Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Full Calendars

Thank GOODNESS for Google Calendar!  If it weren't for that tool, I wouldn't know where I was or where I was going next most days!  Edgecombe Early College High School continues to keep me busy as they get used to life without a resident MaryAnn.  We have developed some procedures that should be easy to follow and will help keep things in order over there when I am not in the house!

SouthWest Edgecombe High School has reached out for a little MsP love again.  I worked with them about a week ago getting their student laptops catalogued and today, I was able to help Mr. Baker get the student database updated and ready for checkout.  SWE students should begin checking out laptops starting tomorrow. Mr. Baker is always so appreciative of anything I can do to help.  It is a true joy to work with him for the students at SWE.

Tomorrow, all of the tech facilitators will be working with Mr. Gould to develop Moodle procedures for the rest of the year and into perpetuity!  If you have Moodle needs in the district, don't hesitate to contact Shanda Edwards, Russell Smith or myself and we will hook you up!  Keep in mind that there are several alternative Learning Management Systems available if Moodle isn't your cup of tea!  We are starting a Schoology initiative in the district this year.  Several of the teachers at North have jumped on that bandwagon with both feet and love it!  And in very short order (early October is what we hear), we will be rolling out Gaggle to the district, which will be an email solution for students, but oh so much more!  Keep it tuned in here for the latest updates to the Gaggle roll out!

Tomorrow afternoon and next week, I will begin my ClassScape trainings with several of the schools in the district.  Tomorrow, Stocks Elementary's 3rd Grade teachers will be training up on this assessment tool, provided by the district to help prepare students for the End-of-Grade/-Course tests.  The district is using this tool for benchmark testing this year, but teachers can also build their own custom assessments based on the new Common Core standards.  Next week, I will be spending the day with Pattillo School on Wednesday as I work with grade level teams there.

Like I said... without the assistance of Google Calendar, I wouldn't know where I was!  Aren't we glad there are so many cool techno-tools to keep us on track in this 21st Century world we live in?  I know I am!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Busy Week

Wow!  I keep thinking things will settle down, but this new role is proving to be one that promises to keep me busy!  I started the week with a trip to Phillips Middle School with my colleague, Russell Smith, to show Schoology.com to Ms. Cooper, the CTE teacher.  Ms. Cooper is an experienced Moodle user and has quite an impressive course set up in Moodle already.  We were able to help her by setting up her 6th grade students and making sure all her staff had access to her course, but we also showed her Schoology and I think we have a convert!  As soon as we get the Gaggle initiative rolled out, she will be ready to join the ranks of Schoology.

All three of the tech facilitators, Shanda Edwards, Russell Smith and myself, took a trip on Wednesday to Coker-Wimberly Elementary to demonstrate a new type of projector that makes any surface an interactive board!  This new projector by Epson is pretty amazing.  We also demo-ed mirroring what is displayed on an iPad to a projector using an AppleTV device.  There are so many exciting new hardware devices available for teachers these days.  I am so excited to be doing what I'm doing!

This morning, the staff of Edgecombe Early College participated in Zendesk and iPad training.  We are developing a process through which the teachers will check out class sets of 10 iPads to use with students during the day and provide feedback on how to best use these devices in an educational setting.  I know they are raring to go!  iPads are available starting on Monday!

This afternoon, Russell and I will be travelling to Tarboro High School to help with freshman laptop orientation.  Most students attended this during the Open House on September 26th, but a few missed it and need to participate in this necessary training before being allowed to check out a laptop.

Tomorrow brings some one-on-one Google training with a new employee at the request of Mrs. Sherita Cobb.  We are going to go over the ins and outs of Google Docs and Google Calendars, as well as anything else this new person needs.

Remember, we are here for YOU!  If you have a techno-need, don't hesitate to call on one of your tech facilitators.  We do large and small group, as well as individual training.  But we won't know what you need until you tell us!