ABOUT PLUS TECH
The program includes strands of professional development on Google Apps, mobile devices, Web 2.0 tools, social media, and professional learning. PLUS Tech is available to all CPS librarians and teachers. Gaming elements offer an optional layer of fun and motivation. All CPS teachers are welcome to use our materials for personal professional development, but do not participate in the gaming aspect.
PLAY THE GAME! MAKE THE PLUS TECH QUEST!
CPS librarians can study training modules, complete quizzes, and earn points as part of the PLUS Tech game. The first round of this game extends from October 1, 2012 through February 1, 2013.
How to play: Click on the "Achievement Modules 2012" tab. Select the module that interests you among modules that are currently live. Watch the training video, read the supporting documentation, and take the module quiz. Check your email daily to see your score. Scores will usually be emailed within 24 hours. You may re-take the quiz up to three times; the highest score is considered the final score. Note: Librarians are responsible for tracking their own total scores. In the case of a total score tie, the final submission with the earliest time stamp wins. The records of the Department of Libraries are considered final.
Who can play?: The PLUS Tech hardware game component is available to all CPS endorsed or short-term authorized librarians (.5 or FT) for credit. All CPS librarians can also access the game through CPS University to earn additional CPDU credit. Other CPS teachers can complete the modules for CPDU credit, but do not participate in the hardware portion of the game. One CPDU credit will be awarded per module. CPS non-librarian teachers: SIGN UP to receive periodic updates about the PLUS Tech program.
Do you want a Study Buddy?: The Study Buddy program is now active and all requests have been assigned.
Digital badging: Librarians and teachers can play TECH Plus to earn digital badges that they can add to their websites, wikis, blogs, or online resumes and portfolios. Digital badges are attracting more attention as a viable method of documenting learning outside of traditional, credited institutions. They also provide an immediate, visible documentation of continued learning. [Note: Badge awards do not guarantee "Top 25" prize awards.]
For PLUS Tech, the following badges can be earned:
Notification to principals: Game winners will be recognized on this site's leaderboard, badge holder page and, at the game completion, their principals will be notified by the Department of Libraries of the accomplishment. Watch for additional recognition via social media outlets, too!
Contact Lisa Perez (firstname.lastname@example.org), CPS Network Library Coordinator, with questions and concerns.
These are the winners of our PLUS Tech hardware items. Congratulations!
* Due to additional available funding, the Dept of Libraries was able to fund the first 27 winners.