Wednesday, October 25, 2006

October Updates

Hello Instructional Technology Leaders,
Here are a few important updates for October:

  1. Technology Leaders Virtual Symposium - November 1st
    The Technology Leaders Virtual Symposium on student email will take place on Nov. 1st at South Gate Middle School from 3:45 - 5:15. This will be our November meeting, so there will be no meeting on November 16th. For more details, look at the previous post.

  2. ITO Showcase of Services - October 27th
    This Friday, October 27th, Instructional Technology Outreach (ITO) will present its 2nd annual Showcase of Services. The keynote speaker will be California State Senator Nell Soto, D-Pomona, and District 32.

    The Showcase of Services is designed to provide education technology leaders, administrators, and teachers helpful information, resources, and professional development to implement emerging technologies, such as iPods, podcasting and handhelds to improve teaching and learning. Come join us for breakfast, hands-on sessions, poster sessions and door prizes.

    October 27, 2006
    7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    Los Angeles County Office of Education
    9300 Imperial Highway, Downey 90242

    REGISTER TODAY for this FREE event or
    call (562) 922-6216

  3. CUELA Conference - October 28th
    There's still time to register for this wonderful opportunity to learn more about how to use technology as a tool in the classroom. Come join us this Saturday.

  4. BTS and Internet 7 (per Diana Liston, ITD)
    If you are a current or future Business Tools for Schools (BTS) user, do not download and install the upgrade to Internet Explorer Version 7. Although this upgrade may function well with other District applications, it has been determined that this upgrade is not currently compatible with the BTS software. This upgrade may be sent to you through the normal Microsoft Windows Update process.

    If you have your computer set to automatically download recommended updates and install them, you will need to make the following changes to your Windows Update. Instructions for how to change your setting for Windows 2000 and Windows XP users are provided on the LAUSDnet Homepage (in the LAUSD News section).

    If you have already upgraded to IE7, instructions to uninstall are here or in the helpdesk website.

  5. Waterford Support
    per Mark Pompey at ITD Help Desk
    For those sites that are using the Waterford software here at the District, we have setup a new page dedicated to Waterford and any support items related to it. This page can be found in the TechReps section of the ITD Technical Support site:

    One item that should be noted on this page is the special number for LAUSD support of Waterford - (888) 977-7111. This number can be used for any issue related to Waterford. Hardware or Software, warranty or non-warranty issues are handled at this number. Pearson Digital Learning, who handles this support for the District has also provided additional contact information on this page.

  6. LAUSD's Infotech - April 21st, 2007
    Mark your calendars now for LAUSD's annual instructional technology event. Start planning now to showcase your student projects. More details will be coming soon.

  7. K-12 Online Conference - October 23 - 27 and Oct. 30 - Nov. 3
    This unique, free, online conference has begun. There are many quality sessions from which to choose. Check out the rich resources and join in the conversation.
Please share these items with staff and parents.

Contact Information
Janice Stearns
ITAF, LAUSD Local District 6, Office of Instruction
Phone: (323)278-4903
E-mail: janice.stearns (at)

LAUSD Charge:
To fundamentally improve the interaction between the teacher and the student to create critical thinkers prepared to participate in a diverse and complex society.

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Approved by Sharon Sweet, Administrator of Instruction, LAUSD Local District 6

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Technology Leaders' Virtual Symposium on November 1, 2006

Please join us next Wednesday, on Nov. 1st, at 3:45 p.m. at South Gate Middle School for a Virtual Technology Symposium about student email. Please invite all interested staff and parents to this important event.

Per Rudy Rizo,
Instructional Technology Branch
ITD - Educational Technology

Please join us for the next Technology Leaders' Virtual Symposium on November 1, 2006 from 3:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. at any one of the eight locations throughout the District listed on the attached flier. The focus of this symposium will be student email.

