Technology Tuesday

May 1, 2012

posted Apr 30, 2012, 4:50 AM by Jason Suter

We will be continuing the Chromebook discussion this week. Dave will be going over the results of the survey he sent out last week, hopefully you had a chance to fill it out and provide your views. Please continue to add to the shared TELI Feedback document, there is some good stuff happening there you should check out. The Chrome Web Store and our new Chromebook cart of 30 computers will also be discussed. I have a feeling this cart will be in very high demand soon, especially when people figure out their entire class is online and ready to go in less than 30 seconds...

Tech Tuesday - April 24, 2012

posted Apr 19, 2012, 5:23 PM by Jason Suter

We are now returning to our regular scheduled program!

What are the goals of Tech Tuesday?
  1. To make staff aware of technology solutions they can utilized in their classroom. Time savers, instructional aids, communication aids, collaboration aids, and other good stuff.
  2. To provide time for staff to share best practices in integrating technology into their curriculum.
  3. A way to exchange information and ideas about current technology integration practices in education. Also, to open a line of communication between tech staff and teachers within the high school.

For the next few weeks we will be focusing on goal #3. You may not realize it, but Dave Fry has attended every Tech Tuesday session we have run this year. This is always a good time to discuss what is happening in the high school with him. So, for the next few weeks we will be looking towards the future. Right now we are exploring the possibilities of starting a hybrid 1 to 1 program with Google Chromebooks next year. With that in mind, Dave will be running the next few Tech Tuesdays. If you have any of the following questions please attend. We will try our best to answer all of them over the next few weeks.
  1. What is a 1 to 1 hybrid program?
  2. When would this program start?
  3. What is a Google Chromebook?
  4. Will a Chromebook be able to do the things I do in my classroom?
  5. Will there be Chromebooks available for my students to use in the classroom this year?

If you can not attend, I will be happy to sit down with you and answer whatever questions you have to the best of my abilities. I certainly realize we are all busy people and can not always attend every meeting. That said, it would be really helpful if we could start on time, as close to 7:30 as possible.

Tech Tuesday - November 8, 2011

posted Nov 6, 2011, 4:12 PM by Jason Suter

This week we are going to take a look at the collaborative high school website. In case you did not have the opportunity to fill out the survey, I will include the link to it and the high school site at the bottom of this email. So far, the response has been very positive and it sounds like many club/organization advisors like the idea of having a place to promote what they are doing. Again, the only thing we are asking teachers to do is to complete their contact information on their page of the website. We can easily accomplish this on Tuesday morning so bring your laptops with you. If you do not have one, I will have laptops available in my room.  

I would like to use next weeks Tech Tuesday to start working with students interested in updating and creating the club pages on the website. If you have interested students please put them in contact with me. 

Feel free to email me with any specific concerns...

Technology Tuesday - October 18, 2011

posted Oct 16, 2011, 3:31 PM by Jason Suter   [ updated Oct 16, 2011, 4:31 PM ]

After the article in The Evening Sun, John Pytel from a startup called SoapBox contacted Dr. Moyer and suggested we try their new service. According to Mr. Pytel:

“SoapBox is designed to improve student engagement, and break down the barriers of the classroom by leveraging mobile technology. I try to reach out to tech friendly schools when I hear about them because we believe SoapBox can provide a lot of value in classrooms with a BYOT policy.”

I would like to demo Soapbox this week at Tech Tuesday. I used it in my freshman biology courses on Friday and found some aspects of it valuable. We will also be looking at two other websites that can help you leverage the power of personally owned devices (POD’s) in your classroom. Think free classroom response system!

Keep in mind every time students are using their own devices, we increase the number of computers we have available at the school for students who do not own one. If you are doing projects where computers will be needed please encourage your students to use their own. I hope to continue exploring ways you can incorporate POD’s in the classroom in future Tech Tuesday sessions.

If anyone would like to borrow and look through Teaching Generation Text: Using Cell Phones to Enhance Learning, let me know and I will loan you my copy. Lisa Nielson and Willyn Webb have put together and interesting book with sample lessons and materials from a wide range of educators.

Principal Embraces the Power of Twitter - A great article about Eric Sheninger.
50+ Effective Mobile Learning Tips and Resources - by Shelly Sanchez Terrell

Technology Tuesday, October 11, 2011

posted Oct 11, 2011, 4:55 PM by Jason Suter

Why Moodle? This Tuesday we will be looking at Moodle and how it can save you time and benefit your students. Hopefully some of our other Moodle experts will be in attendance to fill in any gaps. 

I have also attached a PDF entitled Effective Mobile Learning: 50+ Quick Tips and Resources by Shelly Sanchez Terrell. I thought this might help spark some ideas for ways in which you can take advantage of our new BYOD policy. 

A Principal's Reflections - It's All in the Design - Blog post by Eric Sheninger, principal at New Milford High School in Bergen County, Nj. Eric gives a snapshot of life at Google and questions the implications it might have for education. 

I would be remiss in sending out a technology email this week in not honoring Steve Jobs in some way. So, here is a link to his Stanford University Commencement address. If you haven't watched it before, it is worth the time...

