Tuesday, September 28, 2010

EdTech News for September 2010

Welcome, everyone, to the 2010 - 2011 school year. I look forward to working and learning with you in the coming school year. 
I am now an edtech ITAF, working with schools in Local District 5 and Local District 6. I am so happy that I am able to support you with educational technology in your classrooms and in your schools. Please let me know how I may support you.

Social Media Counts
This updated flash widget by Gary Hayes shows the continuing impact social media has on us. What impact does social media have on your students? How are we using social media to engage students in learning in new ways? After viewing the widget below, consider this: The Case for Social Media in Schools.

EdTech Leadership Meetings
Thanks to all of you who attended our EdTech Leadership Meetings throughout the past years. What an incredible way to learn from one another. We meet on the third Thursday of the month and share tips, tools, and effective learning strategies that each of us are using in classrooms and with staff.  I would very much like to continue meeting with all of you  For me, it's a learning opportunity like no other. Your expertise, leadership, and collegiality make this the most valuable professional development in which I participate. If you can volunteer your schools and your classrooms for our meetings, please fill out the form below.
Meetings that need a place:
November 18th, January 20th, February 17th, March 17th, May 19th

Please note that our meeting are from 4:00 to 5:15.  All are invited to attend! Please join us. Thanks in advance for volunteering. I'll email you!

Our meeting on October 21st has been changed to October 28th for Learning at Night with the K12 Conference at Humphreys Ave. (Please see below and I hope you can attend!)

K12 Online Conference LAN (Learning at Night) Party- Thursday, October 28th, Humphreys Ave. Elementary School
Hold the date for our first ever K12 Online Conference LAN Party on Thursday, October 28 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. We will watch and discuss exemplary presentations from the K12 Online Conference 2010, eat pizza, and learn from one another. The K12 Online Conference, the free annual online conference that takes totally online, will take place beginning the week of October 18th. We will make the best of these online workshops available for viewing and discussing together on the 28th. 
If you plan to attend, please fill out this form:

District News
Middle School Digital Citizenship Pilot Project -
Middle School Students - Deadline: Oct. 1, 20 schools will be selected

Common Sense Media is offering a free Digital Citizenship Curriculum to only 20 schools in the district. The curriculum will include support from common sense media, training materials, and a $100 stipend for participating teachers (up to 3 per school). If your school is interested, you can find more information by downloading the flyer:  http://drop.io/laedtech/asset/commonsense-cit-pdf 
The deadline for applying is October 1st. 

The Future Leaders' Summit -
High School Students - October 20th, 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. - Los Angeles Convention Center
The summit will provide a forum for students to learn about technology, careers, and higher education. The deadline for applying is October 7th. Since there are only 500 seats total available, it’s one of those opportunities that you want to work on right away. Each school can send up to 50 students.

Here’s a flyer with more information that you can share with those whom you think might be interested. http://drop.io/laedtech/asset/fls-invite-09-17-10-pdf If you have any questions, please contact me.

The Riordan Foundation Grant Opportunities
K-5 and K- 12
From Jessica Flores, president of the Riordan Foundation

The Riordan Foundation is having several grant awareness sessions to inform schools about our available grant opportunities. We will especially focus on  our SMART Classroom Technology Grant (K-12th Grade) and Classroom Library Grant (K-5th Grade).  Listed below are the dates.  More information can be found at www.riordanfoundation.org  We appreciate you sharing this information with the schools you work with. Riordan Foundation Grant Awareness Sessions

  • Thursday Sept. 23rd: RL Stevenson Middle School
  • Monday Sept. 27th: Mac Arthur Park Primary Center  
  • Wednesday Sept. 29th: Johnnie Cochran MS
  • Thursday Sept. 30th: New Millennium SS  
  • Monday Oct. 4th: Huntington Park EL  
  • Tuesday Oct. 5th: Broadway Elementary  
  • Wednesday Oct. 6th: Haddon EL  
  • Thursday Oct. 7th: Birmingham Charter School  
  • Tentative: Florence Griffith Joyner Elementary School
Please visit http://www.riordanfoundation.org for details.
Professional Development
TELL Conference - October 9th 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m Fee: $35.00 - Awesome conference with top notch presenters and keynotes. Not one to miss!

