ERAC will issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) this week to clearly identify options, pricing and a reseller for the renewal or replacement of the current Adobe agreement. Changes to the Adobe education licensing program have reduced options for smaller districts and schools, and complicated deployment and administration for all Districts. The RFP closes at the end of May and an Adobe licensing solution will be identified before end of June. If you are approached directly by Adobe resellers, refer them to ERAC.
Concurrently, ERAC will issue a Request for Information (RFI), aimed at identifying alternate design software applications and functionality of products that support activities such as image creation, design and editing. If your District uses a design program that supports photo editing, video editing, document design, and/or graphic design, send the name of the software and/or vendor to email@example.com by May 6, 2019. ERAC will send notification of the RFI process directly to identified software publishers and Canadian distributors.
The blank Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) template for general use has been revised. This template is a tool to ensure privacy protection and security for users. Due to membership requests regarding a quick method of determining whether personal information is being used or not; the revised template places emphasizes on completing the first four questions in Part 1 to establish whether a PIA is required.
A completed PIA may be used as a communication tool to assist district staff in monitoring new initiatives. It also helps alert IT professionals to potential risks, and unintended consequences that may arise before deployment. Note that the revised template includes an appendix of legal authorities that can support the mitigation risk strategies described in your district’s PIA template.
Districts and classrooms are vulnerable to cyber criminals. At IT4K12 2018, Dave Swystun (SD 23), Karman O’Brien (SD 34) and Chris King (IBM) hosted a session on strategies districts in BC are adopting to try and stay ahead of the ever-changing cyber security landscape. Watch the recording to learn about key strategies districts have implemented.
Did you participate in a session during IT4K12 that was intriguing? Looking for reference material to share with colleagues? View the sessions and presentations that were recorded on the post conference website.
Save the Date
IT4K12 2019 will take place November 14-15 at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel in Richmond, BC.
Did you attend a great session during IT4K12 and want to use it as reference material? Didn’t make it to a session you were hoping to see? Visit the Presentations & Sessions page on the IT4K12 website now to view recordings. Find information on the event including exhibitors, program and more. Share this information with colleagues who were unable to attend.
Reminder: IT4K12 2019 will take place November 14 – 15. Thank you to everyone who attended the 2018 event and we hope to welcome you back next fall.
A new Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) template for KEV Group – School Cash Online is now available to download and personalize for your district.
Completion of PIAs ensures Districts comply with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) when introducing new initiatives or programs.
You can download this PIA template and access additional privacy and security information at bcerac.ca/pia-templates.
A new Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) template for West SchoolMessenger is now available to download and personalize for your district.
Completion of PIAs ensures Districts comply with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) when introducing new initiatives or programs.
You can download this PIA template and access additional privacy and security information at pia.bcerac.ca.
Canoe Kids: Exploring Indigenous Cultures Through Authentic Indigenous Voices
Join the creators of Canoe Kids, as they share experiences and images of working within Indigenous communities to support people in telling their stories, of their culture, history and experiences. The team travels to work within a community over a period of time and the result of this authentic process, is the development of digital and print publications which brings voice to each unique community.
Security and Compliance with Office 365
The Security and Compliance Center inside of Office 365 provides an excellent set of tools and controls to establish and monitor policies within your school district. In this two-hour session, we’ll take a tour of the Office 365 SCC and more.
What’s Your Comfort Zone? Supporting Aboriginal Education
In this session, we explore through a guided conversation where participants are in their Aboriginal educational journey and their understanding of the new curriculum. We will also highlight key resources and services that ERAC provides to member districts. We encourage audience members to bring their questions, challenges and successes to make this a rich and engaging experience.
Beyond Engagement: Transforming Student Learning Through Virtual Reality
This will be a follow up expansion session to last year’s presentation which focused on the VR app, Google Expeditions. This year will focus on lessons learned and specific strategies to incorporate VR experiences into teaching and learning, with concrete examples, tools and lesson ideas.
Cyber Security Directions in K-12: How it Impacts Everyone
Districts and classrooms are vulnerable to cyber criminals. This session will help educate and increase awareness for IT personnel and educators on strategies BC districts are adopting to try and stay ahead of the ever changing cyber security landscape.
Actioning the Applied Design Skills and Technology (ADST) Curriculum Across the District
At this session, David Vandergugten, Assistant Superintendent of School District No. 42 will share how their district deeply integrated the ADST curriculum into K-12 classrooms. He will discuss Design Thinking as a pedagogy and how it can be used to bring hands-on learning into all classrooms.
Cloud IT in B.C. Education (Whiteboard Session)
As school districts make progress in their digital transformation journey, the challenges and opportunities of mobility are usually top of mind. Come join us and explore the new cloud technologies that are unlocked as part of Microsoft 365 – specifically Enterprise Mobility + Security.
Gartner Services to MyEd School Districts
The Ministry of Education has partnered with Gartner, the world’s leading research and advisory company, to provide a district subscription to Gartner for Technical Professionals (GTP) as an additional free service for those districts utilizing MyEducation BC.
SIP trunking with Thinktel
Learn how to leverage SIP Trunking technology (a resilient VoIP Protocol) to harness the Unified Communication Tools available in Microsoft Office 365 in the modern school setting and reduce expenditures.
Finding the Right Portfolio
For the past 5 years SD 47 has been working on improving Communicating Student Learning via the use ePortfolios. Come join the conversation surrounding the journey we have been on in investing 5 approaches to portfolio based communication. What we have learned, and where we are headed.
Bridging Worldviews: Creating Entry Points into Aboriginal Education
Participants will explore the new curriculum through an Aboriginal lens. Utilizing the Aboriginal Worldviews and Perspectives framework, educators will create and plan their entry point into meaningful professional development, sharing and learning. We will explore our own identity and interests and connect our personal knowledge to Aboriginal culture. This will be supported through the use of culturally responsive and authentic resources.
For more session details, scheduled times and speaker information, visit the IT4K12 Program Page.
Don’t miss out on this year’s event. Register now!
Book your stay at the special event rate before it expires on October 18 through the online reservation system. This special rate is available three days prior to and after the event.
Program Now Available & Deadline to Book Your Guest Room Fast Approaching!
Check out the IT4K12 Program Page to view the most up to date session information. See details on the many presentations and workshops being offered at this year’s event along with presenter information.
Have you registered to attend this year’s IT4K12 Conference? Join your colleagues and ERAC members from across BC by registering now. Limited space remains available to attend the special pre-conference event Wednesday November 21st at Science World, highlighting The Science Behind Pixar exhibit. To reserve a spot, select the option to attend during registration.
