Friday, May 11, 2007

May 2007 Educational Technology News

Welcome, Educational Technology Leaders!

Table of Contents
  1. District 6 Educational Technology Leadership Cadre Meeting
  2. LAUSD News and Events
  3. Podcasts
  4. Professional Development
  5. Technology Gems

District 6 Educational Technology Leadership Cadre Meeting

Our final meeting for this school year is next week!
Thursday, May 17th, 2007
3:45 - 5:15
Southeast High School - Room A212


(Parking is available in the parking lot in front of the school.)
03:45pm – Updates on Technology in LAUSD
04:00pm – New Collaboration/Communication tools, including Skype, YackPack on PB Wiki, and G-Cast.
04:45pm – Open Forum/Technology Leader Networking

We will be collaborating for a short time with those attending the Local District 5 Educational Technology Leadership Meeting. If you have experience with any of these types of technologies, please come to the meeting and share your expertise!
A special thank you to Devery Rodgers for hosting our meeting at the beautiful Southeast High School.

Our last meeting at Bell High School was great! We learned more about how to use LAUSD's Digital Library, with a special presentation by Jennifer BeCotte on Maps 101, then we explored how to use Google Earth in the classroom. Thanks to our wonderful hosts at Bell HS, Michiko and Brian. Michiko had several Macs to donate to other schools, and they were quickly and eagerly claimed. She also shared some cool laser pointers with all attendees. Thanks, Michiko and Brian!

LAUSD News and Events
Infotech 2007
Infotech has a well attended event this year! District 6 was well represented in the student showcase, with 22 teachers and their students showcasing their best work. You can find a list of names in the April edition of this newsletter. In the middle school student competition, the students of James Valadez at South Gate Middle School took 3rd place. In the high school competition, the amazing work by Joan Dooley's students resulted in her students being finalists in second place. All projects were truly outstanding. Thanks to all participants for working so hard, and taking the time to make a difference in the lives of your students. This type of event is what they will fondly remember far into the future. Thanks also to all the District 6 educators who attended the event. It was a fantastic learning experience for all of us.

ITD Service Desk
Our ITD tech support has a new name and a new number. ITD Service Desk is the new name for the ITD Help Desk, and the new number is 213-241-LA00

EPals Migration
Epals migration is now underway! By July 2007, all LAUSD staff will make the migration to the domain. For information about this migration, please visit the E-Pals Migration Home. LAUSDnet's webmail client is very efficient, but some like to set up a separate email client on their computer, so that they can download their email from the server. Information on setting up different email clients can be found here.

New Podcasts

District 6 EdTech Podcast
There is a new episode published on the District 6 EdTech Podcast. It is an interview with Dr. Themy Sparangis, Chief Technology Director, Educational Technology of LAUSD entitled, The Future of Teaching: Exploring the Possibilities of an Internet Enabled Society. Enjoy!

The Save Water Crew
Mr. Gomez and his 4th grade students tackle the problem of creating awareness for the necessity of saving water. His students tell digital stories on their podcast that teach us how to conserve water. Mr. Gomez and his students showcased this wonderful project at Infotech. Outstanding!

Miles Magnet Center Podcast
Listen to students as they share their best writing online. Ms. Robles, the Magnet Coordinator at Miles Elementary, encourages students to be the very best writers so they can share their work with the world. Terrific!

Professional Development

This summer, Teach the Teachers at Thacher is a great place to be.
K-3 teachers and 9-12 science teachers are invited to apply to attend a week-long engaging learning experience during the week of July 15 -20 in Ojai, CA. Download the flyers for more details. K-3 Summer Instititute and High School Summer Institute
PE teachers in Grades k-12 also have the opportunity to attend Teach the Teachers in Ojai during the week of July 8-13. Participants will examine best practices, state framework, standards-based instruction, Fitness Gram testing procedures, Physical Best training, Physical Best philosophy applied to physical education classes, curriculum, unit planning, lesson plans, job alike practices and more. Sign up on Learning Zone. Log in with your Single Sign in account, click on the couses tab, then Course Offerings. In the pull down in Program, select Physical Education, then click the search button. There you will see courses for elementary, middle, and high school.

UPDATE is the best place to find salary point courses that are both face to face and online. Go to the Learning Zone, log in with your Single Sign in account, click on the couses tab, then Course Offerings. In the pull down in Program, select UPDATE, then click the search button. There you will see all the listed courses.

CTAP-LACOE Workshops
The Tech Academies are filling up fast. Don't miss the opportunity to learn how to use technology as a tool in the classroom. Other quality courses are available, including a Smartboard workshop, Using Technology in the Open Court classroom and many others.

WIRED Nextfest
EDUCATION DAY SCHEDULE, 9 AM - 1 PM, Thursday, September 13, 2007
Inspire your students to become the scientists and inventors of tomorrow by bringing them to Education Day at WIRED NextFest. Free for all school groups, Education Day is an amazing field trip opportunity filled with hands-on learning and discovery.

Technology Gems

Skype - This free download allows you to place free computer to computer calls to anywhere using your high-speed internet connection. - An online, collaborative mapping tool. Very easy to use.

Starfall Site Map - Allows users to see all the content of the Starfall web site (early education language arts interactive games) on one single page.

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: paulburns (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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