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SPOTLIGHT
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Stories that celebrate how educators and school communities in L.A. Unified are impacting student achievement through instructional technology.

Broadening Student Perspectives and Learning as Global Collaborators at John C. Fremont High School

By Michelle Touceda, Instructional Technology Facilitator,
John C. Fremont High School, Fremont Community of Schools, Local District South

Global collaboration can take shape in many forms. Through the use of this strategy our students have the opportunity to actively build on their prior knowledge and deepen their understanding of a variety of concepts. Providing students with guest speakers, the chance to attend virtual lectures, and sharing their thoughts with other students both inside their classroom as well as outside of their school site allows students to grow and develop skills that may not be available to them without the use of technology – specifically the use of video conferencing.

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ITI BULLETIN BOARD
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Featuring up-to-date information on what's happening with instructional technology in L.A. Unified.

Apply for the Technology Education and Literacy in Schools (TEALS) Program

How are you bringing computer science to your school in 2022? Technology Education and Literacy in Schools (TEALS) is a Microsoft Philanthropies program that builds sustainable Computer Science (CS) programs in high schools by pairing classroom teachers with industry volunteers and a proven curriculum. Don’t be left out! Application window is now open

Reserve your spot here for 2022-2023.

Join a Computer Science (CS) Secondary Cohort

Are you interested in bringing computer science to your school?

  • 6-8 Computer Science Discoveries
  • 9-12 Exploring Computer Science
  • 9-12 Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles
  • 9-12 Advanced Placement Computer Science A
Join one of our secondary computer science cohorts by completing our CS Professional Learning interest form.

 

Instructional Technology Planning Cohort 2021 - 2022

April 11-13, 2022
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

EARLY REGISTRATION - 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 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. The following professional learning sessions available in January will help you learn how to implement the ISTE Global Collaborator standard and gain the skills and dispositions for sound instructional practices.

  • ISTE Empowered Learner
  • ITI Reaching Beyond the Classroom: Digital Citizen Asynchronous
  • Integrating Physical Computing, An Interdisciplinary Approach
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.

 

RECOGNITION AND CERTIFICATION
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Recognizing L.A. Unified educators that have achieved certification in the area of digital citizenship and instructional technology.

Common Sense Education Recognition

We would like to celebrate our L.A. Unified schools and our 55 new educators and 17 schools 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:

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.

Learn more about the Google Certified Educator Program.

TAPPING INTO DIGITAL RESOURCES
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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.

Flocabulary

Connect literacy across content areas during the 2021-2022 school year. Flocabulary is available with your L.A. Unified Single Sign On (SS0). With Flocabulary, every lesson is an opportunity to bring the curriculum to life and reinforce core knowledge and skills. Whether you want to assign students a basic review lesson for homework or plan a fully integrated lesson, the Flocabulary platform is flexible enough to use a little or a lot without feeling routine.

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OPPORTUNITIES FOR EDUCATORS
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Highlighting resources and opportunities that support implementation of instructional technology and 21st century education.

SPRING CUE 2022

Woud you like to be inspired, connect with fellow educators, and learn about the latest ideas in teaching and learning for your classroom? CUE 2022 will be a hybrid experience and will feature hundreds of informative learning sessions, keynotes from thought leaders and renowned educators, hands-on experiences in eSports, AR/VR, wellness, and more.

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Free Micro:bits

Have you heard about Project Trix and the US-giveaway of micro:bits going on now?

Micro:bits support Elementary teachers develop confidence with computing knowledge and skills and provide great teaching ideas and projects to take into the classroom. With funding from Infosys Foundation USA, Project Trix provides 8 new cross curricular projects for the micro:bit and are offering the first 500 eligible teachers a free Club pack of micro:bits.

Request free micro:bits and access Project Trix

McCarthey Dressman Teacher Development Grants

Would you like to integrate fresh strategies that encourage critical inquiry and to observe their effects on students? The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation provides Teacher Development Grants in the amount up to $10,000 per year for three years for individual teachers or small teams working in K-12 education.

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PERSPECTIVES FROM THE FIELD
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Highlighting the latest research and promising practices in the field of instructional technology and 21st century education.

Sharing Resources With Your School Community and Beyond

Are you interested in learning how to support global collaboration? This past school year, a lot of educators tapped into their professional learning networks (PLNs) for help with things like figuring out how to make distance learning work or how to make students feel comfortable at school during a time of intense upheaval.

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