Friday, January 19, 2007

January 2007 Educational Technology Updates

Welcome to the January 2007 update to the District 6 Educational Technology Newsletter. This month we were unable to meet face to face, so important updated information will be posted here.

California School Technology Survey
It's near the time when the California School Technology Survey needs to be filled out by one person in every school in the district. This is usually the principal or technology coordinator. The survey will open on Monday, January 22nd. The Local District 6 deadline for completing this survey will be March 9th. More details on this survey will be available soon.
EdTech Profile
This survey needs to be filled out once per year by every educator in the district. So far, not many teachers in our schools have completed this survey. Please remind educators that this important survey needs to be completed annually.

K-12 EdTech Voucher Program
As mentioned previously, district plans for using the K-12 EdTech Vouchers to maximize student learning (formerly known as the Microsoft settelement) are still being developed. In order to fully understand this voucher program, please visit LAUSD's Educational Technology page and click on "voucher" links in the Quick Links section. This will give you a general overview through the video podcast and Powerpoint presentation. If you then have some ideas on how the vouchers might best impact student learning, please send them to me or Paul so that we may suggest them at the next planning committee meeting. Also, if you are interested in participating in the upcoming Planning Committee video-conference meeting on Monday, January 29th, please contact us for details.

Professional Development
Digital Photography Workshop
Joan Dooley, an outstanding digital media instructor at Bell High School is inviting interested educators to attend an after-school class she is teaching at Bell called Digital Photography: Fast Track from Amateur to Pro . This class will cover basics to advanced camera and Adobe Photoshop techniques. Time: Starting 1/10 - 4/18, 3:30-4:30 Place: S7 (across from girl’s gym at Bell HS). Salary points may be available. Even though the class has already started, she is willing to accept new participants. If you are interested, please contact me and I will pass your information to her. This is an exciting opportunity to learn and work with a very talented and gifted teacher.
LAUSD Infotech 2007 - April 21st, 2007
It's time to start thinking about which student projects you would like to showcase at this year's Infotech. Also, the student competition for elementary and middle schools students will involve a digital storytelling project that will need to be submitted by the end of March. High school students will also be involved in a digital storytelling event that will be created and judged at the event. Registration will open soon in the Learning Zone.

Technology Gems
This week, I rediscovered a great podcast series by Alan November. You can subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. For quite some time, this podcast contained only the wonderful presentations from his annual Building Learning Communities Conferences, but now he is publishing even more quality content, such as reflections on learning and leadership, interviews with key educational leaders, and in-depth discussions on how we need change our teaching to prepare our students for their future. Listen and be inspired!

Please know that the workshop I am creating on Digital Storytelling will be coming soon, in one form or another.

If you have any comments, questions, or feedback, please comment directly on this blog or email me or Paul using the contact information below.

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, in support of Local District 6
Phone: (213)219-0836
E-mail: paul.burns (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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