TIES Learning and Technology Newsletter - October 2015

October 2015

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Fall is upon us and as the weather changes our L&T Team begins the final planning for the TIES 2015 conference. Don’t miss out on the workshops being offered by extraordinary educators from MN, WI, IA, and three of our featured speakers. If you’re looking for professional development opportunities here at TIES but can’t take the time away from your classroom join us for a Saturday workshop in October or November. October is an excellent time to begin really talking about Digital Citizenship with students and families. We’ve provided some excellent resources to help you get started. Happy Fall!


Saturday Classes

There are still spots available for upcoming Saturday classes at TIES! Sign up for these 3 or 6 hour courses here. Be sure to join the waitlist if the class is full.  If the demand is high enough we will try to add another section.

Saturday, October 24:

  • iPad Introduction

  • Google Drive Introduction and +3 coaching

  • YouTube in the Classroom

Saturday, November 21:

  • Creativity Through Makerspaces

  • Going Google on the iPad

  • Swimming in SAMR

  • Digital Resources for Online and Blended Courses

  • Differentiation using Technology

  • Google Forms for Assessment

  • iCreate

  • Google Classroom

TIES 2015: Breaking Through: Transforming Pedagogy with Technology

TIES 2015 - Breaking Through: Transforming Pedagogy with Technology
Preconference Workshops December 12-13, 2015
Conference December 14-15, 2015

The TIES Conference is right around the corner. We have an incredible line up of featured speakers with a wide range of expertise. Don’t miss the opportunity to attend their workshops on Sunday or to hear their sessions on Monday and Tuesday. 

Featured Speaker Workshops - Sunday, December 13 

  • Explain Everything Master Class: Interactive whiteboarding,collaboration, screencasting, and multimedia project design! - Reshan Richards
  • A Global Revolution Goes to School: The Maker Movement -  Keynote Speaker Sylvia Martinez
  • Cool Tools for the BYOD Classroom - Tammy Worcester Tang
  • Google Activities for Students! - Tammy Worcester Tang

More Information for Preconference Workshops

  • Don’t forget to use the official conference hashtag #TIES15 on all your social media posts about the conference.
  • Register Today!

Our Favorite Things

Improved Google Forms - Check out the new features in Google Forms that include new themes, add your own photo or logo and new buttons to quickly insert images and videos. The responses are easier to review too with a tab right in the form editor.

See New Changes Button - Google Docs has added a ‘See New Changes’ Button at the top of the screen to see what changes have been made since you were last in the document so you can pick up right where your teammates left off.

Our Family Toolbox - Looking for ways to engage and educate parents and families around education technology topics? Check out the Common Sense Media resources available in the Family Toolbox to to help parents have authentic conversations at home with their kids while building the bridge between home and school.

Google TourBuilder - Picks up where Google LitTrips on Google Earth left off. Create simple points on the map and upload pics and descriptions to describe progress through a road trip or a fictional literary trip.

Digital Citizenship Week - Digital Citizenship Week is October 18-24, 2015. This is a great time to focus on making parents and students aware of good digital citizenship practices, including how to stay safe online, prevent cyberbullying, and protect privacy.Join parents and educators on Twitter at #Havethetalk to discuss digital citizenship issues. More resources are available at https://goo.gl/kldqM7 from Common Sense Media. 

‘Tis the Season - It’s clear by the changing leaves and shift in weather that Autumn is in fact here. Whether you are a celebrator of the bountiful harvest, or prefer to keep things spooky, there are ways to work the season into your curriculum. Pinterest has a board of Spooky STEM ideas for all ages. Science Sparks has shared some Halloween Science Experiments that are appropriate for your littlest learners. App Advice has also come up with a list of Apps for Halloween, mostly scary ones, so beware! Lastly, you and your students could participate in “All Hallows Read” where you use the week of Halloween to send a scary book to someone else.

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