June 16, 2017 Technology Blog - 90 Blogs on the Wall

June 16, 2017 / Matthew Tobin

Over ninety blogs have been posted to the EdTECH Hub blog! Ninety +. Let that sink in for a minute. That is ninety times the Instructional Technology team has provided content to enrich your day. Our goal from the beginning, ninety-odd blogs ago was to positively influence your teaching and student learning. Technologies and personnel have come and gone, but the blog has remained ever vigilant to its purpose: Providing accurate application based information to aid teaching and learning...

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June 5, 2017 Technology Blog - End of the Year Tech List

June 5, 2017 / Megan Di Giovanni

It is that time of year to again think about what happens to your digital classroom and resources after the final buses have left and everyone is on summer break. Below is a quick “Tech List” to help you as you archive, clean up, and prepare your digital classroom for next year. Make sure to check with your building Integrator if you have any questions....

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May 18, 2017 Technology Blog - Make Us Part of Your Summer Plans! Upcoming July Workshops

May 12, 2017 / Megan Di Giovanni

We know you are beginning to think about sunshine and summertime, but as you start to plan out your break, consider making us part of your summer! The Instructional Technology Department is offering four can’t-miss iLearn and Build Workshops in July. We hope you will take the time to come learn with us and leave with a resource built and ready to use when students return in the fall. Each 3 hour long workshop includes integrator-led instruction, discussion, and build time, and you earn 3 iLearn/recertification hours for attending...

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May 12, 2017 Technology Blog - Engaging Students with Nearpod

May 12, 2017 / Amy Jordan

Tired of that old Powerpoint presentation? Spice up your lessons with Nearpod! Nearpod (easily accessible from your dashboard) is an engaging, digital tool to present information to students either as teacher-directed or student-paced instruction. Similar to Powerpoint and/or Google Slide presentations, students are presented with meaningful content by clicking through and reading slides on their own devices; however, they are invited to collaborate with the teacher and fellow classmates on the presented content using a variety of interactive tools...

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May 10, 2017 Technology Blog - Your World in Google Chrome

May 10, 2017 / Cathy Maher & Cat Tompkins

Welcome home! Most of us are familiar with Google Earth. Usually our first search is to locate our homes from the application on our desktops. After two years of work, Google has launched a brand new Google Earth using Chrome. Now, you can experience Earth in a new way on the web! What does this mean for teachers? Your students can now get to Google Earth from their Chromebooks!...

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April 28, 2017 Technology Blog - Kagan & Kahoot! A Match Made in the Classroom

April 28, 2017 / Chance Harding

This time of year educators are faced with a tough situation. No, I’m not talking about SOL’s, or report cards, not even upcoming IEP meetings. I’m talking about the ability to continue using technology in the classroom, but with limited resources due to testing. This is enough to have teachers pulling their hair out and students prematurely hitting the springtime slump due to less engaging lessons. To help ease the stress of these situations, let’s examine using Kahoot in conjunction with Kagan to increase student engagement and collaboration in the classroom. Let’s call it Kagan-Kahoot! just for kicks!...

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April 26, 2017 Technology Blog - Accentuate Assignments with Action Items

April 26, 2017 / Chris Biagiarelli

When you, your colleagues, or your students are working in a collaborative doc or slide presentation, questions always arise. “Who was supposed to fix the title?” “Who is adding an image on slide 4?” “What am I supposed to be working on again?” Never fear, Action Items are here to help clear up the confusion!...

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April 19, 2017 Technology Blog - Elementary Camp Chromebook

April 19, 2017 / Beth Sepelyak

Attention Campers: “Are You Ready for the Summer? Are you Ready for the Fun Times?”*If so, Camp Chromebook is for you!...

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April 5, 2017 Technology Blog - Google My Maps: The Hidden Gem of Google Drive

April 5, 2017 / Matthew Fuquay

As a child, I have fond memories of pulling out a big paper map on family vacations to give my parents directions and to see if there was anything worth checking out that was off the beaten path. Usually, my ideas for a scenic detour were shot down by the adult in the driver's seat but it was still fun to see what was around and imagine what it looked like. The days of paper maps are gone but digital map usage has increased exponentially. With Street View technology, it is now possible to actually see the locations that I just daydreamed about....

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March 29, 2017 Technology Blog - Join Us As We #GoOpen!

March 29, 2017 / Gillian Wilson

OER might be a term you’ve heard thrown around in education circles lately, but what is it, and what does it mean? To begin with, OER stands for Open Educational Resources. According to the U.S. Department of Education’s 2016 National Education Technology Plan, “The Department defines openly licensed educational resources as teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under a license that permits their free use, reuse, modification, and sharing with others. Digital openly licensed resources can include complete online courses, modular digital textbooks as well as more granular resources such as images, videos, and assessment items.” (“Open Education.” Department of Education, Office of Educational Technology, Accessed 22 Feb. 2017.)....

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March 17, 2017 Technology Blog - Google Sheets Can Do What?

