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<![CDATA[PARCC Testing March 7-18 grades 3-8]]>Fri, 04 Mar 2016 18:04:58 GMThttp://tech205.weebly.com/tech-resources/parcc-testing-march-7-18-grades-3-8
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<![CDATA[Social Emotional Learning]]>Sun, 21 Feb 2016 19:45:34 GMThttp://tech205.weebly.com/tech-resources/social-emotional-learningBrittany Allen and Anne Fane are presenting a 1 hour session on the importance of Social Emotional Learning in the Board Room on Feb 23, starting at 4pm. Please join them as your schedule permits!

Please Note: Unfortunately, we are unable to provide PD Credit for this session. ]]>
<![CDATA[New Classes offered for Spring 2016]]>Thu, 18 Feb 2016 14:42:58 GMThttp://tech205.weebly.com/tech-resources/new-classes-offered-for-spring-2016All Professional Development Academy classes are held from 4-5PM unless otherwise noted. Each individual session is eligible for one Professional Development Credit, unless otherwise noted.

Basic French for classrooms

Here is your chance to learn some basic French vocabulary and expressions to help you communicate with our French speaking students and their families!  We’ll cover basic vocabulary and sentences, practicing oral communication.  The course will build on the previous sessions we’ll spend our time practicing while having fun! (Appropriate for all grades)
Register for Basic French classes

Class Dojo

This session will give you the resources to set up your own Classroom in ClassDojo. It will discuss the different ways to use the website to engage students, communicate with parents, and share classroom activities. (Appropriate for all grades)
Register for Class Dojo

Conscious Discipline

Conscious Discipline is an innovative way to help with classroom management, appropriate for all grades. Join us as we learn more about the basics surrounding the Conscious Discipline approach. (Appropriate for all grades)
Register for Conscious Discipline classes

Digging Deeper with NGSS

Wondering how to get started with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)? During this session, teachers will be asked to try the approach of developing scientific models in the classroom. In doing so many of the other 8 scientific practices will naturally flow into lessons. Student engagement and retention of content should increase as more of the 8 scientific practices become the heart of the science lessons.  (Appropriate for all grades)
Register for NGSS Training

Skyward Course LEarning Center

Skyward's Course Learning Center can be your hub for online learning. In this session, you'll learn how to develop an online classroom environment to distribute learning resources and self-grading assignments and assessments that populate directly into your Skyward Secondary Gradebook. (Appropriate for Grades 6-12)
Register for Skyward Course Learning Center Training

Social Media

Worried about student use of social media? Kids won't know how to use it appropriately unless we teach them how! Through this session, participants will learn how to:
-Set up a Twitter account & examine ways to use Twitter in the classroom
-Create a Vine account, & use Vine for storytelling
-Explore resources such as Fakebook for student use in class projects

Parent communication will be enhanced, as will student engagement. (Appropriate for grades 6-12)
Register for Social Media class
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<![CDATA[Veterans' Day Resources]]>Mon, 09 Nov 2015 03:52:24 GMThttp://tech205.weebly.com/tech-resources/veterans-day-resourcesWe will observe a day of remembrance in honor of Veterans' Day with no school on Wednesday, November 11, 2015. Here are a few resources to help students learn about the honor and sacrifices associated with the veterans who have helped preserve our freedoms, 
There are, of course, countless other ways to learn about our nation's veterans and the sacrifices they have made of each of us. We hope you will join us in remembering and honoring their service. 
<![CDATA[Please complete our Technology Survey]]>Thu, 22 Oct 2015 14:56:10 GMThttp://tech205.weebly.com/tech-resources/please-complete-our-technology-surveyGalesburg Parents & community members are invited to complete our technology survey to help guide future decisions.
<![CDATA[Drive & Hapara: How Private Are They?]]>Tue, 13 Oct 2015 17:31:37 GMThttp://tech205.weebly.com/tech-resources/drive-hapara-how-private-are-theyRecent Question from a Parent: When my children log into their school Google Drive accounts on my home computer, what exactly can teachers see?  
Answer: Only what kids choose to share.
We can only see what students choose to store on on school-owned devices or in their school-managed Google Drive or school GMail accounts. We cannot search through personal files on private devices, nor do we have the time, resources, or inclination to do so.
Schools have both the right and the responsibility to monitor students' online behavior when using school-owned resources, like school-managed Google Drive and GMail, school-owned Chromebooks, lab PCs in schools, etc. These resources, physical or otherwise, are considered the legal property of the school district. 
Let's keep thinking along those same lines for a moment. It is widely known and accepted that school officials can - and do - search school lockers from time to time for a variety of reasons. The locker is, after all, school property. If inappropriate or unsafe materials are stored by students in those lockers, there could be consequences.

