Technology department would like to invite you to attend some of our upcoming summer trainings. We are also available all summer from 7:00am-3:30pm if you have any questions, would like help with integrating technology in  your classrooms, or want to brainstorm some ideas together!

WordPress Website Training
This training will provide you with an overview of WordPress. Participants will learn how to create a district-approved website.
July 9th from 9:00am-11:00am
Fullerwood Kitchen

EEE, Technology Feedback Tools and More
Teachers will learn how to incorporate technology to meet the needs of their students, gather feedback, and help promote student responsibility for their learning. Tools introduced will include Nearpod, Plickers, Padlet, and Kahoot.
July 17th from 9:00am-11:00am
Fullerwood Kitchen

Microsoft OneNote for Organization and Student Collaboration
Participants will learn how to organize their notes and documents using Microsoft OneNote. Additionally, we will explore OneNote for collaborating with colleagues, and managing student work.
July 16th from 1:00pm-3:00pm
July 21st from 9:00am-11:00am
Fullerwood Kitchen

If you are interested in any of these trainings, please register in SunGard. Remember to bring a charged laptop!


What’s Hatching in Mrs. Green’s Class

In Mrs. Green’s Kindergarten class at Mill Creek Elementary, students are busy learning about the scientific process while waiting for chicken eggs to hatch. Our Instructional Technology Specialist, Brock O’Shell recieved some help from our Media Services Department to take this experiment to other classrooms as well. Using a HoverCam document camera (that we are currently borrowing from Collaboration Solutions) and hosting live footage on the internet, students are able to access this live feed and “wait” for the eggs to hatch. Kindergarten students at Mill Creek will also have the opportunity to make predictions about when the eggs will hatch, and post their predictions on the class Padlet wall. We included the live feed below, so you can join in on the fun as well!

EdCamp St. Augustine!

On Saturday, May 9th, Teachers across the state of Florida will be meeting at Palencia Elementary to participate in the inaugural EdCamp St.Augustine. An EdCamp is a professional development event that is led by teachers and encourages collaboration and personalized learning. Click here to find out more about EdCamps that take place across the world. To register for EdCamp St. Augustine, click here and choose the RSVP tab. You will also need to register in Sungard in order to receive inservice points. This event will feature food, prizes, and best of all a chance to learn and share ideas with your peers. We look forward to seeing you there!

Also, if you are up for a drive and feeling inspired, EdCampBranford is taking place this Saturday, April 11th. Register here.

Portable Green Screen Tutorial

In our March Newsletter, we included an App Smash featuring the Green Screen DoInk app. In this blog post from Diary of a Techie Chick, Katie Ann explains how to create a portable green screen for class projects. Green Screen projects are a great way for students to demonstrate their knowledge in almost any content area. Creating videos in the classroom allows students to use vocabulary words in a natural way, practice oral speaking skills, and explore content on a deeper level.

Transform Literacy and Learning in Your Classroom

Beginning on February 16th 2015, Skype in the Classroom is launching “Skype Celebrates Literacy”. This six week program will feature guest speakers from the publishing industry, lessons and resources to support and inspire literacy learning in classrooms around the world.

Literacy remains a high priority on the global education agenda and a core subject for classrooms everywhere. Lessons that involve reading, writing, speaking and listening – from poetry jams and reading aloud to author visits – have always been popular amongst teachers using Skype in the Classroom.

In 2014, you and your students traveled millions of virtual miles taking part in lessons around the world via Skype. Whether you collaborated with another classroom, played Mystery Skype, invited a guest speaker in for a Q&A, or went on a virtual field trip, chances are these experiences engaged your students’ literacy skills, perhaps without them even realizing it!

Here’s how you can get involved:

1) Invite a guest speaker: authors, illustrators and storytellers will be available to join your classrooms via Skype. To make it easy to find and schedule a speaker to inspire your students, we’ve created a way to quickly schedule these calls. These conversations can be scheduled via Skype in the Classroom beginning February 9th.

