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Minecraft: Education Edition
Available to all students and educators in LAUSD.
The Minecraft: Education Edition website offers lesson plans and downloadable worlds to help teachers integrate the game into the classroom. There's also a Minecraft Professional Learning Community. Here you can connect with other educators, submit and share lesson plans, save your favorite resources, participate in discussions, and earn badges.
 
 
 
 
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28 Fun Ways to Celebrate the End of the School Year from a Distance
Give your students closure and highlight their accomplishments with these creative ideas.
Last year, when school campuses closed due to the pandemic, educators, families, and students had to get creative about graduations and year-end celebrations. From local car parades to social media yearbooks to nationally broadcast graduation events, people found ways -- both big and small -- to recognize students' accomplishments and give them a sense of closure.
 
 
 
 
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Should Remote Learning Be an Option, Even After the Pandemic?
The COVID-19 pandemic may be waning in the U.S., but it continues to disrupt lives around the world. For both students and teachers, online learning has come with a lot of challenges, from the digital divide and technology access to mental health impacts, or a lack of essential school and community supports. And the negative aspects of the pandemic have been especially significant for lower-income families and students of color.
 
 
 
 
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Tips and Ideas for Teaching Digital Citizenship in a Hybrid Classroom
Our classroom environments continue to shift during the pandemic, often with both in-person and remote students learning together. Whether we call this hybrid, concurrent, blended learning, or something else entirely, Common Sense's Digital Citizenship Curriculum and teaching resources are designed to foster rich discussions for all students, regardless of how and where they're learning. Students have opportunities to stop and reflect, seek facts and evidence, explore other perspectives, and envision how they might take action in real-world dilemmas.
 
 
 
 
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Which Remote Learning Tools Will Teachers Bring Back In Person?
The coronavirus pandemic has come with specific challenges for teachers: Keeping students engaged during hybrid or fully remote learning, addressing systemic inequity and the digital divide, and coping with days of seemingly endless multitasking are just a few among so many other obstacles. As a high school English teacher, I've experienced most of these bumps in the road myself.
 
 
 
 
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Congratulations: Digital Citizenship Certification
Check out the directory and map below to view all Common Sense Certified Educators and Schools across the District.

 
 
 
 
Digital Citizenship Certified Educators 
Los Angeles Unified School District as of June 2021
 
 
 
 
 
 
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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 2020-2021, 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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Prevention is Key to Preventing School Cyberattacks
Prior to 2020, it could safely be assumed that many school districts did not recognize the risk of behaviors in which they were engaged. School districts are particularly invested in keeping data secure because of the high level of sensitive information they store and the number of applications they use to share data with state and federal government programs regarding both students and staff. Schools often use outdated computer systems and security risks are further compounded by staff members who have no training on how to spot infected emails. Yet, districts have a fiduciary duty to safeguard the data they store.
 
 
 
 
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6 Ways to Easily Bring Mindfulness Into the Classroom
In project-based learning, students achieve better results when they receive feedback and have time to make improvements in their final products or solutions. The same is true for PBL teachers. Critique and revision will help you improve projects so that your students experience high-quality learning from start to finish.
 
 
 
 
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3 Ways Teachers Can Integrate SEL Into Online Learning
The coronavirus crisis has compelled educators everywhere to make new pedagogical shifts to meet the demands of online teaching. Teachers will continue to be challenged to use education technology to make learning engaging and design lessons with content that is much more relevant to the students they serve.
 
 
 
 
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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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How to Teach Data Science in K-5
It’s never too early to start teaching data science to kids. 

That’s the message from the National Science Teaching Association. In honor of April being Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month, the organization has partnered with the Domino Data Lab to release a classroom-ready data science lesson plan for K-5 educators. The lesson plan supports Florence the Data Scientist and Her Magical Bookmobile, a new children’s ebook from Domino Data Lab written by Ryan Kelly and illustrated by Mernie Gallagher-Cole, which is geared to children aged 6-8 and free for educators and their students.
 
 
 
 
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Dozens of Industry, Education, and State Leaders Support new Code.org AP Curriculum
In late February, we announced that Code.org is developing a first-of-its-kind curriculum for the AP Computer Science A (CSA) Java programming course with an intentional focus on increasing student access, participation, and diversity.
 
