Welcome to TIES Learning and Technology Monthly Newsletter
Don’t miss out on the excellent professional development opportunities at TIES this summer. Whether you are interested in becoming a Google Expert or want to join in the festivities of the Great MN iPad Get Together there is something for everyone. Be sure to check out the courses being offered at the TIES Training Center. Many of them are already full and have awaiting list so be sure to register soon.
If you have taken a class at the training center in the past you can register online in KeepCertified. Not sure if you have an account or know how to register? Watch this video for a refresher. Registering online in KeepCertified
If you have never attended a class at the TIES training center you will need to complete this FORM and send it to Dorothy Harmon via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or fax. Once you sign up for your first course you will be able to register in the future online.
TIES Conference call for proposals
Are you interested in sharing your experiences with technology and innovation at the 2015 TIES conference? The theme for the 2015 TIES Conference is Breaking Through: Transforming Pedagogy with Technology and we want you to present! We are currently taking submissions for pre conference workshops and all general sessions. You will notice a new session type this year, Explore and Create, that will be a 90 minute session during the Monday and Tuesday conference that will allow for a more hands on experience. Workshop proposals are due July 31 and general session proposals are due August 28. Go to the TIES Conference Website for more information and to submit your proposal.
Wednesday and Thursday, June 17-18
The International Society for Technology and Education (ISTE) holds it’s annual conference at the end of June in Philadelphia. While thousands of educators will travel to attend, most teachers can’t. Fortunately, ISTE provides many ways to participate without travel or cost.
BestPrep’s Technology Integration Workshop is a four-day staff development that offers numerous breakout and keynote sessions…and it provides each teacher with a half-day job shadow of business and industry and gives everyone time to modify a unit plan based on their new learning. The workshop will be held at the University of St. Thomas in downtown Minneapolis from July 27-30.
MoodleMoot US 2015, the national conference for Moodle, is being held in the Aug 4-6, 2015 at the U of M. Keynotes include founder and developer Martin Dougiamas, open source advocate and IT Director of Pennsylvania’s largest 1:1 rollout Charlie Reisinger and David Earnst , CIO of U of M CEHD, director of Open Textbook Network and director of the Centre for Open Education. Come to collaborate, learn and gain insight into management of your Moodle site.
Whitewater Learning® English Language CEUs
Starting August 1, 2015, teachers and administrators will be required to include professional development about English Learners (also known as ELL) in order to renew their licenses. TIES’ partner Whitewater Learning® already has online content on this topic available for a very low price. Explore their Library for professional development on this topic and more.
Last week Google launched Google Photos, an unlimited photo backup for any type of device. Photos and videos are automatically backed up and synced to your Google account so you can access them from any device. You can also use the Assistant to help organize collections, create slide shows, and optimize photos. One awesome feature is that there is unlimited storage for all photos 16 MP or less so no worries about running out of space or having to pay for more storage. Learn more about Google Photos.
This add-on for Google Forms is a conditional email script based upon what data is submitted in the Form. A slick example was for recording and school incidents where any one of several people need to be notified. With this, the incident is recorded on the Form, and whichever boxes are checked (nurse, principal, liaison officer...) an email is sent to the appropriate person with details of the incident. Also works great for administrator walkthroughs where they can immediately send the results to the staff observed.
Kindergarten Buddy Day at TIES
Recently, two teachers reached out to the TIES Learning and Technology Department looking for a place to host an 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 and Adobe Voice to create a short video about themselves and the animals 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 short “movie time” where each presentation was played for the students to see. It was a great day of learning for all involved. (Two pictures in images folder)
Raspberry Pi Day
Spurred by inquiries from Jacob Givand (Robbinsdale Schools) and Jon Larson (ECMECC), TIES hosted an exploratory day investigating the possibilities of the Raspberry Pi micro computer. About 30 people, students included, gathered to tinker and play with the Raspberry Pi for the day. Led by Jon Larson and Jacob Givand, we were walked through the setup of the Pi and introduced to some different activities that can be done 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.
|We want to highlight a couple L&T staff members that make our PD and training possible: Dorothy Harmon and Chris Andree. Dorothy is our workshop coordinator, and it is her friendly voice that answers your calls, processes your faxed registrations, and calmly works behind the scenes to see that all our workshops run smoothly both at TIES and at your schools and districts. Chris is the super power behind our online presence. He makes sure all of the workshops are available for online registration through KeepCertified, manages our TIES 2015 conference website, and created our new Events site. They are the backbone of what we do, and we are so grateful for their hard work that makes all we do so much easier.|