Book your guest room at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport hotel to take advantage of the special event rate. Book by October 18 through the online reservation system. This special rate is available three days prior to and after the event.
A Conversation with Dr. Helen Papagiannis
Dr. Helen Papagiannis, the keynote speaker for IT4K12 2018, is the author of The Augmented Human, an introduction to advancements in Augmented Reality (AR). In the book she explores how AR technologies can enhance the ways a user experiences their environment.
ERAC had an opportunity to talk with Dr. Papagiannis about what led her to the field of AR.
She reflected on her early exploration of visual arts media during her secondary school years at Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts in the Toronto District School Board. This education provided her with rich experiences in working with design, photography (darkroom!), life drawing, sculpture, and printmaking. She found printmaking to be an early entry into the concept of layering. Both printmaking and sculpture helped her to develop the ability to think spatially in different ways, and to value touch and materiality. She has continued to explore those concepts in her study with AR.
We wondered what interested her most about the future of AR.
She is interested in the potential for creating multi-user experiences, and the opportunity for immersive storytelling. She speaks of learning to design with intention. Reality needs to be ‘the star’…and AR should enhance our existing reality, not supplant it. It can create a sense of amazement, bringing together visual and tactile worlds, layering multi-sensory experiences.
“It’s about wonderment. Wonderment is the gateway to curiosity and learning. If we can design experiences that enhance our lives and add delight to someone’s life through AR…that would be a huge success.”
Join us at IT4K12 to hear more about this fascinating view of what it might mean to ‘be human’ in the future.
ADST Lesson Planning
With the advent of the new ADST Curriculum, SD 47 Powell River created a template that can be used by teachers in their unit and lesson planning activities. Attend this session to explore these templates and consider their use in your own classroom and district.
Join Leslie McBeth from Future Design School for a hands-on, action packed workshop that will teach participants to leverage the design thinking process to solve strategic challenges in their schools.
K-12 The Most Difficult IT Support Challenge
Supporting Technology for K-12 is more difficult than virtually any other organization. Come for some stories and tips on how to do it and bring a story or two of your own!
Explain Your Thinking
Participants leaving this session will be able to discover amazing tools to help students communicate their understanding. This session will look at Flipgrid, Sreencasting, Google Slides and other tools that help students explain their thinking. All tools shared are cloud-based and integrate nicely with Google Classroom.
How to Host a Hack-a-Thon
This workshop will present a simple workflow for hosting a Hack-a-thon. You will get the chance to try out different coding platforms that are grade appropriate. We will present a format that can easily be implemented into your classroom to get students excited about problem solving, computational thinking and coding.
Unified Communications: The Key to Successful Teamwork Throughout the Organization
The challenges we encounter in our work require us to communicate with people outside our immediate team, department or organization. However, communication is easier for some people than others, which creates gaps in our efforts and erodes success. Find out how unified communication can be support improved communication in your district.
Explore the World with Google Cardboard
Never heard of Google Cardboard? Many folks haven’t! Cardboard is a relatively new Google product taking VR (Virtual Reality) to a whole new level of cool. With a cardboard viewer box and a smartphone, you can explore the world. In this session, we’ll talk about the technology behind Cardboard, which apps are available, and you’ll have a chance to give it a test drive!
Learn about its potential in the classroom. From virtual field trips around the world to swimming with sharks, Google Cardboard is the next big thing in education.
BC Digital Classroom Sessions at IT4K12
Gale In Context Suite (Canada, Science, Global Issues)
This session will look at the current, media rich content of the In Context Suite of databases from Gale. These three databases work well to support the redesigned BC curriculum at the grade 8-12 level. We will investigate tips, tricks, Lexile reading level search functions and the on-demand text and voice translations with the intention of supporting diverse learners in the classroom. If you need online resources for the secondary level, these three databases provide support for most curricular areas in grade 8-12.
Harness the (Science) Power!
Explore Science Power with ERAC’s Professional Learning Team. Find out more about this fantastic World Book product, ready for use in any intermediate classroom, aligned to the BC Curriculum and chock full of classroom, home, and extension activities for learners in any context. See how to search for topics according to Big Idea, curricular competency or by reading level. Discover Science Power’s built-in tools for differentiating for your learners easily. Science Power will deliver content, creativity and flexibility to your science program— and the best news is, you already have access to it!
A new Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) template for All the Right Type 4 Online (ATRT4) is now available to download and personalize for your district.
Completion of PIAs ensures Districts comply with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) when introducing new initiatives or programs.
You can download this PIA template and access additional privacy and security information at pia.bcerac.ca.
A new Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) template for M365 A3 is now available to download and personalize for your district.
You can download PIA templates and access additional privacy and security information at pia.bcerac.ca.
ERAC’s Executive Committee has appointed the following individuals to the Technology Leadership Advisory Committee for a term beginning in June 2018 and continuing through to July 2019. This is an ongoing committee with annual reconfirmation of appointments.
The role of the committee is to provide advice to ERAC’s Executive Committee as to IT directions, policies and initiatives of benefit to consortium members.
ERAC welcomes these representatives to the committee:
Tim Agnew – Director of Information Technology SD22 Vernon
Cheryl Fernandes – Director Information Systems and Technology SD35 Langley
Ted Owens – Network Analyst/IT Manager SD54 Bulkley Valley
Ted Pennell –Director of Information Technology SD61 Greater Victoria
Jennifer Roberts – District Principal of Transformative Learning and Technology SD5 Southeast Kootenay
Stephen Whiffin – Director of Instruction/CIO SD43 Coquitlam
A new Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) template for Follett Destiny Library Manager is now available to download and personalize for your district.
You can download PIA templates and access additional privacy and security information at pia.bcerac.ca.
ERAC has reached an agreement with Canoe Kids to make Volumes 1, 2 and 3 available to members at discounted prices. Canoe Kids digital magazines celebrate the differences and similarities among Indigenous cultures. The stories, themes and extraordinary photography are a valuable resource for teachers and students in developing an understanding of First Peoples perspectives and knowledge.
The materials are suitable for elementary and secondary levels. This agreement includes:
Volume 1: The Ojibwe
Volume 2: The Haida
Volume 3: The Mi’kmaq
Both digital and print versions are available at preferred pricing for ERAC members.
Digital versions can be ordered directly through ERAC and we will invoice you for the number of schools in your District.
If you are not ordering digital versions, print copies can be ordered via the Canoe Kids online store, using the ERAC member discount code.
For full details of this agreement, including confidential pricing information, an order form and the discount code for print copies, click here.
