August 25, 2013

EdTech Summer RoundUp

While summer clouds rolled by, the Edgewood IT Staff has been rocking and rolling technology upgrades, enhancements and preparations.   Let's take a peek behind the curtain and look at a few of the highlights. 

Summer Tech Academy:
Many of you were sharpening your technology skills by participating in our Summer Edge Tech Academy.  Throughout the district we had 40 teachers who completed a course for college credit or edge points.  

Middle School: 
Our Middle School Computer Apps class now has new Mac Mini computers.  This will allow Jill Puma to continue to serve our 7th grade students with top of the line technology.  Do you want to see a master teacher? Stop in and watch Jill. She is truly amazing. 

High School:
Our High School teachers had the opportunity to apply for a classroom set of Chromebooks or Acer tablets.  We will have nine Chrome Book carts and ten Acer Tablet carts in classrooms throughout the school.  I will be sharing their successes with you through this blog. The High School also has four new computer labs available for checkout.  

What's Going On This Week?  
Did you know that the state is requiring all local school boards to adopt interim end-of-course exams for American History and American Government?  Last spring our History and Government teachers met along with Kathy Korty to write these exams.  This week, we will be giving this test, through our Learning Management System, itslearning, as a course pre-test.  These gentlemen  put a lot of time and effort into this project and I am sure they are excited to see it come to fruition.

Sites of Interest: 
Infographs are huge right now. They are fun, interesting, colorful ways to consolidate and present a lot of information in a very small and easily consumable package. They are also a great way for students to display information in a creative an engaging way. 

The learning application for them is clear, with many academic standards–including the Common Core standards–requiring teachers to use a variety of media forms, charts, and other data for both information reading as well as general fluency. 

There are many sites available for making Infographics.  My favorite one is info.gram.  Students will be able to make beautiful, interactive Infographics.  

Would you like to know more?  Email me and we can set up a time to plan a infographic lesson together.  

Have a great week! 

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