LACOE's 21st Century Learners Symposium - October 15th, 7:30 - 3:30 - Cal State LA Fee: $110
Join LA County Educators for a day of learning at the 21st Century Learners Symposium. More details are on their website.

Computer Using Educators, Los Angeles Tech Fair - Saturday, November 13th, Culver City High School
This year's conference is called "Teaching at the Speed of Learning".  This is a great day of learning. Register today! If you plan on going to CUE in Palm Springs in March this year, sign up for the $55 CUE membership plus registration fee. This gives you CUE membership for only $20 and the conference for $35. What a deal!

Global Education Conference - November 15th - 19th This is the first ever Global Education Conference and will take place totally online. Collaborate and learn with educators from around the world. To find out more information, please visit the Global Education Conference website.

Grants and Funding
Money Monday by LACOE's Mike Leffin. Visit http://moodle.ito.lacoe.edu/consortia/ and click on LAUSD  with guest access to find the gran.

Items for FreeBay
Bell HS has some items they would like to offer to anyone who might need them. They are listed below. Thanks to Michiko Sakimoto for organizing these materials and offering them for those that might need them. If you have some technology related items like printer cartridges or other types of equipment that you no longer need, let me know and I will publish them here in this newsletter.

Epson inkjet cartridges available:
Blk S020191     400, 600, 800, 440, 460, 640, 660 ,670, 740, 760, 860, 1160, 2000, 2500
Cartridge Tri S020191 for 400, 600, 800, 440, 460, 640, 660 ,670, 740, 760, 860, 1160, 2000, 2500      
Cartridge S020189 for 740, 740i, 800, 800N, 850, 850N, 860, 1160, 1520
Cartridge S020108 for 520, 800, 850
Cartridge T044520 for C64, C66, C86, CX4600, CX6400, CX6600
Cartridge T020201 for 880
Cartridge S020089 for 400, 600, 800
Cartridge T0091201 for 1270, 1280
Cartridge S020110 for PHOTO, PHOTO EX, 700
Cartridge T048120 for R200, R220, R300, R320, R340, RX500, RX600, RX620
Cartridge T007201 for 780, 785 EPX, 825, 870, 875DC, 875DCS, 890, 900, 1270, 1280
Cartridge T005011 for 900, 900G, 980, 980N
 Toner (not inkjet) cartridges available:
Cartridge Canon (E-40) for 300, 310, 320, 325, 330L, 330, 530, 550, 770,        710, 720, 730, 740, 790
Cartridge HP-LJ- (06A) for      5L, 6L, 3100
Cartridge HP-LJ- (98X) (5) and (98a) (2)        for 4, 4 Plus, 4m, 4m Plus, 5, 5m, 5N
Cartridge Lexmark (13T0101) for E312, E312L, E310
Cartridge Lexmark (140198A) for Canon EP-E, HP LaserJet Series 4, 4 Plus, 5M, 5N
Cartridge Lexmark (1380520) for 4019, 4028, 4029
Cartridge Sharp (AL110TD) for   AL-1000, 1200, 1300, 1400,1500
Cartridge HP-LJ- (27A) for 4000, 4050
Cartridge HP-CJ-Q600A for 2600
Cartridge HP-CJ-Q7560A for 3000
Cartridge HP-CJ-75620A  for 3000
Cartridge HP-CJ-75630A  for 3000
Cartridge HP-CJ-75641A  for 3000
Cartridge Canon (L50)   for 1060, 1080F
Cartridge Xerox (106R584) for   WC Pro (412, 312)
Cartridge CANON (# unknown)     for ImageRunner 2200, 2800, 3300, 3320
Cartridge Brother OXBTN570 for HL 5140, 5150, 5170
Cartridge Brother (p6-201) for Fax-1010, 1020, 1030, 1170, 1270, 1570, MFC- 1770/1970/1780/1820
Cartridge Ricoh 1160 for Ricoh fax machine
Hewlett Packard inkjet cartridges (NOT for laser printers):
Cartridge #29A for Printer Models 600, 660, 670, 672, 680, 682, 690, 692, 693, 694, 695, 697
Cartridge #Tricolor 49A for 600, 660, 670, 672, 680, 682, 690, 692, 693, 694, 695, 697
Cartridge #Blk 14 for C5011D    ?
Cartridge #Tricolor 14 for C5011D       ?
Cartridge #Tricolor 41A for 820, 850, 855, 870, 1000
Cartridge #04A for              ?
Cartridge #11 for 10, 20, 50, 70, 100, 110, 120
Cartridge #C1816A       for 690, 692, 693, 694
Cartridge #Tricolor C1823A for 720, 722, 890
Cartridge #96 for 5740, 5940, 6520, 6540, 6620, 6830, 6840, 6940, 6980,
100 for 460, 5520, 6540, 6830, 6840, 9800
Cartridge #99 for C4280, C5280, D4145, D4155, D4160, 5440, 5740, 6620, 6830, 6840, 6940, 6980, 9800, 5940, 6520, 6540
Miscellaneous Items
17 Dell Flat Panel All in One Stands - (Work on the PlayStation 2 as well)
Mac-formatted 3-1/2" floppy disks

