Tuesday, April 18, 2006

April Technology Update

Here's just a few updates...
  1. Technology Vendor Fair - April 20, 2006
  2. Science Teachers in Grades 4 -8 for Summer Institute
  3. ThinkQuest Judges Wanted
  4. Laptop Cart 50-50 Challenge Grant for Elementary Schools

District 6
Technology Vendor Fair
Our vendor fair is this Thursday at Bell HS from 3:45 to 5:15 in the school cafeteria on Pine St. I hope to see all of you there. It will be a great event, where you can network personally with many different vendors. About 14 different vendors will be in attendance. There will be lots of giveaways and some great door prizes that will be raffled at the end. Please invite your colleagues and administrators to also attend. This promises to be a great event, but we need your support and attendance. Please be there!

I would like to thank our hosts at Bell HS, Michiko Sakimoto, Tom Campbell, and Roman for their support and assistance in making this event possible.

If you click on this Bell HS link, it will take you to a hybrid satellite/street map. The school cafeteria is south of Bell Ave on Pine Ave. You will be able to locate it because there will be an IBM Bus parked directly in front of the cafeteria. Parking should be ample on Pine Street.

CaMSP Science Leadership Institute II - SUMMER 2006
Week of July 16—21 or July 23—28
Spend a week this summer working collaboratively with other teachers in a stimulating and challenging educational environment at The Thacher School in Ojai, California. Participants at Teach the Teachers CollaborativeTM (TTTC) Summer Institute will develop their own technology integrated science lessons for practical and immediate use in their classrooms. They will also have an opportunity to update their own technology skills and learn innovative ways to engage their students with technology. For more information, click here: CaMSP Science Leadership Institute

ThinkQuest Judges Wanted
ThinkQuest is looking for volunteers to judge the annual ThinkQuest
Student Competition. ThinkQuest is a competion involving building web informational spaces. Judging takes place (on line) between May 11 and
May 31. See the PDF flyer for all the details.

Laptop Cart 50-50 Challenge Grant
The Riordan Foundation is offering a 50-50 challenge grant on the purchase of laptop carts for elementary schools. This means that the foundation will pay 50% and the school will pay for the other 50%. Read the linked files for more details.

Monday, April 10, 2006

More Technology News for April 2006

More technology news for April:
  • InfoTech Kudos
  • Professional Development - Cisco Training and LAVA
  • Other Areas of Interest - iSafe Summit on Internet Safety, Virtual Town Hall Video, and Dashboard

InfoTECH Kudos

Thanks to all who made InfoTECH such a wonderful success. Thanks to the following individuals for all your hard work and dedication.
Elementary Schools
Loma Vista Elementary - John Slane
San Miguel Elementary - Eduardo Bonilla, Ralph Duran, Linda Myring
Middle Schools
South Gate Middle School - Youssef Elias, Mike Albert, Silvio Vidal, Sandra Bravo
Gage Middle School - David Billett
High Schools
South East High School - Devery Rodgers
Bell High School - Michiko Sakimoto, Joan Dooley, Edgar Medinilla

Thanks, also, to all District 6 educators who attended InfoTECH to see outstanding student projects. I'm looking forward to next year's participation inspired by this year's outstanding presense at InfoTECH.

Professional Development

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Module 1 and Module 2 are now available for LAUSD teachers. Enrollment is limited to current teachers of the Introduction to Networking course seeking to update their instructor certification and teachers who intend to offer the course in the fall of 2006.

Participants must be committed to:
  • Becoming proficient in the use of online digital content
  • Attend the 4 hour kick-off meeting May 17, 2006
  • Complete online coursework and interact with the instructor and other participants on discussion boards
  • Complete online quizzes and tests
  • Attend the 5 day institute at the Thacher school July 9-15
  • Develop engaging standards based lessons
Space is limited. Sign-up ASAP at the Learning Zone . The class is listed under the UPDATE Program.

The class will be held at the Thacher school in Ojai, July 9-14, 2006. The cost of the institute per participant is $1,000 and will be paid by the Instructional Technology Branch. Substitute coverage will not be provided. 1 salary point may be available.

For more information please contact John Kwan, via email at john.kwan @ lausd.net or via phone 213-241-1278.