ERAC’s agreement with Follett School Solutions for Destiny Library Manager has been revised and renewed for one year. The agreement offers discounts for districts that purchase an annual license for specific Destiny products and services. This agreement includes the following components:
- Destiny Library Manager software and services – including implementation, data conversion, initial training and project management
- Options for self-hosted and vendor-hosted Destiny
- Discounted renewal prices for Destiny Library Manager and Textbook Manager
For agreement details, check here.
The ERAC-West Education group agreement on SchoolMessenger Communicate (formerly SchoolConnects from Synrevoice), the fully hosted version of the company’s popular communications system, has been renewed until April 30, 2020. The agreement between ERAC and West’s Education group remains focused on the SchoolMessenger Communicate Hosted Service. The West Education group will also offer ERAC member districts a discount on the new SafeArrival solution.
On Friday, April 6, 2018 ERAC awarded the reseller agreement for the new Microsoft Provincial Licensing Agreement to Softchoice and immediately launched the renewal process. The Enterprise Desktop (E Desktop) suite has been replaced with the new Microsoft 365 A3 (M365 A3) suite. You can find details on the agreement here.
All Districts and most independent schools have already been sent renewal information and ERAC Contacts are advised to return their Commitment to Participate form to ERAC as soon as possible so that we can process your renewal.
New titles have been added to your BC Digital Classroom subscription from Learn360. Click here to view a full list of the new titles. For the first time, MARC records are now available for Learn360–providing a free, convenient, and effective way to increase usage by linking users directly into the Learn360 platform! The MARC records are available in your Admin Portal and can easily be integrated into your library’s catalog system by downloading them and adding them to your records. Contact your Learn360 rep.
PIAs for Access Learning, Rosetta Stone (French), EVERFI – Future Goals: Hockey Scholar and Ignition: Future Goals are available to download and personalize for your district. Completion of these PIAs ensures Districts comply with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) when introducing new initiatives or programs. You can download your PIA templates and access additional privacy and security information at pia.bcerac.ca.
Explore the possibilities to engage your students in real-time learning. You can find a short video to inspire you and tips to get you started. Identify your learning purpose and connect with an expert to arrange a session or join a pre-arranged virtual learning experience. You will find everything here.
As of December 31, 2017, the Matific Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) template is revised to reflect the fact that all student data is hosted on Canadian servers located in the province of Quebec. ERAC provides generic PIA templates to help Districts comply with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) when introducing an initiative or program(s). ERAC members can download this PIA template and access additional privacy and security information at pia.bcerac.ca.
Thanks for visiting us at the Superconference! Congratulations to the educator from Armstrong Elementary in Burnaby who won a set of evaluated Aboriginal texts for their school! We look forward to staying to connected with all of you who created an account with ERAC. Watch for our monthly newsletter with updates on new resources. Tell your colleagues about the BC ERAC app for easy searching of the K12 Resource Collection, and encourage them to create their ERAC account. Follow us on twitter @bcerac where we highlight digital resources and curriculum connections.
If your School District held a 2015 license for SketchUp Pro, please note that it expired November 20, 2017 and you will need to upgrade to a newer version. Either 2016 or 2017 version are still available and ERAC has provided a PIA template that you can personalize for your own district. SketchUp will be offering access to its latest version 2018, later this fall. Please note that the 2018 version has not been reviewed for Privacy Impact Assessment, and the deeper integration with Google Drive and Classroom will present complications for classroom use by students, under B.C. privacy laws.
Sessions to Support District Strategies and Planning for Ed and Tech Professionals
- Moving into 21st Century Infrastructure by creating a IT strategic plan that addresses the educational and administrative needs of a School District, with a focus on student learning and teachers enhancing classroom experiences. Find out how one district is developing a responsive approach to providing IT support and functionality to further ADST and other curriculum.
- Get the Inside Look: Modeling Project Planning Through an RFP Process Planning for an RFP process related to technology infrastructure requires leadership from a multi-department team including technology and education. This session will provide practical tips and considerations for developing an RFP process, using a Wifi network upgrade as an example.
- An Education on Privacy Risk
Sessions for Technology Infrastructure/Systems
- Layer 3 Switches and LAN Topology Best Practices The demands on school district’s Local Area Networks are increasing as connectivity becomes critical to teaching and learning. Are your school LANs capable of meeting the challenge?
- First Steps into the Cloud Building off the experiences that SD42 had in moving to the public cloud we will share our early easy wins, some of the issues we ran into, and how we solved them. Microsoft will bring similar stories from customers across Canada. You will bring your questions and experiences to share
- Leadership on the Front Lines
- Network Traffic Shaping for NGN QoS on Palo Alto Firewalls
Sessions to Support Curriculum Implementation and Innovation in the Classroom
- Instructional Samples for K-12 Teachers – The Ministry of Education will showcase instructional samples that follow a pedagogical framework that includes: connections to the curriculum, First Peoples Principles of Learning, and classroom assessment. Also included is an overview of Taking Making into Classrooms, an online course that serves as an entry point into the ADST curriculum.
- District Wide Implementation of Computational Thinking
- Office 365 Cool Uses in the Classroom
- LibGuides – Connecting Learning to Digital Resources
Posting deadline extended. See more information here: http://www.bctf.ca/opportunities/ERACCommittees.aspx Consider applying to become an ERAC evaluator. Successful applicants are appointed to a 3 year term. Evaluators are trained in resource evaluation criteria and processes, and provided compensation for carrying out their assignments, from home. Provide value to your provincial colleagues while building your own professional expertise.
Check out the IT4K12 Program Page to view the most up to date program. Here you will find details on the many presentations and workshops being offered at this year’s event as well as presenter information. There are two views to choose from so you can easily plan your time at the conference.
Have you registered to attend this year’s IT4K12 Conference? Join your colleagues and ERAC members from across BC by registering now. Limited space remains available to attend the special pre-conference event Wednesday November 8th at Microsoft Vancouver. To reserve a spot, select the option to attend during registration.
Don’t forget to take advantage of the special event rate being offered on guest rooms at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport hotel. Book by October 17th through the online reservation system. This special rate is available three days prior to and after the event.
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Eight-year-old Clementine is having a disastrous week – at school she is a …
When Ted, an escape-the-room video game expert, is the beneficiary of his g…
Kamran, an American-Persian, is the all-American boy at school, but that al…
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As Leonard’s 18th birthday goes unnoticed by the world, he spends the day g…
Martin was a happy, healthy boy until age 12 when a mysterious illness left…
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Hollis, abandoned as an infant, has experienced several foster homes and lo…
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Seeds is a Canadian play, based on interviews, court transcripts, scientifi…
When sixteen year old Jas is told she must marry a man in India she has nev…
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In this final instalment of the Treaty Tales, Kookoo (grandmother) explains…
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Muchoki has lost his father to ethnic and political violence in their homet…
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In this picture book, for grades K-3, a child watches a long, meandering ri…
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Looking to collaborate, share and learn from colleagues all around BC? Then you don’t want to miss this! IT4K12 2017 is taking place November 9th & 10th at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel in Richmond, BC. The only event of its kind, this conference brings together leaders in education & IT allowing them to share their knowledge and expertise along with learning what’s new and exciting in their respective industries.
