TIES Learning and Technology Newsletter - May 2015

MAY 2015

Looking for some inspiration? Summer is around the corner and the Learning and Technology team is working on something to energize everyone. Whether you’re watching a webinar at the cabin or working with a group of teachers here at TIES, we know you will be inspired to use technology in ways you had not yet imagined. Browse the Summer Catalog and sign up today. We’re looking forward to a high energy summer filled with learning and innovation.

Upcoming TIES Events

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KIC Updates 

The Key Instructional Contacts group meets the third Tuesday of each month at TIES.  This is an open group that networks around instructional technology.  Everyone is welcome. Here is a link to the notes from April’s meeting focused on Transitioning to Digital Resources and Best Practices.  Join us on May 19 at 9:00 for our end of the year Unconference.

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Tech Camp

Wednesday, May 27th, 8:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
TIES Tech Camp for Principals offers a unique opportunity for principals and other school leaders to experience just-in-time professional development. This unconference tech camp is for principals and school leaders looking to share, collaborate, and network around prominent education technology topics.

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Google institue 

June 23-24, 2015
Join like-minded colleagues for a two-day active learning experience, featuring Google for Education. Local Google experts, Google Certified Teachers and authorized Google Education Trainers will be your personal guides throughout the institute as we learn together about the Google ecosystem.

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Thursday, August 6, 2015
A one-day festival that explores innovative ways schools have integrated iPads into classrooms and enhanced student learning.

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Education Technology Event

MN EdTech Summer Learning

There are many exciting Education Technology events taking place throughout the state of MN this summer. Thanks to Jen Hegna in Byron, MN for putting together this comprehensive list of offerings.


Our Favorite Things

Big Deal Book
Big Deal Media provides curated resources for K-12 education professionals. Their bi-monthly email newsletter, features examples of these resources, including grants, interactive websites, STEM resources, mobile learning apps and more. The current issue has resources for math and history classrooms as well as general education resources like assessment. Check out the current issue available. Sign up to receive this newsletter directly.

AppSmashing - AppSmash Day Images here!
AppSmash Day was a great success at TIES on April 25th. Teachers from all over the state came together to use multiple iPad apps to create innovative lessons and classroom projects. We want to continue to share by creating a “Best of AppSmash Day” eBook. We’re looking for samples of your best AppSmashes to share and use in our book. Got a great lesson to share? Fill out this form and we’ll feature you and your work in our best of AppSmash collection of lessons.

Video Creation for Any Device 
Everyone has a story to tell but finding the right video editing tool can be tricky especially when students have a variety of devices. WeVideo is a web based application that has powerful video editing capabilities that can be used on any web enabled device. In addition there is a WeVideo app for both android and iOS devices that makes it a video creation tool accessible to anyone. Check out WeVideo Education and put the power of storytelling into your student’s hands.

Featured Classes

Schoology Basics
05/16/2015 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM | 1063-F14D | Troy Cherry 
Schoology is gaining popularity as a learning management system (LMS) for supporting existing face-to-face courses or for teaching in a blended environment This workshop will teach you to enhance your face-to-face classes or design a course for teaching in a blended or online format. We will introduce Schoology’s layout and interface, add resources, design activities and assessments. Participants should have a Schoology account. TIES Training Center

iPad Introduction
05/16/2015 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM | 6100-F14E | Mary Mehsikomer
An iPad is a great tool for classroom learning and personal productivity. In this workshop, participants will master basic operation and navigation of the iPad, explore Native Apps, the App Store, and learn ways to effectively start using the iPad in the classroom. iPads are provided and participants are encouraged to come with ideas to share. TIES Training Center


What's Happening at TIES?

Kindergarten Buddy Day at TIES

Recently, two teachers reached out to the TIES Learning and Technology Department looking for a place to host a wonderful opportunity for student collaboration. Kindergarten teachers Sara Neibergall (Centennial Schools), Katie Zuehlke (Annandale Schools) and their students have been working together virtually throughout the year on different small projects. They have used Google Hangouts and other ways to have conversations and collaborate, but were looking for a way to bring the two groups together in person. On April 30th, both classes and several parent volunteers traveled to TIES and met for the first time. They worked together and used Chatterpix to introduce themselves to their partners, and Adobe Voice to create a short presentation about theanimals they were studying. Mrs. Neibergall said, “It was pretty amazing how those kids connected in such a short time... it was like watching magic happen!” After finishing their projects, we had a small “movie time” where each presentation was played for the students to see. It was a great day of learning for all involved.

Raspberry Pi Day

Spurred by inquiries from Jacob Givand (Robbinsdale Schools) and Jon Larson (ECMECC), TIES hosted an exploratory day investigating the Raspberry Pi micro computer. No one on the TIES L&T staff is by any means an expert with the Raspberry Pi- in fact, many of us had never seen or used one, and that was kind of the exciting part.  About 30 people, students included, gathered to tinker and play with the Raspberry Pi. Led by Jon Larson and Jacob Givand, we were walked through the set up of the Pi, in addition to some different activities you can do with the Pi at the core. Classroom or otherwise, the Raspberry Pi is a powerful little machine that can engage kids in computational thinking and creative problem solving. To top off the day, there was edible raspberry pie for everyone to enjoy. It was a powerful day of learning with students and teachers side by side. Special thanks to Scott Boutang and all of the TIES staff who helped with this who are not from the L & T Department. We are always open to ideas and suggestions you have for ways we can partner in collaborative learning experiences.



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