Logitech Media Keyboards, PS/2, includes USB adapter
Tech Gems
A New Way to Lecture - a great booklet full of web 2.0 tools that will help you engage students in new ways to interact and engage with learning in the classroom.

Prezi for Education - One of the tools mentioned in the A New Way to Lecture booklet, Prezi now has an education account that both teachers and students can use to create and share amazing, interactive presentations created with Prezi.

Free Technology for Teachers blog by Richard Bryne - This blog is full of great free tools that teachers can use in the classroom.  Very frequently, Richard updates his blog with new tech gems that all will enjoy using. Subscribe with your Google RSS feed reader and never miss a post!

Free Physics Posters - The American Physical Society will mail two free physics posters to your school.

Contact Information
Janice Stearns
Instructional Technology Applications Facilitator (ITAF),
Educational Technology Branch, ITD, LAUSD
E-mail: janice.stearns (at) lausd.net

Friday, May 14, 2010

EdTech News for May 2010

Amazing that it's May already!

Video of the Month: Dan Myer at the New York TEDX Conference on March 6, 2010
Dan talks about how he teaches math in authentic ways!

Catch more amazing TEDXNYEd talks at their website. (These videos are only viewable outside LAUSD's firewall.)

Our Upcoming Meeting
District News and Events
Grants and Funding
Professional Learning
Amazing Tools and Resources

Local District 6 EdTech Leadership Meeting - May 20, 2010
Our final EdTech Leadership meeting for the year will take place on Thursday May 20th, 4:00 - 5:15 p.m.
Location: Local District 6 3rd Floor Conference Room - 5800 S. Eastern, Commerce, CA
Please bring some tools to share. Our focus will be supporting the EL learner using technology as a tool. I'm looking forward to sharing ideas with the very best educators in LAUSD!

District News and Events
LAUSD Student EdTech Profile - Due before May 31, 2010
Please encourage those at your school responsible for administering this survey to please finish by the deadline of May 31st. This survey is to be taken by all 5th, 8th, and 11th grade students in the district.

LAUSD offers a variety of online learning programs. Paul Burns, our edtech ITAF in support of Local District 6, will be visiting high schools in Local District 6 to make sure that principals are aware of these valuable resources. If you are teach students in a high school or middle school and would like more information than what you can find on the website, please contact me and I will let Paul know that you are interested.