ERAC is working hard on the program (it promises to be the best one yet!) but we have some exciting details to share in the meantime:
Motivation & Inspiration
Sue Gardner, the former Executive Director of Wikimedia (which runs Wikipedia) is delivering the keynote address. She is one of a few women who has headed up a top ten website. A formidable speaker on new media, Sue looks to the future of collaboration on the web. How will the new knowledge economy—where content is free, and everyone’s a contributor—affect our education, our journalism, and our democracy?
Connect on Multiple Levels
Introducing a new attraction to this year’s event, the ERAC Connect Lounge! This comfortable work space will provide the perfect spot to catch up with colleagues, fast-charge your mobile devices in the brand new Brightbox Station, enjoy specialty treats to keep you energized and more. Be sure to stop by and check out all the lounge has to offer.
Want even more ways to connect before, during and after the event? ERAC is excited to partner with Quickmobile bringing you a customized event app just for IT4K12. The app will include features such as community boards, individual profiles, games and a one click social media sharing tool.
ERAC members can register by visiting this page.
If you are a vendor looking to exhibit at this conference you have multiple opportunities to choose from, each providing a unique set of benefits. Click here for more information and to register.
Visit our website for up to date information and check back often as we confirm presenters and sessions.
ERAC has an APP for the K-12 Resource Collection. Educators now have access to the only searchable collection of BC educator-evaluated resources from any Apple or Android device. Find it in your APP store by searching for BCERAC. The APP allows for on-the-spot collaboration by groups of teachers; working with grade level teams, subject specialists, and with the support of teacher-librarians. Together, teams can quickly evaluate whether a resource fits with the core and curricular competencies, and whether social considerations might support or detract from student learning in order to select the best resources for each classroom. Time spent choosing resources at vendor displays can be reduced by using the resource collection to preview key information. Reviews include Curriculum Fit, Social Considerations, General Content, Technical Design, suggested Classroom Usage and any Additional Comments by your peer-reviewers. If the resource is not in the collection, you can request that it be reviewed by submitting an online form. The BCTF selects practicing BC teachers to evaluate the resources in the collection. ERAC trains all new evaluators and provides mentorship as they start their three-year term. Two or more educators are assigned to that specific resource, based on each team member’s area of expertise. The review team, representing a broad spectrum of perspectives, develops a cohesive evaluation of the assigned resource. This is a unique collection of resources reviewed by BC educators, linked to the BC Curriculum with corresponding grade and subject areas. Currently, ERAC offers five curated collections: Aboriginal, ELL, LGBTQ, Professional, and Novel. You can search the collection by Title, Author or Keywords. If you are looking for novels that include LGBTQ perspectives, characters or themes, start by searching the LGBTQ Collection. Add the keyword ‘adventure’ and you will see three resources to consider. One resource, Better Nate Than Ever, offers an “opportunity to open dialogue and discussion with students regarding gender difference and preferences, and sexual orientation” according to the Social Considerations Comments. As for Curriculum Fit, Better Nate Than Ever can be used to support the core competencies of reading and social responsibility and is suitable “as a novel for guided reading selection or independent novel study in a classroom or library setting.” Entering the keyword ‘women’ in the Aboriginal collection in the search field will present the resource Great Women from our First Nations. This resource is an authentic First People’s text and a Canadian resource suitable as “a standalone resource… in a classroom library or as examples of biographical writing excerpts” according to the Suggested Classroom Usage section. It includes a teacher resource with suggested lesson plans. In order to access the full reviews, create an account on the ERAC homepage by entering your name along with your district or school email address to validate your membership. Once you have an account, find a resource you are interested in and log in to get the detailed review.
When Jackson’s parents fall on hard times the family must move out of their house, sell their belongings, and live in their van until his parents can get back on their feet. As 4th-grader Jackson tries to cope with this situation, his imaginary friend Crenshaw—a giant cat—re-appears in his life to help him through these troubled times. This realistic portrayal of poverty, hunger, homelessness, and resiliency is discussed in an accurate and realistic way from the point of view of a young boy, and will appeal to students of a si
Young Solomon, despite being from a poor Ethiopian village, believes that he can become a world-class runner, just like his heroes on the national team. When his grandfather takes him to Addis Ababa, Solomon cannot believe his good fortune – the national team will be in a parade while he is in the city. His grandfather has other reasons for the trip and Solomon learns an important secret about his grandfather’s past. When grandfather falls ill Solomon must make decisions that test his character and his endurance. An action-packed story of a boy whose passion for sports and dreams of greatness will resonate with children in grades 4 to 6. A useful novel to raise awareness of ethnic and cultural diversity, spark discussion of societal roles of women and men, and affirm and enhance self-esteem through pride in
Precious, a young girl who lives in Botswana, sets her heart on being a detective when she grows up. When a mystery occurs in her class –who stole the piece of cake, the bread and jam, and iced buns-—she takes it upon herself to solve the crime. Although all the children blame an overweight boy for the theft, Precious looks beyond stereotypes and prejudices to seek the truth. The three-colour illustrations and easy-to-read text will delight primary students, as well as introduce Botswana and its culture, and the themes of honesty, prejudice, and social responsibility. Written by noted author Alexander McC
Duck is concerned that all the birds around him are laying eggs and preparing for their babies to hatch, except for him. He discovers an abandoned egg and lovingly cares for it. When the egg hatches, a surprising animal emerges, and Duck loves it as if it were his own. This cleverly illustrated book with staggered pages will capture the attention of primary students, and provide opportunities for the discussion of animal reproduction and i
Nate loves everything about aliens–so much so that he decides to dress as an alien for Purim celebrations. But, all the boys in his class are dressing as superheroes. Nate is torn about what to do and turns to his two dads for support. Nate’s final decision surprises everyone. This picture book, illustrated with eye-catching cartoon-like drawings, will be useful to introduce primary students to the topics of celebrations from different cultures, being true to yourself, and the diversity of famil
George has a secret: he was born as a boy but identifies as a girl. When the class puts on a play of Charlotte’s Web, George dreams of playing Charlotte, but isn’t allowed to audition for the part as a boy can’t play a girl’s role. George and her best friend develop a plan for opening night that lets George be Charlotte and lets everyone finally learn who she really is. This engaging and honest novel introduces gender identity struggles and gender stereotypes in a way that intermediate students can u
Charlie Price thinks life can’t get any worse after the death of his mother but then his younger sister starts acting very oddly. He discovers her going down a secret hatch and he follows. There he discovers a world where his Mother still lives. As he visits his dead mother in this alternate reality, Charlie realizes that the longer people stay in the alternate world, the less they are able to exist in the real world, and he is faced with difficult decisions about grief and letting go. This novel, suitable for grades 6-8, raises complex questions of life after death, losing a loved one, and how people struggle with grief, which provide opportunities for students to think critically and c
