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[Google for Education] Introducing Applied Digital Skills

posted Sep 20, 2017, 4:42 AM by Dave VanLue   [ updated Sep 20, 2017, 4:42 AM ]

Google has created a free, video and project-based curriculum that is all about teaching learners key digital literacy skills as well as practical problem solving and job skills. The curriculum, called Applied Digital Skills ( is a quick and easy online curriculum that can be used to teach digital safety and citizenship, researching and developing a topic, developing a budget, planning an event and more.

And it’s doing this all through in Google’s Suite of apps in a collaborative, self-paced blended learning environments. Learners can pick and choose what they want to focus on (or be assigned particular units), and their progress can be tracked in a Student Dashboard. Lesson plans, rubrics and soon state standards alignment will be available.

It's great as a full semester curriculum, as a couple hours to fill in down time in instruction, and more. We're seeing instructors teach the Research and Develop a Topic Unit in English, homeroom, and government classes. We're also seeing instructors teach the If/Then Adventure Stories, Plan and Budget, Plan an Event and more units in a variety of class types to learners in middle school and high school.

The curriculum just received ISTE's Seal of Alignment on national technology standards, and is in the process of being aligned with your state standards so it's easy to bring into courses immediately. Instructors who sign up and start the curriculum with their students in the next few weeks will also receive a free poster for their classroom through this link and will be getting some exciting news coming up.

Let us know if you have any questions at

We'll be having a Live Stream on October 19th from 12pm-1pm CT that will feature the program team behind Applied Digital Skills - keep an eye out for an upcoming invitation!

I encourage you to share this with teachers in your district as it’s an engaging way to get learners those critical skills they need! Feel free to share with them the Getting Started Guide.

Furure Ready Series at CIESC

posted Sep 8, 2017, 12:16 PM by Dave VanLue   [ updated Sep 8, 2017, 12:16 PM ]

Susie Gardiner has posted a new forum posting to forum thread Future Ready Series at CIESC Plconnect for the community IDOE - Ed Tech Connect. View and Respond Online

Building Digital Lessons, Future Ready Series / September 12

Effective use of OER resources requires connections to standards and assessments, something that textbooks traditionally integrated for teachers.  Learn strategies and resources for turning OER content into curriculum through best practices in digital lesson design.


Leadership in a Digital World, Future Ready Series / September 13

School administrators have always needed to be masters of widely ranging sets of leadership skills.  Learn or review best practices in leading future-ready schools, teachers, and students.   


Personalized PD, Future Ready Series / September 14

Future Ready Series: One-size does NOT fit all.  Best practices in designing and delivering professional learning experiences for your staff.  Methodologies, techniques, and resources to maximize professional growth for teachers.

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Digital Citizenship Week

posted Sep 8, 2017, 5:23 AM by Dave VanLue   [ updated Sep 8, 2017, 5:24 AM ]

Office of eLearning
Indiana Digital Citizenship Week is September 11-15. School corporations participating in Indiana Digital Citizenship Week signal their commitment to empowering Indiana’s K-12 students to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly with technology both in and out of school. Click here to view a joint letter in support of Digital Citizenship Week, and do not forget to follow #INDigCitWeek on Twitter and Instagram.

NWEA "Measuring What Matters"

posted Aug 31, 2017, 4:32 AM by Dave VanLue   [ updated Aug 31, 2017, 4:33 AM ]

Hello NWEA partner,

You are getting this email because you and your staff are users of NWEA MAP. I’m your account manager who takes care of your professional development, reports, and data questions and needs.  I wanted to let you know that I am going to try something new for the next couple of months.  Between now and Thanksgiving, I am going to hold “Office Hours” everyWednesday from 3:30 PM to 4:00 PM online.  We will use my online Adobe meeting room and call in number. (below)

The purpose of the Office Hours is to provide your staff with a designated time when they can reach out to me with any questions at all regarding MAP.  If no one has any questions, then I will be prepared to present on some topic related to NWEA and MAP testing.  The topic will change from week to week.

My goal is to give your staff a time designated to them for asking questions that they often think to ask but frequently don’t get to the phone.  J This is a pilot and, after about eight weeks, I will review the sessions and decide whether they will continue after the holidays.  I would love to make this a regular event so attendance would be key to the success of this new initiative.

All the attendees in these free meetings will find some kind of new and helpful information that they can take back with them and begin using immediately.  These meetings are designed to be very short (30 minutes) because teachers and administrators do not have a lot of spare time.