2) Participate in World Read Aloud Day events: schedule a call on World Read Aloud Day or World Book Day (both the week of 2nd March) to celebrate the art of reading and writing. There will be a wide range of partner-provided content, tools, and resources to help with traditional reading and writing, including digital literacy and internet safety content too.

3) Literacy projects: we will have some very exciting literacy-related partner organizations including School in the Cloud, Microsoft, Safer Internet Day/ChildNet, and some very special guest speakers through those partnerships all coming soon.

4) Create your own Skype lesson: get creative and post your own literacy lesson for other classrooms to get involved in. Let us know about it @SkypeClassroom and we can promote it for you.

Dreams Around the World Global Collaboration Project

We are excited to have our SJCSD students participate in the 2nd annual “The World is My Audience” global collaboration project. This year’s project asks students to write about their dreams.  The dreams they write about could be personal dreams, actual night dreams, dreams for the world, dreams of their culture or dreams that relate to academic content (or even  students writing about dreams of solving problems or placing themselves in historical events). Later, the dreams from students all over the world will be compiled in a book that will be available to download on the iPad. Students will also be working to create the iBook.

If you are interested in participating, here are some more details…

Students should use Microsoft Word to type their dreams. They can add their own artwork to the document as well. Teachers can then either send me the poems in one word file, or upload the poems to a shared OneNote notebook. If you would like to be added to the OneNote notebook, please contact Instructional Resources and Media Services. This way, you will also be able to read the dreams from students across our district. Please do not allow students to upload to our notebook. We want to make sure that no student work is lost. Student work needs to be submitted to me by March 15th.

FETC 2015

The Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC) will be held in Orlando January 20th- 23rd. We are excited to participate in this annual event and encourage SJCSD educators to attend as well! This year FETC will feature new session types and exciting events, as well as a new dashboard for attendees. Our Instructional Technology staff will be presenting along with many other SJCSD teachers, however we encourage you to branch out and attend other sessions. You can see us any day!

We would love to meet up with other SJCSD teachers and administrators. This is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, Jan 22nd @ 7:00pm. If you would like to join us, you can register here!

What’s New at FETC? There are so many new session types and events at FETC this year. Here are our favorites…

Aspire Sessions- These are 20 minute sessions that will give you a quick overview of a program, app, or technology strategy.

Maker’s Hub– Attendees have the opportunity to build, play, and explore. This space will feature 3-D printing, robotics, and other hands-on tech tools.

Here are some of our favorite sessions that we can’t wait to attend…

(CS1009) Educational Gaming 2.0: Make Custom Educational Games Without Programming – Thursday 10:00 – 11:00

(CS3053) Gamifying the Florida Standards the Minecraft Way! – Thursday 1:00 – 1:40

(CS5089) If You Give a Kindergartener an IPad… – Thursday 3:20 – 4:00

PBL Meets Maker Movement: An Approach to Common Core
Thursday 12:00-12:40 p.m. – S230B

OneNote at a Time
Friday 1:00-1:20 p.m. – Makers’ Hub – Main Concourse

The 10 Best Apps of the School Year (Elementary Edition)
Friday 10:00-11:00 a.m. – S310EF

Put Students First with Technology, Thursday 2:00-2:40, Steve Dembo, S310EF

Games: Undercover Formative Assessment, Thursday 4:00-4:20, Makers Hub – Main Course

Tools You Can Use Tomorrow , Friday 2:00-2:40, Leslie Fischer, S310GH


We hope to see you there!

Scoodle Jam app is FREE December 16th!

Scoodle Jam is a great app for Digital Collaboration. This app not only contains graphic organizers and other project based learning templates, but also includes a webcam feature that allows students to talk to each other throughout the assignments. Students can sign in using their Edmodo accounts, which only allows them to collaborate with other students or teachers in their Edmodo group. Scoodle Jam is regularly $4.99, but will be free on Tuesday, December 16th. Find out more on their website.