March 17, 2017 / Jennifer Ward

Google Sheets is a web-based platform served up through G Suite. It is the Google version of Microsoft Excel. Sheets offers accessibility that has never before been seen in Excel. Multiple people can collaborate on one or more sheets and can analyze data in real time. For educators and students this means a new world of possibilities. .....

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March 8, 2017 Technology Blog - What's In Your Backpack? eMediaVA!

March 8, 2017 / Cathy Maher

Are you looking for new ideas and digital resources to engage students in your classroom?. Try eMediaVA! eMediaVa has over one hundred thousand lesson ideas, videos, graphics, audio, interactive activities, and learning objects that are aligned to Virginia SOLs! Not only will you find great resources, but you can also stream and download media, upload your own materials to create your own learning objects, save favorites and playlists. Content partners for eMediaVA include favorites such as, PBS, NPR, National Archives, Exploratorium, PHET, Library of Congress, National Geographic Education, Disney, N.A.S.A, Science Museum of Virginia, and more! .....

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February 28, 2017 Technology Blog - What a Site!

February 28, 2017 / Kari Kuebler

Google Sites has had a serious makeover! Now it’s easier than ever to create a Site for your students, parents, or the world. Creation of a new Site is done directly from Google Drive. Select New > More > Google Sites to get started. Sites allows for easy creation, access, and sharing.....

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February 21, 2017 Technology Blog - The EdTech HUBbub on #DLDay

February 21, 2017 / Althea Hudson

Digital Learning Day (DLD) is an international event that encourages teachers to embrace and celebrate this journey toward a cultural shift in mastery learning through technology integration in their classrooms. Founded in 2012 for educators, DLD inspires educators to highlight and share creative, innovative lessons that showcase best teaching practices in order to increase rigor and relevance in student learning....

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February 10, 2017 Technology Blog - 3 Surprising Ways Discovery Education Can Make Your Life Easier

February 10, 2017 / Josh Greesonbach

Did you know-- Discovery Education has more than just videos? In fact, Discovery Education has evolved into a powerful learning platform. The platform has many useful tools that you may have never heard of. In this case, what you don't know can hurt you, or make your job more difficult, at least. Here are 3 surprising ways that Discovery Education can make your life easier...

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February 3, 2017 Technology Blog - Did you know? Promethean Planet Merged with ClassFlow

February 3, 2017 / Wendy Seger

In September, the well known website, Promethean Planet merged with ClassFlow, relocating all the flipcharts and other resources to the new Marketplace. The ClassFlow Marketplace offers a plethora of resources and options for both ActivInspire diehard fans as well as ClassFlow online users. Those of us who are ActivInspire users through and through can easily use the left-hand navigation tools to locate Flipcharts and Resource packs. Items will be stored in the My Resources area of ClassFlow and can be downloaded and imported into ActivInspire as usual. You can still download free lessons to use for interactive instruction on your Promethean board..

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January 26, 2017 Technology Blog - Create Student Engagement with Google Drawings

January 26, 2017 / Matthew Spears

Google Drawings is a web based platform served up through G Suite. A program similar to Google Drawings on a Windows laptop would be MS Paint. The benefits of Google Drawings are similar to many of the G Suite tools: they are accessible anywhere, at anytime and have collaborative tools built in.

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December 13, 2016 Technology Blog - Time saving assessments with Google Forms

December 13, 2016 / Chance Harding

Are you tired of spending hours at home grading your students tests or quizzes? Don’t you wish there was a way they could be graded for you? Well, you’re in luck! Google has the solution: The Quizzes feature! Begin by accessing Google Forms.

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December 6, 2016 Technology Blog - Hour of Code Part 4: After the Hour - Anyone can KEEP Learning Code

December 6, 2016 / Matt Spears

Done with your Hour of Code? - Celebrate! The Hour of Code may have been a new adventure for you or your students, so celebrate your collective bravery into uncharted waters. As a reward for students, consider projecting their creations to the class or providing certificates of completion.

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December 2, 2016 Technology Blog - Anybody Can Learn! Hour of Code Part 3: During the Hour

December 2, 2016 / Megan Di Giovanni

Let’s Get it Started! Kick start your students excitement about the Hour of Code™ by showing the introductory video below. Discuss with your students that through the Hour of Code™ by showing the introductory video below. Discuss with your students that through the Hour of Code, they will be introduced to computer science, and have the opportunity to write lines of code on their own

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November 29, 2016 Technology Blog - Google Slides - Amazing Applications for Slides in the Classroom

November 29, 2016 / Kari Kuebler

We all know Google Slides is a fantastic presentation tool! It has earned its title as one of the best platforms to create informative and eye-catching presentations. But why stop there? Read on to discover how Slides lends itself to many other instructional applications for teachers and students in an active learning environment.

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November 18, 2016 Technology Blog - Extra Extra Read all about new Sites

November 18, 2016 / Matthew Spears

Do you want to make beautiful websites to showcase student work, create a public audience for a PBL project, or communicate with parents and students about class or club happenings? Well, you can now create functional, beautiful websites with just a few clicks in the new Google Sites.

