Thursday, April 07, 2011

April 2011 EdTech News

Video of the Month
Will Richardson from TedxNYEd. To view within the firewall, go to and sign in with your LAUSD single sign-on, then return to this page. Be sure to catch all the compelling presentations from TedXNYEd 2011. They are great!


EdTech Leadership Meeting
Our April 21st meeting is canceled due to the fact that Spring Break is that week for many of our traditional calendar schools.
Our last meeting of the year will take place on May 19th at San Miguel Ave. Elementary School from 3:45 - 5:15.  I hope you all can attend!

SMARTBoard Users Group
Our April SMARTBoard Users Group will meet Thursday, April 14th, from 4:00 - 5:30 at Stevenson Middle School. This is a great opportunity to learn with others how to improve your SMARTboard skills. Angela Folendorf, from SMART, does a fantastic job of facilitating the learning opportunities at these meetings to maximize your learning. Come join us!

InfoTech 2011
LAUSD's Annual EdTech Conference is happening on Saturday, April 30th at the Los Angeles Convention Center. More information can be found by visiting
InfoTech District Employee Registration: Walk-in  registration is available for parents, students, educators, and guests  on the day of the event. Registration will be located in the  Parent Summit/InfoTech Registration kiosk in the South Hall.

A heartfelt THANK YOU! to the following teachers and their students in Local Districts 5 and 6 who will be showcasing their work and amazing projects! I hope you attend InfoTech to learn from these outstanding teachers and their students and all the teachers and students throughout the district!

Local District 5

Carver Middle School
  • Melissa Alvarez - Convincing Evidence (Comic Life)
  • Harold Oakley - Technology Menagerie (Photoshop, Flash, Digital Comic Books)
  • John Stephens - Technology Menagerie (Claymation, PSA, Virtual Tours, Movies)
  • Ernest Jamison - Number Properties (PowerPoint)
  • Kenneth Udeh - Family Theme Park - Systems of Equations 
  • Leonard Walker - Geometry In The Real World and Earth Science Concepts
  • Emebet Berhanu - Evolution (Comic Life, PhotoStory)
  • Jose Acosta - Illustrate the composition and structure of the atom using the periodic table (Comic Life)
  • Hussain Mayaki - Atoms, Rounding of Atomic Numbers
  • Lorelei Triche - What's the 411?
  • Pedro Melo Perez - Linear Systems - (PowerPoint)
  • Jose R Herrera - The Percent Proportion Applications
  • Johnson Liu - Long & Short Term Effect of Drug Use - A Comic Life Study
Hollenbeck Middle School
  • Tony Semaan - iSTEM in Action
  • Monica Guerrero - The Truth About Robots 
  • Ngay Tang - Propellants & Combustion
  • Michael Johnson - The Final Frontier (Final Cut and iMovie)
  • Emily Jaffe - Finding the Right Triangles (digital images)
  • Miguel Mendivil - Mathemmaticious
  • Gerardo Morada - Scratch the Anime (Scratch and Anime Studio)
  • Joanne Lingad - I. Am. Done. With. Poster Boards! (Google Sites, Glogster, mixed media)
  • Claudia Flores & Kat Czujko - Poster Boards are so Old School (Google Sites and Symbaloo)
  • Cindy Mata - Connecting World History & AVID Through Technology (Google Tools, Animoto, media)
  • Cesar Castellanos -Visual Vocabulary/"I Am" (PowerPoint)
Orthopaedic Hospital Medical Magnet
  • Penelope Valdez - Book Trailers
Local District 6

Middleton Ave. Elementary 
  • Leo Hargreaves - Expressing "Response to Literature" with Technology
  • Lissett Rodriguez - Persuasive Ads
Montara Ave. and Montara Ave. Magnet Elementary
  • Sonia Maravilla and Silvia Leon - Showcasing our Heritage - (PowerPoint, Digital Storytelling)
  • Gisela Guzman - Discover How to Heal an Illness with a Folk or Scientific Medicine  (video, iMovie)
  • Dora Muñoz-Andrade - Summarizing and Making Connections with VoiceThread
  • Kate Weber - Our Heritage: Folk Remedies of Our Families  (VoiceThread and iMovie)
  • Anne Lanoix Labat - Animal Habitats (VoiceThread)
  • Felyce Thomas - Earth's Inner Space (iMovie and media)
  • Maria Aguilar - The Solar System (Prezi)
  • Constantine Haramis - Robotics and More (Mindstorms Robotics and more)
  • Jorge Alfaro, Jr. - Comic Life in the Classroom
  • Patricia Escalante - Prezi, Glogster, Google Docs and More!
San Miguel Ave. Magnet Elementary
  • Carlos Gomez - Pumas on the Prowl  (iMovie, iWeb and other tools to make a broadcast)
South Gate Middle School
  • Mike Albert - Classroom Blogs 
Southeast Middle School
  • Laura Ramirez - Comic Life for Math and Science
  • Sandra Beltran-Mata - Project Based Learning in the Library
  • Patricia Encarnacion - Interactive Learning (SMART's Notebook and PowerPoint)
  • Natalie Young - Technology Projects from Room 312
  • Cristina Vazquez - Endangered Species and the Biomes in which They Live
Bell High School
  • Stacia Salanoa and Elizabeth Clark - Book Trailers - BHS students promoting library books
Maywood Academy High School
  • Walter Hamilton - Network Administration/Design Certifications & 3D Game Programming

Bravo to all of you for bringing your students to experience this amazing event!

Professional Development

Inspire Summer Academy (Elementary) - July 17th to July 22nd (Application extended but let them know ASAP if your school team is interested)
  • This institute provides elementary educators with innovative instruction focused on integrating engineering learning into the elementary classroom. See this flier for more information. Each member of your team will need to complete the online application. (Thanks to Vicki Grant for this information!) 
Workshops from LACOE
Register for some great and affordable workshops at the LA County Office of Education.

Mobile Learning Experience
Are you interested in mobile learning? Check out Tony Vincent's reflections on the Mobile Learning Experience Conference taking place now.

Tech Gems
For our Teacher Librarians and all of us who will miss them... terribly!  Who Among Us is Explicitly Tasked with Helping Children Learn to Teach Themselves? by David Warlick

How Much Data is That? An Infographic on how much data are bits, bytes, megabytes, terabytes, etc. . Shared by Laurie Yen. Thanks!

Komputers4RKids - A place to recycle older computers to re-purposed for our children, and to get them out of landfills. Contributed by Kate Weber. Thanks, Kate!

My Tweeted Times - I use Twitter to connect with very smart educators from around the world. Time doesn't permit me to always read the gems that come in from Twitter every day, but I can get the most outstanding tweets from all the people I follow using tools like The Tweeted Times. Each morning, I open this up like a newspaper and delight in all the wonderful resources. Follow some really smart educators on Twitter and create your own Tweeted times. Here's mine.

Storage - As you probably know, Amazon just came out with a storage plan, the Amazon Cloud Drive, that gives you 5GB free to store anything you wish. It's great to always have access to your favorite music, using this tool. I recently published a resource post with many other online storage options you might find useful.

FriendFeed - For a stream of my online resources, check out This is a stream of all my bookmarks, tweets, blog posts, and Google Reader shares on the web. I really like how FriendFeed aggregates everything into one stream. I find that useful. However, since FriendFeed was recently purchased by Facebook, one never knows what kind of future life the tool will have. Still, I recommend it for its simplicity and usefulness.

Contact Information
Janice Stearns
EdTech ITAF, liaison in support of Local Districts 5 and 6
janice.stearns (at)

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