Technology Tuesday - October 4, 2011

posted Oct 11, 2011, 4:54 PM by Jason Suter

It was suggested to me that we continue last weeks discussion by taking a look at project based learning. Hopefully this will give us a starting point when considering when and why to incorporate technology effectively into our curriculum.

From the web:

Technology Tuesday - September 27, 2011

posted Oct 11, 2011, 4:53 PM by Jason Suter   [ updated Oct 11, 2011, 4:53 PM ]

I am very excited about our first official Technology Tuesday! Last year I attended the CFF Bootcamp in Hershey, PA and had the pleasure of hearing Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach give a keynote address. In an effort to kick off our Technology Tuesday sessions with something motivating I asked if she would be willing to Skype into our first official session. We are very fortunate that she agreed. This will be a great opportunity to see how Skype can be used to bring experts in the classroom. Sheryl is definitely an expert in our field!

We will try and start on time next week and I hope to have some time available for a question and answer session with Sheryl after her talk. We will be meeting in room 154, if this changes I will send out an update next week. I have included Sheryl’s bio and a link to her website below. I have also cut and pasted the “What They’re Saying” section from her website so you don’t have to just take my word on how lucky we are that she will be joining us for a few minutes on Tuesday morning!
Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach is a 20-year educator who has been a classroom teacher, technology coach, charter school principal, district administrator, university instructor and digital learning consultant. Currently, she is in the dissertation phase of completing her doctorate in Educational Planning, Policy and Leadership at the College of William and Mary.
She is the owner and founder of 21st Century Collaborative, LLC, a digital learning consulting business through which she regularly delivers keynotes, workshops and supports nonprofits in their grant work.

Through the Powerful Learning Practice Network which she co-founded with Will Richardson, she works with schools and districts from across the US, Canada, New Zealand, Norway and Australia to re-envision their learning cultures and communities.

Sheryl is a sought after presenter at national and international events, speaking on topics of 21st Century reform, teacher and educational leadership, community building, and educational issues impacting marginalized populations such as the homeless. Her latest book will be published in the fall by Solution Tree. She is also serving on the New Media Consortium’s 2011 Horizon. K12 Advisory board.

Sheryl lives near the Atlantic Ocean and spends her spare time playing on the water with her four children and long haired dachshund Itchy.

What They’re Saying
Dynamic, detailed and innovative
Sheryl is dynamic, detailed and one of the most innovative educators I know. She is on the cutting edge of technology and it’s use in schools. A true pleasure to work with and has knowledge incomparable to anyone I know in her field.
Neil Rochelle
Superintendent of Schools, Iroquois Central school
Enthusiasm & tremendous energy
Sheryl’s personal knowledge about 21st Century use of technology is amazing.  Through her enthusiasm and tremendous energy she easily relates to the most reluctant user.  Every teacher who has ever use any type of technology in the classroom will be excited and challenged to use technology at a higher level.  Yippee Skippee to you Sheryl!
Sister Geralyn Schmidt, SCC
Wide Area Network Coordinator, Diocese of Harrisburg
Unbounded energy
Sheryl has unbounded energy in the pursuit of spreading the message that online learning can benefit teachers and pupils hugely in the modern world. She is a beacon to us all.
Paul Harrington
Primary teacher Key Stage 2, Cefn Fforest Primary School
Walks the talk
Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach walks the talk of ‘passion-based learning and teaching’. Passionate is the word that best describes Sheryl – I have never met a more passionate educator/leader. She is a teacher extraordinaire, who understands the need to balance the amazing abilities that Web 2.0 technology allows with the tried and true. She always goes the extra mile to support those who are struggling or have extracurricular need or interests, and seems to be everywhere, doing everything, at once (and sometimes, with the assistance of these technologies, she literally is!), yet she never seems to tire.  And she is humble enough to realize that there often will be things for her to learn from those she is leading.
Barbara Kraus-Blackney
Executive Director, Association of Delaware Valley (140 DE, NJ & PA) Independent Schools
Phenomenal work
Sheryl does phenomenal work and I have been fortunate to be able to tap into her knowledge and skills on multiple occasions. Whether it’s winning our inaugural technology leadership research award, her ongoing blogging, contributing a chapter to our new book, or her continued work with the PLP Network,her contributions to the field of P-12 technology leadership have been extremely valuable and greatly appreciated. I would highly recommend Sheryl to anyone that is interested in working with her!
Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Educational Administration
Director, UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE)
UCEA Associate Director, Communications and Marketing
Straight-forward approach
Sheryl has a straight-forward approach that engages people, and her experience as an educational leader for the effective use of technology for teaching and learning makes her a excellent choice for professional/leadership development sessions.
Sheryl’s excellent ability to facilitate and guide discussion ensured our Leadership Symposium on mobilizing 21st century teaching and learning was a success.
Janet Murphy
Manager Innovative Learning Solutions
Director Advanced Broadband Enabled Learning
York University and York Region District School Board
Toronto Ontario Canada
Highly successful
The Alabama Best Practices Center partnered with Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach on a statewide, multi-year project supported by Microsoft Partners in Learning. As our primary professional development provider, she was highly successful (both online and in person) in energizing a core group of teachers and principals to become leaders of 21st century learning in Alabama.
Cathy W. Gassenheimer
Executive Vice President for the Alabama Best Practices Center
A+ Education Partnership
I had the opportunity several years ago to work with Sheryl on a project in which she led more than 100 professional development webinars for teams of classroom teachers. She was brilliant. I’ve since participated in dozens of other online PD experiences and have never seen her equal at effectively using web tools to advance professional learning and produce genuine change in attitudes and actions.
John Norton
Education Writing & Virtual Community Development
Little Switzerland, NC
Vision, practical experience and a keen intellect
Sheryl’s infectious enthusiasm for education reform was a great addition to our recent coach “boot camp”. She brings vision, practical experience and a keen intellect to her work. We love working with Sheryl because she listens carefully and tailors her work to her clients’ needs.
Holly M. Jobe
Project Manager
21st Teaching and Learning with Technology
Pennsylvania Department of Education
Inspiring and amazing keynote
I just wanted to say that your closing keynote was an inspiring and amazing stamp on an excellent conference.  Your speech/presentation really hit home and summarized the two days of learning in a powerful and personal performance.
As a First Nations person, to hear you share of yourself and your own family and beliefs gave tremendous power to your words, and enabled me to connect to your ideas and examples in a way that very few, if any, public speakers do.  I want to thank you for not only sharing your wisdom and words, but for sharing a piece of yourself in your presentation.
I would absolutely LOVE for the district I work in to hear your message. I work on Six Nations reserve with mostly First Nation educators. I am contacting you primarily to thank you, but also with the hopes that somewhere down the line, the rest of my colleagues can share in the spirit that you brought to ECOO.
Joe Restoule General
Elementary School Teacher
Contagious passion
Meeting you in person at ECOO was a bit too brief for my liking. You have a passion for what you do that is contageous, and you demonstrated in your talk, that you truly listened to the people you met. You modeled the importance of ‘relationship’ in a way I’ve rarely seen a speaker do. It’s something I believe is at the heart of all learning, and we now have tools that keep the relationships percolating beyond face-to-face meetings.
Rodd Lucier
Komoka, Ontario, Canada
You rock!
Sheryl, you rock!  Your work with 21st century learning continues to influence my work. Not only do I learn more about technology from you than from any coursework I’ve taken, I also learn new things about professional learning communities.
Anne Jolly
Professional Learning Team consultant and STEM curriculum writer