​The same holds true for the digital "lockers" the school provides students in the form of Google Drive, along with the information that students choose to put there. That school-managed Google Drive account is also school property, and is subject to search at any time by school officials.  
It's fairly easy to equate the physical devices to things like microscopes and playground equipment. These things are all easily understood to be "property." However, when we think of information stored in Google Drive, things can start to get a bit murky - it's not really physical "things" we commonly think of as property.

Instead, think of the school-managed Google Drive like a digital version of the hallway locker that the school provides for students to use - it's a place to hold "stuff." Storing digital files in a school-managed Google Drive account is like putting books, assignments, and other materials inside a locker at school.   
Our District uses software called Hapara Teacher Dashboard​ to help teachers manage student/teacher workflow at the secondary (grades 6-12) level. This includes the digital versions of distributing, collecting & giving feedback on assignments. As with paper assignments, sometimes students lose or misfile things. Using Teacher Dashboard software, teachers and students can collaborate to manage digital files in school-provided storage and school-managed communications. Hapara helps teachers and students work together to stay organized and communicate for learning activities.   
​Teachers are expected to manage student behaviors in educational environments to promote good learning experiences. Additionally, we also use Hapara Interact to help teachers manage students' online behaviors. Many teachers use Interact to push out web-based activities to students, provide assistance remotely, and even give private encouragement or reminders to stay on-task. Of course, another part of Interact is the ability for a teacher to see all the tabs that a student has open on school-managed Chromebooks, a feature often-lamented by students who would rather surf YouTube & play computer games when they should be working on school activities.   
Hapara works with school-managed Google Devices and school-managed Google accounts & resources only. It does not work with private Google accounts or personal devices.
Please notice the many references to "school-owned" and "school-managed" property. Hapara Teacher Dashboard and Hapara Interact only work with school-owned devices and school-managed Google Drive and GMail accounts. Personal devices, personal accounts, and personal cloud storage remain just as private and secure as students choose to keep them.
  • When students use home computers to access Google Drive, teachers still cannot see what's on the home computer.
  • Hapara does not work on your home computer. Hapra only works on school-managed Chromebooks.
The only time teachers could see files from a home computer is if students actively choose to store the file in their school-managed Google Drive or share the file through school-managed GMail or Drive. 
Students should be taught to never share passwords. Students should also be taught to avoid storing personal files on school-managed Google Drive accounts. District #205 encourages all staff to teach these and other Internet Safety topics to every student annually. Following teachers' instructions in these areas will help ensure that private files remain private. 
We trust that students will continue to make responsible decisions regarding privacy. We hope that parents and guardians will help us reinforce to students the importance of keeping their school and personal files separate. 
<![CDATA[Make Chrome Work for You]]>Tue, 06 Oct 2015 16:05:17 GMThttp://tech205.weebly.com/tech-resources/make-chrome-work-for-youQuestion: Every day when I start work, I open GMail, Calendar, Drive, and a couple other web services individually in separate tabs. Is there an easier way to make this happen? 
Answer: YES!!! And here's how: 
  • Next, click the blue ​Set pages link at the end of that statement.
  • Click the Use current pages button, and all your open tabs will be listed. You can add more if you wish.
This should work Chrome in most operating systems. I've done this on my desktop & laptop PCs and on a Chromebook. It works the same way on each, and helps me savor a few precious moments with my coffee before I start my day!
  • Click OK and you're ready to go! Close Chrome and re-open it, and all the tabs you specified will open for you, auto-magically!
Many thanks to Galesburg High School Principal Roy VanMeter for posing this great time-saving question!
  • Open Chrome and, in separate tabs, launch all the services and sites you would like to have open when you start your day. Arrange them in the order you'd like them to appear.
  • Click the menu icon, which looks like 3 horizontal lines in the upper right corner, near the red X
  • Choose Settings 
  • Find the words On Startup and click to fill in the circle next to Open a specific page or set of pages.
<![CDATA[C & I Newsletter oct 02 2015]]>Fri, 02 Oct 2015 16:24:49 GMThttp://tech205.weebly.com/tech-resources/c-i-newsletter-oct-02-2015