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November 16, 2016 Technology Blog - Hour of Code™ Part 2 - Preparation

November 16, 2016 / Brenda Price

So you know all about the Hour of Code™ and are excited to participate but wonder, “Where do I begin?” In this blog post, let’s consider how to launch a successful Hour of Code.

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November 8, 2016 Technology Blog - You Are Invited to Celebrate the Hour of Code™ with 180+ Countries and Tens of Millions of Students Around the World!

November 8, 2016 / Beth Sepelyak

What: Hour of Code is one component of Computer Science Education Week that is designed to encourage students to spend one communal hour learning to program. Lessons are pre-made, easy-to-use, and created in engaging environments that are themed to reach all levels of learners and interests

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November 2, 2016 Technology Blog - Synergy Safeguards... Prepare for Report Cards...

November 4, 2016 / Paula Schuler and Keith Baldwin

Report cards?! Didn’t we just send home interims? Yes, and now is a good time to make sure you are ready for the sending/posting process. Did you know that there is a how-to for that? Each level, elementary and secondary, has step by step instructions on how to send grades as well as a checklist to keep track of your progress. Don’t wait till the last minute. Most steps can be done before the grade sending window even opens! Entering items in categories such as “comments”, “Work Related Skills”, and “Reads on Benchmark” are all things that can be done in advance. Keep Calm and Synergize On!

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November 2, 2016 Technology Blog - Time Saving Assessments

November 2, 2016 / Rebecca Fox

Would you like to save time assessing your students? Would you like to quickly gather data on student understanding to differentiate instruction or to better a lesson?

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October Technology Blog - Reposted from CNet

October 30, 2016 / Brian Jones

Official Technology Updates on Google Classroom, Edmodo, Hapara, Chromebook cameras, schools purchasing technology, understanding blocked content, and a shout-out to an exemplary teacher.

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October 28, 2016 Technology Blog - 3 Inventive Ways to Use Google Docs

October 28, 2016 / Kari Kuebler

Sure, you use Google Docs and so do your students. But Google Docs can be leveraged by students to do so much more than type papers and share papers with the teacher. This post outlines 3 great ways to incorporate Google Docs that go beyond typing the paper!... 

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October 20, 2016 Technology Blog - Embarking on a Learning Adventure: Part 2

October 20, 2016 / Megan Di Giovanni & Althea Hudson

You have set your course and started your adventure by deciding to implement a digital system that will help you and your students reach new heights and explore new ideas through your teaching and with the support of great technology tools that CCPS supports. As you and students begin your learning adventure, it is important to recognize the obstacles and pitfalls that might lay ahead on your route. You can prevent confusion and having to veer off your path, by developing a culture and climate in your classroom that can support your adventure and embrace the technology as a tool for learning and not as a distraction from it. Generating this type of culture that encourages exploration of unknown terrain, that accepts failure as a first attempt in learning, and generates a spirit of adventure starts with setting the scene through classroom expectations... 

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October 12, 2016 Technology Blog - Join the Branched Form Force, and Make a Difference!

October 12, 2016 / Mickey Futrell

Do you want current snapshots of what your students know? Do you like the idea of creating a lesson that teaches a student as they move through it? Would you like to add differentiation and/or edification to your lessons based on student knowledge? If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, then you are ready to utilize branched Google Forms in your classroom..... 

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October 3, 2016 Technology Blog - Plan Your Day the Technology Way

October 3, 2016 / Lynne Meredith Owen

All technology integration is created equal, or is it? This very question became the focus of a recent professional development session entitled, “The 4C’s, Technology, and Me.” On August 31st, teachers met within grade levels to share experiences and better understand the value of planned and purposeful technology integration. Teachers were asked to reflect on their current teaching methods, from planning to execution, and were coached to begin the 2016-17 year with a better understanding of technology application in the 21st century classroom.... 

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September 28, 2016 Technology Blog - Google Classroom - The Classroom of Tomorrow

September 28, 2016 / Heather Ecobar & Cathy Maher

Are you looking for an easy method to disseminate timely, reliable, relevant lessons to your students? Then Google Classroom is for you! By using Classroom as a LMS (Learning Management System), you can easily do the following.... 

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September 14, 2016 Technology Blog - Google Reminders vs. Google Tasks - Which Workflow Works for You?

September 14, 2016 / Gillian Wilson

You may have noticed Reminders seem to be replacing Tasks in your Google Calendar or Gmail (depending on where you tend to view them). They are actually both still available, but you can only choose to use one or the other. This post will outline the features of both, so you can make an informed decision as to which of the two might work best for you. 

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September 12, 2016 Technology Blog - Learning Never Stops: Working Towards Google Mastery

Learning never stops, and neither does your desire to master the skills that will improve your classroom instruction. With this in mind, the Instructional Technology Department is excited to support teachers who want to learn and master Google tools, and pursue becoming a Google Certified Educator (GCE).

