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Social and Cultural Literacy Resources for Classrooms
Teaching and learning happen within cultural, political, and social circumstances. As much as we want to deny it, we all have biases based on our life experiences. Each of us, teachers and students alike, enter classrooms from different perspectives and points of view. We must learn to negotiate those differences to better understand each other and our worlds, and to advocate for a better, more equitable future. To do so, we need to build a set of social and cultural literacies via multicultural education, social justice education, and culturally responsive pedagogy. 

 
 
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How to Host a Virtual Back-to-School Night
Back-to-school night is an exciting annual ritual for parents and caregivers, teachers, and administrators. It's when we begin a new relationship with our classroom community and meet the adults who will be our partners in supporting our students' education. Given the restrictions on large-group gatherings and the fact that many schools are not returning to in-person instruction for the time being, back-to-school nights are going to look a lot different this year.
 
 
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Is Breaking News Broken on Social Media?
The internet and social media give us tools to find out what's happening almost instantly --
sometimes even in real time. But how much can we trust the breaking news we see online?
 
 
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How to Plan for Hybrid Teaching and Learning
As school districts continue to make and revise plans to open the 2020–2021 school year, many are considering adopting blended or hybrid learning-based schedules. There is widespread hope that some form of face-to-face interaction can be safely combined with remote learning.
 
 
 
 
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Quick Digital Citizenship Activities for Middle and High School Distance Learning
Digital citizenship will be more important than ever this fall as most students will return to school virtually, in one form or another. But with the pressures of distance learning, we know that educators and students may have limited instructional time together.
 
 
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Strategies to Support Families in Promoting Self-Directed, Engaged Learning
It's no wonder that "homeschooling" memes are circulating fast and furious on the internet during the pandemic. A few of the memes I've seen over the last few months say:
"It takes a village to raise a child. It takes a distillery to homeschool one."
"Okay, the schools are closed. So, do we drop the kids off at the teacher's house or what?" "Homeschooling Day 3. They all graduated. Done.”

 
 
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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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Four Strategies for Boosting Creativity
Creativity is more important than ever in the innovation age, where it’s not so much what we know but how we use what we know.
 
 
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Pizza-Box Green Screens Set the Stage for Young Storytellers
With a half-dozen pizza boxes and a fistful of Starbucks straws, technology coach Lissa Blake can turn her school’s learning lab into a recording studio where 6-year-olds can make their own video stories.

 
 
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Don't Miss Out on Funding Available for Educator PD
As the COVID-19 crisis continues, many educators are looking for opportunities to sharpen their online teaching skills. The good news is there’s still plenty of time for teachers to get the PD they need to be ready to meet the challenges ahead.

 
 
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Teachers Can Help Students Develop a Creativity Mindset
Michael Cohen was admiring a painting at a friend's house one day when he was gobsmacked by a revelation about creativity. The way he tells it, he saw what he thought was an original painting hanging on the wall. He commented that the piece must have been expensive, being hand-painted and all. Not so, said the friend. The painting was a reproduction created by a member of a group of artists in China who were trained to emulate original masterpieces.

 
 
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ISTE WEBINARS
Are you looking for concise, practical PD to inform your practice?
ISTE webinars deliver the latest edtech ideas and strategies straight from expert practitioners in bite-sized pieces you can implement in your classroom tomorrow. Each fall and spring, ISTE curates and supports the Expert Webinar Series with content developed by members, for members. These webinars are chosen through a competitive juried process. Additionally, throughout the year, ISTE’s Professional Learning Networks (PLNs) and partners produce high-quality webinars on topics they choose. Register or browse our featured webinars or check out our full archives to make the most of your membership and get the edtech inspiration you need.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Readiness & Integration - 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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A Guide to Understanding Disparities in Computer Science 
Early disparities in life like the digital divide, school funding and lack of access to computer science courses can have lasting effects for students long after they graduate. This guide from Kapor Center, an organization that aims to make the technology ecosystem and entrepreneurship more diverse and inclusive, breaks down these disparities.
 
 
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Yes, K-2 Can!
I often hear comments like those below when I talk about teaching programming in Kindergarten through 2nd grade.
“Kindergarten students can’t program. They aren’t reading.”
“How can they program when they can’t type yet?”
“Is it even age-appropriate to ask primary aged students to program?”
You would think these comments would be from people who do not work with students in these grades, but that is not always the case. Computer science and programming can be scary to teachers who have not been trained in what CS is and what it looks like for 5-8 year old students.

 
 
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COVID-19 Brings Challenges and Opportunities for CS Students with Disabilities 
For Caleb Root, computer science was an outlet for his creativity from the beginning. The incoming high school senior is a student at The Career Academy, a hybrid program based on a collaboration between Lincoln Public Schools, in Lincoln, Nebraska and Southeast Community College. He’s about to start his final year in the school’s information technology path, where he’s learning about coding languages, web development, mobile apps, and application development in multiple operating systems.

 
 
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Minecraft Education is Perfectly Suited for this Surreal Back-to-school Moment
When the pandemic hit this spring, a lot of teachers turned to Minecraft during their mad scramble for tools that could make remote learning work. Earlier this year, Microsoft added an “education” section to the Minecraft marketplace, and since March, 63 million pieces of content have been downloaded.
 
 
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A Science Is Born
Thirty veterans of Harvard University’s Aiken Computation Lab reunited on January 19, 2020, some 50 years after each of them had a role in creating today’s networked, information-rich, artificially intelligent world. One thing was clear: they hadn’t understood how the work they were doing would change the world. Harvard didn’t even call it computer science; the degrees were mostly in applied mathematics, mathematics, or physics. The University remained blind to the future of computing for a long time. 

 
 
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Minecraft EDU Remote Learning Series
Come join us for a series of webinars around Remote Learning with Minecraft as you gear up for back to school in many parts of the world. The webinars will be each Wednesday, and we will offer two different global time zones to try and reach as much of our community as possible.
 
 
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The Racist Legacy of Computer-Generated Humans
Computer-generated imagery is supposed to be one of the success stories of computer science. Starting in the 1970s, the algorithms for realistically depicting digital worlds were developed in a monumental joint effort between academic, commercial and federal research labs. Today, we stream the results onto the screens in our homes. Escaping into worlds where computer-generated superheroes right all wrongs, or toys come to life to comfort us, are welcome respites from stories of real-life systemic racism, the ubiquitous dimensions of which are becoming clearer every day.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Tributes Pour in for Sir Ken Robinson, a ‘Source of Insight, Inspiration and Joy for Millions’
Sir Ken Robinson is the author of bestselling books. He gave the most popular TED Talk of all time and was knighted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace. But his biggest legacy may be the generation of educators he inspired with his clarion call to move schools away from becoming rigid test-prep factories and toward something more artistic and liberating.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Digital Citizenship Lessons For Teachers, By Teachers 
The Instructional Technology Initiative proudly unveils our “Digital Citizenship Lessons For Teachers, By Teachers” in collaboration with the Division of Instruction. 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.

 
 
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#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.
 
 
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