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Amplifying Students’ Voices Using Soundtrap

By Yesenia Carvajal, 9th Grade ELA Teacher and AVID Coordinator, Maywood Center for Enriched Studies, Bell/Cudahy/Maywood Community of Schools, Local District East
“It’s beautiful to hear students’ voices. To hear their voices while reading their words--it’s a beautiful experience,” I shared with Dr. Corpus, Instructional Technology Facilitator, as we wrapped up our co-planning session and reflection. The purpose of our collaboration was to incorporate ISTE Standard for Students 1.6 Creative Communicator, in the narrative writing process which culminates in students’ published work of their vignette about their homes. The ISTE Standard for Students were implemented in tandem with the following content standards and helped to support all students' writing.
  • LT 7: Writing Purpose and Organization - I can produce writing to convey and/or analyze complex ideas, concepts, or information through an effective organization in which the style is appropriate to task, purpose, or audience.
  • LT 8: Revise Writing - I can develop writing by planning and revising
  • ISTE Standard for Students 1.6: Creative Communicator - Students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats and digital media appropriate to their goals.
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Leading for Impact Podcast - Episode 2
In this month’s episode, the Instructional Leadership Team at Garvanza Elementary Technology & Leadership Magnet (GETLM) shares their Digital Citizenship journey. Together, the principal, magnet coordinator, and instructional technology facilitator describe their school’s #DigCit culture and plans for a successful Digital Citizenship Week showcase!
Enjoy the Leading for Impact podcast at or listen on: Apple Podcasts
L.A. Unified Computer Science Education Week
December 6-12, 2021
L.A. Unified’s Computer Science Education (CSEd) Week is fast approaching. This year, CSEd Week will be held from December 6-12, 2021. The Instructional Technology Initiative (ITI) celebrates CSEd Week to amplify awareness of and expand access to CS courses for all students.
ITI Professional Development Opportunities
ITI supports all schools district wide with robust and rigorous professional learning by offering various models of support along a continuum to meet learners where they are. Here are the Professional Learning sessions that align to this month’s Creative Communicator theme.
Game-Based Learning (GBL) Series Part 2: Game-Based Learning with Minecraft:EE Intermediate: Customizing and Designing Lessons
Hybrid Learning Strategies for Success
Please visit the ITI website for more information about our Professional Learning Opportunities and register through MyPLN.

**IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the popularity of these sessions, waitlists have been added to each session. If the session you are interested in is full, you have the option to add yourself to its waitlist to be notified if a seat becomes available.
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Instructional Technology Planning Cohort 2021 - 2022
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.

 Day 1 November 22, 2021
 Day 2 November 23, 2021
 Day 3 November 24, 2021
Time: 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Format: Virtual (2-hour synchronous | 2-hour asynchronous)
Registration: School leaders contact Maria Magnanimo-Toledo at
Compensation: District Training Rate, or salary point, or NBCT hours 
Common Sense Education Recognition Program
We would like to celebrate our L.A. Unified schools and our 30 new educators who have achieved Common Sense Education Recognition for digital citizenship. This month we congratulate: Haskell Elementary Science Technology Engineering Arts And Mathematics STEAM Magnet. 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

Common Sense Map
Google Certified Educator Program
Congratulations to our L.A. Unified Google Certified Educators. 
Click on the map to view all Google Certified Educators across the District.

Google Certified Educator's map
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Check out how educators of all subjects can use Soundtrap to help students become creative communicators through audio projects. In addition to music composition, teachers can use Soundtrap for storytelling/personal narrative, poetry reading, readers theater, interviews, and podcasting. Autogenerated and interactive transcripts offer a unique text-based way to edit and review voice recordings, making Soundtrap a great tool for non-musical projects.
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2021 C-STEM Conference
November 29 - December 2, 2021
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. PST
Accelerated Learning of Math and CS/STEAM
Join the annual Conference on Integrated Computing and STEM Education on November 29th – December 2nd, 2021 by UC Davis C-STEM Center in partnership with partners. The theme of this 11th anniversary conference is “Accelerated Learning of Math and CS/STEAM“.
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Expanding Narratives Using Media: A Digital Notebook
The Expanding Narratives Using Media resources will allow educators to support students to become effective and creative communicators. The resources, tips, and professional development opportunities shared throughout this digital notebook are rooted in skills supporting critical media literacy, which we at PBS have been working to weave though all our work. The National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) defines media literacy as “the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, create, and act using all forms of communication.” Media literacy education emphasizes skills of inquiry and expression and empowers students to think critically, communicate effectively, and engage as active citizens.
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