Suzy struggles with grief when her friend Franny dies in a swimming accident. Suzy cannot accept that these things just happen and convinces herself that a deadly jellyfish is responsible for Franny’s death. This title would be suitable for a novel study to integrate science and physical and health education in middle school. Projects and discussions could focus on personal identity, how students see themselves, and inquiry projects on ocean life. Each part of the novel is named for a part of the scientific method and the only illustrations in the novel are based on scientific drawings of
Sixth-grader Alton Barnes absolutely loves maps. He creates maps of all kinds, including ones that show what he really thinks about people—his friends, teachers, and even the principal. When Alton’s maps are stolen from his locker, trouble is on the horizon and Alton will need every cartographic skill he can muster to escape it. An ideal novel for grade 4-6 classrooms as part of literature circles or small group discussions, for independent study by students interested in mysteries or cartography, as well as for introducing mapping and inf
Seventh-grader Sierra is a high achieving student at a school with a zero tolerance policy. When she accidentally takes her mother’s lunch bag to school and sees a paring knife in it, she turns it into the office. Sierra is immediately put on in-school suspension and will face an expulsion hearing. Spending time in the detention room with other “troublemakers” makes Sierra question right and wrong, rules, and acceptable behaviour. This compelling novel makes complex ideas readily accessible to middle school
Wadjda, a spunky young Muslim girl in Saudi Arabia, yearns for a green bicycle so she can race with her best friend, who is a boy. She is faced with a problem: it is improper for girls to ride bicycles. Frustrated by the many expectations and constraints placed on girls in her culture, she is resourceful and comes up with many schemes to raise money to buy the precious bike. This informative and relevant novel for students in grades 6-9 allows for exploration of personal identity, understanding diversity, and presents opportunities to discuss Muslim
Wondering how and where you can access the BC Digital Classroom Collection in your own district? There are several options. 1. ERAC provides direct access to the BC Digital Classroom resources through the Access page. Within a school site, any student and teacher can visit the Access page and will be directly connected into the resource database collection. Note that home access requires a login and password, available from your District Contact page. 2. District-customized Access page: Many districts have also created their own landing pages to allow teachers and learners to easily access the BCDC and other district-licensed or free digital resources. Check with your District Contact to see whether your district has done this.
It’s Annual Renewal Time for the ERAC Provincial Microsoft Licensing Agreement. The Microsoft Enterprise Desktop (E Desktop) Suite gives all participating ERAC members access to the latest versions of Office Professional, Windows operating systems and the ECAL Suite. April 1, 2017 marks the beginning of Year 3 of this 3-Year agreement which expires March 31, 2018. Participating Districts and Schools that have not yet submitted a Purchase Order Number to Softchoice should do so immediately. Subscribers to Enterprise Desktop and/or Office are reminded that during the transition to Year 3 of this agreement, while new licenses are being processed, the Microsoft Home Use Program (HUP) will not be available for a few days. Staff trying to access HUP should do so before March 31, 2017 or after April 5, 2017. If you have questions about the annual renewal process, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
Don’t miss these important upcoming deadlines for the next month: Matific Offers ERAC Discount on K – 6 Math Resource – January 31, 2017
ERAC is pleased to announce a new Short-Term Offer for ERAC members on the evaluated resource IDÉLLO from Group Média TFO. IDÉLLO is a French Language digital learning platform. It offers a wide variety of thematic files, applications, games, educational tools and videos in French. You can find details of the IDÉLLO offer here. District Contacts must sign in for confidential pricing information.
EOP Webinar On Thursday, December 8, 2016 ERAC, Softchoice and Microsoft hosted a webinar to walk through the Exchange Online Protection (EOP) implementation process and to answer other questions about this email filtering solution. As a follow-up to that event, we have prepared a recording of the webinar, a list of questions and answers from the webinar and a FAQ document for Microsoft Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) that some Districts were asking about. If you want to go directly to the recorded EOP Webinar, click here. For the Q&A document from the EOP Webinar, click here. Please note: the Government of BC has pushed the deadline for Districts to migrate off GEMS to January 31, 2017 so you do have extra time to make the transition. Microsoft Advanced Threat Protection During the EOP Webinar, a number of Districts asked about the additional functionality included with Advanced Threat Protection. You can find out more about Microsoft ATP here. While EOP is included at no cost as part of the ERAC EDesktop solution, ATP is only available at an additional cost per user. The costs can be quite significant for a full District deployment but a full District deployment is not required for ATP – Districts can identify high-risk groups and license only those groups if they choose. ERAC is working with Microsoft to negotiate discounted faculty/staff pricing for Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) and to get student accounts included at nominal or zero cost. An offer should be available by mid-January. If you are planning to purchase ATP, we suggest you hold off on that purchase while we try to arrange volume discounts for ATP. January 31, 2017 is the new deadline to migrate from GEMS so you do have time to wait. You can help ERAC negotiate a better discount for ATP by sending an email to email@example.com indicating whether you are interested in purchasing ATP and for approximately how many users. This will help us estimate volume for the ATP negotiations. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
ERAC’s SketchUp Pro subscribers now have a generic Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) template available for completion. Districts can ensure that their schools have completed due diligence regarding privacy and security for all staff and students by personalizing the downloadable document for their district. This PIA will help your District comply with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) when introducing an initiative or program(s) even if they do not include the collection of personal information. Best practices indicate Public Bodies should still complete Part 1 of the PIA and submit it along with the signature pages to their privacy office(r) even if it is thought that no personal information is involved. This process ensures that the initiative has been accurately assessed by the School District and has determined that the use of the solution meets the requirements set out in the School Districts’ PIA as required under s.69 (5.3) of FIPPA. To download your SketchUp Pro PIA, go to: https://pia.bcerac.ca/
ERAC’s BC Digital Classroom (BCDC) Core Collection subscribers now have a generic Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) template available for completion. Districts can ensure that their schools have completed due diligence regarding privacy and security for all staff and students by personalizing the downloadable document for their district. This PIA will help your District comply with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) when introducing an initiative or program(s) even if they do not include the collection of personal information. Best practices indicate Public Bodies should still complete Part 1 of the PIA and submit it along with the signature pages to their privacy office(r) even if it is thought that no personal information is involved. This process ensures that the initiative has been accurately assessed by the School District and has determined that the use of the BCDC Core Collection solution meets the requirements set out in the School Districts’ PIA as required under s.69 (5.3) of FIPPA. To download your BC Digital Classroom Core Collection PIA, go to: https://pia.bcerac.ca/
ERAC had a mission – to build a more visual interface to the ERAC online collection so members could easily see and access their resources. Well, we did it! Now when you access the collection, you will notice a fresh new look and feel. Simply click on the image to reveal a short description. Click on “Learn More” for complete synopsis and product details. ERAC members can select “Read More” to access information on social considerations, curricular connections and more. Register for your ERAC member login here.
