Tech and PD News of the Week
The 1:1 Chromebook deployment is nearly complete and has gone very smoothly thanks to everyone working together. It has been amazing watching the students get their devices, be so happy they don't have to log in and log out of them all day long. It's also been amazing watching the teachers adjust their lesson plans now that they know student have a device at their fingertips every day.
I know some folks are still a bit hesitant. If that is you, please remember it is ok to move slowly and remember that you don't HAVE to use it just because you have it, and we definitely still want children moving and creating without a screen, as well.
Most of what tech-infused 1:1 learning is, we already do at Piedmont, and we have done so for years (remember this blast from the past ? Or even back when we were open? centers? deep dives? curriculum compacting?) .
And now that we are 1:1 we can have even more global and personalized learning which is what IB (and even open before it) really were.
Check the A-Z guide for new FAQs (located at the end) and please send me any questions you have. All questions that were submitted at the last faculty meeting are answered at the end of the A-Z guide.
Student and Faculty info on the Gaggle to Google mail switch is here
The FAQ has answers to your questions about best practices and training, both content specific and general 1:1 PD, including these links:
Many more resources are found at http://www.cmslearns.org/ in the Digital Learning Tools and Resource Hub sections. Email Lisa Gurthie with your PD needs and she can meet with you for tutorials on on one or with your team as desired.
If You Used Google Classroom this year...
You can decide what you want to do regarding the fact that your students have a new Google Apps for Education (which includes google classroom) login with their new Chromebook. Your choices are:
Note that student accounts as well as teacher Gaggle accounts will disappear this summer so if you've used gaggle for email you should forward to Evernote instead.
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Lisa Gurthie is the PD facilitator at Piedmont IB Middle School. She specializes in tech and arts integration, interdisciplinary holistic education, and unschooling school to reconnect academia to real life. One day she will modernize her "about" page. She curates this blog for the professional development convenience of the teachers at Piedmont, but the editorial comments are her own.