Tuesday, October 30, 2012


Wireless Access at NTHS

District 219 provides staff and students unlimited access and use of our wireless service as long as the user abides to the AUP.  Connecting and using  our WiFi is simple but requires some basic information that can be found on our wireless@NTHS web site .

On this site you will find step-by-step instructions for connecting your wireless device to our WiFi network, tips to try when troubleshooting a wireless issue, as well as a form where you can submit your WiFi feedback to the Help Desk.  

We continually monitor the network for coverage and capacity but your timely input regarding the "end user experience" in your classrooms or workspace is appreciated and provides us with valuable feedback that help us maintain a consistent and seamless network coverage throughout the district.

So remember, if you have issues, we want to know about it!

Please visit http://url.d219.org/wireless and report them.

Technology Innovation Grants 2012 Accepting Submissions

Technology Innovation Grants 2012 Accepting Submissions

Each year the Technology Committee for School Improvement (TCSI) and the Board of Education provides a grant to foster technology innovation in the classroom. There is $25,000 available in competitive funds for each building.  Each application will be judged by members of TCSI. Note: They are looking for innovative ways to infuse technology and digital literacy into the curriculum. If you have questions about the programs or need help with your application, your TCSI representative will be happy to help you.

TCSI is recommending that we expand the Technology Innovation Grants to include development of innovative instructional projects, such as: lessons enhanced by technology and curriculum resources, in addition to the more traditional requests for technology hardware.  The grants may follow a similar structure as Summer Projects; i.e. pay based on the number of hours allotted for the type of project proposed.

For consderation, log into Eduphoria, under Formspace: http://eduphoria.niles-hs.k12.il.us/forms/ Look for IS/Technology Dept and then Technology Innovation Grant Form.

Submission deadline is Monday, November 5, 2012 at 4pm. All requests will be judged at the next TCSI meeting on Thursday, November 8, 2012.  

TCSI Department Reps:

Niles North
Niles West
Chris Powell
Chris Powell
English / Reading
Ivan Silverberg
Joe Edwards
ESL / Foreign Languages
Josef Neumayer
Josef Neumayer
Fine Arts
Mike Beeftink
Matt Fahrenbacher
Dave Ruth
Matt Fahrenbacher
Physical Welfare
Mike Beeftink
Susie Lim
Mike Beeftink
Susie Lim
Social Studies
Ivan Silverberg
Joe Edwards
Special Education
Ivan Silverberg
Joe Edwards
Library / Media Services
Angie Condon
Angie Condon
Student Activities
Ivan Silverberg
Josef Neumayer
Literacy Centers
Dave Ruth
Chris Powell

Monday, October 29, 2012

Freshman Digital Literacy Assessment Results

Incoming freshmen have been evaluated on their technology skills through an assessment provided by Atomic Learning which aligns with the National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS-S). ISTE's NETS are the standards for evaluating the skills and knowledge students need to learn effectively and live productively in an increasingly global and digital world. The results of this assessment provides an overview of what skills have transferred with students as they transition from middle school. 

NETS-S Guideline
1: Creativity & Innovation
2: Communication & Collaboration
3: Research & Information Fluency
4: Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Decision Making
5: Digital Citizenship
6: Technology Operation and Concepts

Freshmen were tested at North, during extended homeroom activities, which allowed for more student participation.  At West, freshman were given standard homeroom time and study hall periods to work on the assessment; the same method used in previous years at both buildings.  

The advantage of conducting assessments during an extended homeroom over standard homeroom periods and study halls is evident by the numbers. Without supervision and teacher prompting, it becomes difficult to have students realize the value of this assessment.  

The following chart shows assessment results for the current school year in comparison to the previous year.
The percentage is the average for all respondents that show proficiency in the category tested
Testing Dates: August 21 - October 7, 2012
Fall 2012
Fall 2011
Number of Completed Assessments
North 2012
West 2012
North 2011
West 2011
1: Creativity & Innovation
2: Communication & Collaboration
3: Research & Information Fluency
4: Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Decision Making
5: Digital Citizenship
6: Technology Operation and Concepts

We plan to retest the Junior class sometime in the Spring. Our hope to gain enough information about student growth in digital literacy.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

NICE Mini Conference at North

We are writing to personally invite you to submit a proposal for the Northern Illinois Computer Educators (NICE) Mini-Conference to be held on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at Niles North High School (Skokie, IL).
The Mini-Conference brings over 350 educators together from Northeastern Illinois to learn and share about education technology that’s happening right now in classrooms and schools.  With an admission price of only $5 (waived of course for presenters), it’s an affordable way to get some relevant professional development applied immediately into one’s current practices. 

The call for proposals is open now
 and we’d love to have you submit a presentation.  Please consider joining for a great day of learning and sharing. The deadline is November 16, 2012.
Let us know if you have any questions and we hope to hear from you soon.

David and Caren
2013 NICE Mini-Conference Co-Chairs

Read&Write for Google Docs

Reads Google documents in Chrome.