 
 
 
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Can Early Adoption of Esports Help Students Learn to Cope with Stress?
Esports provides a socially distant, collaborative and competitive opportunity for students in any learning environment. These games may also provide a benefit to students beyond safe social interaction with their peers. Students who participate in esports clubs may learn skills to cope with stressors, especially if they practice those skills from a young age.
 
 
 
 
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ITI Practitioner Schools 6.0 Application now Open - APPLICATION EXTENDED new date - June 14, 2021
The application window for Practitioner Schools (PS) 6.0 Creative Communicator Program is now open. Apply to participate in our program that focuses on strategically and systematically ensuring L.A. Unified students leverage digital resources and develop foundational 21st century practices interconnected with computer science education and digital citizenship.

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#CS4LAUSD Conference
ITI is kicking off the Summer of CS with the most up-to-date research and practices in instructional technology through keynote addresses, breakout workshops and panel discussions led by thought leaders and practitioners in edtech. 

Date: June 12, 2021
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Format: Virtual
Registration: mypln.lausd.net (keywords: ITI, CS, Computer Science)
Compensation: District Training Rate
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Instructional Technology Planning Cohort (ITPC)
Do you have a plan to use digital tools and resources to personalize instruction and create a mastery-based, learner-centered learning environment?

Do you believe it’s important for schools to teach digital citizenship to the digital age learner?
What tools and resources do you have to support educators to embrace change and create awareness as you begin to shift the instructional paradigm?

Is your school prepared to educate youth for the 21st century?

We invite school Instructional Leadership Teams (ILT's) to join ITI for a three-day cohort to develop an informed, effective school-wide plan for digital age learners.

Dates: June 14, 2021
   June 15, 2021
   June 16, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m.
Format: Virtual (2-hour Synchronous | 2-hour Asynchronous)
Registration: School leaders contact Maria Magnanimo-Toledo at mmagna1@lausd.net
Compensation: District Training Rate, salary point hours, or NBCT hours
 
 
 
 
Congratulations: ITI Teacher Leader Network 2020-2021
Congratulations to the 2020-2021 cohort of the ITI Teacher Leader Network! The TeacherLeader network represents a diverse group of dedicated educators from across L.A. Unified that embody 21st century instructional practices. View directory

The ITI Teacher Leader Network program focuses on strategically and systematically ensuring that L.A. Unified educators are granted intentional exposure to leveraging digital resources and to developing and integrating foundational 21st century practices within their K-12 classrooms. Teacher Leaders participate in a series of learning sessions to reflect upon and refine their practices to accomplish their self-selected goals.. Please sign up through the TLN Interest Form. Contact Maria Magnanimo-Toledo at mmagna1@lausd.net 
 
 
 
 
Amazon Future Engineer + BootUp Elementary Computer Science Initiative
The Amazon Future Engineer + BootUp Elementary Computer Science program must be a Title 1 Elementary School looking to bring computer science education to their school. Find out how your school can apply for this initiative.
 
 
 
 
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TEACH COMPUTER SCIENCE: Interested in Bringing Computer Science, CS Discoveries, Exploring CS, or AP CS Principles to your School in the Future? Applications are now open.

CS Discoveries (Grades 6 - 10)
Computer Science Discoveries (CS Discoveries) is an introductory computer science course that empowers students to create authentic artifacts and engage with computer science as a medium for creativity, communication, problem-solving, and fun. The application window is now open. Find out more about the program and application using this link. APPLICATION

AP CS Principles (Grades 9 - 12)
Computer Science Principles (APCS Principles) introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer science and challenges them to explore how computing and technology can impact the world. The AP Program designed AP Computer Science Principles with the goal of creating leaders in computer science fields and attracting and engaging those who are traditionally underrepresented with essential computing tools and multidisciplinary opportunities. The application window is now open. Find out more about the program and application using this link. APPLICATION

Exploring CS (Grades 9 - 12)
Exploring Computer Science (ECS) is an introductory high school course designed to engage students in computational thinking and practice. If you are interested in teaching Exploring Computer Science and would like more information on the 2020-2021 Exploring Computer Science cohorts, please complete the computer science interest form. INTEREST FORM
 
 
 
 
UPDATE: How to Set Up a CS First Class
1. Click on the Create class button.
2. Choose how you would like your students to sign in to CS First: CS First accounts.
3. Click on the card for the class you created.
4. Click on the Add units button.
5. Select a stand-alone lesson or a unit, by clicking the Add to class button.
6. Choose your materials preference. Please note that classroom kits are only available for multi-lesson units. You can add multiple stand-alone lessons or multi-lesson units to a class. Tutorial Video
 
 
 
 
Digital Citizenship Lessons for Teachers, By Teachers 
The Instructional Technology Initiative 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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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#EmpoweredByITI How-To Videos
The #EmpoweredByITI video collections 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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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. You can join our individual learning opportunities such as the Teacher Leader Network, ISTE Student Standards Suite; computer science sessions, or learn together as an Instructional Leadership Team through the Instructional Leadership Cohort. We invite you to join us in any of our learning sessions.  

