April 30, 2018

Smart Learning Suite

Do you often feel like you could be doing more with your Smartboard?

The Smart Learning Suite is your first step in unlocking the interactive features of your Smartboard. Smart Learning Suite includes Smart Notebook and its related components as well as Smart Learning Suite Online.

Smart Notebook allows teachers to create lessons and assessments which incorporate the interactive features of the Smartboard. Teachers can create lessons and assessments in minutes or download preexisting lessons from Smart Exchange. 

Smart Response allows teachers to make assessments that students can answer using their devices. Teachers can quickly take a poll or make a quiz without the need to log out of Smart notebook.

Smart Learning Suite Online is an online classroom tool where teachers can post and create lessons. Teachers can also store their Smart notebook lessons using the online features. Any connected device can access Smart Learning Suite Online and students can connect using a class code.

Tired of standing at the front of the room to use your Smartboard? Download the App for iPhone and control your lessons from your phone!

*If you haven’t downloaded Smart Notebook 17, you may do so by clicking on the Symantec Software Portal on your desktop. The process is automated and may take a few minutes to begin.

 Need Smartboard Training?

Smart Professional Development offers several options for self-paced training which offer teachers practice and the opportunity to earn digital badges and become a Smart Digital Educator while earning PD credit.

April 11, 2018

OKCPS Leader Spotlight: Innovative Leading

It is widely accepted, administrators are the instructional leaders in their building and can hold great power in inspiring others through good leadership. An article in THE Journal, written by Jennifer Demski, titled "7 Habits of Highly Effective Tech-leading Principals" discusses the findings of a nationwide survey of principals who were asked to weigh in and identify the attributes they believed strong tech-leaders would hold. The survey concluded strong tech-leading principals would do one or more of the following:
  1. Create atmospheres that inspire innovation
  2. Foster collaboration
  3. Be open to new ideas
  4. Be connected learners themselves
  5. Locate and provide adequate resources
  6. Take risks
  7. Have a visionary focus

Aaron Kellert is the principal at FD Moon Elementary. He is only one of many principals in our district who displays the aforementioned habits of highly effective tech-leading principals. He sees the importance of technology in classrooms as well as the implications its use can have on student learning.

Something that stands out about Mr. Kellert is the way he leads his teachers by example. It is important to note, Mr. Kellert never asks his staff to implement or try anything he is not willing to do first or alongside his teachers. A great example of this is becoming a Google Certified Educator. Over Spring Break, he invested the time to get his Level 1 Certification as well as several OKCPS ETS Badges. It should also be noted, Ashton Stewart, Assistant Principal at FD Moon Elementary, has also earned Level 1 Certification. 

Great leadership creates great leaders. When schools are supported from administration, it trickles down to teachers and ultimately our students. In that scenario, everyone wins. When individuals feel supported and there is a continuous pattern of growth and success.

Below, you will find Mr. Kellert's input on technology, innovation, and leadership.

March 28, 2018

OKCPS Educator Spotlight

As I discover new tools I am anxious to share them with fellow educators. I look forward to hearing the feedback and hoping they find them as awesome and exciting as I do. I am fortunate to be working with someone who is just as excited to share new ideas as I am.

Marlene White is currently the Instructional Coach at Heronville Elementary and has been an educator for 13 years. As an Instructional Coach she has embraced a variety of digital tools to introduce to her fellow educators and help them fully implement their visions. I had an opportunity to converse with with Marlene about some of the tools she is using and the impact they have in her career.
Marlene White

How has technology changed the way you work? 

It has helped me collaborate with educators globally through social media. Apps and software have brought new opportunities for teachers and students to gain knowledge, access opportunities, research in a revolutionary way and foster a love of learning.

What are some great examples of technology integration you are seeing in the classroom?

Google Classroom, shared lesson planning and data digs through google drive, RTI, graphing through google sheets, Trello for lesson planning, apps for individualized instruction and centers for Kindergarten, Flipgrid for formative assessment, Skype for live author interviews, Remind for parent updates,  group me for school wide updates, Adobe Spark for hooking kids and building on their prior knowledge.

Share any thoughts you have about the evolving worlds of education.

Ed tech has so many opportunities to personalize how we communicate, how we are shaking up the role of educators, changing philosophical shifts in approaches to our teaching and learning, and remodeling the way we view our classroom.

The Challenge

Marlene has challenged her teachers to use a new tool each month. This month's challenge in Flipgrid. Below are several of the tools she mentioned. The ETS team challenges you to try one of the tools below. We would like your feedback on tools you are currently using in the classroom and how they have impacted your classroom.


February 16, 2018

Help and Resources for G-Suite

Educators are often looking for help or additional resources for G-Suite. A full staff PD over G-Suite could potentially last hours and leave advanced users bored to tears and novice users hopelessly lost. YouTube is a great resource, but the sheer volume of videos can be overwhelming and it can be time-consuming to find exactly what you are looking for.

  There are many online resources for G-Suite from individual users to official Google publications.

The ETS website has tutorials for all G-Suite tools as well as many other Edtech tools and all district employees have the opportunity to earn badges that showcase their accomplishments.

Another option is going directly to Google for the answers you are looking for and we don’t mean doing an internet search. The G-Suite Learning Center has multiple resources with many solutions to common problems as well as tips and downloadable cheat sheets. G-Suite is tailored mainly for general or business use but offers a good overview of G Suite tools.

Hoonuit is an excellent resource for all things education and teachers who earn certificates can upload them to MyLearningPlan and receive OKCPS PD credit. The G Suite tutorial is broken down by tool and teachers can choose to watch only those videos they are interested in learning about. Hoonuit (formerly Atomic Learning) is linked on every district laptop and accessible
with your district login.

Google for Education: Training Center (not to be confused with G Suite Learning Center) has many resources for Teachers. Google for Education is arranged similar to G Suite, but is geared specifically towards educators. For help with specific Google tools, click here and find the information you need to maximize your teaching practice. Google for Education also offers certification for educators interested showcasing their google abilities.

Mastered G-Suite? Earn your  Badges, or get Google I Certified!

Interested in earning your Google Educator Level I certification? Contact ETS for a free voucher!

*Any teacher who completes their Google Educator Level I certification is eligible to earn 3 hours of OKCPS PD credit in My Learning Plan.

February 14, 2018

A Google Success Story with Google Classroom

My name is Jenna Rudek and I am a sixth grade teacher at Fillmore Elementary School. I started migrating to become an online, technology-based teacher, once I experienced what Google Classroom had to offer.

I would always rush to the copy room early in the morning to make copies. If my copies would run out, I would struggle to find paper and have all the students copy my work from the document camera. Then, if students would lose an important document/worksheet, I would have to find my original copy to make more copies. Once I started using Google Classroom, all those worries disappeared.

I am able to create my own worksheets, answer keys, tests, and assignments from home. I can include various videos and slides to my work, for better understanding. Now, I can visualize what concept and standard each student needs help on, and create small group instruction from their Chromebooks. #googlesuccess

A big thank you to our guest blogger, Jenna Rudek. We appreciate you sharing a small piece of your classroom with the world. 

If you are an OKCPS staff member and would like to be a guest blogger, please contact your ETS point of contact