August 17, 2017

Engaging Students with SMART Notebook

This blog post is rather long but very informative. This post covers everything from downloading the latest version of SMART Notebook, troubleshooting your board, and engaging students with SMART Notebook through interaction with the board.

What is SMART Notebook?

SMART Notebook provides an opportunity for assessments, student collaboration, and game-based learning to engage students in the learning process. 

How do I get SMART Notebook?

First, locate the Symantec Software portal icon located on your desktop. Then double click the icon and log in with your OKCPS credentials.

Once logged in on the Symantec Software portal, you have access to a list of pre-approved software through the district. You will need to click on SMART Notebook 17. Then a box will pop up and select done. It will take approximately 20 minutes to push the software to your laptop. Then repeat the process with SMART Gallery Essentials and SMART Lesson Activity Toolkit

How does my SMART board work?

Now you have the software, SMART Notebook 17, but you want to make your board interactive! Check out SMART Board & Notebook 101. This video tutorial will help you troubleshoot your board, set up your board cables, and much more! If you need additional cables for your SMART board, please work with your campus tech committee and administration to purchase those items needed. 

How can I engage my students with SMART Notebook?
When you first download SMART Notebook 17, a tutorial will pop up once you open the program. Click on Learn the Basics and walk through this tutorial as it provides many helpful tips and ideas for use. This section will also show new features of the software. 

Check out the videos below for more ideas of how to use SMART Notebook in your classroom.

Assessments with SMART Notebook 17 and SMART response2.

Game-based Learning with SMART Notebook 17

Helpful Hints
After reading this post, hopefully you have discovered how to acquire the SMART Notebook software on your laptop, how to troubleshoot any problems which may pop up and various ways to engage your students. Below is a short list of helpful links just for you!

Do you want to take your SMART skills to the next level? Click HERE to earning your badge.

August 9, 2017

Personalizing Education for Our Students

What is Personalized Learning?

What is Summit Learning?
Summit Learning is a free program which provides schools with resources to personalize learning in the classroom. Currently, it is in over 300 schools, with 2,700 teachers, and 56,000 students in 40 states. The personalized learning takes place due to 1:1 mentorships, real-world projects, and individualized pathways or self-directed learning plans. Students are able to set goals and consume content in a way which works best for them.  

What Does Summit Learning Provide?

  • Flexible anytime/anyplace learning
  • Student-driven learning
  • Redefined and expanded teacher role
  • Master-based pacing
  • Project-based learning

What Does Summit Learning Look Like?
Summit Learning personalizes learning for students and empowers teachers to have multiple roles so everyone succeeds. 

Where is Summit Learning Happening?

Last year our district piloted Summit Learning in three elementary schools. This year Oklahoma City Public Schools is adding an additional two elementary schools and three middle schools. 

Stay tuned for more blog posts about Summit Learning as we spotlight more classrooms.

July 20, 2017

Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year

The Educational Technology Services (ETS) team is EXCITED to welcome back all of OKCPS back for the 2017-2018 school year! Remember ETS is here to help facilitate meaningful and mindful technology integration and help you transform the learning environment in your classroom or school to increase student engagement and innovate instruction.

As you plan and prepare to achieve your instructional goals for this year, here are a few resources ETS has developed and has available for you!

  • ETS Resource Site - provides helpful resources, integration ideas, and more with G-Suite tools, Chromebook Central, iPad Central, and digital Citizenship.
  • Hoonuit (formerly known as Atomic Learning) - offers short video tutorials on a wide range of topics from G-Suite tools to classroom management. The icon is found on your desktop as "Atomic Learning"
  • PD opportunities with Digital Badges - links are located within the ETS resource site. Watch our "What is a Badge?" video for all the details. 
  • Digital Competencies - set of competences working to guide development of technology skills among K-12 students, by grade level bands, assisting all educators to re-engineer and reimagine the educational environment for digital age learning. 
  • Digital Citizenship Toolkit - resource site filled addressing digital citizenship based on grade spans. ETS HIGHLY recommends this as your starting point when introducing technology into the classroom. 

We hope you have a wonderful year! Remember ETS is here to help!

July 14, 2017

So You Want iPads in Your Classroom?

Are you dreaming of a class where each of your students has a mobile device? Are you a frequent user of Donors Choose and want to consider writing a grant or request?

Let's begin with a story...
One year after attending a conference, I began to see more teachers using iPads in their classroom and I knew I wanted them too! I started looking at grants and donations as my main source to build a class set. I learned two things through this process. First, donations of one or two devices at a time was not going to get me to a class set. Second, I was only looking at devices and not the learning environment. 

Devices do not make a classroom innovative or cutting edge. We must make our environment innovative. One way this can be achieved is through flexible learning spaces. When you start to write a grants/request, especially from Donors Choose, consider your environment and what you need to make it innovative and to meet the needs of your students. Edutopia has a great article to read when considering flexible seating in your classroom.

If you truly want to build a 1:1 classroom, receiving one or two devices at a time will not get you there. A better, more efficient way to achieve a 1:1 classroom is to work with your principal to order a cart of twenty-five to thirty devices at a time. This will ensure a true 1:1 environment where each student has a device and the device is not shared. 

So what do I need to do next?
Our awesome IT department has OKCPS Technology Purchasing Guide, with all the important information about purchasing/requesting mobile devices. This site is utilized by campus principals when they start considering the purchase of mobile devices for their campus. Below is information from the OKCPS-IT department to consider when discussing mobile devices:

If you are writing a grant for mobile devices, follow the guidelines listed above to ensure the devices work on our district network.  Most importantly, contact the district's Grant Management department for assistance!

For more information on Donors Choose please check out the ETS FAQ page. 

July 12, 2017

Are you an innovator? Join us!

Are you a tech savvy teacher? Do you consider yourself an early adopter or innovator when it comes to teaching and technology? Would you like to be part of a team of master teachers who support innovative practices in OKCPS? We may have a fabulous opportunity for you! 

The Educational Technology Services department has an opening for an innovative teacher to join our team!  To learn more about this position, simply review the Professional/Technical job openings page, then click View next to the Instructional Technology Trainer listing. Apply now!