PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

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Beginning in September, 2015,  EASD students in grades 2 through 12 will be utilizing are Google Accounts for Education.  Teachers in need of more information, please click here!  Students will access their Rover Kids accounts under the STUDENTS menu on the EASD homepage.  Students will have Google Drive within their own domain, called roverkids.org with unlimited storage.  With Google Drive, teachers can now share and collaborate easily with students individually, in small groups, or the whole class. 

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Quickstarts for Working with Students and Google Drive

EASD Staff - the quickstarts below will help with specific topics when using Google Drive with your students.  Using the @roverkids accounts will make things easier since they are in our domain.

Create an Email Group with Students 

Share a Google Spreadsheet with LINKS with your Students 


Online training for teachers...  At the end of the 2014 - 2015 school year, the Middle School and EAA staff received new MacBook Airs.  This year, for the first time, teachers will receive their laptop training digitally, on this Professional Development page.

EAMS and EAA teachers, please click here to view the training presentation in PDF format.  If you would like the presentation in  full Keynote format for a better understanding of the SAMR model, please email mcentirea@eastonsd.org.

The 2013 - 2014 presentation that was shared with the elementary teachers during their end of year training is also available to you here in PDF format

 

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Have you checked out some of the educational apps in the Chrome Web Store?  Many of them are FREE and a quick and easy way to make learning fun.  Now that students in grades 2 through 12 will have Google Apps for Education accounts, these tools can easily be added to both student and teacher accounts... and some we will even add for you!

Here are a few that you might want to check out:

Kaizena is an app that is added to both student and teacher accounts, that makes it easy for teachers to give quality feedback on student work, simply with their voices.   

Google Keep helps you capture what's on your mind, and share those thoughts with students and teachers.  Great for notes, to-do lists, reminders and more.

Google Classroom helps teachers save time, keep classes organized, and improve communication with students.  Helps students keep Drive files organized, turn in work, and communicate.  Assignments can be created and collected.

Socrative has a student app as well as a teacher app.  Teachers can initiate formative assessments through quizzes, quick question polls, exit tickets and space races.  

Padlet (formerly Wallwisher) is the easiest way to create and collaborate in the world.  It works like a piece of paper where you can put anything... videos, notes, etc... to share with all of those you choose to collaborate with.  Easy and FUN.

Nearpod has free and low-cost presentations for you to explore, and you can also create your own content.  The presentations engage students by providing activities they can access using mobile devices. 

Remind is a safe way for teachers to text message students and keep in touch with parents, and it's FREE! 

Quizlet makes simple tools that let you study anything, for free.  There are over 50 million free study sets available, in a variety of modes including Flashcards, Scatter, Speller, Learn, Test, and Space Race. 

AdBlock helps streamline your browsing experience by removing advertisements from all web pages, including Facebook, YouTube and Hulu. 

Common Planner for teachers is a collaborative online lesson planner which aligns lessons to common core standards, helps with creating units and lesson plans, and saves time. 

Snapverter quickly transforms classroom papers, images and eBooks into accessible Google Drive-friendly files. 

EDpuzzle enables you to make any video into a classroom lesson with cropping features which allow you to edit and explain with your own voice.  Use videos from Khan Academy, YouTube, Learn Zillion and more. 

QR Code Generator is a simple way to generate QR codes from URLs, text messages, phone numbers, and more.

PowToon Presentations is a fun way for teachers and students to animate anything. 


DraftBack is a free tool that allows you to play back the revision history in any document that you can edit.  You can actually watch the writing process as it's happening, and students can use it to help reflect upon their writing process. 

 

 
Check out the video, above, created by friEdTechnology.  Amy Mayer walks you through the step by step process of creating your own classroom, adding students, sharing files, etc.

Professional Development Links for EAMS and EAA

The following quickstarts will help you if you plan to purchase your laptop:

Creating & Deleting Accounts (Mac)

Use Google Drive to Back Up Files

Using Apple's Accessibility Features 

Dictation and Text to Speech QS 

YOSEMITE HOW TO's

You'll need an Apple ID for software updates, please use a personal email account to set it up!  Click here for directions.

Not happy with the new method of scrolling?  Here's how you can change it 

Since iChat is no longer available, you will need to use Messages.  For in-school messaging using Bonjour, follow these directions.

 

Google Apps for Education Help

Rover Kids Quickstart

 

YouTube Video Tutorials

How to use Airdrop (Yosemite)

How to use Airdrop (iPad) 

Changes in OS X Yosemite


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Google Apps for Education offers a wealth of apps and extensions for both teachers and students.  In the EASD we have begun assigning a few selected apps to our students in grades 2 through 12.  The student apps include:  Kaizena, Google Keep, AdBlock, Google Classroom, Socrative Student, Padlet, Nearpod, Remind, Quizlet, Free and Simple QR Code Generator, PowToon Presentations EDU and ED puzzle.  Many of these apps are reliant upon teacher and student use, with the teacher app offering more management tools to work with the student apps.

The list below includes some recommended teacher apps.  Some accompany a student app and some stand alone.  A brief description of each is included in the center of the screen, with links to download the apps from the Chrome Web Store.

 

LINKS FOR LEARNING

Want to learn more?  Here are some online articles!

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