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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ITI Reaching Beyond the Classroom - Digital Citizen (Asynchronous Self-Paced)
This course is designed to support educators in preparing to engage with learners that need to be empowered to thrive in an increasingly evolving technological landscape. Through a variety of activities, this course will provide opportunities to learn L. A. Unified’s definition of Digital Citizenship, the District’s policies and best practices around engaging in digital learning environments, as well as provide a wealth of teaching and learning resources that educators can put into practice immediately. This course is offered through Schoology. The course can be completed at your discretion any time during the week since there will be no live webinar sessions conducted for this course.

Format: Ongoing Monthly - Asynchronous
Registration: mypln.lausd.net (keywords: ITI, ISTE, Digital Citizen)
Compensation: District Training Rate
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
L.A. Unified Google Certifications
 
 
LA Unified Google Certifications
 
Congratulations: L.A. Unified Google Certifications

Click on the map to view all Google Certified Educators across the District!

Want to add your name to the map? Upload your certificate at bit.ly/GCEverification
 
 
 
 
 
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Google Certified Educator Recognition Program
L.A. Unified and ITI recognize educators who achieve Google Certifications for Educators (Level 1 and/or Level 2), Coaches, Trainers, and Innovators. For the 2020-2021 School Year, we continue our partnership with Google for Education to offer professional learning for L.A. Unified educators. Learn more about the Google Certified Educator Recognition Program:
Google for Education Teacher Center: Certifications Overview
ITI Professional Learning Sessions for Google Certified Educator Program

*NEW* ITI Google Certified Educator Program INTEREST FORM: We are seeking your feedback! Please complete this form if you are interested in participating in the ITI Google Certified Educator Level 1 or Level 2 Program to help us plan for the 2021-2022 School Year! Google Certified Educator INTEREST FORM
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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KQED Summer Workshops

Virtual 
June 2 - September 22, 2021

KQED offers a range of opportunities to learn media-making and media literacy skills. Their Summer Workshops are free and flexible, designed to give educators quality professional learning that fits in with vacation and summer school schedules. The KQED Media Academy offers a set of four free, instructor-led online professional Summer Facilitated Courses that prepare educators to effectively and meaningfully analyze, evaluate and make media with students to support curriculum goals. 
 
 
 
 
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The International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS): 
Annual Meeting 2021

Virtual 
June 7-11, 2021

The 2021 Annual Meeting of the International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS) is the first of its kind, the first of a new series of annual events that will bring together the international community of the Learning Sciences as a whole. This is a milestone in the evolution of our community and a good reason to reflect on and celebrate our achievements in the past, and to embrace and envision a bright future.
 
 
 
 
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Data & AI 2021

Virtual
June 8, 2021 | 24-hr Conference
Time: 10 a.m. AEST

Free and on demand. Learn industry-recognized data and AI skills from IBM experts, partners, and the worldwide community. Hands-on experiences, IBM client stories, best practices, and more.
 
 
 
 
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ISTE 2021: Designing A New Landscape

Virtual 
June 27-30, 2021

For more than four decades, the ISTE conference has been recognized as one of the world’s most influential education events. It’s where educators and education leaders have gathered to engage in hands-on learning, share best practices and hear from the brightest minds from the world of education and beyond.
 
 
 
 
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Opportunity for High School Students: LA Computing Circle Summer Program

Virtual
July 12-23, 2021

UCLA Summer School (LACC-21) applications are open. The program is targeted towards high school students (incoming Grade 10-12), is completely free and competitive. The instructors are Faculty, Ph.D., and master’s students from UCLA. This is the 10th year of the program. You can circulate it with the students in your circle.

The program is coordinated by CS-GSA.
 
 
 
 
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CSTA 2021 is Going Virtual!

Virtual 
July 14-15, 2021

Mark your calendars to join us from July 14-15, 2021! Registration for the CSTA 2021 Virtual Conference will open later this year. Keep an eye out for more information in your CSTA newsletters and on our social media channels.
 
