Thursday, January 10, 2008

January 2008 - LD6 EdTech News

Happy New Year and welcome to the January 2008 edition of the Local District 6 Educational Technology Newsletter. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. Welcome back to all those of you who are back to school, and I wish I were you - to all those still off-track and enjoying their time off.

January brings lots of exciting news and opportunities. Please share this newsletter with your colleagues. You can subscribe to the newsletter using the navigation buttons on the right sidebar.

1. Ed-Tech Leadership Cadre Meeting(s)
2. District Announcements and Events
3. Professional Development
4. Grants and Funding
5. Technology Gems

LD6 Ed-Tech Leadership Cadre Meeting
All are invited to attend our meetings. Please share with your colleagues. This is a wonderful opportunity to network and share with others. Our January meeting will take place on Thursday, January 17th, 2008 at the Local District 6 - 3rd Floor Conference Room, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
The address is 5800 S. Eastern,
Commerce, CA 90040

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Our agenda will be as follows:
4:00 - Introductions/Sharing by Participants
4:15 - LAUSD News and Events
4:20 - Workshop on Google Sketch-up - by Youssef Elias, IMaST Coach, South Gate MS
  • Learn how to use this powerful, free tool with your students. Can be used by all grade levels to create and construct learning.
4:50 - Discussion and Conversation about EdTech

Please mark your calendars for future meetings:
February 21, 2008
March 21, 2008
April 17, 2008
May 15. 2008 - SouthEast High School

District Announcements and Events
  1. InfoTech 2008 Date Changed to April 12, 2008!
    Infotech, LAUSD's annual Technology conference will now take place on Saturday, April 12th, at the Los Angeles Convention Center, in concert with the Annual Parent Summit.
    There will be a student showcase, a student competition, workshops, and vendors. I would like to encourage you to have your students showcase their work at this conference. The opportunity for them to share how they are using technology in the classroom is a valuable, positive learning experience. The Intent to Participate form can be downloaded below. You can fill it out and follow the directions at the bottom of the form to send it in. Also please share with your colleagues. Also included is Memorandum 4058, which contains preliminary information about InfoTech 2008. It has already been sent to principals. As soon as I have more details about the Student Competition and other information, I will share it.
  2. New Self-Service Page for ITD Technical Support Is Now Available
    ITD has updated the Self Support Options.
    Self-Service & Passwords:
    This link has information about the new self-service options, including the new Customer Self-Service system. Instructions on how to register for this system and using the features on CSS are available in this section.
    In addition, if you need to reset your LAUSD SSO/Email password or activate your account, there is a section for that service as well.
    An LAUSD SSO/Email account is required in order to use the Customer Self-Service (CSS) system. This system will replace the older Employee Self Service Option and will be accessible outside the firewall later this month. This new system will be an efficient way to request technical support from the district. You can access it here:
  3. New IMAST (Integrating Math and Science through Technology) Coach Positions Open for Application
    The Educational Technology Group is accepting applications for coach positions for the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) Integrating Mathematics and Science through Technology (IMaST). There are 3 positions available. These assignments will be for a minimum of 1 year and will be working with middle schools. The candidates awarded these positions must be available at the beginning of the traditional calendar semester in February, 2008. Details on submitting applications as well as requirements, duties and responsibilities for the assignments are available at (via Joe Oliver - LAUSD Director of Technology) Deadline for submitting the application is January 23, 2008 at 5:00 p.m.
Professional Development and Learning Opportunities
  1. UPDATE through Learning Zone
    There are many free salary point courses available through UPDATE on Learning Zone. Below are some of the courses available through February 2008:
    • Inspiration for Effective Writing (Online)
    • Smart Ways to Use Interactive Whiteboards Across the Curriculum
    • Lights! Camera! Action! (iMovie)
    • Computer Basics
    • Multimedia Enhanced Language Arts and ESL Instruction
    • Click! Using Digital Photography to Enhance Instruction
    • Internet Safety with iSafe
    • Standards-Based Virtual Field Trips with Video Conferencing
    To enroll in any of these courses, log into Learning Zone at Use your Single Sign-on username and password (same as your email). Click on Class Offerings, select UPDATE in Program drop down box, and click the Search button. There you can select and enroll in classes of interest.
  2. LACOE's Instructional Technology Outreach Program
    • For K-12 Science Teachers: Podcasting Conservatory @ the California Science Center
      • Workshop flyer and registration information at
        Filled on a first-come, first-served basis
      • Registration deadline is Tuesday, January 22, 2008
      • Workshop is 2-1/2 days on January 31, February 1 & 2, 2008
      • Pricing is $75, which includes parking, meals, and IMAX Theater tickets.
      • Multimedia Services members receive special $50 pricing. See the flyer website for details.
    • For K-12 Students: CaliforniaStreaming Digital Photography Contest
      • Contest flyer and guidelines may be found at
      • Deadline is Friday, February 8, 2008
      • The 2008 theme is “Natural Landforms”
      • Photographs of selected student winners are included in a collectable art
      • Winners each win an 8GB iPod Nano!
      • Prizes for teachers of winning students—AFI’s “America’s 100 Greatest
    • For K-12 Students & Teachers: Digital Voice Awards 2008
      • Contest flyer and guidelines may be found at
      • Deadline is Monday, April 14, 2008 (Note: Registration opens January 7, 2008)
      • Entry categories available for all instructional technology projects
      • Certificates for all entries; awards for all winners
      • Special awards program on Saturday, May 17, 2008—hold the date!
    • Find other great professional development opportunities at
  3. Online Solar System Course From American Museum of Natural History
    The American Museum of Natural History has added a new online graduate course on the solar system. The course, intended for K-12 educators, uses original essays, videos and interactive media to address the origin and evolution of the solar system, its rich diversity and extreme environments, the research focus of current space missions, and its eventual fate. Cost for course: $445 plus a $25 one-time registration fee. Graduate credit available at an additional cost.
  4. MacWorld Educator Academy - January 16 -17, 2008 at MacWorld in San Francisco
    For anyone lucky enough to be attending the MacWorld Expo :-), CUE (Computer Using Educators) will be offering a quality Educator Academy for two days, plus additional hands-on workshops throughout the duration of the conference (January 14-18) Additional information can be found at this website:
  5. CUE Conference (Computer Using Educators) - March 6-8, 2008 - Palm Springs, CA
    This is California's state educational technology conference. It is an outstanding conference, with learning opportunities for everyone. Please join me in Palm Springs for a fantastic learning experience at CUE. Access CUE's website for registration and housing information at
  6. EdubloggerCon West - March 5, 2008 - Palm Springs, CA
    This outstanding FREE event, held the day before the CUE conference begins, is an opportunity to share and learn with other passionate educators about the role of educational technology in our schools and classrooms. You don't have to be an edublogger to attend, just have a passion for learning and using technology as a classroom tool. Find more information and sign up at
  7. NECC 2008 (National Educational Computing Conference)- June 29 - July 2, 2008 - San Antonio, TX
    NECC is a fantastic opportunity to learn and network with other educators about educational technology. This conference is attended by thousands of people from around the world, and is an outstanding learning experience. For more information and registration details, visit:
Grants and Funding
  1. Intel Schools of Distinction Award - Application Deadline: Feb. 14, 2008
    One elementary, one middle and one high school in each of two categories - math and science - receive $10,000 cash grants and more than $100,000 in products and services from sponsors.