NEW! Read&Write for Google DocsTM to make your Google Documents accessible - available at no charge on the Chrome Web Store!

Use Google Docs with all of your students including those with dyslexia, learning disabilities, struggling readers, and English Language Learners. This Chrome Extension makes any Google document accessible.   

Read&Write for Google Docs adds many of the popular support features of Read&Write GOLD to Google Docs documents including:

- Text To Speech with Dual Synchronized Highlighting.
- Talking Dictionary
- Picture Dictionary
- Vocabulary Tool
- Study Skills tools to capture Google highlights

Download the ReadWrite Chrome App from the Chrome Store.

CK12 Updates: Multi-Modality Learning Objects Available

Multi-Modalities are Here!
Multi Modality

Beginning this month, we at CK-12 are excited about the launch of our new, multi-modality platform, available for the majority of our expanding STEM concepts.

Some of the features of Multi-Modality Concepts:

1. Flashcards from StudyBlue
2. Study Guides - Teacher and Student Contributed
3. Videos and Multimedia
4. Critical Thinking - Questions submitted from Students
5. Exercises - Test your Knowledge of the Concept
CK-12 Community
registered users 
70% students, 30% educators
38,000 hours 
per month online 
average of 5 min. per session per user prior to downloading
17M learning 
experiences delivered 
growth of 1M experiences per week
FlexBooks created 
3x growth YoY
140 FREE
titled textbooks

Whether students learn best by reading, watching a lecture, or playing around with interactive models, CK-12 provides the ideal resources for them.

See an example of multi-modalities 

Here's What's New

SHARE: Now, you can share - via Twitter, Facebook, or E-mail - components/modalities from individual concepts with family, friends, and fellow students. Create your own customized groups as well. Click on the Share arrow, as seen.
RATE: When in a particular modaility, use the Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down to indicate favorability. Note: You do need to be signed in to CK-12 to perform this function.

CK-12 and Braingenie are One!

Braingenie builds deep mastery and sharpens problem-solving skills through the most comprehensive K-12 math and science practice content. We have recently added links on the Braingenie skill pages (videos and practices) to comparable material on CK-12's main site as well. Check it out!

Visit: https://braingenie.ck12.org.

NOVA Partnership

NOVA revolves around a simple premise: the world of science is exciting! This award-winning, PBS program (produced by WGBH Boston) has partnered with CK-12, aligning selected video content with our concepts.

Here is an example from the Concept "Fish" - this NOVAvideo helps in overcoming misconceptions about sharks.

NASA: Special Recognition with CK-12

Continuing our groundbreaking partnership with NASA, 30 contributors and developers of the FlexBook entitled "Modeling and Simulation for High School Teachers: Principles, Problems, and Lesson Plans," were honored for their efforts at a ceremony that took place on August 10th at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

"If it wasn't for your experience and your passion for sharing knowledge, we might not be here today," Lesa Roe, Director of NASA Langley, said proudly. "Your combined efforts will have a positive and lasting impact as teachers - and states - across the nation work toward improving their science standards."
To view the award-winning FlexBook, click here.
Watch for our new Facebook and iPad Apps!
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HippoCampus Updates

HippoCampus for Mobile Devices
An iOS-friendly version of HippoCampus is now accessible from web browsers on mobile devices. Current content available on this mobile version of HippoCampus includes the NROC collection from Arithmetic, Algebra & Geometry, Statistics & Probability, Physics, Earth Science, and History & Government. Although users cannot log in from the mobile version, they can access custom HippoCampus sites and Playlists with the LogIn ID or custom site URL : 

Webinar: Using HippoCampus in the Classroom

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Last month, teachers and administrators participated in a 40-minute webinar training session that covered customization of HippoCampus content and textbooks, screen maximization for classroom display, the difference between browsing Topics and launching full courses, creating Playlists, and creating textbook correlations. 

Click HERE to view the webinar recording.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Google Updates

Google Teacher Academy Applications - The GTA is a FREE 2 day professional development experience designed to help primary and secondary educators from around the globe get the most from innovative technologies. Each Academy gives participants hands-on experience with Google's free products and immerse them in a supportive community of educators making impact. Apply for the next GTA, December 5-6 in Mountain View, CA, by October 4th.

YouTube for Teachers - Did you know that there are over 300+ curated YouTube EDU playlists of videos that align with common core standards? These playlists can be found on the ‘Classroom Subjects’ tab at YouTube.com/Teachers. However, nothing beats the collective brilliance of educators everywhere, so for the next phase of this project we’d love YOUR suggestions of the best to include.

Google Apps for Education New website - Is your school looking for email and collaboration tools that help you be productive and help your students prepare for the 21st century workforce? If so, check out Google Apps for Education. Google Apps gives schools web-based email, calendar & documents that allow for collaborative working anytime, anywhere.  And it’s free. Completely free. Try Apps today