Since its inception, LAUSDnet has been one of a few districts in the nation that has sought to supplement the instructional program by making email accounts available for student use. Recently, there has been a lot of discussion on the type of email systems and functions schools would like to see being used in classrooms. The next virtual symposium will continue this discussion with students, parents, teachers, and administrators via a District-wide video conference (virtual symposium) focusing on student email.

If you have any questions or would like to RSVP for the event please contact your local district ITAF or contact the ITD Educational Technology Group at (213) 241-3837

Thursday, October 12, 2006

October 2006 Instructional Technology News

Welcome Educational Technology Leaders to the October 2006 issue of Local District 6's Instructional Technology Newsletter.

Table of Contents

  1. Instructional Technology Leadership Meetings
  2. Important Announcements and Updates
  3. Professional Development Opportunities
  4. Grants and Funding
  5. Technology Gems
  6. Contact Information
Instructional Technology Leadership Meetings
List of Upcoming Meetings:
October 19th - Bell High School, Room S4 - Topics: Grants, News, Collaboration, RSS
November 1st* - South Gate Middle School - Topic: Student E-Mail
*Please note change from Thursday November 16th. See explanation below.
January 18th -
February 15th -
March 15th -
April 19th - Bell High School - Possibe Topic: Vendor Fair
May 17th - SouthEast High School

Information about Upcoming Meetings:
  • Thanks to all those who were able to attend our first meeting on September 21st at San Miguel Elementary. We worked together to come up with some ideas for our future meetings. They are listed below:
    • Grants - We would like to find out more information about grants, some tips for writing successful grants, and some examples of good proposals.
    • More central ITD news and announcements
    • More sharing resources, successful projects, collaboration among members
    • Small group discussion/sharing and articulation with feeder schools
    • Updates from each school site: successes, learning experiences, etc.
    • Professional development opportunities
  • *Our November 16th meeting has been changed to Wednesday, November 1st from 3:45 - 5:15. This district-wide Virtual Symposium will be conducted through video-conferencing. Our topic will be LAUSD student email. Our District 6 location will be at South Gate Middle School. More details about this very important district-wide meeting will be coming soon.
  • We still need school site volunteers for upcoming meetings. Please find out if your school might be able to host our January, February, or March meetings. It would really be appreciated.
  • Our next meeting will be Thursday, October 19th, at Bell High School, in Room S4. We will have a guest speaker, Ms. Patricia Sanford, from Tech Ed Services. She will offer some tips for writing successful grants and engage with us in a discussion about grants and grant writing. We hope to see you there.
Important Announcements and Updates
  • K-12 Ed Tech Voucher Program (aka: the Microsoft Settlement)
    LAUSD has begun the process for obtaining the K-12 Ed Tech Voucher program, a six year funding program resulting from the Microsoft settlement from several years ago. Dialogue has already begun with Local District Superintendents and other key stakeholders on how these vouchers will be distributed and utilized. There are several multimedia resources that offer more information:
    • A video-podcast of the recent board meeting discussing the K-12 EdTech Voucher program. The podcast can be found at:
      You will need iTunes, a free cross-platform podcast player, to subscribe to the podcast. The video comes in two parts and both are rather large. It would be best to download these videos using a broadband connection.
    • An audio podcast from John Rivera, ITAF for Local District 5, explaining the K-12 EdTech voucher program. You can also use iTunes to subscribe to this podcast feed at: District 5 Podcast.
    • You do not need an iPod to watch/listen to these podcasts. You can watch the videos on your computer and listen to the audio either on your computer or any mp3 player.
  • Battery Recall on Dell and Apple Laptops
    • Check LAUSD's Tech Rep page to see if your laptop is included in this battery recall.
Professional Development Opportunities
  • Workshops and Courses
    • CTAP LACOE's Tech Academies
      These 5 day tech academies, that you attend during your off-track time, are a great way to learn to use technology as a tool in the classroom. You can receive a $400 compensation fee to attend these academies. Sign up for Level 1 Tech Academies or Level 2 Tech Academies.
    • UPDATE through the LearningZone
      UPDATE courses are free to all LAUSD employees. Learn and earn salary points for courses. Courses this month include: Inspiration, Using Digital Images, Internet Safety, and Email in the Classroom.
    • LACOE Workshops
      LACOE Workshops are a good way to learn about the rapidly developing technology tools available to educators. There are courses in Moodle, Photoshop, Clay Animation, and even a Podcast Workshop for Administrators. Register and start learning.
  • Conferences
    • CUELA Conference - Saturday, October 27th
      Computer-Using Educators of Los Angeles (CUELA) and California Technology Assistance Project (CTAP) Region 11 at the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) will hold the 2006 Technology Fair, a hands-on instructional technology event for educators throughout the Greater Los Angeles area. There's still time to register for this outstanding conference.
    • K-12 Online Conference - Oct. 23-27 and Oct. 30- Nov. 3
      Come join this unique, free, online conference to learn in new ways how to best engage students using technology as a tool. A must is to attend the keynote by David Warlick on October 16th. Check the website for updated details.
    • CUE Conference - Sharing the Summit - March 1-3, Palm Springs, CA
      Registration is now open for one of the California Computer Using Educators Conference. Mark your calendar and complete your registration early! I hope to see you there.
    • NECC 2007 - June 25th - 27th - Atlanta, Georgia
      Registration for the National Education Computing Conference is now open.
Grants and Funding

