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Advocating for Student Voice, Self-Expression, and Creativity with the ISTE Creative Communicator Student Standard
By Wen-Wen Cheng, Instructional Technology Facilitator, Garvanza Elementary Technology & Leadership Magnet, Eagle Rock/Highland Park Community of Schools, Local District Central, Board District 2

As educators blend innovative, student-friendly technologies more and more with meaningful and real-world learning, our students increasingly thrive as 21st Century Creative Communicators. This is what was observed in a fourth grade classroom located at Garvanza Elementary Technology and Leadership Magnet (GETLM) in the Highland Park neighborhood of Local District Central.
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Featuring up-to-date information on what's happening with instructional technology in L.A. Unified.
ITI Practitioner Schools 7.0 Application Now Open
Application for the Practitioner Schools 7.0 is now open. Schools are invited to apply to be part of the Practitioner Schools program to reimagine and exemplify how they can leverage digital tools and resources to create rigorous and personalized learning environments for all learners.

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Amazon Future Engineer + BootUp Elementary Computer Science Program Application Now Open
Is your school a Title 1 elementary school that would like to implement computer science education? Join the Amazon Future Engineer + BootUp Elementary Computer Science program. Find out how your school can apply for this initiative.

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Leading for Impact Podcast
In Episode 6 of the Leading for Impact Podcast, Dr. Ana Saucedo, the Assistant Principal at Arleta High School, models and promotes continuous professional learning for herself, teachers, families and students.

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Join a Computer Science (CS) Secondary Cohort
Applications are now open! Are you interested in bringing computer science to your school
  • Grades 6-8 Computer Science Discoveries
  • Grades 9-12 Exploring Computer Science
  • Grades 9-12 Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles
  • Grades 9-12 Advanced Placement Computer Science A

Join one of our secondary computer science cohorts by completing our CS Professional Learning interest form.
Professional Learning Interest Form
Instructional Technology Planning Cohort 2021 - 2022
June 13-15, 2022
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Space is still available. We invite school Instructional Leadership Teams (ILTs) to join us for a 3-day cohort to dialogue and develop an informed, effective school-wide plan for digital age learners. This is a professional learning opportunity which provides school Instructional Leadership Teams guidance in developing an Instructional Technology Plan for digital learning tailored to each school’s needs..
Complete our interest form while there is still space available to join our cohort sessions offered during off-track times.
ITI Professional Learning Sessions
The following professional learning sessions will help you learn how to implement the ISTE Creative Communicator standard and gain the skills and dispositions for sound instructional practices.
  • ITI Reaching Beyond the Classroom: Digital Citizen Asynchronous
  • Artificial Intelligence Series
  • Hybrid Learning Strategies for Success
  • ISTE Digital Citizen
  • Spark Your Creativity through Game Based Learning with Minecraft Education Edition (SYC)
  • Learning Through Robotics with Computational Thinking Series
For more information about our Professional Learning Opportunities visit the ITI website and register through MyPLN.
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Recognizing L.A. Unified educators that have achieved certification in the areas of digital citizenship, computer science and instructional technology.
Common Sense
Education Recognition
We would like to celebrate our 59 new educators in L.A. Unified who have achieved Common Sense Education Recognition for digital citizenship. Click the directories and map below to view all Common Sense Education recognized educators and schools across the district:
Common Sense Educator Directory
Common Sense School Directory
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Google Certified Educator Program
Congratulations to our 21 new Level 1 Google Certified Educators! Click on the map to view all Google Certified Educators across the District.
Google Certified Educator Directory
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Featuring recommended resources and tools for the classroom that have completed the District’s Unified Digital Instructional Procurement Plan (UDIPP) process. Check UDIPP approval here.
BrainPOP Educators
Help students become creative communicators by navigating the digital media platforms and tools that allow them to communicate clearly, tailored to their specific goals. BrainPOP’s Make-a-Movie tool provides a fun and creative way for students to both deepen their knowledge of a topic and express themselves and their complex ideas. Access BrainPOP through Schoology, and start making movies!
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Highlighting resources and opportunities that support implementation of instructional technology and 21 St century education.
#CS4LAUSD Conference
June 4, 2022
Maywood Center for Enriched Studies
Would you like to empower students through access and equity to Computer Science? The Instructional Technology Initiative (ITI) is launching the #CS4LAUSD conference to provide L.A. Unified educators, leaders, and practitioners a space to engage in promising practices to support the expansion of computer science education.

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CSTA 2022 Annual Conference
July 14-July 17, 2022
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place | Chicago
Support students to become creative communicators through Computer Science. CSTA 2022 will provide you with the community of support you need to make connections locally and nationally. Join in-person to reconnect with your community of fellow K-12 computer science teachers. From affinity groups to local chapters and content-based meetups, you are certain to find your community of teachers.

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2022 Beyond the Bell Beat Battle Student Competition
The Young Producers Group is collaborating with LAUSD’s after-school division Beyond the Bell to put on a district-wide beat battle.

Open to all 6th-12th grade LAUSD students. Students can submit an original piece of music in three (3) different categories: Producers, Vocalists and Instrumentalists. Sign-ups open through June 1, 2022. A panel of music industry professionals will select three (3) finalists in each category and we'll be recognizing student finalists during a special culmination event taking place at the Spotify LA office this summer. The first 150 students who submit will get a tour of our audio production spaces and we'll be giving out food and prizes to all in attendance.

Check out the awesome hype video!

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AI for CA
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is an exciting part of Computer Science! Empower your students with the knowledge and skills to flourish in a world with AI and explore these AI activities and opportunities.

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Minecraft Virtual Teaching Academy
All L.A. Unified educators are invited to join the Minecraft Education Edition Teacher Academy. Minecraft: Education Edition Teacher Academy is comprised of three sections and eleven modules which focus on the use of Minecraft: Education Edition as a teaching and learning tool designed to support strong pedagogical practices in the learning environment.

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Nearpod - Attend a Live, Free Webinar
Come see the Nearpod magic in action and get ideas you can take back to your school and classroom. Registered participants will receive a certificate upon attendance and completion of this voluntary webinar. You may register through MyPLN, Keywords: Nearpod, ITI.

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Sony Grant Application
Apply now for the Sony Grant Application to help all students become creative communicators. Sony focuses the majority of its charitable giving on art, culture, technology and the environment, with an emphasis on education in each of those areas. The company seeks to apply its financial, technological and human resources to the encouragement of the creative, artistic, technical and scientific skills required of tomorrow's workforce.

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Highlighting the latest research and promising practices in the field of instructional technology and 21st century education.
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How to Encourage Physical Computing in Elementary School
With simple coding options available, elementary school teachers can incorporate computer science across content areas.
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