My “ask” is that you forward this to key staff members who might find value in weekly Office Hours where they can the quickly call in to get information that they need and answers to their questions.  This is completely optional and any staff member may attend any session.

Here is the call-in number and the Adobe meeting room for the Wednesday afternoon Office Hours:

Toll-free dial-in number: 
(844) 758-2736

Conference code: 
636 279 2524 #

For video, here is the meeting room info: (just log on using the GUEST option)


Office Hours will begin Wednesday, Sept. 13th and continue through Wednesday, Nov. 15th. At that time, we will take a break for the holidays and evaluate the success. If it’s well-received, I will continue into the second semester.  If, for any reason, I need to cancel a session, it will be listed on the Adobe screen when attendees log in. 

Questions? Just let me know!  “See” you then!


Laura Riley M.Ed
Senior Account Manager 

OFFICE 503-444-6475 | TECH SUPPORT 877-469-3287 | FAX 503-639-7873  
NWEA - Measuring What Matters ®

Registration is now open for Indiana's #GoOpen Summit

posted May 31, 2017, 5:29 AM by Dave VanLue   [ updated May 31, 2017, 5:30 AM ]

Registration is now open for Indiana's #GoOpen Summit to be held at East Noble High School in Kendallville, Indiana on August 30!  Districts are encouraged to send teams of three to five people interested in learning more about OER.  Individual participation is also welcomed! To learn more or to register, go to ! This event is FREE to all attendees.

Joanna Cook, CETL
Director of Technology
East Noble School Corporation

2017 Tech Plan Data Now Available

posted May 25, 2017, 8:12 AM by Dave VanLue   [ updated May 25, 2017, 8:13 AM ]

2nd Annual Intentional Innovation Conference

posted May 24, 2017, 11:49 AM by Dave VanLue   [ updated May 24, 2017, 11:49 AM ]

Prepare to be inspired at the 2nd annual Intentional Innovation Conference on June 13 & 14 at DeKalb High School in Waterloo, IN! Keynote speakers Carl Hooker and Kristin Ziemke will be featured. 

This eLearning conference will focus on Google and Apple Tools, Technology Integration in the Primary Grades, Digital Leadership and Planning, Technology in the PBL Classroom, and Using Social Media.

Registration, schedules and additional information are available at

Summer eLearning Book Club

posted May 23, 2017, 7:08 AM by Dave VanLue   [ updated May 23, 2017, 7:08 AM ]

The Office of eLearning is hosting an online book club this summer, reading Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools by Michael B. Horn and Heather Staker. It will begin June 5th and run for 11 weeks. Participate in this professional development opportunity when and where it is convenient for you -- by the pool, late at night or early in the morning, even on vacation -- and earn up to 22 PGPs. For more information, visit the eLearning Lab Book Club blog.

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2 Great Days of Learning

posted May 17, 2017, 11:46 AM by Dave VanLue   [ updated May 17, 2017, 11:46 AM ]

Warsaw is excited to invite you to Warsaw to enjoy our conference!  Keynote Speakers include Kevin Honeycutt, Steven Anderson, Leslie Fisher, and Mason Metzger.  

2 Great Days of Learning
July 24th & 25th

Warsaw Community High School
Warsaw, IN
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Join other educators for a two-day learning experience with technology.  Register Today and reserve your spot at the conference.

Breakout sessions presented by teachers offer practical, relevant classroom technology integration ideas.  With two breakout sessions per day, you are sure to find something perfect for your students, your classroom, your expertise level, and your interests!

Conference Extras
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South Shore eLearning Conference

posted Apr 28, 2017, 7:19 AM by Dave VanLue   [ updated Apr 28, 2017, 7:19 AM ]

David Borsits has posted a new forum posting to forum thread South Shore eLearning Conference for the community IDOE - Ed Tech Connect. View and Respond Online

It's Finally Here!!!  Registration for the FREE South Shore eLearning Conference is now open!  Check out the brochure below.  Please make sure that you register for the conference in order to secure your lunch for the days you will be attending.  Visit our website at and click on the conference registration link on top of the page to register for the event - you can choose both days or a single day.

The Hammond Teacher's Federation Local 394 is sponsoring the after-hours social event held at ByWay Brewing on Tuesday, June 20th following the close of day one of the conference.  Please be sure to register to reserve your place to network with colleagues, presenters, and vendors.  We would love to see you there!

If you have any questions about the registration process or the conference in general, please email or call the conference hotline at 219.937.5433.

CLICK HERE to view our Conference Brochure

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