The IT4K12 Post Conference Highlights are up and we’re excited to share it all with you! View a list of our registrants and sponsors (sign in first to see list) and find out who won all the goodies! Presentations weren’t recorded this year but we’ve left the Program up for review. The presentations we do have are available on our new ERAC Vimeo Channel. Enjoy!
With the new curriculum in place, teachers are searching for learning resources to support their instruction and we’re providing some help! ERAC has created more than 100 lesson topic examples for you through our new BC Digital Classroom Curriculum Connections page and the new Aboriginal Education Curriculum Connections page. Each lesson activity is focused on a Big Idea, includes a brief activity description, and highlights the relevant curriculum connections. Our ERAC team created these examples to spark your awareness of the quality, evaluated digital resources that are a click away for you and your students*. We believe this will be a great starting point to get you going. Enjoy!
Wondering where to find “Sammy’s Science House” to help you teach your budding scientists? ERAC can help! The Edmark House Series is available to teachers, parents and students at no charge. There are four titles to enjoy including reading, math, science and social studies. They also include supporting corresponding print materials like lesson plans and teacher guides. This series will assist your young learners in building basic skills, both prior to their entering school and throughout their primary years of learning development.
Are you wondering whether a novel is a good ‘fit’ for students in your district or classroom? First, check to see if the novel has received an ERAC evaluation in our online collection. Can’t locate it in the current database? Then submit an evaluation request form to ERAC to conduct a professional peer evaluation. The Social Considerations section (see Icon in this story) of our evaluation form highlights specific aspects of a novel that require teacher consideration and awareness. This allows them the opportunity to consider whether the resource is appropriate for that particular classroom. Perhaps there’s a new teen fiction title you’d like to use, we want to hear about it! Just submit the title through ERAC’s evaluation form. Thank you to everyone who submitted resources following our last request. We have received 42 evaluation suggestions and we will evaluate many of these over the coming months.
ERAC’s Professional Learning Team are busy! They have been connecting teachers through their face to face engagements sessions all across BC, and now the Yukon. Team Leader, Kevin Amboe, and team member Lisa Read, were recently in the Yukon and had the opportunity first-hand to see how excited the teachers became when they realized the depth of resources they were able to access. Their deep dive took teachers into specific resources and identified ways for students to access custom portions of videos, plus so much more, all while integrating BCDC resources into the classroom. Some teachers specifically asked about additional French resources. Kevin was able to provide them direction from within the BC Digital Classroom and print resources in ERAC’s online collection, as well as take the feedback and expand on future presentations, identifying and accessing French resources. The Yukon Department of Education added to Kevin’s information by providing a Yukon specific handout with passwords and instructions for home access to teachers and students. Having met the day before with education leaders provided insight for personalization of the ERAC presentation. It also provided a deeper understanding for these leaders of the value of ERAC to classroom teachers in utilizing the BC Digital Classroom within their schools. If you have questions or would like to book a session, please feel free to contact Kevin Amboe directly at email@example.com. Bring on the professional learning!
ERAC’s member services have prepared and published a generic Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) template for your school/district to complete. In conjunction with the Ministry of Education and the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC) for BC, ERAC provides you with a downloadable partially completed copy of the PIA. By completing the FreshGrade PIA it will help your District identify and address privacy and security issues while ensuring compliance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). As with the introduction of any new program or initiative that involves the collection, use and disclosure of personal information, a PIA must be completed. To download your FreshGrade PIA, go to: https://pia.bcerac.ca/
Q. I see that Edmark’s House Series is available free for ERAC members. How do I access it and does it require a login? A. Yes, Edmark’s House Series is available at no charge and is available to all teachers, students and parents. The four components/resources are available with no login or password required. Just click on the individual resource to gain access. You can find access to this early learning page through these agreement details.
Our heavy hitters of IT4K12 are lining up! We have some intriguing presentations that are now listed in our Program. Check out more details on your major leaguers below: Find out if your peers have already registered by checking the Attendee tab and get others on board by printing and posting your new Attendee Poster! Looking forward to seeing you at IT4K12.
Do you have that favourite novel you love to use with your class? We’d like to keep our online collection up to date and we could use your help. We’re reaching out to our members to ask you to recommend any recent classroom novels that are suitable for LGBTQ, French Immersion, Aboriginal perspectives, and more. Also looking for those Award Winners you love. Just submit your suggestion through our evaluation form. Thanks for helping us keep our online collection ready to use.
ERAC announces a new Short Term Offer for members on the evaluated product Matific. Matific is a digital math resource for students in grades K – 6. It provides a variety of learning and teaching options: lessons for teachers to introduce concepts, digital worksheets and games for practice, and playlists for students to cover concepts in a number of ways. Teachers can use the resource for whole class learning, small group support, or individual review and enrichment, and students can complete work at school or at home. For evaluation details, click here. For a limited time, ERAC members can purchase Matific at a discount. This offer ends January 31, 2017. Click here for full details. District Contacts must sign in for confidential pricing information.
Haven’t registered yet for IT4K12? You won’t want to miss out and we have ten reasons why! Check out our attached poster on “Top Ten Reasons to Attend IT4K12” and feel free to share, print and post. We know you’re excited to see some of your colleagues from around the province, so check out the attendee list when you’re registering. If they haven’t yet registered, make sure to send them this top ten poster! Our early bird rate is still available but only until October 21st so register soon! You can find everything you need on our event site.
The annual IT4K12 event is growing every year and this year we have more room for attendees in the new ballroom at our venue. This means you’ll be able to meet with more of your target market. As always, we have created a strong sponsorship package to meet your needs for exposure at the event on November 17-18. This is your chance to connect with ERAC’s many public and private members. Our booths are already more than half filled, and we hope you’ll get on board soon. To find out why you want to be a part of this event, just check out our new IT4K12 Sponsor Poster! Sponsors can register here. Looking forward to seeing you there. Only 1.5 months left!
