Tuesday, November 14, 2017

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Bring Coding into your Classroom
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 7:00:00 PM EST - 8:00:00 PM EST
Join us for a practical guide to implementing computer science into your educational environment, starting in kindergarten through 12th grade. Sharing our journey of successes, failures, and advice for the future. Learn about resources for students and teachers to use as guides. Anybody can learn to code and it is a valuable skill for every student. As long as you are a teacher with a growth mindset, willing to learn and encourage students, you are able to bring CS to life in your classroom! Join Josh, Angie, and Velvet as we kick off Computer Science education week. Leave the webinar feeling inspired to kick off the hour of code with your students.


Josh, Angie, and Velvet
Josh Caldwell, Angie Kalthoff, and Velvet Holmes
Josh, Angie and Velvet all have experience integrating innovative uses of technology, especially in computer science topics, into teaching and learning. All three have experience with Code.org across the educational spectrum from district-wide initiatives to the K-12 classroom. 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017


Check out these Co-Teaching PD offerings from SERC (for more information see announcements below) -  Click Here to sign up for Making A Difference Through Co-Teaching and email Virginia Babcock at babcock@ctserc.org  or Clare Wurm at wurm@ctserc.org for additional information on the Calling All Co-Teachers announcement.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Digital Citizenship Week! Resources from ISTE and Common Sense Education

Check out ISTE issues Digital Citizenship Week challenge:

Use new ISTE resources to explore what it means to be a good citizen in a digital world.

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) will leverage Digital Citizenship Week (Oct. 16-20) to raise awareness of the importance of teaching digital citizenship to students of all ages. ISTE challenges students, educators and parents to take time each day during Digital Citizenship Week to explore what it means to be good citizens in a digital world.
“The need to teach digital citizenship skills has never been greater. These skills include concepts like how to use tech to organize around good causes, how to respectfully disagree online, and how to distinguish between true and false information. As our interactions with friends, community members and government leaders become increasingly mediated by technology, we must model and teach the behaviors we hope to see in our next generation of digital leaders,” said ISTE CEO Richard Culatta.
ISTE is providing a number of resources to support schools and families in taking the Digital Citizenship Week challenge:
  • Release of Digital Citizenship in Action: Empowering Students to Engage in Online Communities a book by Kristen Mattson, Ed.D., that focuses on the need for educators to think about digital citizenship as more than a conversation about online safety. Included are tips for creating digital spaces where students can experiment and grow, educator stories about successful participatory digital citizenship and classroom-ready activities.
  • DigCit Coffee Break email course that gives educators a tip a day on digital citizenship, along with free resources to use in their schools, including a printable poster illustrating the three critical elements of digital citizenship.
  • Free webinar for educators, “Bring Digital Citizenship to Life in Your School,” on Oct. 16 at 5 p.m. EDT will examine how to help students realize the potential of technology in engaging ways.
  • Two digital citizenship Twitter chats on Oct. 19 that allow for engagement and sharing of best practices and resources. The first will be led by Marialice Curran, a leading voice in the digital citizenship conversation, at 8 p.m. EDT using the hashtag #ISTEChat. The second, hosted by ISTE’s Digital Citizenship professional learning network, will discuss the role of edtech coaches in the development of digital citizenship, at 9 p.m. EDT using the hashtag #digcit.
Digital Citizenship Week is a national effort focused on helping kids use technology to engage with and improve their communities. Follow the conversation on Twitter at #DigCitWeek.
From Common Sense Education:

What You'll Find

  • Scope & Sequence
  • Student Games & Interactives
  • Professional Development
  • Family Education
Being a good digital citizen is more than knowing your way around the web. It's about connecting and collaborating in ways you didn't even know were possible.
When you teach digital citizenship to your students, you help create a positive school culture that supports safe and responsible technology use. Our K–12 digital citizenship program includes comprehensive learning resources for students, teachers, and family members. Our 65 grade-differentiated lesson plans are based on the research of Dr. Howard Gardner and the Good Play Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The program addresses real challenges for teachers and students to help schools navigate cyberbullying, internet safety, and other digital dilemmas.

Monday, October 16, 2017

October is ADHD Awareness Month!

ADDA – Attention Deficit Disorder Association

From ADDA:

ADHD Awareness

October is ADHD Awareness Month!

ADHDAwarenessMonth_Color_MedKnowing is better! That’s why ADHD Awareness Month is celebrated every October, with events and activities happening all across the country and now, around the world, on the ground and on the Internet, capturing the notice of numerous national, regional and local media outlets resulting in articles, interviews and feature stories.
While awareness about adult ADHD has certainly grown, we have a long way to go before we’re able to help ADHDers everywhere. ADDA believes one of the best ways we can extend the benefits of awareness is to equip ADHDers with resources to help themselves.
Every October, as we celebrate ADHD Awareness Month, you can count on ADDA to find new ways to make it easier than ever for you, an adult with ADHD to help yourself.