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September 6, 2016 Technology Blog - Embarking on a Learning Adventure

The start of every school year is like the start of another grand adventure. Your students enter your classroom with the potential to climb mountains, solve problems, overcome obstacles, and embrace the challenges of learning as an adventure. You play an integral role in capitalizing on that potential. Technology Integrators want to help you prepare to embark on a learning adventure in your classroom through utilizing digital tools in an efficient and impactful way. The following is your guide book for the first leg of your adventure, setting up your digital classroom.

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August 2016 Technology Blog - Reposted from CNet

August 28, 2016 / Brian Jones

Welcome back Teachers! The Technology Department will maintain a monthly blog to keep you informed about events and changes in the world of CCPS technology. This month’s post will be dedicated to letting you know about some of the changes for the upcoming school year that occurred while you were enjoying a well-deserved summer break. 

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Six Synergy Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes (Google David Bowie)

August 22, 2016 / Paula Schuler & Keith Baldwin

Did you ever have students with the same name in your classroom and mistakenly put the wrong score for one of your John Smith’s? With Synergy V.10 you now have the ability to display your students using their middle initial or full middle name in your seating chart and gradebook. Read More

Set it and Forget it with autoCrat and Google Forms!

August 15, 2016 / Beth Sepelyak

autoCrat is an easy to use merge tool that automatically creates, shares, and emails a PDF or shared Google Doc from a spreadsheet. When used in conjunction with a Google Form or Sheet to input data, you can create an automated process that will dramatically decrease your workload when delivering content to or assessing your students. Here are just a few ways that autoCrat and Google Forms can make your workflow go: Read More

Symbawho? Symbaloo!!

June 13, 2016 / Barbara Rutherford

Have you ever experienced a case of website amnesia? Can’t remember the address or if it is .com, .org, or .net? Is it in that LONG lists of bookmarks you saved on your laptop? You know, the laptop that’s broken and you can’t use at the moment? Are there websites or Google Docs you want to share with your students in a nice, neat package but not sure how? Never fear….Symbaloo is here! Read More

4 Ways to Become an Effective Digital Teacher using Graphite

June 6, 2016 / Heather Escobar

Are you an effective digital teacher? Do you have an upcoming PBL Project? How about a STEAM lesson? Do you have ideas on how to use technology to enhance your lessons swirling around in your head? Graphite has introduced a new FREE platform that offers you a one stop shop for writing these lesson plans with apps, games, and websites that have been vetted and approved for use with all students by Common Sense Media! Common Sense Media is a great resource for digital citizenship and now they are offering even more through Graphite. Read More

End of the Year “Tech” List

May 31, 2016 / Megan Di Giovanni | Matt Spears | Brenda Price

As we approach the end of the school year, and everyone is anxiously awaiting a well-deserved break, it is the perfect time to give some attention to your digital classroom. We have composed a quick “Tech List” with some great resources so you can easily tie up some technology ends. Read More

“MacGyvering” with Google Slides

May 23, 2016 / Chris Biagiarelli

Most of us remember the hit TV show “MacGyver” from the 1980’s. MacGyver was always able to make do with what he had using objects in new ways to get himself out of sticky situations. Popular culture has taken that “out of the box” thinking and coined the term “MacGyvering” to describe accomplishing a task by using something for other than its intended purpose. I’m sure all of us have “MacGyvered” something, but have you ever tried MacGyvering a Google Slide presentation? Read More

Thinking Outside the Box with Google Slides and Draw

May 16, 2016 / Matt Fuquay

Google Slides and Draw are great tools to foster the 4 C's. The sharing options allow students to communicate and collaborate anytime, anywhere. The versatility of these products provide numerous opportunities for creativity and critical thinking. But, have you ever felt boxed in by the size of the canvas? Read More

Rubric Design with Technology In Mind: Creating (Part 3 of 3)

May 13, 2016 / Yolanda Eaves

This blog continues the discussion that research proves students learn best when their teachers let them explore. With a successfully designed rubric, teachers can grade a project based learning experience with technology in mind equally and fairly. Read More

3 Powerful Ways to Equip Yourself to Be a Tech-Savvy Teacher

May 11, 2016 / Katherine Orth | Norrissa Dandridge | Cathy Maher

Being a new employee can be overwhelming! With the wealth of technology resources available to CCPS employees, how can you keep it all organized? Well, we have a toolkit just for you! The Technology Toolkit was created to introduce you to the technology tools that are available to you as an employee of Chesterfield County Public Schools. Read More

Edmodo - Let's Get Moving!

