May 17, 2017

Summer Ed Tech Learning Challenge 2017

Surprise...your favorite summer professional development series is back! The Summer Ed Tech Learning Challenge is back again this summer!!!

The challenge starts on June 5th and will conclude on June 30th. The beauty of this professional development is you can complete the tasks anytime at a location of your choosing. 

This summer we have 4 challenge tasks, as well as a few bonus features added. Each week a new task will be delivered via blog post and Twitter, so be sure to bookmark the OKCPS Ed-Tech Blog site and follow us on Twitter at @OKCPSETS. Complete the task at your own pace over the course of the week. 

Here are a few clues as to what you will learn about this summer during the challenge.

Don't miss out...join the #okcpsetlc today!

Sign up in My Learning Plan today!
You must be signed up by June 5, 2017. All tasks must be completed by July 5th to receive credit.

May 4, 2017

The OKCPS Blogging Badge


Are you curious about starting your own blog? Are you wanting to share about your class and teaching practices but don't know where to begin? Join us for a four week blogging challenge. You will first create a blog and then compose four blog posts over the four weeks. Each week you will receive helpful hints to build the best blog you can! Here are the details of the challenge!

Purpose: To connect educators, share resources, and reflect on our teaching/professional practices. Create and share 1 blog post each week on the topic of your choice.

checklist - tall.pngTasks in this Challenge:  
1. Create a blog if you do not have one.
2. Post a new blog post each week based on the weekly prompt.
3. If you are on Twitter, tweet your blog post using the hashtag #OKCPSblogs and mention @okcpsets in your tweet.

Where to Start:
start - diver.pngIf you are new to blogging, you will want to choose a platform. There are many platforms to choose from but a few of the most popular are Blogger, WordPress and EduBlogs. Here is a great chart comparing a few blogging platforms.
Here is a Pinterest board with tons of resources related to blogging. Please feel free to peruse as you have time. Also check out the OKCPS ETS Pinterest Blogging Board as an additional resource.

April 28, 2017

Inspire Others with Your Impactful Technology Story

Are your students using technology to enhance learning, create new things or connect with the world? If so, the Educational Technology Services team would love to share your story to inspire others!

To share your Impactful Technology Story, please complete this FORM. Then we will be in contact with you before your story is highlighted on the ETS Blog. 

March 13, 2017

Differentiate, Engage, & Impact Student Learning with Google Classroom

What is Google Classroom?

Google Classroom is a digital platform to create an online classroom space for assignments, announcements, discussions, grades, feedback, and a calendar. Classroom helps keep teachers and students organized, productive, and communicative.

How can I use Google Classroom?

Alice Keeler has some AMAZING Google Classroom resources. In her 50 Things You Can Do with Google Classroom blog post, she offers numerous great ideas, here are just a few of those ideas. 

1. Make class announcements

2. Create a lesson
3. Go paperless
4. Create a discussion
5. Classroom collaboration
6. Document digital work
7. Virtual faculty meetings
8. Provide peer feedback
9. Student projects 
10. Communicate with parents

How are Other Teachers Using Google Classroom?

We have several teachers using Google Classroom in our district across all grade levels.  Mr. Paul Turner's Fifth Grade class at Stand Watie is using Classroom to complete assignments as they move towards a paperless classroom.

If you are interested in learning more about using Google Classroom, check out the resources below or take a look at the tutorials in Atomic Learning!