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posted Apr 26, 2018, 6:46 AM by Jeffrey Jones

EDU in 90

posted Mar 20, 2018, 12:16 PM by Jeffrey Jones

"EDU in 90 is a new video series from Google for Education. Each episode, we'll focus on an important topic for educators, administrators, and school leaders - things like product updates, new programs, and helpful resources for the classroom. Subscribe to the Google for Education channel to make sure you don't miss an episode!"

TPT - APP & Videos!

posted Mar 7, 2017, 12:48 PM by Jeffrey Jones   [ updated Mar 7, 2017, 12:49 PM ]

I may have been living under a rock, but I wasn't aware that 'TeachersPayTeachers.com' had a mobile APP or that it had videos.

Some APP features: 
  • offers a Freebie of the Day
  • links to blog posts
  • click on 'Me' and see all your purchases. It is searchable, too
  • The APP is great for watching the videos on your phone
While we are at it, have you seen the 'Top 100' list? There is some EXPENSIVE stuff there but there are some bargains, too.

Also, do you get the emails with 10 FREE resources in it? You can get a lot of great free ideas from those.

#NHCSchat (Twitter Chat) 2nd Wednesday of every month

posted Jan 11, 2017, 8:40 AM by Jeffrey Jones   [ updated Jan 11, 2017, 8:41 AM ]

The Technology Department hopes that you will join them on the second Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. for #NHCSchat.

Twitter chats are open to the public and anyone with a Twitter account can participate. As a reminder, you don’t need to be a Twitter expert to partake in these meaningful learning opportunities. Here are some resources to help you get started:
  • NHCS All Things Twitter Resource Site: This site will provide you with step by step instructions for everything from creating a twitter account to finding educational hashtags to following and just about everything in between.
  • #NHCSchat Resource Site: Everything you need to know about New Hanover County School’s monthly Twitter chat including monthly topics, archives of past chats and ways for your to get involved.
  • #NHCSchat Tips for Getting Started With Twitter Chats: This infographic provides some steps for using Twitter chats as a resource for professional learning.

P.D. Books in the Media Center

posted Dec 20, 2016, 7:09 AM by Jeffrey Jones   [ updated Dec 20, 2016, 7:35 AM ]

Here are some recent purchases...
  • Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools - P 371.3 HOR
  • MATH (The) Classroom Chef: Sharpen your lessons, season your classes, make Math meaningful - P 510.71 STE
  • Ditch that textbook : free your teaching and revolutionize your classroom - P 371.33
  • Guided Inquiry Design: A Framework for Inquiry in Your School - P 370 KUH (a CD is also available with the posters)
  • Social Media for School Leaders - P 658.8 DIX
  • Learn Like a Pirate: Empower Your Students to Collaborate, Lead, and Succeed - P 371.102 SOL
  • Teach like a champion field guide : a practical resource to make the 49 techniques your own - P 371.102 LEM

01/12 - 01/18 - Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit ENCORE

posted Nov 22, 2016, 6:47 AM by Jeffrey Jones   [ updated Jan 11, 2017, 8:27 AM ]

"The Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit is a nine-day, FREE virtual event. It brings together some of the brightest minds in education to discuss technology, pedagogy, inquiry and more.

You’ll get one new inspiring, practical presentation each day. Take your own notes, or download a one-page “key takeaways sheet” from each video.

The 2nd summit begins from January 12 to January 18 (Thursday to Wednesday). During the winter holidays, schedules get a little hectic. But don’t worry! The videos will be available for another week, until December 31.

The videos won’t be available forever! Like any conference, this digital event has a beginning and an end. Once the summit comes to an end, the videos will disappear!"

Click here to learn more.

Click here to register for the Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit!

Pineapple Chart - hospitable way to learn from each other

posted Nov 3, 2016, 5:49 AM by Jeffrey Jones   [ updated Nov 8, 2016, 6:59 AM ]

Sharon Sterken shared this via an email...

"Good morning, Laney!

I am sharing with you a copy of a Pineapple Chart that was created by Jeannie Timken. If you scroll to page 2, there is a brief summary of what this is and there is also a link to website that describes the benefits in detail. 

Feel free to make a copy and share it with your departments for editing. (I suggest one person be in charge of this task.) The one I created for math goes through the month of November and I'll update it for December when the time comes.

A couple of tips...
1. Dousharm will happily give PD credit for participating :)
2. We know that an activity, experiment, simulation, lab, etc. does not take the entire block. It is OK for you to sit in the back of the room working until the teacher you're observing gets to the "fun stuff".
3. Do a quick write-up of the awesomeness you just witnessed! Share it with others so you don't forget what you learned - keep the conversation going.
4. This only works if we all get involved - don't have it so that the same 3 people are sharing/observing. Try something new and get out of your comfort zone!

Thanks and let me know if you have any questions!"

Laney & NHCS 'Experts'/Enthusiasts: Jeannie Timken & Sharon Sterken

Earn 'NHCS Certified Awesome' Technology Badges

posted Sep 16, 2016, 10:11 AM by Jeffrey Jones   [ updated Dec 7, 2016, 6:18 AM ]

"Digital badging provides educators with an opportunity to harness the power of our information age to pursue professional knowledge through non traditional pathways that are:


  • self paced.

  • asynchronous

  • available anywhere

  • mastery based


The NHCS Be Awesome! series of professional development challenges invite NHCS teachers to demonstrate newly acquired skills,  build identity and reputation within our district, and create pathways for continued learning and leadership roles.  The challenges are optional and are to be completed individually. Although each challenge requires something different of the learner, they all emphasize applying the knowledge instructionally while also reflecting on the resulting outcomes with students."

Laney Expert / Enthusiast - Ms. Sterken (NHCS's 200th Badge recipient!)

NHCS Experts / Enthusiasts - Ms. Jennifer LaGarde & Ms. Jeannie Timken

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