May 9, 2016 / Brenda Price

So you received an email stating that student use of Edmodo may only be accessible another year, and you wonder, “Why?” and “What in the world will I do?”. Read More

iLearn Summer Workshops

May 2, 2016 / Matthew Tobin

Attention Teachers ... We Want you! Are you ready to attend a training where you actually have time to create a product you can use when you return to your classroom? We have a great opportunity for you! The Instructional Technology Department is offering Summer Workshops in August 2016. Read More

Rubric Design with Technology In Mind: Part 2 of 3

April 29, 2016 / Yolanda Eaves

In Rubric Design with Technology in Mind: Part 1, it was discussed that students learn best when their teachers let them explore and research proves it! This blog will continue the discussion about how a successful rubric design not only prevents teachers from making subjective judgement but how it provides the appropriate and relevant feedback to students that reinforces real world expectations. Read More

Rubric Design with Technology In Mind: Planning (Part 1 of 3)

April 25, 2016 / Yolanda Eaves

Students learn better when their teachers let them explore and research proves it! With today’s integration of technology, students are making and creating life experiences that will translate to other parts of their life. However, despite careful planning, teachers are still surprised by the range in quality of work submitted. How does a teacher grade a digitally created project equally and fairly? A rubric, of course! Read More

Hapara High Five! Five Positive Ways to Use Hapara Highlights!

April 12, 2016 / Cat Tompkins & Tammy Howerton

Have fun and be creative with Hapara's new Highlights feature. Utilize this tool to pump up positivity in your classroom. Here are 5 different strategies for you to try: Read More

Digitize your Writer's Workshop

April 4, 2016 / Chance Harding

Sure we’ve heard about all the great things that Google Docs has done for our lives from a collaborative standpoint such as sharing files, working on a document collaboratively with others, as well as keeping detailed notes on team planning. But how can Google Docs and Google Classroom help our students with writing? Together, we will explore using available tools to increase productivity in Writer’s Workshop. Read More

Leaders in Instructional Technology Exploration

March 23, 2016 / Brenda Price

Are you a CCPS teacher who wants to expand your knowledge, try new teaching styles, and evolve your instructional practice during the 2016-17 school year? If this sounds like you, the Instructional Technology Department is excited to announce the L.I.T.E. (Leaders in Instructional Technology Exploration) cohorts for teachers with the purpose of improving participants’ skills needed to effectively combine 21st Century learning and the integration of technology into curriculum, teaching, and student engagement. Read More

3 Skills WeVideo Gives Your Students Beyond Movie Production

March 22, 2016 / Josh Greesonbach

WeVideo is fantastic. It allows users to create polished videos in the cloud, and it syncs finished products flawlessly with Google Drive. But it does a lot more than that - it gives your students skills beyond making movies. Here are three skills that WeVideo gives your students beyond movie production. Read More

Drive to Maps Across the Curriculum

March 6, 2016 / Cathy Maher

Using MyMaps is a great way to “map” a lesson integrating your curriculum across disciplines. How can you do this? Here are some ideas to get you started. Click on the map below to view a sample. Read More

3 Things To Love About Promethean Planet (With More Cowbell!)

February 29, 2016 / Wendy Seger

Promethean Planet offers a plethora of FREE resources for teachers. There are free Flipcharts, free Resources Packs, free Lesson Plans, and free Training. Who doesn’t love free? Read More

Add-on Some Muscle to Your Spreadsheet with Add-ons!

February 15, 2016 / Chris Biagiarelli

Many of us make goals in the new year to get into better shape. Our goal is to look better, feel better, and have our bodies function in a more healthy way. Sadly, we end up getting so consumed with our own well being that we neglect our poor spreadsheets. They sit there, bloated, ugly, and inefficient while we transform ourselves into a better person. Luckily there is an easy solution for that, add-ons for Google Sheets! Read More

5 Surprising Ways the New Hapara Highlights Can Enhance Your Instruction

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February 16, 2016 / Cathy Maher & Josh Greesonbach

Surprise! Hapara has changed... in great ways! The most significant update involves Hapara’s Interact tab being replaced by Highlights. The Highlights tab provides teachers with several new features that can be used to enhance your instruction for teaching and learning. Read More

Look at What Your Elementary Colleagues Are Doing With Chromebooks!

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February 8, 2016 / Katherine Orth

In elementary schools, Chromebooks are the wave of the future! Though students can use them to take Interactive Achievement tests, or complete Dreambox sessions, the Chromebooks can do so much more. Take a look at how these elementary teachers are using Chromebooks to increase student engagement and foster student achievement. Read More

3 Ways Google Calendar Can Help You Stay Organized

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February 1, 2016 / Kari Kuebler

Google Calendar is a versatile tool to help keep track of tasks and your ever-changing schedule and obligations. Use Calendar to help your students stay organized and parents informed, plan team meetings, and maintain a to-do list. Read More

7 Ways to Make your PBL Shine with Chromebooks & Get a Free Car Wash!

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January 13, 2016 / Laura Michaels | Karen Ott | Barbara Rutherford

Project Based Learning (PBL) is a CCPS initiative as part of The Design for Excellence 2020 to enhance student engagement and increase student achievement through rigorous and relevant learning experiences. PBL is an instructional approach that effectively blends the teaching of significant content and 21st Century skills, including technology competencies, in which students work on authentic tasks and products, explore issues relevant to their lives, and connect with adults and organizations in the community and beyond. PBL provides the connection of learning to real-world application and prepares students to compete in today’s global economy...Read More

Google Culture Arts Institute 1, 2, 3, 4!