Technology Tuesday - 3/15/11

posted Mar 14, 2011, 6:43 AM by Jason Suter   [ updated Mar 14, 2011, 6:57 AM ]

Technology Tuesday Update

This Week:

Gene will be holding this week's technology Tuesday session in his room. He will be showing Noodle Tools, which is a tool to help students manage their research and avoid plagiarism. Jane Brown subscribed to this service and has made it available to our students. I am personally pretty excited about this session and have heard great things about this application. 

Last Week:

Faculty discussion about the 1 to 1 initiative.

Next Week:


Ed Tech Resources Update:

Please continue to contribute to the teacher collaboration document on the 1 to 1 initiative below. Your ideas, suggestions, and concerns are important!


Resources of the Week:

Teacher Collaboration - 1 to 1 Initiative

Technology Tuesday 2/29/11

posted Feb 28, 2011, 6:48 AM by Jason Suter   [ updated Mar 1, 2011, 4:29 AM ]

Technology Tuesday Update

This Week:

In an effort to keep the faculty informed about the 1 to 1 computer initiative we would like to share with you the presentation that we gave to the school board committee last Thursday. We will also go over the results of the technology survey we sent out last week. 

This will be an opportunity to get questions answered about the 1 to 1 initiative (budgeting, policy issues, needs, timeline, etc.). We are also looking for input and questions from you. Please feel free to add suggestions, questions, and concerns the following Google Doc: Teacher Collaboration - 1 to 1 Initiative   

Last Week:

Cancelled due to a snow day.

Next Week:


Ed Tech Resources Update:

Our bandwidth has been updated from 10Mbs to 50Mbs. The Internet should be quite a bit faster!


Resources of the Week:

One to One Presentation

Technology Tuesday 2/8/11

posted Feb 7, 2011, 11:37 AM by Jason Suter   [ updated Feb 7, 2011, 11:43 AM ]

Technology Tuesday Update

This Week:

Gene will be demonstrating Google Voice, which is part of our Google Apps for Education software. Google Voice can be used to keep a phone log complete with times, recordings, and transcriptions. Voice is easy to use and set up and has a wide range of benefits for educators. We will meet in Gene’s room.

Last Week:

Thanks Emily!  We really appreciated you sharing!  Emily shared a project she did with Microsoft MovieMaker.

Next Week:


Ed Tech Resources Update:

In mid-February will be updating our bandwidth.  We currently are running at 10Mbs and will be adding an additional 50Mbs.  The Internet should be quite a bit faster!


Resources of the Week:

Google Voice 

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