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Teachers' Essential Guide to Seesaw
Seesaw is a fast-growing and user-friendly digital platform for teachers to assign work, engage with students, and provide feedback, among other classroom activities. It's also a standout choice for incorporating teacher, parent, and student feedback.
 
 
 
 
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Connect All Students: How States and School Districts Can Close the Digital Divide
This second report, developed in partnership with EducationSuperHighway and Boston Consulting Group, reveals the three key steps that states and school districts can take to close the K–12 digital divide. Solutions in this report are based on evidence from states and school districts across the country that have successfully addressed the divide during the pandemic.
 
 
 
 
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Lesson Planning with Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
Finding the time to adapt lessons to meet the needs of every student can be a daunting task. Lesson planning with Universal Design for Learning (UDL) can help you design your lessons to teach the range of students in your classrooms.
 
 
 
 
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The Common Sense Census: Media Use by Kids Age Zero to Eight,
2020
For the first time, young kids spend more time watching online videos than doing any other activity on screens. But the content they're seeing on sites like YouTube and TikTok lacks educational value and, in many cases, exposes young children to advertising, violence, and other content that's inappropriate for their ages.
 
 
 
 
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Digital Citizenship Certification
 
 
 
 
 
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Common Sense Education Recognition Program
L.A. Unified and ITI recognize schools and educators who achieve Common Sense Certification. For the School Year 2020-21, we continue our partnership with Common Sense Education to offer a complete K-12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum. See the variety of materials and lessons available along with the application process on how your school and teachers can become part of the Common Sense Education Recognition Program:

Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified Educator
Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School
 
 
 
 
 
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What the 2020 General Election Results Mean for Edtech
The 2020 campaigns leading up to Election Day 2020 have been contentious, and the issue of how to ensure safe and effective student learning during the ongoing pandemic has been a flashpoint. By and large, President Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans have pushed to reopen schools in-person safely, even going so far as to tie in-person learning to COVID-19 relief funds. Democrats, on the other hand, have been more cautious, seeking to provide funds that support both in-person and remote learning. With a new administration apparently just around the corner, now is a good time to consider how President-Elect Joe Biden would handle remote learning and other issues that impact digital learning.
 
 
 
 
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Adapting Learning Science for Unprecedented Times
Longer class times to encourage creative teaching. Fewer courses to minimize cognitive overload. More time for socializing with peers and working on passion projects.
 
 
 
 
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Students Can Create a Work of Code Art
Tim Needles is an advocate for bringing the arts to STEM education. But one of his favorite classroom projects actually brings STEM to the arts. Needles, an art teacher at Smithtown High School East on Long Island, New York, puts STEM in his art classes by having his students use code to create works of art. The resulting “code art” is a digital drawing that draws itself on a screen.
 
 
 
 
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NASA Brings 6 STEAM Projects to ISTE20 Live
NASA experts will present six STEAM projects that educators can bring back to their classrooms at the NASA Playground during ISTE20 Live on Dec. 5. The projects include virtual and augmented reality explorations of NASA missions as well as information on robotics, coding, family science nights and citizen science. Each project will be presented by a NASA expert and an ISTE educator and will feature a replicable lesson or learning activity that educators can use right away. The projects will be presented simultaneously during 30-minute blocks and repeated two more times so that participants can attend three live sessions and watch recordings of the other three. The NASA Playground will take place at ISTE20 Live on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m. PT (10:30 a.m.-noon ET).
 
 
 
 
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Use Research-Based Approaches to Choose Edtech Apps
Evaluating and choosing educational applications for school learning has often been compared to the wild, wild West. Yet, selecting the “just right” app for teaching and learning to meet learning targets is truly a science and should be done carefully using evidence-based decision-making grounded in the learning sciences.
 