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January 08, 2016 / Robin Edwards

Prepare to be AMAZED!! Google Cultural Institute, paired with a very new and innovative device called Google Cardboard, a 3-D virtual reality camera, is taking the Internet by storm! These tools throw open doors to museums, around the world, that were previously opened to a very few ...Read More

The 3 W's of MackinVia

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January 04, 2016 / Althea Hudson

In 2016, it is projected that there will be 72.8 million people in the United States who will be using eReaders.(1) In Chesterfield County Public schools alone, appromixametly 33 thousand students have a free eReader tool at their disposal located on their dashboard. Students have the ability to checkout free eBooks to read for pleasure or to use as a resource for learning. What is this amazing tool that my students can access, you ask? Why, it’s MackinVia, of course! ...Read More

5 Student Video Project Ideas

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December 11, 2015 / Rebecca Fox and Jason Buck

Video projects are a great way to engage students and have them learn a topic or concept deeply. Planning a video project for your students takes some time, but is well worth the effort. Below you will find some ideas you can use to jumpstart a video project with your students.....Read More

3 Ways to Think Outside the Box with Choice Eliminator for Google Forms

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December 3, 2015 / Norrissa Dandridge

If you are familiar with Google Forms, you know that they are a great way to administer surveys, assessments, and collect many other types of data. Why not make your forms more dynamic by tapping into other tools like Choice Eliminator? Choice Eliminator (CE) is a Google Forms add-on that will remove options from a Google form as choices are selected and submitted by the user. What does that mean for you? Let’s explore how CE works and how you can use it to think outside the box in your classroom....Read More

Preventing Holiday Havoc

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November 23, 2015 / Megan Di Giovanni

As we all get into the holiday spirit and look forward to Thanksgiving and Winter Break, we need to take a few minutes and prevent some holiday havoc. You have worked so hard to set up your digital classroom using Edmodo, Google Classroom, or Hapara Workspaces. You created a space, where students can collaborate with you and each other, post current events, have discussions, and can reply to your questions, but what happens when you aren’t actively participating and monitoring the digital extension of your classroom? Well, this leaves you open to some potential holiday havoc. Just like you turn everything off and shut down your physical classroom heading into an extended break, you want to do the same for your digital classroom. Check out the ideas below to help you prevent holiday havoc, and to keep you from ending up in the posting muck...Read More

5 Ways Google Classroom Can Make Your Life Easier

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November 9, 2015 / Beth Sepelyak

Google Classroom is a free, quick, and easy-to-use digital tool that supports both project based learning and the acquisition of twenty-first century skills. Classroom facilitates the distribution, collection, and assessment of paperless assignments and provides for safe, effortless two-way communication and the seamless sharing of digital resources...Read More

Creating Exams with Interactive Achievement

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November 9, 2015 / Karen Ott & Laura Michaels

Need a snapshot of what your students know? Do you want to pretest what students already know? How about checking on students to make sure they remember what was taught last marking period? You can easily create a short assessment to provide answers and evidence just by dialing into Interactive Achievement... Read More

Report Card Ready?

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October 26, 2015 / Keith Baldwin

Report cards?! Didn’t we just send home interims? Yes, and now is a good time to make sure you are ready for the sending/posting process. Did you know that there is a how-to for that? Each level, elementary and secondary, has step by step instructions on how to send grades as well as a checklist to keep track of your progress. Don’t wait till the last minute. Most steps can be done prior to the grade sending window being open. Entering comments, Alphabet Knowledge, Work Related Skills, and Reads on Benchmark are all things that can be done in advance. Keep Calm and Synergize On! Read More

The 5Ws of Developing a Digital Classroom System

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September 4, 2015 / Megan Di Giovanni & Jason Buck

As you start planning for this school year one of the most important things for you to consider is developing your system for assigning and receiving digital content to students. CCPS has provided a variety of tools for teachers to utilize to develop their own system, but where do you start? Read More

Taking down the tents. . .stories from Camp Chromebook

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August 27, 2015 / Rebecca Fox

The PD event of the summer was Camp Chromebook! Almost 900 middle and high school teachers attended camp on August 13, 17, and 18 to learn about all that a Chromebook has to offer their students and how they can integrate technology into their classrooms. What a great day! Read More

06.23.2015 Google Forms, Easy as 1, 2, 3

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June 23, 2015 / Cathy Maher

Google Forms is part of the Google Apps for Education Suite. It is a versatile tool that can be used to collect, analyze, and organize information in many ways. If you thought of Google Forms for just surveys, think again! Google Forms can do so much more! This blog post will highlight some of the many ways Google Forms can be used and how it supports teaching and learning.  Read More

06.18.2015 Google Gazette

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June 18, 2015 / Barbara Rutherford

The "GOOGLE GAZETTE", is an aggregation of all things Google. This weekly journal highlights changes in Google Apps for Education (GAfE), as well as new and innovative ways GAfE can be used for differentiated, engaging instruction. Check out this week's compilation:  Read More

Summer Camp For Teachers! Camp Chromebook 2015

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June 16, 2015 / Matthew Tobin

