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)

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