InfoTech 2010
LAUSD's Infotech took place on Saturday, April 24th at the Los Angeles Convention Center. What a terrifice event. Thanks to the following Local District 6 educators and their students for showcasing at this conference:
  • Michael de la Torre - Bryson Ave. Elementary School
    Pod Touches for Good Health
  • Lissett Rodriguez - Middleton St. Elementary School
    Persuasive Commericals
  • Constantine Haramis - Montara Ave. Elementary School
    From Google Sketchup to Google Groups
  • Mayda Montes - Montara Ave. Elementary School
    The Exciting World of Animals
  • Michelle Ngai - Montara Ave. Elementary School
    BBC NewsMontara's Bulldog Broadcasting Coorporation!
  • Patricia Escalante - Montara Ave. Elementary School
    Google Sketchup
  • David Billett - Gage Middle School
    Unleashing Creativity with the Green Screen
  • José Nuñez - Gage Middle School
    "Sound" Recording Technology
  • Vanessa Kelterborn - Southeast Middle School
    Multimedia Poetry
  • Michelle Touceda - South Gate Middle School
    The Diary of Anne Frank through Music and Pictures
  • Mike Albert - South Gate Middle School
    Viking Radio Podcasts
  • Xiomara Benitez - South Gate Middle School
    The Makings of Life
  • Silvio Vidal - South Gate Middle School
    Public Service Announcements
  • Steve Scanlan - Huntington Park High School
    X-Box Games for HP Students
  • Kimberly Balala - Maywood Academy
    21st Century Booktalks
  • Walter Hamilton - Maywood Academy
    Computer Network Administration and Design
 Students and educators showcased their learning and taught others how they used technology in their classrooms. It was outstanding!

Congratulations to Michelle Ngai - educator at Montara Elementary. She and her students will be honored at this event. Kudos to Michelle and her students for a well deserved honor. Her school's podcast is fabulous, as is the showcase of student projects!

Grants and Funding
Money Monday and other grant resources from LACOE
Mike Leffin, a consultant for the Instructional Technology Outreach program from LACOE, provides an amazing resource each month on grants and funding opportunities, called Money Monday. He has begun to post and archive these publications on the LACOE website at http://moodle.ito.lacoe.edu/consortia/  LAUSD educators can log in with a guest account to access the grant and funding resources for this month. On this site, he has also placed grant and funding resources into categories that make searching for a particular type of grant very easy. Check out this new site to find some great grant and funding opportunities.

Professional Learning
ISTE Conference - June 27 - 20 Denver, Colorado
This is the major international edtech conference - the major happening of the year, from the International Society of Technology for Educators. If there's a way you can attend this amazing conference, I highly suggest you do! There are activities and fun learning for everyone!

Google Geo Teacher's Institure - July 21-22 - (Probably at the GooglePlex in N. California)
This free institute sounds amazing. Visit the website for registration details.
From the website: The Geo Teachers Institute is an intensive, two-day event where participants get hands-on experience with Google's Geo products: Google Earth, Google Maps, and SketchUp, including a focus on features like Mars, Moon and Sky in Google Earth.

ScratchPalooza - May 22 - 10:00 - 2:00 p.m. CalState Northridge
ScratchDay is a worldwide event for everyone interested in the free software out of MIT called Scratch. It's great that there's an event happening nearby!
From the website:
Scratchers – Do you know how to put the pen down and repeat 10 when you receive this message? If you do, then come to Scratch Day and meet other Scratchers. Show off your best stuff and learn new tricks and hints. Enter a project in the Scratchapalooza Challenge and win prizes!
What is Scratch? A versatile media tool by MIT for students (age 7 and up) that helps to enhance logical thinking, math skills and creativity through easy-to-use programming interface. The program is free and students can upload their projects at http://scratch.mit.edu . Scratapalooza will have beginner workshops for people who are just starting out.

Digital Cafe - May 26 - 9:00 - 11:30 LACOE Downey Flyer to Download and Share
Especially targeted to Promethean Whiteboard Users
From the website: Come learn about best-practices and strategies based on Dr. Marzano’s current research. This informational session provides an update on the work of Dr. Marzano who has examined the affect of interactive whiteboard use at different grade levels and across different academic content areas in schools across the country.
LACOE iTell and EL Workshops
Los Angeles County Office of Education offers some very engaging workshops for educators at affordable prices. I'd like to make sure you know about 2 in particular.
The iTell (Integrating Technology for English Language Learners) Workshop (Summer 2010)
During this FREE 4 day workshop, educators will create technology enhanced products that can immediately be used in the classroom to support English Language Learners. Enroll soon as these classes are filling up soon.
Using Technology for Differentiated Instruction - June 25th 9:00 - 3:00 - LACOE Downey
This workshop will give you experience with several tools that help scaffold and differentiate learning for English Language Learners.