If you’re looking for a complimentary geography based resource, then ArcGIS is a great option and available to ERAC members at no charge for educational purposes (only). ERAC has signed a license agreement with the Environmental Systems Research Institute (esri Canada) for the use of this product. ArcGIS Online provides a way to bring spatial literacy and geographic inquiry into the classroom. Students enjoy visualizing, analyzing and understanding geographic patterns and processes and can create and use maps that develop higher order thinking skills. To find out more, sign in and review the ArcGIS agreement.
Now is the time to get on board and enjoy significant savings on the Adobe Creative Cloud for Education suite. It includes the latest versions of desktop applications for photography, video, audio, and design. Adobe Captivate and Presenter are also included. Adobe Creative Cloud for Education, is an ERAC member-only bundle. Educators in participating Districts and Independent Schools also have access to Home Use Rights (HUR) for this software. This 3-year agreement is invoiced annually by Acrodex. October 26, 2016 marks the beginning of Year 2 of the agreement. New subscribers can join only on anniversary dates so if you want in, you must act now! If you have any questions about the Adobe Enterprise Agreement or want to add your Independent school or District to the agreement effective October 26, 2016, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. You must submit your request to join the agreement before September 30, 2016.
This is a new Short-Term Offer on the evaluated resource Vision Pro Classroom Management Software from Netop. While planning for school, this software may come in handy. It is a software management program that allows teachers to monitor and control a network of computers from the teacher’s computer. This helps with preparing computers before students arrive in a lab and you can also monitor and remotely help students with instructions and tasks. Find out more through the ERAC evaluation prepared by your peers (sign in for confidential info) and can see the full offer details here. Don’t wait too long as this short term offer ends December 30, 2016.
Reading can be a lot of fun, especially when text includes animation, sound, music and even narration! You can do all that and more with Tumblebooks which ERAC has recently renewed for the 2016/17 school year! Provide enrichment to students who are reading independently (through a variety of high interest material) as well as support to those who require skill building (through a variety of exercises) with the TumbleBookLibrary. Find out all the details by checking the Tumblebooks agreement and make sure to sign in for the confidential info and review by your peers.
RAZ-Plus (formerly Reading Solution) has been bundled with RAZ Kids, Reading A-Z and includes an additional 1000+ leveled e-books. You can also get a discounted rate for Enhanced ELL which is an additional suite of resources specifically geared to ELL. Take advantage of this renewed agreement with Learning A-Z: Reading Solution Bundle before August 31, 2018. Make sure to sign in to see confidential pricing and reviews by your peers!
We understand how very busy you are, so we’ve extended our deadline of the IT4K12 super early bird to Friday, September 16th. This will give you more time to plan for the November 17-18 IT4K12 event and to register. We have two streams to enjoy for both IT and Educational leaders, including eight interesting and informative tracks in each. To present at IT4K12, fill out the Presentation Proposal form before October 1st and take advantage of the Presenter Discount when registering. You can also:
- Use a travel subsidy if needed – just sign in on our website to download the rate chart and then contact email@example.com to confirm
- Register a group: A special group rate of $25 per person discount (on any rate) is available for a group of 5 to 15
- Book your hotel here at a special ERAC discounted rate
- Register your parking for free for entire conference
So join us, with your colleagues from around the province, and connect with sponsors and presenters to find out the new and innovative products, services and ideas that we’ll be sharing.
On the last day of school, the students took time to think about what they had learned and their goals for the future. I may be biased, but I think they are beyond cute. Enjoy! Posted in Classroom Life
I am just getting ready to enter my 11th year teaching junior high (holy cow) and I've had some realizations, over the last 2 years really, in terms of the mental health of my students. It seems as though there is an extraordinary number of kids these days suffering from anxiety, depression, and stress in general.
The ERAC Member Annual Service Report is out for 2015-16 and members have saved almost 9 million dollars across the province! We’re pleased to have established new innovative pricing structures and flexible opt-in agreements that helped save money. ERAC is looking forward to continued leadership roles on special projects and supporting the Ministry in identifying and evaluating varied/relevant resources relating to the new curriculum. Once again, you can be proud to say you’re an ERAC member! To obtain your district’s individual savings for the school year, touch base with your District Contact as they have access to this information on their ERAC private dashboard.
With so many affordable options, vendors will be able to find a perfect fit of sponsorship at the IT4K12 on November 17-18, 2016. Time to increase your exposure to up to 300 district decision makers! The new ballroom at the venue will be ideal to showcase all exhibitors and the face to face time will allow you to share new trends and latest innovations with attendees. Check out all sponsorship opportunities here and listen to the IT4K12 highlights from last year by scrolling down to the video on our main event page. You won’t want to miss it! Register soon.
IT4K12 was created to engage our district educator and IT contacts in connecting, learning, and sharing solutions and information within our provincial community. That’s why we’re reaching out to you! Come and share your district’s success in resolving a problem that others might be facing. Share how your IT specialists and lead educators are working together to implement change, from infrastructure through mobile device support to integrating tech into learning. Let’s collaborate and share the results! Come and present at IT4K12 on November 17-18 and make sure to submit your Presentation Submission Form no later than October 1st. IT specialists – please view the suggested themes and topic ideas for inspiration on the Presenter Page. Although you may not want to present, you might know someone who does. Please feel free to nominate them by forwarding this information on and encouraging them to submit a proposal. We’re looking forward to hearing from you (or them)!
As August is winding down my mind is now shifting to getting ready for back to school. Thinking about how I will set up my classroom this year. Every year I change a few things based on what I learned the previous year. Asking what worked and what didn't and why is a very important task.
School starts back next week, and I've been giving a lot of thought to how I'm going to create a positive classroom climate in my middle school French Immersion class. This year, I'm changing grades, so my practices and routines seemed to call for an especially thorough auditing.
I'm back with an all new "5 Activities for Teaching" post (click the link for more 5 Activity Ideas). This one is all about Place Value. Like many of you, I always like to start my math year with Place Value.
Did you know there are several tools to use in World Book, along with outlined activities and conversation questions to start the critical thinking? We encourage you to take a look at ERAC’s new video series, specifically the video “World Book Kids – Engaging Early Learners”. The video will give you a nice outline of what you can expect of this resource. From there you can find out more ways to access the information, as well as set up a presentation from our Professional Learning Team, all found on our BC Digital Classroom support site. So join in the fun and find out why early learners enjoy delving into World Book!
In honor of the start of a new school year, I am sharing one of my popular posts again with you with a couple of new additions! On Monday I will begin my new job. As I've mentioned before, I will be working as a Technology Resource Specialist as well as teaching a couple of...
