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Tech Integration Highlights: Quarter 2 of 2016-2017

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Teachers across Roaring Fork Schools continued to implement technology into their instruction in innovative ways in the second quarter of the year, and here are three highlights to show what's possible and inspire others to try new things. What can you do with technology that you couldn't do before we were 1:1? Here are some great examples. Email Ben with innovative examples from your school or for support getting started with any of these tools.

Highlight #1: Interdisciplinary 3D Design and Printing in Middle School Ryan Allen and Avis Paul
7th-8th Grade, Basalt Middle School This is a great example of what's possible in a 1:1 school: a social studies teacher and technology teacher teamed up to engage students in a 3D design and printing project based on social studies content. Ryan Allen is able to teach more advanced and cutting-edge technology skills in his computer class because students now use basic computer programs in other classes. Watch this video to see the ex…

Help Students Stay Focused Online

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Photo: Michael Dales on Flickr
As you wrap up the semester with final assessments, projects, and focused online activities, here are a few tips to help ensure that students are using their Chromebooks in the most productive ways. You'll still need to employ good classroom management strategies like circulation and proximity, in concert with these tools to help students focus on learning.

IF..THEN...Students are taking a test or completing an assignment in Schoology, and you don't want them to browse the web, take screenshots, or open other tabs.Use the RFSD Schoology Kiosk App. This is a 'lock down browser' app that limits students to the Schoology website for a session until they shut down and restart their Chromebooks. Students can access the app from their Chromebook login screen under Apps, before logging in as usual. Details here.Students are working in Google Docs or other non-Schoology sites, but you want to reduce distractions and monitor students' web activ…