Los Angeles Virtual Academy (LAVA): Teachers & Content Developers Wanted

Concept Developers Wanted:
The Instructional Technology Branch is looking for secondary teachers, coaches, specialists and coordinators who are interested in developing content in core academic and advanced placement classes to be delivered online for schools participating in LAUSDÂ’s Los Angeles Virtual Academy (LAVA) program.
Minimum qualifications:
  • District employee with California Department of Education single subject teaching credential in the appropriate subject area.
  • Working knowledge of personal computers and the Internet.
  • Proficiency in using e-mail, managing files, using computer applications (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).
  • Proficiency in using a Web Browser and connecting to the Internet.
  • Possession and use of a valid LAUSD e-mail account (e.g. LAUSDnet or ePals).
Online Teachers Wanted:
ITB is also offering an opportunity for high school teachers who are interested in teaching online classes in core academic and advanced placement classes at their schools to be trained as online instructors. Teachers will be invited to participate in the Online Instructor Course. This course involves a 2-day face-to-face meeting and a 6-week online component. It includes such topics as online methodology and administrative issues as well as items specific to LAVA such as course policies and record keeping. Participants may earn 2 salary point credits for successful completion of the course.
Minimum qualifications:
  • District teacher with California Department of Education single subject teaching credential in the appropriate subject area.
  • Working knowledge of personal computers and the Internet.
  • Proficiency in using e-mail, managing files, using computer applications (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).
  • Proficiency in using a Web Browser and connecting to the Internet.
  • Possession and use of a valid LAUSD e-mail account (e.g. LAUSDnet or ePals).
  • Recommendation of the school principal (see Administrator Recommendation Form within Teacher Application on LAVA website: http://lava.lausd.net
Interested employees should enroll for the professional development via Learning Zone http://lz.lausdnet under the Los Angeles Virtual Academy Program. The name of the course is LAVA Online Instructor Course.

For more information about either opportunity:
Contact Dr. Kip Leland at (213) 241-1250 or kip.leland @ lausd.net.

Other Items of Interest

I-SAFE Youth Summit for Online Safety
I-SAFE is a nonprofit community outreach program that provides free K-12 education opportunites in internet safety. I-SAFE will be partnering with LACOE (Los Angeles County Office of Education) to present a Youth Summit for Online Safety for public school 9-12 students. This will be held at the California Science Center on Friday, April 28th from 10:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m. Schools are encouraged to send student and peer leaders to this event. For more information, visit http://www.isafe.org/ysos/

Digital Town Hall Meeting

A video of the Digital Town Hall Meeting, held in October 2005, is now available online at http://www.lausd.net/edtech .

LAUSD's Dashboard (Stats-At-A-Glance) for Data
Various types of data can be viewed through a new service called Dashboard. Access to DSS is not required to view this data. Access to Dashboard requires that you are now using Single Sign-On. To access Dashboard, go to http://dashboard.lausd.net Use your Single Sign-On Username and Password to log in. Dashboard will graphically display DSS data with graphs and tables.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Technology News for April 2006

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Upcoming Technology Cadre Meetings

Thursday, April 20, 2006 Bell High School 3:45 - 5:30
Our First Annual Technology Vendor Fair!
Representatives from Apple, Gateway, IBM, Arey Jones, Polycom, Tandberg, Smarttech (Smartboard), Promethian Boards, CDW, KIS, and possibly more will be available to personally talk with you and answer your questions. This will be a great opportunity to think about how to spend money at the end of the year on something that will promote student learning. Please join us and invite all other interested educators at your school to attend. You can download a flyer here to post at your school.

Thursday, May 18, 2006 South East High School 3:45 - 5:15
Our host, Devery Rodgers, has asked the librarian at SEHS to demonstrate Digital Library for us. Are there any other items that you would like to add to the agenda? Add them to the comments section below.

Monday, June 5, 2006 Virtual Technology Leaders Symposium #2 Location TBD 3:45 - 5:15

Grant and Learning opportunities

LACOE/CTAP Region 11
ITO (Instructional Technology Outreach) Mini Grants extend deadline to April 14th!
Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to apply for a $2,500 grant. If you follow the rubric guidelines carefully, your grant will be considered for award. Please contact me if you have any questions.
DV Voice - Application Deadline, April 28, 2006
A project focused on effectively integrating technology tools and digital content into teaching and learning to empower student voice. All K-12 grade levels invited to apply. Find more information on the website. This is an excellent opportunity to learn how to use digital storytelling in your classroom.
CTAP Technology Academies
(from the website) Teachers who attend will receive a five-day comprehensive training session through LACOE/CTAP, all class materials, and $400. This class is open to any LAUSD teacher that is not on track or is on break. Additional offerings will be held throughout the year during other off-track periods and during the summer.

K-12 High Speed Network for Video-Conferencing
Video-Conferencing Listserv
Are you interested in learning about video-conferencing opportunities in education? Join the K-12 High Speed Network Conferencing Users Listserv and learn from your colleagues.

Technology Gems
Here are several gems you might enjoy using in your classroom:
Google Mars - Take a tour of Mars through the Google Earth engine. Fun!
LazyBase - A quick, easy, online database

Hope this was helpful. Please use the comment section if you have input. Also, please contact me through email if you have questions/comments/concerns.