#ASD Dept. of Tech


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by enhancing and transforming the delivery of rigorous and relevant instruction for each student


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Tech Empowers January 2018: Redesigning Libraries for Collaboration & Innovation
At Auburn Riverside High School, librarian Lisa Gallinatti is transforming the library from one where students only consume information to one in which they can create, collaborate, and problem solve in new ways. She has redesigned new work spaces in the library that include small group work tables with smart TVs at which students can connect their Chromebooks for collaborative viewing and work. 

Here students are viewing/analyzing Jacob Lawrence's art to help them better understand Frederick Douglas’ The Fugitive. Lisa shares, “Viewing the art on the TVs was so much better then via the LCD projectors which tend to diminish/washout the colors.” In other instances, teachers/classes have used the space to jigsaw activities benefiting by small group viewing and responding. We can’t wait to see what comes out of the ARHS library next!

Tech Educates November/December: A celebration!
Auburn School District has received a School of TechXcellence Award from District Administration magazine! 

TechXcellence was created by District Administration magazine, in conjunction with HP and Intel, to recognize schools that have implemented innovative, effective and replicable technology programs that contribute meaningfully to student or operational success. The December 2017 honorees were selected by the program’s judges from numerous nominations, and reflect programs that demonstrate effective and replicable success. Auburn School District was honored for its TechConnect professional development efforts.

The Department of Technology would like to congratulate and thank our TechConnect presenters for their hard work and dedication to the Auburn School District!

Tech Engages October 2017: Virtual Reality 

Since the arrival of a virtual reality kit, via a Computer Science grant, nearly 1,000 students at Pioneer and Gildo Rey Elementary Schools have studied a variety of computer and science topics through the use of Google Expeditions.

Google Expeditions uses a group of 360 degree pictures and interactive goggles to engage students in an immersive educational experience. The use of virtual reality helps students engage in the learning material in a personal way and provides a controlled, schema-building experience, much like going on a field trip. Using a

teacher tablet to share a collection of pictures to Android phones docked into virtual reality headsets, students are led through an exploration of concepts selected by teachers to deconstruct meaning from images. Elementary school teachers, librarians and computer science specialists are collaborating across the district to support NGSS and technology standards while promoting media literacy.

“Students are very enthusiastic about using virtual reality to learn content area information. This tool helps students engage in a richer multimedia format to develop unique and memorable learning experiences.”

For more information on Google Expeditions, visit https://edu.google.com/expeditions/#about.

Shawn Welsh
Librarian & Instructional Technology Support Specialist
Gildo Rey Elementary School

Tech Empowers September 2017: 1:1 Secondary Roll Out!

1:1 take home launch is here! Over 8,700 Chromebooks have been distributed in all ASD middle and high schools this month! 

The initiative is realized thanks to the direction and advice of the District Technology Advisory Committee; the development of online family resources by the business and technology departments; staff training provided by secondary teachers and technology department staff; physical labor from Support Services and the technology department; and support from secondary front office and building-based technology support staff. 

Thank you to everyone working tirelessly to provide a 21st century learning environment for our students! We are in the process of fulfilling our 2014 levy promise to provide digital resources to students where and when they need them.

Support resources continue to be created with support from staff and shared among schools, among them: