Thursday, January 31, 2013

Cable TV Channel Reaches Out to Student Producers

In order to foster student involvement and broaden the appeal and range of content on Channel 16, Niles North and Niles West are each adding five Student Production Tech Leaders to the production team.

Student Production Tech Leaders must be available five hours per week to create, record, and edit content for the District’s PEG (Public, Educational, or Government) cable access channel.

Seen in Skokie, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, and Niles on Comcast cable (channel 16 or digital channel 86-2) and RCN (channel 21) cable in Skokie, the channel serves as a window through which the communities we serve may see what opportunities and experiences the District offers to our students.

The addition of Student Production Tech Leaders will create an expanded team of producers to cover sports, arts, school life, special events, academic accomplishments, news, and original programming ideas. The programming these students create will be available on TV and on the web, so it is important that they take ownership of the quality of their work to reflect the quality of the activities here at District 219. Leadership and creativity are must-have qualities for student producers.

If you know of any students with a creative eye and a desire to learn real video production values and techniques, please share the link below with them and encourage them to apply for the position!


Likewise, If you have any suggestions that would help us to build a better Cable TV Production program, please do not hesitate to contact Mike Hoffman (West) or Robert Henderson (North) to discuss your suggestions.

NICE Mini-Conference AAL Year 3 Presenation

The AAL staff was happy to present at the NICE Mini-Conference on January 26, 2013 at Niles North- sharing the District’s progress with Board Goal III, “Anywhere, Anytime, Learning.“ 

School district representatives from  around the state were in attendance, each in varying stages of their own 1:1 deployment. Some participants visited the Student Help Desk and took notes in order to emulate our room setup. Most commented that they were impressed with the structure of the Tech Leaders program.  A few Tech Leaders were on hand to answer questions about the TL Program.  

Many schools, that the AAL staff spoke with, are making a student help desk area a priority. Student involvement in a 1:1 initiative is important to its success.

Congratulations to the Tech Leaders for contributing to the success of this important conference.

Examining Student CFA Data

Use Pinnacle Instruction (PI) to assess your students' performance. You can easily generate a variety of reports for each class to determine how your students performed on each question, Learning Target, etc..The PDC will be hosting a Tech Talks series beginning Tuesday 2/5 to walk users through the process.

Detailed instructions for running PI reports are available from the PDC website.

Please drop by if we can help

North Room 1405
West Room 2153

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Hippo How-To: Playlist Feature

Hippo How-To: Playlist Feature

The HippoCampus Playlist feature is the perfect solution for creating lesson plans, study guides, or review materials. Free custom account holders can design multiple playlists to organize their favorite multimedia content, either from HippoCampus or anywhere else on the web.

Check out D219's HippoCampus site, and set up an account if you have not already.

Want to create your own playlist? Watch this short video to learn how!

Learning Targets Available in Gradebooks

Tracking student mastery of academic content can be difficult and time consuming. Pinnacle Gradebook software facilitates this process for teachers. The learning targets for courses with common final assessments have been pre-loaded into the gradebooks for 2nd Semester, giving teachers the opportunity to tie their assignments to the same course learning targets used in the Common Final Assessments. After associating the student assessments to specific Learning Targets, teachers can use a variety of reports to displaying assess student achievement. 

Screenshot of Learning Targets attached to assignments
Introductory Video

 If your course code is highlighted in green, the Learning Targets should be appearing in your gradebook.  List of Courses with Learning Targets

Maine 207 is Offering Summer Google Academies

Back by popular demand! 
Apps for Education (GAFE) in the Collaborative Classroom – Summer 2013

Maine 207 is offering its summer Google academies check them out here:  spaces fill up fast. We are offering a basic and advanced course as well as a course to help you become a Google Certified Trainer.

Illinois Google Apps Summit

We invite you to the first annual Google Apps for Education Illinois Summit to be held at the Glenbrook North High School on March 27 & 28, 2013. This high intensity two day event focuses on deploying, integrating and using Google Apps for Education to promote student learning in K-12 and higher education. The program features Google Certified Teachers, Google Apps for Education Certified Trainers, practicing administrators, solution providers, Google engineers, and representatives from the Google Apps for Education team. 

Register now to send teachers, administrators, tech directors, library media specialists, tech support staff, CTOs, and anyone who is interested in finding out more about leveraging Google Apps for Education to support student learning.

Introducing PDC Tech Talks

The Professional Development Centers will now be hosting a new TechTalk every week. Drop in and pick up a new skill or tool in less than a period. These TechTalks will include workshops and resources. Check out the schedule and click on the link to our TechTalks' Blog for more detailed information.

Upcoming Topics:

Week of February 4 - Examining Student CFA Data
Use Pinnacle Instruction (PI) to assess your students' performance. You can easily generate a variety of reports for each class to determine how your students performed on each question, Learning Target, etc..

Week of February 11 - Create Email Groups from Class Lists
Email and share Google docs with your students by importing your class lists from the portal into groups in your gmail contacts! Once these lists are imported, you can easily email each class or share documents by just selecting the group.

Week of February 18 - Moodle Forums
A great way to engage groups of students in a safe environment is through creating a forum. There are four basic forum types. In this workshop, we’ll explore the various types. 

Week of February 26 - Ipevo Document Cameras
Learn how to maximize these easy to use use document cameras in your classroom. These multi-function tools are not only great for projecting documents, but also capture images and work as webcams.


Week of March 4 - SlideRocket
An online presentation platform where you can quickly and easily create and deliver stunning presentations with quantifiable results. Review statistics about who, where and when a presentation was viewed and how the viewer interacted with it.

Week of March 11 - Socrative
A free online program that allows students to use netbooks or other mobile devices in place of clickers.

Week of March 18 - Create Your Own YouTube Channel
Set up you own YouTube Channel to harness the potential of the vast resources available to you and your students through YouTube, using playlists, comment and favorites to manage content.

Students Involved with Technology Conference

SIT Conference @ Stevenson High School

Saturday, February 23, 2013

On February 23, 2013 the Bloomington-Normal Education Alliance, along with State Farm, and the Illinois State Board of Education will present its annual Students Involved with Technology (SIT) conference at Stevenson High School.

For the past few years several of the District’s Tech Leaders, who work intimately with the AAL program, have presented workshops. In the past, Tech Leader topics have included:
  • Applications for the Modern Student - Tech Leaders share their favorite/essential Web 2.0 and smartphone applications;
  • Make Yourself Known - ways to safely promote your talents online;
  • Web 2.0 and the Cloud - DropBox and other cloud-based file storage services that can be accessed anywhere/anytime.

Tech Leaders are currently fleshing out their presentation ideas for this year's conference. It is expected that ten Tech Leaders will attend, working in teams to present multiple topics.

To learn more about the SIT Conference, visit:

For a recap of the Tech Leaders’ experience last year, visit the Technology Department Blog:

Friday, January 4, 2013

NICE Mini-Conference @ Niles North Jan 26, 2013

NICE Mini-Conference @ Niles North

Saturday, January 26, 2013
Educators from all over northeastern Illinois will converge on Niles North for the annual NICE mini-conference on Saturday, January 26, 2013.

A wide-range of topics will be presented, some by District 219’s own talented faculty.
  • Tim Furman/Abe Sihweil - 1:1 Deployment: Three-years In  
  • Nathan Gray - Virtual Sophomore English Class
  • Natalie Komo/Jessica Smith - Integrating Technology into Content Area Teaching
  • Philip Lacey: OER: Free High Quality Content for Digital Classrooms
  • David Ruth: Using Mosync to Create Apps for iPhone and Android

Admission is only $5.