 
 
 
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Lessons to Keep Hour of Code Going Year-Round
Each December, schools around the world celebrate Hour of Code. Launched by Code.org in 2013, the movement was designed to introduce computer science (CS) to students and also demystify it. It also commemorates the birthday of computing pioneer Grace Hopper.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Readiness Resource Center - In Preparation for Device Distribution
The Instructional Technology Initiative (ITI) offers District-wide instructional resources to support schools’ completion of the readiness resource items in order to distribute digital tools to students. Please visit the ITI website Readiness Resource Center for more information

For more information, please contact Allison Jonas, Readiness and Integration Coordinator at allison.jonas@lausd.net.
 
 
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Computer Science Across Core Curriculum
Computer Science Education Week (CSEd Week) is right around the corner! It’s the perfect time to lean into the “Computational Thinker” ISTE Student Standard alongside LAUSD academic and Computer Science standards to plan for how to infuse computational thinking experiences into your general education classroom. This designated week offers a great opportunity to reflect on how you might embed coding experiences into learning opportunities all year long.
 
 
 
 
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How Introducing AI Across the Curriculum May Address Key Equity Concerns
It’s a simple credo but one that belies both a deep passion for computational thinking and an urgent desire to see this project succeed in its primary objective: to cultivate a broad and diverse group of future AI users and developers. Black sees endless opportunities to introduce AI across the curriculum to students of all ages and backgrounds. As the program—a collaboration between ISTE and General Motors—wraps up its third year of professional learning opportunities and support for educators, she says, “this is really the end of the beginning of the work.”
 
 
 
 
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Explore Empathy and Inclusion with the New Hour of Code: A Minecraft Tale of Two Villages
Begin or continue your computer science journey with this year’s new Hour of Code lesson: A Minecraft Tale of Two Villages! Students will be challenged to bring two villages together with the power of code, learning and practicing inclusion and empathy along the way. As they go through the activities, coders will experience compassion for their neighbors, learn about cooperation and equity, and embrace the diversity that makes us all uniquely special.
 
 
 
 
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University of California Expands List of Courses that Meet Math Requirement for Admission
High school students planning to apply to the University of California now have a broader set of courses they can take to meet the math requirement for admission to the public university system.
 
 
 
 
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Know Your Why: What Is Your WHY in Computer Science?
As an educator, you come to collect motivational and inspirational quotes along your professional pathway. My collection of quotes often helps to anchor my thoughts, values, beliefs, and sometimes helps to define who I am as an educator and why I became an educator.
 
 
 
 
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Learn How to Teach with Fortnite Creative in your Classroom
As educators, we often talk about the importance of providing students with real-world experience and preparing them for life after school.

Game development is one of the largest industries in the world, with a variety of job opportunities that span far beyond programming. Visual media is a growing field that transcends games, simulations, XR development, multimedia design, marketing, architecture, visualization, urban planning, and much more. When we provide students with experiential learning using widely adopted tools, we set them up for future success.
 
 
 
 
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Computer Science Education-ITI 
The Instructional Technology Initiative (ITI) is the office responsible for the expansion of computer science education to ensure access, equity, and opportunity District-wide. The District has committed to providing computer science education for all students by 2025, ensuring every student: 
Receives 20 hours of computer science instruction each year from Pre-kindergarten to 5th grade 
Completes at least one rigorous and relevant computer science course in grades 6-8
Has access to a computer science pathway in grades 9-12
 
 
 
 
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Digital Citizenship Lessons For Teachers, By Teachers 
The Instructional Technology Initiative/Division of Instruction proudly unveils our “Digital Citizenship Lessons For Teachers, By Teachers.” These resources are created by our Instructional Technology Facilitators with a special focus on practical and ready to implement lessons for the first ten days of school that span the range of building positive and safe online communities, cultivating digital citizens through social-emotional learning, to fostering inclusive online relationships.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
#EmpoweredByITI How-To Videos
The #EmpoweredByITI video collection are short, focused videos designed by ITI instructional technology facilitators with the goal of demonstrating instructionally rigorous ways of using digital tools and resources.