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!

July 3, 2017

2017 Summer ETLC Bonus Week - Digital Badges

Bonus Challenge - Digital Badges

Challenge -
You have now completed exploring and using four different tech tools to use in your classroom next year. Next, explore our department’s digital badges. Complete three badge tasks and then share on Twitter what you think of the digital badge program!

  1. To get started, visit the ETS Resource Site.
  2. Start with Twitter or Adobe Spark, since you have experienced those programs.
  3. You might want to try to earn a Google badge next.
  4. Finally, share your experience with digital badges on Twitter and use the hashtag #okcpsetlc.

You can also find all of the weekly challenges posted at bit.ly/SummerETLC

June 26, 2017

2017 Summer ETLC #4 - Adobe Spark

Challenge #4 - Adobe Spark

Challenge -
Adobe Spark helps make it easy to create engaging and inspiring graphics/videos in seconds. You can create web stories, animated videos on iPads, chromebooks or laptops.

  1. Select a unit of study/topic you will teach next year.
  2. Design a Post with a quote which represents a unit of study you teach.
  3. Create a Video introducing the unit of study you used in the Post above. Make sure you have 4-6 video cards and add narration.
  4. Build a Page about the unit of study. Then add the Post and Video you created above.
  5. Share the link to your Page on Twitter. Be sure to share the title of your project as well as use the hashtag #okcpsetlc.

Helpful Links:

You can also find all of the weekly challenges posted at bit.ly/SummerETLC