Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Windows 10 Coming to a Desktop Near You

Windows 10 is coming to District 219!!
All PC computers are being upgraded to Windows 10 over the summer. 

This Windows 10 Intro Guide, provides a great overview of what to expect and basic "how to's" for navigating and customizing your desktop.

Check out the PDC Summer offerings to see the Windows 10 sessions, or drop in the Niles West PDC Room 2153 if you happen to be in the area.

There are also many resources available from AtomicLearning.com if you wish to learn remotely: AtomicLearning.com Windows 10 resources. To access the tutorials, use your D219 username and password.

Summer Learning in the PDC

The Professional Development Center staff from North and West will be located in the Niles West  PDC, room 2153, for the summer. We are open from 7:30-4:00 Monday - Friday. Come visit!
Workshops will be offered throughout the summer. The schedule is listed below, but we are available any time to assist with your tech needs. Give us a call and we will schedule time just for you.
All workshops are 45 minutes long, followed by lab time. This year we are covering:
  • Time to Get Googly - Classroom, Apps and Add-ons and new Google Sites
  • Mastery Manager
  • Windows 10
  • Video in the Classroom for Students and Teachers

Time to get Googly! Whether you’re a Google Apps pro, or just getting started, there is always something new to learn. Attend a session to brush up or learn something new.

Google Classroom

Classroom is a platform that allows you to easily share and manage announcements and assignments with your students. If you’ve been frustrated with sharing, organizing and grading student work with Google Docs, Classroom could be a game changer. June 13 - 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM July 12 - 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM July 25 - 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM

Apps and Add-ons Additional features can be added to documents and spreadsheets using Google Add-ons. From Mail merge to a QR Code generator to changing case and merging cells in Sheets, Add-ons will greatly enhance your Google experience. Add Apps (web applications) directly to your Chrome browser and a whole new world of programs will be at your fingertips!

June 7 - 9:00 AM

June 8 - 2:00 PM June 15 - 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM

New Google Sites There is a new site in town! Google has introducing an updated version of Google sites.

June 14 - 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM July 11 - 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM July 27 - 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM

Creating Assessments with Mastery Manager
Are you a Mastery Manager hold-out? If so, come see what you’ve been missing! You can quickly create answer key assessments using your existing tests, or develop question bank assessments. Formative or summative assessments can be administered on paper or online. Learning Targets can be associated with each question to closely measure what the student knows. Mastery Manager reports provide student data throughout school years and offer longitudinal analysis on student performance. NEW Feature: Assessments can even be delivered online using a secure browser on the chromebooks! So whether you’ve been avoiding Mastery Manager, or you need a refresher, don’t miss these sessions.
  • Answer Key Assessments
    Create an answer key only assessment using various types of questions and assign learning targets. You can even attach a rubric to the assessment! 

    June 27 - 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM June 29 - 9:00 AM

  • Item Bank AssessmentsItem Banks can be created in Mastery Manager by entering questions or importing questions in a variety of file formats, including a text file.

    June 28 - 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM June 29 - 2:00 PM

Video Projects in the Classroom

There are a number of free video programs available for you and your students. 
Whether you want to flip a lesson or assign a video project, there’s an app for that. 

Teacher videos: Screencast presentations, documents or websites adding your own voice-over to create video lessons. Use EDpuzzle to create an interactive video by adding questions to engage students and add accountability.
Student videos: Create videos from smartphones, tablets or computers. Make digital photo stories by adding photos, video, music and narration, or simply edit video clips with effects and captions.

  • Screencast to create videos with voice-over using Screencast-o-matic and Screencastify
    July 13 - 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM
  • EDpuzzle - customize videos by editing, cropping, recording audio, and adding your own questions. Collect class data as students interact with the video. EDpuzzle will even grab your class lists from Google Classroom!
    June 22 - 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM
    July 19 - 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM
  • We Video - powerful desktop and smartphone app that allows audio recordings/narrations, text, and photo, video, and music uploads.
    Viva Video - smartphone video editor, photo slideshow maker & movie editing app.
    June 20 - 9:00 AM and 2:00 PMJuly 20 - 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM
  • YouTube Video Editor - add pictures, videos, music, create your own channel with playlists!
    June 21 - 9:00 AM and 2:00 PMJuly 18 - 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM

Out with the old, in with the new. Computers will be upgraded to Windows 10 over the summer. We will review the Start menu,  Stop in for a test run so you're ready to roll in the Fall.
June 7 - 2:00 PM
June 8 - 9:00 AM
July 26 - 9:00 AM
July 26 - 2:00 PM