Innovations for Learning – Call for Presenters!

Call for Presenters Now Open!
 
We are looking for innovative teachers, administrators and education professionals who love learning to present at this year’s Innovations for Learning Conference, which will be held on June 1, 2016 at Bryan Station High School in Lexington, KY.
 
The IFL Conference is a free, one-day event that promotes the use of innovative instructional strategies that engage students to improve learning, with an emphasis on the use of technology.  Teachers, technology specialists (TRT/TIS), administrators and anyone else interested in using technology to improve student learning are encouraged to attend. The conference is sponsored by Fayette County Public Schools in partnership with the Central Kentucky Educational Cooperative and the University of Kentucky College of Education. 
 
The conference will offer both 45 minute sessions AND 20 minute mini-sessions.  Do you know a classroom teacher who has had great success with a specific project or web tool?   Do you have great examples of student work using technology?  These topics could be perfect for mini-sessions!
 
For those just who want to attend the conference, registration will open on April 18th.  However, please consider sharing your knowledge and expertise by applying to present.  Directions and more information are available on the NEW conference website.
                         
Conference Website: http://www.fcps.net/ifl
 
The call for presenters will close on April 18, 2016, so please don’t wait to apply!
 
Watch for attendee registration to open April 10th!

Digital Learning Day Playground

In celebration of Digital Learning Day, the Office of Instructional Technology invites you to explore this digital playground. You will experience engaging and inspiring tools that can easily be implemented into your classroom. If you would like to explore these tools further, feel free to contact your District Technology Resource Teacher!

Hover over any star above to enter and experience a digital activity. Have fun! For a direct link to the activity, click here.

Tech Snack – Snow Day Edition

This Tech Snack is powered by Google Slides – a powerful and free app located in the Google Suite. This tool, commonly referred to as Google’s solution to PowerPoint, opens up endless possibilities in the classroom. With real-time collaboration, seamless connection to other Google apps, collaboration and the ease of embedding and sharing, teachers and students can do so much more than “make a PowerPoint.” See examples of creative ways to use this tool.

Enjoy this “snow day” Tech Snack edition!

Tech Snack – New Year, New Resolutions, Try Something New

Don’t forget your students when thinking about New Year’s Resolutions! Try something new with technology in your classroom and take learning to the next level. Share your idea on Twitter with @fcpsoit and use the hashtag, #justtrytech. We’ll be watching for your submissions and looking for great ideas to spotlight. We may even have some prizes to share. Need ideas or help? Contact your district TRT! Big or small, don’t be afraid to try something new. Challenge yourself and your students!

Enjoy this “New Year” snack!

 

Tech Snack – Smore & Hour of Code

Hello Everyone!

This week’s Tech Snack offers an easy way to communicate with your students and families online as well as a fun chance to win a $500 technology grant for your classroom. Take a peek! As always, please let us know how we can help with tech integration into your classroom.  Click here to visit this month’s snack.

 

 

FCPS Takes on ISTE 2016

The 2016-2017 school year is upon us!  Welcome or welcome back to our teachers and staff!  It’s been a busy summer for the Office of Instructional Technology, but the highlight was traveling with a great group of educators to the ISTE (International Society for Technology Education) Conference in Denver, CO.  With 40 teachers, library media specialists, school-based staff and district staff attending, it made for an exciting week with LOTS of learning going on!

We hope to have many of our group share in various platforms over the coming months, but here is a quick taste of some of the exciting things we saw and tools we learned about pulled from our own Twitter hashtag at the conference #fcpsiste.  Check out some of the cool things we saw, learned and that prompted our thinking.

School Spotlight: Athens-Chilesburg Elementary

Recently, the 5th grade teachers at ACE invited me to step back into the 1600’s as they concluded their project based learning unit on Colonial America. The fascinating unit allowed students to not only step back in time, but to do so in the shoes of an actual colonial trades-person. Throughout the unit, students researched and acquired information about a colonial trade they were interested in. Rather than present their knowledge behind a closed door, the teachers decided to extend the learning beyond the traditional four walls of their classroom. Using Google Hangouts on Air and a Chromebook with a webcam and wifi, the 5th graders introduced their shops and shared about their trade live, streaming to 26 states and 4 countries. Family members, friends, and other classrooms from around the world joined in to learn, engage, and celebrate.

Using information gathered from inquiry learning, students transposed a speech in first person to share during the broadcast.  Along with a trade sign, tables were decorated using primary sources and/or created replicas as props to create their very own trade shop. An apothecary stood with a mortar and pestle and tiny bottles, demonstrating the use of medications and remedies. Blacksmiths were surrounded by anvils, hammers, and files while the baker’s table was full of yeast, a rolling pin, dough, and fresh baked cookies. The costumes were tied exactly to the trade ranging from the bloody apron of the butcher to the pressed linen of the milliner.

The production part was pretty simple.  The Hangouts on Air were created ahead of time and embedded within a free web application called Smore.  Students shared the link with friends and family members ahead of time so they could log on from a computer or mobile device with wifi to view the broadcast.  Since Hangouts on Air automatically save to an unlisted YouTube channel, the recordings will continue to live on and can be accessed at any time. During the live broadcast, over 700 people logged in to share and leave feedback for the performers.  Since the event, over 400 more views have taken place.

VIEW THE RECORDINGS HERE

The students stood within their shops and proudly and taught others through the live internet stream. The students enjoyed this interactive project because they were working on their own to gain new information about the Colonial era. Would you like to learn more about streaming an event in your classroom?  Email me or plan on attending an upcoming PD session.

Congratulations to teachers Kelly Ward, Shannon Lesher, Beverly DePaola, Karen Miracle, Andrea Least and Marshall Spivey and all 5thgrade students on a thrilling and successful event!