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
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)

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