 
 
 
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Scratch Conference 2021: Let’s Create Together

Cambridge, MA, USA
July 22-24, 2021

Join us for the Scratch Conference, an international gathering where educators, researchers, and developers share ideas for supporting creative learning with Scratch. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2021 SEL Exchange Virtual Summit

Virtual
Thursday, October 14 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Hosted by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), the Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) Exchange is a unique and timely national forum for those who are committed to creating caring, productive, and equitable schools and communities that develop the whole child and ensure that all students can thrive. With demand for SEL at an all-time high, now is the time to come together, share what we know, and anchor ourselves in advancing high-quality research, implementation practice, and policies.
 
 
 
 
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Reduced-Cost Internet from California Emerging Technology Fund
We know you are keenly aware of the Homework Gap and the Opportunity Gap, cruel results of the digital divide between students who have home internet access and those who do not. These gaps impact low-income and rural area students, making it difficult to complete homework assignments and take advantage of other online opportunities. The California Emerging Technology Fund is partnering with schools and districts serving low-income students to spread the word about reduced-cost internet offers. 
 
 
 
 
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Digital Inclusion for Angelenos
The City of Los Angeles, in partnership with the California Emerging Technology Fund and EveryoneOn, is helping Angelenos find options for low-cost internet services, access to computers, and digital literacy services. 
 
 
 
 
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Aquarium of the Pacific - Virtual
The Aquarium of the Pacific is now offering an Aquarium Online Academy to bring educational programming as well as fun and entertaining activities to the public during the current closure. The Aquarium Online Academy includes both on-demand videos and activities for all ages and a schedule of interactive live programs with Aquarium educators. 
 
 
 
 
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The Los Angeles Public Library at Home - Virtual
While many of the Los Angeles Public Library locations are physically closed, you can still access their online resources. All L.A. Unified students are automatically assigned cards to access ALL online resources, so long as you have your library card number and PIN—you don’t need the physical card.
 
 
 
 
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Learning Management System (LMS) Announcement
The learning management system (LMS) and online gradebook, Schoology, is available for elementary and secondary schools. The LMS represents an opportunity to transform teachering and learning with access to 21st Century digital tools within an engaging online learning platform. To learn more about the LMS, please visit the PLS website:http://achieve.lausd.net/pls.
 
 
 
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Resources from Parent and Community Services
The Parent and Community Services office supports school efforts to implement effective family engagement activities that value partnerships with parents for the benefit of children’s learning and achievement. Resources for parents and families include: 
Guides and videos for parent portal and Schoology
Online learning videos
PCS COVID site provides family resources for Distant learning and also contains play cards, guides on logging in to Chromebooks, Clever, Schoology, Zoom, and creating an email account.

To learn more about the Parent and Community Services and resources and support they provide, please visit their website at https://achieve.lausd.net/pcss.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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5 Ways to Support English Learners with Technology
One of the most rewarding parts of being an English as a Second Language (ESL)and English Learners (EL) teacher is supporting our newcomers with technology. Every newcomer is so different. Some arrive eager to jump into whatever their class is doing. Others arrive too terrified to move. Partnering with their homeroom teacher, it’s my job to help them feel welcome, support second (or third! or fourth!) language acquisition, and provide resources for tackling grade-level content.

Using Nearpod makes technology for English Learners a bit less daunting. Here are 5 ways to support English Learners with technology
 
 
 
 
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Cardona: 3 Ways Schools Can Improve Outcomes for All Students
Technology is ever changing and constantly evolving. ISTE, in their student standards, has acknowledged the importance of empowering kids through student voice and choice to adapt to these changes. BrainPOP has been identified by both LAUSD and ISTE as a powerful solution for helping students build background knowledge about these evolving technologies. Navigating these new tools propels the ability for kids to take an active role in choosing, achieving, and demonstrating competency in their learning goals, informed by the learning sciences.
 
 
 
 
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Empowered Learning with BrainPOP
Technology is ever changing and constantly evolving. ISTE, in their student standards, has acknowledged the importance of empowering kids through student voice and choice to adapt to these changes. BrainPOP has been identified by both LAUSD and ISTE as a powerful solution for helping students build background knowledge about these evolving technologies. Navigating these new tools propels the ability for kids to take an active role in choosing, achieving, and demonstrating competency in their learning goals, informed by the learning sciences.
 
 
 
 
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