So you’re planning on coming to Camp Chromebook. How should you prepare? What should you bring? What’s it going to be like?... Read More

Three Extensions or Add-Ons You May Have Missed

Google Extensions
June 15, 2015 / Gillian Wilson

The Google Gazette is a wealth of information, but the Integrator Google Team also realizes that publishing a new edition every Friday means it can come at you fast and furious. While “It’s already Friday again!?” is usually a good thought, we also know that the well-meaning “I’ll put this aside and look at it when I have more time” doesn't always happen. So to that end, here are three excellent tools that were highlighted in recent Gazettes that you may have missed. Please note that these cannot (yet) be found in the “for” section of the Chrome Web Store*, so you can add them to your computer, but they are not yet available for students. Read More

06.12.15 Google Gazette

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June 12, 2015 / Barbara Rutherford

Introducing the "GOOGLE GAZETTE", an aggregation of all things Google. This weekly journal highlights changes in Google Apps for Education (GAfE), as well as new and innovative ways GAfE can be used for differentiated, engaging instruction. Check out this week's compilation: Read More

Three Ways to Use Google Maps in Any Subject

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June 08, 2015 / Matt Fuquay

From taxi drivers to airline pilots, virtually everyone has used a digital map such as Google Maps. On a personal level, perhaps you have used a digital map to find directions, locate a nearby restaurant or even scope out that next vacation destination before you get there. It’s clear, GPS and digital maps are relevant and used in the real world all the time.: Read More

06.05.2015 Google Gazette

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June 05, 2015 / Barbara Rutherford

Introducing the "GOOGLE GAZETTE", an aggregation of all things Google. This weekly journal highlights changes in Google Apps for Education (GAfE), as well as new and innovative ways GAfE can be used for differentiated, engaging instruction. Check out this week's compilation: Read More

05.29.2015 Google Gazette

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May 29, 2015 / Barbara Rutherford

Introducing the "GOOGLE GAZETTE", an aggregation of all things Google. This weekly journal highlights changes in Google Apps for Education (GAfE), as well as new and innovative ways GAfE can be used for differentiated, engaging instruction. Check out this week's compilation: Read More

3 Groups that Should be Using Google Calendar to Stay Connected!

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June 1, 2015 / Tamara Howerton

Remember when the only way to recall upcoming appointments or meetings was to write them down on a desk, wall or pocket calendar? Digital reminders and technologies have changed that! Today’s reminders vary from a text of an upcoming doctor’s appointment to a digital calendar reminding you with pop-ups. The classroom is no different. Why not take advantage of Google calendar to make your job easier and more efficient? Read More

7 ways to use Google Drawings in your Classroom

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May 28, 2015 / Charles “Mickey” Futrell

Did you know there is a way to create drawings using Google? When I first realized this, I immediately did a Windows Office comparison in my head; Word is to Docs, PowerPoint is to Presentations(Slides), and Excel is to Spreadsheets (Sheets). There was no Office comparison that I could think of, except for that lovely Windows program, Paint.

Google Drawings is not Windows Paint. First off, it has the same collaboration abilities that its other cohorts have in the Google Drive. You can import images from the web, create your own images (it will even let you draw freely with the “scribble” line tool), and you do not need to be an artist to use this tool effectively. Read More

05.22.2015 Google Gazette

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May 22, 2015 / Barbara Rutherfors

Introducing the "GOOGLE GAZETTE", an aggregation of all things Google. This weekly journal highlights changes in Google Apps for Education (GAfE), as well as new and innovative ways GAfE can be used for differentiated, engaging instruction. Check out this week's compilation:...

3 Reasons to Re-Discover Discovery Ed

May 18, 2015 / Chris Biagiarelli

Discovery Education (formerly United Streaming) has been around for many years in our CCPS digital ecosystem. It was one of the first ways teachers incorporated multimedia content into their classroom. Remember the days of having to wait until after 4:00 PM to download a video? Now those videos can be streamed to your classroom and downloaded whenever you want! While Discovery Ed is still a valuable resource for searching for videos to support your instruction, it has grown to incorporate many other useful features...

05.15.2015 Google Gazette

May 15, 2015 / Barbara Rutherford

Introducing the "GOOGLE GAZETTE", an aggregation of all things Google. This weekly journal highlights changes in Google Apps for Education (GAfE), as well as new and innovative ways GAfE can be used for differentiated, engaging instruction. Check out this week's compilation: :...

Two Ways Teachers Can Incorporate SAS Curriculum Into Their Classroom

May 11, 2015 / Heather Escobar

SAS Curriculum is an icon located on the dashboard, within the backpack, that offers teachers free professional development in incorporating technology into their classroom. The Professional Development section has three sub-sections: the classroom experience, instructional videos, and online professional development opportunities. Within the classroom experience section, teachers have access to animated plan books incorporating lesson plans for the following subjects: Reading, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Spanish. Also included in this section are tips and tricks, with topics covering flipping your classroom and one computer classrooms. Sample unit plans, technology integration, and on-demand webinars can be located within the videos and PD offerings sections. Teachers can incorporate these valuable resources within their own lesson plans or enhance their own personal knowledge of best practices in incorporating technology within the classroom.:...

