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Discovery Education
Available with LAUSD Single Sign On (SSO).
Teachers can use the free resources on Discovery Education to supplement their existing curriculum. Whether you're looking for lesson plans, worksheets, or virtual field trips, it's easy to get lost searching the massive collection on the site. Teachers can use Puzzlemaker with their own vocabulary to make crossword and other types of puzzles. Or they can flip their classroom, assigning specific videos or interactive activities to introduce new ideas at home. Students and parents will find a variety of programs, including WebMath (a math help site), Science Fair Central, annual science competitions, and more.
 
 
 
 
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Managing In-Person and Distance Learning at the Same Time
As schools begin to reopen amid the changing pandemic, many classrooms will experience some form of hybrid instruction during the transition back to fully in-person learning. Along the way, schools and districts are embracing a variety of hybrid teaching and learning models. One particular model that can work for both students and teachers is known as hyflex instruction, but to be successful you'll need to make room for some extra planning and consideration.
 
 
 
 
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Talking to Kids About the Violence at the U.S. Capitol
In our 24/7 breaking news world, there seems to be a new crisis every day. As news outlets compete for clicks, all of us -- including kids -- are immersed in more headlines than ever before. Unless you teach current events or social studies, most of the day's news probably won't make it into your classroom. But certain news events are just too big to ignore. When this happens, a lot of teachers ask themselves: How should I address this with my students? And, should I address this at all?
 
 
 
 
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Parents' Ultimate Guide to YouTube
You may never have heard of half the folks your kids watch on YouTube. But YouTubers are super influential on kids, garnering millions (and, in the case of disgraced Swedish gamer PewDiePie, billions) of views. And unfortunately, information about YouTube channels -- the content, quality, and age-appropriateness, for example -- isn't easy for parents to find.
 
 
 
 
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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 March 2021
February 2021 Map
 
 
 
 
 
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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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11 Student Projects That Promote Social Justice and Digital Citizenship
Teachers often tell their students they have the power to change the world. And they've never been more right about that. Digital tools have made it so easy for students to get involved in all sorts of causes and service projects.
 
 
 
 
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5 Ways to Use Memes With Students
I love memes and enjoy sharing them on Facebook, Twitter or even emailing them to friends and coworkers. But until several years ago, it never occurred to me to use a meme generator, a fun communication tool, in the classroom.
 
 
 
 
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5 Ways to Gamify Your Classroom
Many of our students play video games regularly, and you might, too. That's a good thing. When my 13-year-old is playing video games, he’s using many skills – facts and information are tools to solve problems in context, and he gains actionable feedback he uses to win the game.
 
 
 
 
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When the Animated Bunny in the TV Show Listens for Kids’ Answers — and Answers Back
During tricky situations in the new PBS KIDS show “Elinor Wonders Why,” a curious rabbit directs a question to viewers, pausing to give them a chance to answer.
 
 
 
 
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Find Free and Fair Use Photos for School
Grabbing images from Google is easy. You search, copy and paste. It’s a no-brainer and often the first thing students do when creating any sort of digital project that requires images.

But how do your students know if they have permission to use someone else’s photos? To be a good digital citizen and be in alignment with the ISTE's Digital Citizen standard, students need to understand copyright and how to find royalty-free images that are OK to use in projects.
 
 
 
 
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Speak Up About Racial Microaggressions in Schools
Cheyenne Batista, a former classroom educator and school founder, was about to get into a taxi in New York’s swanky Upper East Side in the fall of 2020 when the insult occurred. A woman exiting a taxi that Batista had just hailed made a comment that stung like a paper cut.
 
 
 
 
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A Small College Hopes to Claim Artificial Intelligence for the Liberal Arts
Colby College is carving out space in the liberal arts canon for artificial intelligence.

Thanks to a $30 million gift from an alumnus, the small, selective college in Maine is establishing the Davis Institute for Artificial Intelligence, which aims to integrate machine learning, natural language processing and big data into instruction and research across the college.
 
 
 
 
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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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Behind the Scenes of Our First Women of Color Summit
Over the past year, Google has continued to search for new ways to build a culture of belonging virtually. To continue this important work, last week, we hosted our first-ever Women of Color virtual summit. The event brought together thousands of Googlers, representing women of color from every corner of the world and across every part of the company.
 
 
 
 
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Hybrid Learning to Support Children’s Positive Technological Development: Choices of Conduct (Part 1)
In our first post in the series, Introduction, we shared our background in education, our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and a summary of foundational research in creating a learning experience for young children that aligns with Positive Technological Development framework. In this post, we are going to break down the PTD behavior, Choices of Conduct. We have invited our friend and colleague, Dr, Ziva Hassenfeld, to share a research project titled The Development of Virtues in Early Childhood Education Through Robotics.
 
 
 
 
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How to Design Tech Programs to Prepare Students for the Future
It’s the norm in the American public school system to create hyper-focused courses that align with specific professions based in computer science and robotics. Courses in coding, for example, are aimed at preparing students for careers in coding—surprise, surprise. That approach, however, winds up limiting the career possibilities for students and fails to reflect the needs of real-world STEM jobs.
 
 
 
 
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Innovative Designer - Engaging in the Design Process with BrainPOP
A key component of nurturing learners who will be college and career ready is exposing them to opportunities to use technologies within a design process. As defined by ISTE, the design process puts kids in a position to identify and solve problems by creating new, useful or imaginative solutions.
 
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
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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” 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 MyPLN or the ITI website for more information about our Professional Learning Opportunities. 
 
 
 
 
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**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
 
 
 
 
ISTE Suite - Computational Thinker
Learners will engage in critical thinking and problem solving skills, including the ability of individuals to reason, ask pointed questions, solve problems, analyze and evaluate alternative points of view and react critically on decisions and processes.

Dates: March 17, 2021
  March 18, 2021
  March 24, 2021
Time: 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Format: Virtual (2-hour Synchronous)
Registration: mypln.lausd.net (keywords: ITI, ISTE, Computational Thinker)
Compensation: District Training Rate or NBCT hours
 
 
 
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Digital Presence with Purpose
In this two-hour session, learners will receive guidance on curating a digital
presence with a purpose that is aligned to District policy and the District’s digital
citizenship definition. Participants will explore promising practices from experts
who have managed digital engagement communities for national organizations.

Sessions:  
March 8, 2021 4:30 pm - 6:30 p.m. Virtual Connect
April 12, 2021 4:30 pm - 6:30 p.m. Virtual Connect
May 10, 2021 4:30 pm - 6:30 p.m. Virtual Connect
June 7, 2021 4:30 pm - 6:30 p.m. Virtual Connect

Registration: mypln.lausd.net (keywords: ITI, ISTE, Digital Citizen)
Compensation: District Training Rate
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Explore Computer Science Fundamentals Grades K-5
Educators will engage in a hands-on introduction to computer science, pedagogy, teacher dashboard, and strategies for teaching “unplugged” classroom activities. Multiple sessions available. Please search MyPLN for session dates and complete details.

Format: Virtual (2-hour Synchronous)
Registration: mypln.lausd.net (keywords: ITI, Computer Science, CS, Technology)
Compensation: District Training Rate
 
 
 
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Launch Into Beginning Computer Science Programming (Grades K-2)
Teachers (Grades K-2) will be introduced to computer science programming with exploring computer science concepts aligned to their passions through interactive storytelling, art, and game design.

Date: March 13, 2021
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Format: Virtual (2-hours Synchronous)
Registration: mypln.lausd.net (keywords: ITI, ISTE, Computer Science, CS)
Compensation: District Training Rate
 
 
 
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