From Edutopia's Newsletter:
      Prudential Financial awards students in grades 5-12 for their involvement with their community. State honorees receive $1,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC, and National honorees receive an additional $5,000; the deadline is October 31. For more information visit
From E-School News Online:
Target Field Trip Grants
  • Deadline: November 1, 2006

    The new Target Field Trip Grants program will award U.S. educators grants of $1,000 each to fund a field trip for their students. Target Field Trip Grants may be used to fund trips ranging from visits to art museums and environmental projects to cultural events and civic experiences.

    Up to eight hundred grants will be awarded. Grants are awarded to educators, teachers, principals, para-professionals, and/or classified staff.
    (via Chrystal Maggiore, IMaST Lead Coach, Gage MS)
Technology Gems
  • K-5
    • Interactive Math Dictionary
      Terms are each defined by an interactive activity that helps clarify the definition.
    • Reading Rockets - Author Podcasts
      This site is rich with resources for teachers and young readers. I especially like the video podcast interviews with authors such as Jack Prelutsky, Eve Bunting, R.L. Stine, and many others.
  • Secondary
    • An eighth grade history teacher in Missouri, Eric Langhorst, has an outstanding podcast called Speaking of History. His most recent project is a book study to explore the book, Guerrilla Season, by Pat Hughes. This is a story about what life was like in Missouri during the Civil War times. He as invited interested educators and students across the globe to read this book together and reflect on that reading on the blog, The Guerrilla Season Book Blog. The author of the book, Pat Hughes, will also actively participate in this project. Listen to the podcast explaining this project. Not only is this a fantastic opportunity to actively engage students in authentic learning about the civil war, but is an excellent model for other similar projects.
  • K-12
  • Educators - Some reading materials as food for thought
    • The New Face of Learning
      This articulate article, written by Will Richardson for Edutopia Magazine, examines how the new interactivity of the Read-Write Web is changing the way we interact with information in business and for entertainment. How can we use these powerful tools to engage our students in the classroom?
    • Ed-Tech has been proven effective
      From E-school News comes this compelling article summarizing the recent study produced by Cisco Systems and Metiri Group, entitled, "Technology in Schools, What the Research Says". This summary and accompanying report examines which practices are most effective and which aren't.
Contact Information
Janice Stearns
ITAF, LAUSD Local District 6, Office of Instruction
Phone: (323)278-4903
E-mail: janice.stearns (at)

Paul Burns
ITAF, Instructional Technology Branch
Phone: (213) 219-0836
E-mail: paul.burns (at)

If you no longer wish to receive this newsletter, please notify me.
Approved by Sharon Sweet, Administrator of Instruction, LAUSD Local District 6

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