Google Gazette 05.08.2015

May 8, 2015 / Barbara Rutherford

Introducing the "GOOGLE GAZETTE", an aggregation of all things Google. This weekly journal highlights changes in Google Apps for Education (GAfE), as well as new and innovative ways GAfE can be used for differentiated, engaging instruction. Check out this week's compilation:...

Power My Learning-You're 2 Easy Steps Away From Reliable Digital Content

May 4, 2015 / Lynne Meredith Owen

Introducing Power My Learning, a digital learning platform of carefully selected web-based learning activities to supplement classroom instruction. Imagine one website that houses thousands of hand selected websites. Common Core standards, grade levels, and subject areas are supported with thousands of carefully selected academic games, videos, and activities to support instruction. With activities in all major K-12 subjects, Power My Learning is a great resource to reinforce what students are currently learning in the classroom....

Google Gazette 05.01.2015

May 1, 2015 / Barbara Rutherford

Introducing the "GOOGLE GAZETTE", an aggregation of all things Google. This weekly journal highlights changes in Google Apps for Education (GAfE), as well as new and innovative ways GAfE can be used for differentiated, engaging instruction. Check out this week's compilation:...

CK12: Leaving Textbooks for Flexbooks

April 28, 2015 / Megan Di Giovanni

Today’s advancing educational technology offers teachers an opportunity to redefine the way they teach and, in turn, how their students learn. Each student comes into a classroom with different skills, background knowledge, interests, and abilities, and it is difficult for a teacher to meet the needs of each student daily. However, web applications, like CK12, are creating opportunities for teachers to provide true individualized instruction and remediation for all students....

Google Gazette 4.24.2015
April 24, 2015 / Barbara Rutherford

The "GOOGLE GAZETTE", is an aggregation of all things Google. This weekly journal highlights changes in Google Apps for Education (GAfE), as well as new and innovative ways GAfE can be used for differentiated, engaging instruction. Check out this week's compilation:...

Three Reasons Why Your Social Studies Class Should Be Using iCivics

April 22, 2015 / Gillian Wilson

Engagement iCivics has a large collection of activities that cover several ages, interests and most importantly, state standards. These games put students right in the center of civic situations. Students learn their rights and responsibilities as citizens and how a grassroots campaign can take you all the way to a national stage. They’re also able to experience the inner workings of all three branches of government, from getting and remaining elected to balancing budgets and even dealing with foreign policy and stances on real, current issues (such as nuclear power, preservation of natural resources and health care).

Camp Chromebook: Exclusive, Can’t Miss “VIP” Summer PD Opportunity

April 20, 2015 / Matt Tobin

Camp Chromebook 2015 will take place August 13, 17, 18 at Midlothian High School

Camp Chromebook is an opportunity for secondary teachers to immerse themselves in a technology rich atmosphere and become comfortable learning and making mistakes as both a student and a teacher prior to high school Chromebook distribution. Think of it as a day to come kick the tires of a Chromebook and Google Apps full blast!

Camp is a fun and challenging opportunity to fully and effectively experience a classroom filled with Chromebooks. Campers will have time to sit, play, troubleshoot, and problem-solve with a Chromebook and have technology integrators and other technology experts available to immediately answer questions!

Top 5 Questions about Backpack

April 17, 2015 / Matt Dascoli & Ernie Longworth

What is the Backpack?

When teachers and students in CCPS log into, they see an icon called “Backpack”. Backpack allows users to log into different applications seamlessly, eliminating the need to remember passwords. Most of the tools are resources that are available to teachers and students to use as they see fit.

Empower your students with Khan Academy

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April 17, 2015 / Matt Spears

 With the noble and lofty mission “to provide a free world-class education for anyone, anywhere”. Khan Academy aims to empower coaches (aka teachers) and learners (aka students) to take an active role in learning. Principles like growth mindset and mastery learning drive the way Khan Academy build their platform. These two ideas focus on helping learners of all ages realize that they can learn anything.

Khan Academy has thousands of exercises in K-12 mathematics that can help any learner improve their skills. These exercises are organized and presented in an adaptive way that builds upon learner’s prior knowledge. These exercises empower learners to master content at their speed and permit the coach to teach a student content instead of teach content to a group of students....

Introducing the Google Gazette
April 3, 2015 / Barbara Rutherford

Introducing the "GOOGLE GAZETTE", an aggregation of all things Google. This weekly journal highlights changes in Google Apps for Education (GAfE), as well as new and innovative ways GAfE can be used for differentiated, engaging instruction. Check out this week's compilation:...

Welcome to the Hub
March 31, 2015 / Lynne Owen

Welcome to CCPS edTech Hub. We are so excited to launch this project. Here you will find many resources for Anytime, Anywhere Learning (and Teaching). Please take a moment to watch our welcome video...