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September 27, 2019

Podcasting for Education

Educators often struggle to make time for their own continuing education. This can be due to a variety of reasons: Maintaining daily district, school and classroom initiatives; supporting student learning beyond the school day, balancing family responsibilites... The list goes on and on. So, how can teachers continue their own professional learning to move forward and grow as an educator? The answer? Podcasts! 

Podcasting grows more and more popular each year. It is a powerful way to learn more as an educator, yet it is quite simple to blend into other daily activities. Educational podcasting can be integrated into driving, working out, making a meal, doing laundry, or when you've finished binge-watching your favorite shows. This Educational Podcasting Directory is a great resource to find podcasts that best fit your needs as an educator. Additionally, if YOU are a podcaster, you can fill out a form on this site to have your podcasts featured within the directory. 

Email Signature

It is expected all district employees have a signature on their email. Having an email signature helps the receiver identify from whom the email is coming, where the sender works, what the sender's title is, etc. Additionally, if the signature provides the right information, the receiver could learn other ways of reaching out to the sender. Unfortunately, adding a signature or updating a signature will sometimes be placed on the back burner because it doesn't seem important, when in fact, it is very important. Linked in this article are two different sets of directions for creating/updating an email signature. Use the set of directions which fits the appropriate email application you are using.

Apple Mail Application

Gmail Website

Seesaw on Chromebooks

Are you a Chromebook 1:1 teacher? Do you use Seesaw? Matt Miller has done it again! Here are some great resources for using Seesaw on Chromebooks! Check it out to gain some ideas to implement into your teaching tomorrow!

Changing so fast!

When you purchase a new piece of technology, it is likely old before you can even hold it in your hands. This is most unfortunate. We have recently learned the 4th generation iPad will no longer support Classroom (Apple) or the NWEA app (used for MAP testing). The last operating system the 4th generation iPad supports is 10.3.4. The earliest iOS Classroom supports is 12. Anything before that will not work properly. We have no idea how long it will be before the next generation of iPads (iPad Air) will stop supporting Apple Classroom. This resource, updated by Apple, can help you stay in the "know" regarding compatibility concerns for your student iPads. Here is another resource for the teacher iPad.