Padlet has made some changes to its website, making it even easier to facilitate collaboration in the classroom. If you are new to Padlet, it is a great tool to use for displaying student work, class discussions, and more.
Some new features are the ability to clone a Padlet. This is great for teachers with multiple class periods. There is also the ability to switch between two Padlets now. Click here to read about all the new features.
Our Educational Technology department is offering face-to-face and virtual training opportunities for SJCSD teachers and employees. See below for more details, and the link to registration in Sungard. In addition to these trainings, we are happy to meet with you one-on-one or in small groups for any ed tech needs you have this summer.
Edmodo is a great tool for gathering formative assessment feedback from students. Until now, it was difficult for teachers to share quizzes with other teachers. Edmodo has added this time-saving feature!
To share a quiz or assignment, simply attach a Quiz from your Library to a Note. Any teacher-recipient will be able to add it to their Library and assign to their students. See here for more details. Contact Brock, Lindsay, or Kristin for help utilizing Edmodo in your classroom.
Donorschoose.org is an organization that funds projects for public school classrooms. Teachers can submit projects for technology, books, furniture, and any other classroom supplies. Donorschoose is a highly rated charity with 94.2% of money going directly to classrooms, while 4.4% goes toward fundraising. 72% of projects posted are fully funded!
Donorschoose currently has several match offers for teachers in Florida. These offers fund half of a teacher’s project once it is submitted.
Maker Project Match Offer– Infosys Foundation USA is providing match funding for projects asking for up to $500 in supplies for maker projects. Students then use these materials to enter the Infy Maker Awards Contest. Click here to find out more.
Robotics Project Match Offer- NewsCorp is providing match funding for robotics projects that are $1,200 or less.
Art Project Match Offer– An anonymous donor is providing match funding for projects that integrate art with another subject in high poverty schools. Projects can not exceed $5,000.