Global Ed Conference - November 15 - 19, 2010 - Online
Mark your calendars now for this new conference where all can come together to learn about how to connect globally. The tentative strands include:
from the website: Teachers (professional development, training, etc.), Students (student-led initiatives, exchange programs, service learning etc.), Pedagogy (curriculum, digital citizenship, assessment etc. ), Policy and Leadership (exemplary schools, ICT infrastructure, government initiatives etc.), and Change (peace and social justice, equity, etc.).
Sounds exciting! If you want to volunteer, please fill out the form linked above. 

Amazing Tools and Resources
Twitter Tim.es is a tool that pulls the most popular tweets by all the people you follow and puts them in an easy to read format. This is a great tool to learn about what topics are being talked about on any given day. Sometimes, I don't have time to check all the tweets in Twitter that are passing by, but I can check this site to find out what I need to know more about. Jeff Utecht wrote a great post explaining his experience with this new tool and its impact on his learning: Mining Twitter for Content.
Here's my Twitter Tim.es . What a great way to really harness the power of your professional learning network.

Sylvia Tolisano, aka @langwitches on Twitter, has started a new social network for connecting educators with others who are interested in connecting through Skype, a video conferencing tool. What a great way for students to gain an appreciation of other cultures and geographic locations while practicing their communication skills!
(This site used to be on Ning, but since Ning is now charging for their services as of July 1, this website has moved to a self hosted site using a tool called BuddyPress.)

Imagine being able to upload a picture and then collaboratively sketch and add to this picture online with others. That's what CoSketch allows you to do. Simply begin a sketching session, share the resulting url with others with whom you would like to collaborate, and you will be editing together in real time. No registration is required. Drawings can be saved and embedded in websites when finished.

I learned about this tool and many other great tools by subscribing to Kathy Schrock's Mailing List: Sites of the School Days (SOS). Each week, Kathy sends out via email a new terrific resource that you can use in the classroom the next day. This is a great way to learn about new tools on a weekly basis.

This week, I wrote a post about how to download and convert YouTube and other videos using various tools. I thought you might find it useful.

This online comic creator is easy to use and very engaging for students. This could be a great motivation for writing for students. No registration is required and finished products can be saved or printed out.

This website allows you to watch a short video clip, listen to the pronunciation, then use the built in tools to record your own naration. The website grades your pronunciation. This would be a non-threatening way for beginning English Language Learners to practice speaking. 
I found this website by subscribing to Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day. This website has so many resources, its a bit overwhelming. However, if you subscribe to his blog, you only get a few posts with links a day - manageable and very rich in resources.

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

Monday, April 12, 2010

EdTech News for April 2010

iPod Touch in the Classroom by Kern Kelley

This well done presentation about the iPod Touch in the classroom is by Kern Kelley, an educator in Maine. Kern used the online presentation tool, Prezi.

Upcoming Meetings
Thanks to all who were at our March meeting on collaboration. It was a great conversation and learning shared among all of us. It was so much fun!

Although it seems like we just had a meeting, our April meeting is on Thursday, April 15th, this week! (I am sure the weeks come faster after Winter break. Don't you agree?) It will be at the Local District 6 office at 5800 S. Eastern, Commerce from 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

For this week's meeting, one topic I'd like to discuss is effective professional development.

