Google Launches Helpful GApps Tutorials

ORVSD at Klamath Basin

Google recently launched a new series of mini-courses to support teaching and learning with technology. Each course has tutorial videos, supplementary links, periodic quizzes, and a final assessment. Topics include Internet 101, (Google) Apps for Education, Gmail, (Google) Drive, Chrome OS and Chromebooks. For schools and districts who have adopted Google Apps for Education as well as districts with mobile initiatives or those going BYOD, the GApps Tutorials could be a fabulous… Read More

The Hour of Code – Celebrate Computer Science Week Dec 9 – 13

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Join classrooms around the country next week by doing an hour of coding with your students. Code.org has pulled together resources to make coding simple to introduce to students at all grade levels as well as being easy to understand for teachers who are unfamiliar with coding. Why coding and why introduce computer science to your students? The site as some jaw dropping statistics.  By 2020, there will be 1,000,000 more jobs than… Read More

Newsela Website Helps to Provide Common Core-aligned Materials

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The Common Core provides a number of challenges to classroom teachers. One challenge is the requirement for the increased use of informational text within lessons. To utilize these texts effectively, teachers must provide materials at appropriate reading levels for each student as well as assess each student’s learning and growth. A new website named Newsela provides innovative solutions for these challenges by providing engaging news articles that teachers can assign to students at one of four lexile… Read More

Pictures of What?!?! Pictures of What?!?!

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So an email popped into my inbox from an administrator in one of my many districts.   A simple few lines: I have heard a rumor that a student has a picture of naked butts on his iPad.  How would he get these? I had to read that one a couple times, then I laughed.  It was a good belly laugh.  Once I stopped laughing I started thinking about it, carefully, before I… Read More

Content and Technology: A Mat(c)h Made in Heaven


Today we got together and talked about digital content. It’s coming but we’re unsure about how to get our districts and teachers there. We haven’t even started a conversation about parents yet. Broad themes to consider: content adaptability formats/operating system learning and content management systems infrastructure devices and hardware support teacher training Open Content The confluence of CCSS, technology, and collaborative tools is the perfect segway to getting teachers to contribute. We’ve… Read More

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Check out STEM Central

STEM Central is a recently-launched website whose goal is to provide resources and materials on STEM-related topics to students and teachers. At STEM Central, which is part of the Sally Ride Science project, one can find links to videos, articles, apps, and many other resources on a variety of subjects  related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Items can be selected by category, topic, grade level, media type, tags, and ratings. Resources… Read More

Need training for 21st Century skills?

Is your school or district looking for help with training for 21st Century skills? The Goodwill Community Foundation’s GCFLearnFree.org website provides over 250 free tutorials on a variety of 21st Century topics including email, spreadsheets, social media, iPads and Google tools, as well as some basic tutorials on reading, math and job search skills.

April 19, 2013 Mid-Valley Google Roadshow

2013 Mid-Valley Google Roadshow ~ Willamette ESD ~ Salem, OR Michelle Doring, ORVSD Trainer   “Do you have a website?” I’ve asked that question more times than I can count! It seems like in our culture nothing is “legit” without a website. My husband and I are buying a house and it seems like through every step of the process from choosing a Realtor to buying all new appliances, we have been checking websites for just… Read More