Digital Doors was created as a place for me to blog and share resources that I think would be helpful for teachers integrating technology in meaningful ways in their classroom. My goal would be to write a blog post a week, but with my busy schedule, that doesn't happen. I write when I can and rely on nifty tools to help me share what I am finding when I don't have time to write.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

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Mount Vernon Digital Literacy News

September 10, 2010
Digital Literacy Workshop

Monday, September 20: Easy Grade Pro
See a schedule for the year.

Come join us at Digital Literacy Workshops each Monday afternoon.  New Ideas and resources will be shared from 3:15 - 4:00.  The District Office Tech Lab will be open from 2:30 - 5:00 for you to come and get answers to your tech questions, collaborate with others, learn new skills and discover new resources.        
In addition to sharing of new ideas and resources, this will be a time to get individual help or collaborate with peers on class projects.       
Monday Afternoons, District Office Tech Lab.

Clock  Hours are available.  (You must attend  at  least 3 hours of  workshops to  be eligible for clock hours.) 

Links to Explore

Easy Grade Pro and AIMS Cheat Sheet

Technology Tools For the First Week of School

Google Treks

131 Tips for New Teachers

The Week in Rap

Learn Something New

Welcome to a new school year.  Each week, I plan to blog about what is happening with  digital literacy in the Mount Vernon School District and beyond.  We all have different comfort levels with technology.  My challenge to you this year is to push your comfort level a bit.  Modeling new learning with your students can send a powerful message.  As we begin a new year, do something you ask your students to do daily, learn something new. I encourage you to join us for Digital Literacy Workshops on Mondays.  Each week we will be learning about new tools and sharing ideas about how we can use the tools to enhance student learning. Please also, make sure to read the weekly news letters.  I promise to keep them short and sweet.  Each week will feature new links to explore, news about upcoming workshops, highlights of how teachers are teaching with technology and information about building digital citizens.  

Video of the Week

Each week, I plan to share a new video with you.  This mockumentary about the life of a plastic bag has so many possibilities.  This could be a great writing or video prompt for students.  Good discussion about point of view.  And of course, there are science connections.  Take a look.  What ideas does this give you?

Tech Triumphs

5 additional teachers received the Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century Grant for this year.  These teachers began their training with an intense 3 days of training in Renton at the end of August.  During this 2 year grant, they will learn best practices for using tools such as web 2.0 apps, interactive whiteboards, document cameras and classroom response systems. Focus will be on High Yield Teaching Strategies and Understanding By Design. Please congratulate our newest TL21 Grant recipients, Ashley Young (LM), Jodi Boon (LM), Susan Husband (LM), Teri Sligar (MB) and Lisa Condran (Linc). 

Digital Citizenship

Get Your Web License
PBS has a nice site with tips and lessons about being safe and responsible online.  Students can take a quiz to get their license to drive on the web.
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