I've been thinking a lot lately about professional development and how people learn. I know we are all in the business of facilitating the conditions for learning for students and/or for our colleagues. How do we make learning sticky? Are our workshops effective? How many who attend actually use what they have learned in their classrooms? What are the barriers? What works? What doesn't work?
Many other people are thinking about this too.
Kim Cofino, in her post, The Way of the Workshop, states:
It’s the experience, the collaboration, the creation of something new, the feeling of being on a team, and the satisfaction of actually doing something with your time. It’s what I’d like to call “The Way of The Workshop”
Will Richardson, in his post, The PD Problem, quotes Linda Darling-Hammond’s new book The Flat World and Education:
Short workshops of the sort generally found to trigger little change in practice are the most common learning opportunity for US teachers…A summary of experimental research found that short-term professional development experiences of 14 hours or less appear to have no effect on teachers’ effectiveness, while a variety of well-designed content-specific learning opportunities averaging about 49 hours over a 6- to 12-month period of time were associated with sizable gains.
Hope to see you at the meeting. Please also bring some ideas to share.

News and Events

Infotech 2010
- April 24th at the Los Angeles Convention Center 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Register online at http://infotech.lausd.net for the greatest student-led conference in LAUSD. Students from all over the district will showcase their best work at our educational technology conference.
Thank you to the following dedicated educators and their students from our own Local District 6 who will be presenting at this conference:

Michael de la Torre - Bryson Ave. Elementary School
Lissett Rodriguez - Middleton St. Elementary School
Constantine Haramis - Montara Ave. Elementary School
Mayda Montes - Montara Ave. Elementary School
Michelle Ngai - Montara Ave. Elementary School
Patricia Escalante - Montara Ave. Elementary School
David Billett - Gage Middle School
José Nuñez - Gage Middle School
Vanessa Kelterborn - Southeast Middle School
Michelle Touceda - South Gate Middle School
Mike Albert - South Gate Middle School
Xiomara Benitez - South Gate Middle School
Marivenus Magbitang - South Gate Middle School
Silvio Vidal - South Gate Middle School
Steve Scanlan - Huntington Park High School
Kimberly Balala - Maywood Academy
Walter Hamilton - Maywood Academy

Please attend Infotech and see the amazing work that our students and teachers are presenting. We can all learn from one another! The conference is free, parking is free, and with registration, you get a free lunch and the best, most valuable learning in LAUSD!

LAUSD Student EdTech Profile Due - March 30 - May 31
All students in grades 5, 8, and 11 take the online student edtech profile between March 30th - May 1st.
The website, LAUSD Student EdTech Profiles, has clear directions for administering the survey, video tutorials for students, and links to student accounts for each school. Please share with those at your school who are responsible for administering the survey.

Interactive Whiteboard Class - 1 salary point - Starting April 19th, 2010
Join Manuel Vadillo, instructor for this very valuable class, each Monday for 4 consecutive weeks, starting next Monday, April 14th and ending on May 10th, at SouthEast Middle School. Learn the basics of using an interactive whiteboard in the classroom and develop some tools that you can take back and use in the classroom.
Registration is on the Learning Zone at http://lz.lausd.net The class is under the program, Local District 6. If you search for "smart", the class is easy to find.

Smithsonian historians, scientists, researchers and other experts share their questions, their methods, and their unique way of thinking in an interactive format that welcomes you to contribute your own ideas during this two-part conference. The conference sessions take place in the morning of each of these days, and will be recorded and archived for later listening. This sounds like a terrific opportunity to interact with scientists, historians and other professionals.

60th Annual LA County Science Fair - Wed.-Friday, April 14-16th.
Get all the information about this interactive science fair on their website.

Grants and Funding
Mike Leffin, from LACOE, shares his Money Monday grant resources for April 2010.

Money Monday - April 2010 -


WolframAlpha for Educators
WolframAlpha is an amazing tool to explore the relationship between words, numbers, concepts, and ideas. On the WolframAlpha website, they explain the tool:
Wolfram|Alpha is a free online computational knowledge engine that generates answers to questions in real time by doing computations on its own vast internal knowledge base. Our long-term goal is to make all systematic knowledge immediately computable and accessible to everyone. This can be valuable to educators in many ways.
They have designed a resource especially for educators, WolframAlpha for Educators, with ideas on using the tool in different content areas, with videos and lessons to make using this tool with students a rich experience.

As you know, the collaborative workspace, Etherpad, was purchased by Google several months ago. Since that time, they have released the code so that other could create their own servers using the Etherpad engine. Etherpad is slowly closing their online space. Typewith.me is the best so far of this type of site, since it allows up to 15 collaborators at once. This tool is a quick and easy way to collaborate on text.