Have your students get to know one another by sharing with their classmates their favorite things and what they did this summer using these fun tech projects! Invite your students to create a . The site is easy to navigate. To save their page, they simply hit print and save their profile as a PDF to their desktop.
Lifestage Makes Everything Public Facebook's new teen-targeted app is drawing privacy concerns. The app, dubbed Lifestage, was built for high-schoolers to share videos and connect locally, but it lacks privacy settings, requests personal information and makes all content public.
Let's face it - we live in a very visually oriented society. Visual media is a great way to communicate, with a lot of positive applications in the classroom. Videos are attention-getters. One of the major benefits, in fact, is that everybody is familiar with video chat, thanks to smart phones and online media.
YouTube has so many things to offer teachers but often teachers veer away from it for fear of the comments that appear under videos or through or worries about inappropriate content. Truth is though, ask any child how they've taught themselves something, chances are they'll come back and say YouTube.
Looking for direction in the ever-expanding world of education technology? You don't have to look hard to find education bloggers. But who are the true trend setters? EdTech is proud to spotlight some of the education industry's most influential thought-leaders in our latest crop of the top K-12 IT bloggers.
When education is combined with technology, wonderful things can happen. Students are happier, more curious, and they receive the educational support that they need. Teachers are empowered to create engaging lesson plans, assess student's needs, and effectively create a positive learning environment. Each year, new technologies are released, or they begin to gain attention.
June 20, 2016 Over the last couple of years, we have reviewed a wide variety of educational web tools to use to create digitally based quizzes. Below is a collection of some of the most popular quizzing tools we have covered so far.
One of my favorite parts of Raising Digital Natives is presenting to parent groups, teachers and administrators. Frequently, parents and teachers share their experiences with me, so I learn as much as I teach. Being exposed to the concerns parents and teachers have about kids in the digital age is extremely informative and valuable to shaping the services I can offer at Raising Digital Natives.
For me, my Genius Hour project was learning BASIC. I was in middle school, and this programming code intrigued me. We didn't have any computer science classes except for a six-week "Introduction to Computers" rotation class. So I started tinkering with it on my computer at home.
"Digital Leaders are Made not Born." Digital leaders are learners to help shaping the vision around the use of technology for efficient working in different spheres. Below is a list of amazing digital leaders that you must follow on Twitter. Check it out! 1.
Josh Stock Teacher, Innovator, and Awesomeness Expert It's the end of summer. Kids' minds have been on autopilot for three months, yet we expect them to walk into school on that first day ready to learn. It used to take me weeks to develop a relationship with the kids and get them engaged in class.
In the last ten years, technology has changed the way we work and communicate with others - and it's also changed how we interact in the classroom. In fact, some educators argue that technology can improve the classroom by eliminating the need for a physical one, and allow students to learn remotely, from wherever they do their best work.
How does a company like Google continue to grow exponentially while still staying innovative? Susan Wojcicki, Google's Senior Vice President of Advertising, discusses some of the processes and principles in place to make sure that the company doesn't get bogged down in the past as it keeps moving forward.
Google Docs is a popular word processing tool because it allows ready access to your documents and files from any internet connected device. It permits users to readily share documents and easily collaborate on materials. If you are already familiar with Google Docs, try out these 10 hacks to up your Google game!
Five-Minute Film Festival: Building a Parent Toolkit: Watch curated videos from the Parent Toolkit website on topics like stress reduction, healthy eating, homework, and more; Back to School Basics includes a collection of back-to-school videos for parents. (Edutopia, 2015) Best Back-to-School Tips: Listen to this podcast about preparing students to head back to school and developing morning routines.
Summer is full of opportunities for reflecting, learning, and planning. Teachers and students have the ability to review the past year and develop goals for both the summer and the upcoming school year. While summer gives teachers a chance to unwind and relax, it is often used as a time for exploration and preparation for the new year.
Most educators have little choice about the (usually) over-crowded, (often) unappealing rooms they teach in -- but they intuitively know that the spaces children spend their time in can have an effect on how they learn. I've gathered a collection of videos to explore the questions: How important is environment to learning?
In this podcast, Kelly Croy interviews Brad Currie, the author of the hot new book, 140 Twitter Tips for Educators. The interview covers areas of interest for every educator! Brad Currie is an amazing resource for all educators and shares so much in this interview.
Tips and Tricks Make the most of free time in class with these fun and engaging activities. Let's face it: busywork is a drag. Both students and teachers can agree it is a pretty uninspiring way to learn. So, what's a teacher to do with that awkward 10 minutes at the end of class?
"Sitting is the new smoking," declare a thousand news articles. The phrase, credited to James Levine of the Mayo Clinic, refers to numerous studies that have shown the deleterious effects of simply sitting too much: higher incidences of chronic diseases and increased risk of death.
Elena Aguilar Transformational Leadership Coach from Oakland, California If you are a teacher who has a child entering kindergarten next fall, or a teacher with school-age children, this blog post is for you. I hope that I can be helpful by sharing my story and offering some tips on navigating the landscape of this personal-professional persona.
Maurice J. Elias Prof. of Psychology, Director, Rutgers Social-Emotional and Character Development Lab (www.secdlab.org), Director, the Collaborative Center for Community-Based Research and Service (engage.rutgers.edu) We all know that whatever gets measured usually gets attention and focus. Right now, there is no widespread, practical way for all schools to assess children's social-emotional skills and character development (SECD).
When I was hired as vice president of marketing for a growing startup, I knew I had a lot more to learn about search engine optimization (SEO). As is the case with most professions, a staggering number of different specialties fall under the umbrella of marketing, and just because you work in the field doesn't mean you're knowledgeable in every discipline.
Our world is becoming more and more digital, but our classrooms look much the same as our ancestors' classrooms. Desks. Students seated. Chalk. Chalkboards. Teachers up front. If education is going to remain relevant - and the work of teachers is to remain relevant to their students - we must change.
Follow @edarabia Educator and EdTech expert Caleb Clark said "Geeks can't teach, and teachers can't geek." But education is evolving fast. There's always some new technology that has the capacity to change the world as we know it. These rapid changes offer the chance to improve education.
Almost 20 years ago, when Paul Curtis was a social studies teacher at the just-opened New Technology High School in Napa, Calif., there wasn't much "tech" to support project-based learning. "We didn't even give the kids email addresses back then," he chuckles. Even now, Curtis, Director of Curr
By Jessica Sanders Blended learning is the perfect solution for every teacher, whether your school can't afford enough technology to go completely digital or you simply believe that technology is an important part of the modern classroom. While blended learning can improve any lesson or unit, it's especially beneficial with writing.