    In order to be considered as an Intel School of Distinction, schools must develop an environment and curricula that meet or exceed benchmarks, including national mathematics and science content standards.

    Visit the Intel Schools of Distinction website for more information.

  2. The HP Technology for Teaching Grant Initiative is designed to support the innovative use of mobile technology in K-16 education, and to help identify K-12 public schools and two- and four-year colleges and universities that HP might support with future grants. Based on the outcomes of the projects funded through this initiative in 2008, HP may offer some grant recipients additional, higher-value grants in 2008.

    Thursday February 14, 2008, 5 p.m. (Pacific time): Deadline for submitting proposals.

  3. E-School News Funding Site -
    This agency publishes new grant opportunities as they become available. Check the site often for grant opportunities.
  4. Edutopia's Grant Resource Page -
    Edutopia has a comprehensive list of resources where you can find grants appropriate for your school or classoom.
  5. LAUSD's Grants Assistance Unit - Grants Assistance Unit Website
    LAUSD has many resources that may help you find grants that fit your needs.
Technology Gems
  1. MyMaps Caucus Watch (via Cheryl Davis - Google Certified Teacher - N. Calif.)
    Google Maps has real time maps with data from the recent caucus results:
    These maps provide a visual representation of the areas of each state and how those areas voted. Click on either Democratic or Republican to see the results. The maps can be viewed in Google Maps or downloaded to Google Earth so that students can add content, such as videos and news articles that pertain to each event. As Cheryl shared, students could investigate speeches and other content to look for patterns and trends. Subscribe to the official Google Earth/Maps blog at for updates as the election process continues.
  2. Candidate Watch 2008 - by Cheryl Davis - on the Apple Learning Interchange
    This amazing project and lesson plan for grades 6 -12 uses 21st century collaborative tools like Google Earth, Google docs, news stories, and blogs to investigate the election process in a constructivist approach. Engage your students in authentic learning using this project.
  3. RSS Feeds from LAUSD
    At our November meeting, we discussed RSS and how to use it not only for the classroom but for your own professional development. We set up an aggregator using Google Reader to subscribe to rss feeds. The presentation I used is below. (Some of the links don't work unless you download it.)
    Many educators in LAUSD are using tools that have RSS feeds to which you might like to subscribe. Below is a list of those sites and the accompanying feeds. (Thanks to John Rivera, ITAF in Local District 5 for the idea of sharing these.)
    District Feeds:
    Local District News:
    Professional Learning Blogs
    School Feeds
    Please leave a comment if you you would like to share other RSS feeds from LAUSD.

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)

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