More gems are on our social bookmarking site, Delicious, at http://delicious.com/district6

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

Friday, March 12, 2010

EdTech Resource for March 2010

My Favorite Video of the Month

dy/av : 002 : the next-gen lecturer from Dan Meyer on Vimeo.

Dan Meyer, who created this video, is a passionate middle school math teacher. You'll enjoy the deep reflection and conversation on his blog at http://blog.mrmeyer.com/
He recently spoke at the TEDxEDNY conference in New York. His passion for learning and teaching, and giving learners the opportunity to experience their learning is evident in all he does. Enjoy!

EdTech Leadership Meetings
A special thanks to Jutti Marsh for sharing Thinkfinity.org with us at our February meeting. Additionally, a heartfelt thanks to all of you who come to our meetings each month. You make learning and conversation fun and engaging.

Our next meeting is Thursday, March 18th, 4:00 p.m.
, at Montara Ave. Elementary School. You will get a tour of the beautiful new lab that Michelle Ngai has built with the vision and help of her school team. You'll enjoy! Thanks to Michelle, her principal, Juana Cortez, and all the staff at Montara, for allowing us to meet there!

Montara Ave. Elementary School
10018 Montara Ave
South Gate, CA 90280



Infotech 2010
The best student led conference is just around the corner! Register online at http://infotech.lausd.net There are two ways to attend:
  • Bring a team of students to present at the conference.
  • Come to the conference to learn from other educators and students about how they are using technology in the classroom.
Lunch will be served, as well as free parking at the LA Convention Center. For those who bring students to showcase, buses are available. We hope you register and attend!

LAUSD's Best Practices Conference
LAUSD’s First Annual Best Practices Conference - Saturday, March 13th.
Location: Central Los Angeles High School #9 for the Visual and Performing Arts

Best Practices Conference Registration is now OPEN!!!

Click here for The Learning Zone to begin Conference Registration
  • Go to Courses>Class Offerings>Program>Best Practices Conference>Search
Conference Brochure
Registration Flyer and Directions for Registering


YoLink - Win $3000 for Your Classroom
All you need to do to enter this contest is to download Yolink and complete the registration form. Get all your colleagues at your school to do the same, and your school has a better chance of winning the award. The added bonus is that you are now using a very powerful tool to help you search, organize, and create new content from resources, even using Google Docs! All this is free!

We Are Teachers Microgrant (via http://twitter.com/edtech4lausd
Teachers can submit their ideas to this site. Based on the number of votes the idea gets, it could get awarded $200 and a video camera to document the idea being put into action. From the website:
The WAT Microgrant program puts resources in the hands of teachers who use their creativity, imagination, and initiative to enrich and supplement the quality of their students' education. To win a microgrant, you simply submit your best idea for a teaching project on a given topic and compete for online votes.
What a terrific way to validate thinking outside the box!

Money Monday by Mike Leffin from LACOE
A great collection of grant and funding opportunities for schools and classroom teachers.


Montara Ave. Elementary Podcast
Listen to the students at Montara Ave. Elementary. Each week, they produce a weekly announcement for their school, including jokes, vocabulary, celebrations, and updates. It's fantastic. Bravo, students and teachers at Montara Elementary!

The Horizon Report 2010
This annual report, published by the New Media Consortium and Educase, predicts the trends in higher education for the next 5 years in regards to technology. It's a very insightful read as to how educational technology will influence education. Soon, the K-12 edition will be published, but this higher-ed report offers valuable information about educational technology trends in general.

Challenge-Based Learning
What does challenge-based learning look like? How can you implement this in the classroom? Apple Learning Interchange's Challenge Based Learning site has many resources to inform you of the how, what, and so what of Challenge Based Learning. Be sure to read the Challenge Based Learning Research Report published by the New Media Consortium. It's a model we should be doing in our schools! What do you think!

Aviary Now Free!
The powerful, web-based image/audio editing tool, Aviary, is now free - for even the most complex editing tasks. Explore and enjoy!

