|Professional Development News|
You can now earn professional development renewal credits from the comfort of your home or mobile device with Piedmont's new online professional development offerings.
Separate self-paced assignments for the latest IBO training webinars are now available on the Piedmont Google Classroom PD site. The online Google Classroom for Course 1 - IB Webinars 1-5 is running now . Course 2- IB Webinars 5-10 will be offered next year.
All you have to do is go to classroom.google.com, login with your work email and Google Drive password, click the + sign at the top of the home screen and join with the code that was listed in your weekly bulletin (see Lisa Gurthie if you need the code) and start earning at your own pace.
Each of the 5 Google Classroom assignments consists of:
Start learning and earning today from the comfort of your own home!
Information about how to receive credit in MyTalent will be forthcoming as soon as the course is available on that site.
Update: video now has sound!
CMS has replaced MyPD with MyTalent . Click the photo to be taken to the sign in screen and and follow along with the video below to find and register for your classes.
You will use MyTalent to register for courses that you want licensure renewal credits for. Here's how (beginning with how to access the login screen from the intranet):
From your powerschool homescreen click on Schoolnet and follow these instructions via the most talented plain english speaking tech facilitator I know, Mindra Wise:
Teachers As Scholars: The Nature of Energy -- Tuesday, Sept. 30, 5:30-8:00 pm, at the EnergyExplorium in Huntersville. Seminar leader Susan Trammell (physics professor at UNC Charlotte) and three CTI Fellows from CTI's 2013 "The Nature of Energy" seminar will present ideas and curricula they developed in their seminar.
Info and registration: http://charlotteteachers.org/2014/08/teachers-as-scholars-the-nature-of-energy-tuesday-sept-30-at-the-energyexplorium/
Chromebooks don't have java but desktops do
ipads don't have flash but chromebooks do
desktops are glitchy with google classroom when using chrome but firefox will work
explorer is still necessary for the intranet sites
When in doubt try another machine or browser and when possible test out sites you want to use on the machine the students will be using it on.
tech signup slots are added through the entire first semester here http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0d4eaeab22a75-online1
From CMS PD office:
Did you know that there are changes to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification process?
The cost and amount of portfolio work has been reduced while the time allotted to complete the certification has increased.
The state of North Carolina currently pays an additional 12 percent of your base salary once certification is completed. Study groups are now available for registration in the Professional Learning section of My Talent. We hope all initial and renewal candidates will join us on Saturday, October 11, 2014 for our Candidate Kickoff.
If you want to participate in this year's certification process, find more information at http://pdsupport.cmswiki.wikispaces.net/National+Board+Information
Email us at nboffice if you have questions after reviewing the pages on the wiki.
5 Easy Steps To Add a File to Drive:
Step 1- Log into your Google Drive so it will be open when you need it.
Step 2- Go to your download list, documents or even thumb drive list,
Step 3 - Click and hold the file name you wish to add
Step 4- Drag it to the Google Drive Screen
Step 5- Let it go
That's it! It' "drops" into Drive and you see a big blue dot as it uploads.
They are there forever and you are now FREE to delete them (because I know half of you have run out of district document storage space on your school computers - and don't even get me started on your email space- you can now download all those attachments you've been saving in your email, drag them into google drive and delete!!!
How easy is that?
Here's how it looks with Downloaded Files (using Google Chrome but will work from other browsers):
And here's how it works from your documents library (file folder icon at the bottom of our Windows 7 school computers)
If you want to convert those files make sure you have that turned on in settings. More info about that and how to publish to the web from Drive here http://piedmontpd.weebly.com/piedmont-pd/how-to-publish-to-the-web-and-embed-with-drive
You and your students can shorten or QR code anything that has a web address - anything on evernote, google drive, your webpage, a public website or Youtube video or anywhere! ( to learn how to publish to the web and embed go here http://piedmontpd.weebly.com/piedmont-pd/how-to-publish-to-the-web-and-embed-with-drive .
5 Easy Steps:
Anyone with a free scanning app available in their app store will be able to use it to immediately view your document, form, survey, presentation, augmented reality, animation, image or whatever!
See me if you want a tutorial!
Thanks to the wise helpful and tech savvy Mrs. Winegardner for the info on how to do this now that bit.ly is shut down.
Thanks to Mrs. Marshall for being the catalyst for this lesson and for being a great person all the time who makes me healthier just knowing her.
If you'd like your slideshows, documents, surveys, or other to be instantly viewable for anyone straignt from your website, here are directions:
First upload the item to the web as shown here http://piedmontpd.weebly.com/piedmont-pd/easiest-way-to-add-files-to-your-google-drive
here is how to do that from Google Drive and get the code from Google Drive by "Publishing to the Web":
Here is how to paste the code into Wikispaces and Weebly so you can see it on your site.
to get and embed code from Youtube
You can do the same thing with photos too
The only annoying thing about Google Drive last year was the pain of getting students to turn their work in properly and to the right email and most of those issues are solved with Classroom. Here's how to get started:
How to Create a Class:
How to create an assignment and attach a file:
This video shows how to attach a file for students to complete. you can also attach it so students can just read it or edit it together:
More Resources for Understanding Google Classroom:
How to Introduce it to Students:
follow these instructions or share this link with them
This blog is a compendium of District and Piedmont -specific PD opportunities, trainings, and notes.