For Primary Students
The St. Patrick's Day Project - Count and predict the amount of "green clovers" in a box of Lucky Charms, then compare your results with others from around the nation.
This project is hosted by Jennifer Wagner, an outstanding edtech leader. Explore the entire collection of engaging, online, collaborative projects designed specifically for K-6 classrooms. Additionally, teachers can register to be part of the Projects by Jen social network created specifically to talk about the online projects.

The District 6 Social Network
Please join our Local District 6 Social Network, where educators from all over our district are collaborating online. Have conversations about education or share your photos of your latest classroom adventure. This is a great place to make connections with other educators in our district. It's good to see everyone connecting. Come join us!

Collection of Resources
For the latest collection of my resources, visit http://delicious.com/district6 There are many resources in different content areas.

Friday, February 12, 2010

February 2010 EdTech News

Hello All,
It's hard to believe we are almost half way through February! The time just seems to fly by faster as the year progresses!

Here's some of the news from the EdTech perspective in Local District 6

Upcoming LD6 EdTech Leadership Meetings
Our upcoming meeting is next Thursday, February 18th, 2010. Jutti Marsh is going to lead us in an exploration of Thinkfinity and how it can be used in the classroom. Thinkfinity, formerly known as Marco Polo, is a collection of web resources and lesson plans focused on student learning in all content areas. We'll also exchange some news and resources.

The meeting is tentatively scheduled at the Local District 6 Office, 5th Floor Superintendent's Conference Room from 4:00 - 5:15. (If someone would like volunteer their school to host the meeting, please let me know. We need access to computers for exploring Thinkfinity.)

Upcoming meetings are Feb. 18th, March 18th, April 15th, and May 20th. Hope to see you at the meetings. All are invited to attend.

District/County News

LAUSD EdTech Website http://edtech.lausd.net
This site has the latest updates and news from LAUSD's EdTech branch.
From the LAUSD EdTech Website:

  • InfoTech 2010 - April 24th, 2010
    LAUSD's own student technology fair will again happen together with the Parent's Summit at the Los Angeles Convention Center on April 24th, 2010, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity to have your students share their projects and their learning with the greater LAUSD community. Even if you don't bring your students, this is a fantastic way to share and learn from other classrooms represented at the fair. Parking is free and lunch will be served to all participants. For more information and to register, please visit the Infotech website.

  • Student EdTech Profile - March 30 -May 31, 2010
    Beginning with the 2009-2010 school year and annually thereafter, all students in grades 5, 8 and 11 should complete the Student EdTech Profile survey during the period March 30 - May 31. The Student EdTech Profile Information page has links to the official bulletin, video tutorials, and other information that will be updated regularly.

  • LAUSD now on iTunes University
    We now have LAUSD content on iTunes University. If you have media content that you would like to add to the following categories, please contact me:

    Showcase of Student Work
    Instructional Resources
    Parents Information
    General Information and Broadcasts
    Miscellaneous Resources
LAUSD's MyData adds Email Tab and Custom Groups
LAUSD's MyData system, that gives access to data for classroom teachers and school site staff, is adding many new features that make the user experience even more valuable.
  • Email Tab - Now when you log-in to MyData with your single sign-on, you not only have access to a wealth of data about your students, you now have an Email tab that lets you know which of your students already have single sign-on accounts and what the user names are. This information can be exported into a spreadsheet. This is a great benefit for all who create or work with student mymail accounts.
  • Custom Groups - With the new custom groups application, school administrators can now create customized groups of students for easy viewing in MyData. You can access the website to learn more.
LACOE's Digital Voice Awards Deadline - March 31st
The Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) invite K-12 school educators from Los Angeles County to submit exemplary classroom instructional technology projects to the Digital Voice Awards. This is a great opportunity to showcase the student projects from your classroom!

LACOE's Instructional Technology Outreach Workshops
LACOE has a wealth of edtech workshops, including week-long academies that you can attend on off track time. The academies are near full, but you can sign up on the waiting list.

More information will be published soon!

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