December 2017

Best Practices

Concept MappingK20 Learning Center

Students explore vocabulary by physically connecting related terms through the use of note cards and lines. Depending on the content and topic, this could be a Venn-Diagram type of arrangement, a hierarchical arrangement, or simple groupings—as long as the organization makes sense to the students.

Consider using to create collaborative concept maps. This is a great way to extend the lesson or offer a creative way to review concepts.

K20 Learning Center


Digital DooDads

GradespeedGradespeed Access from Home

We received a lot of requests recently regarding how to access Gradespeed from home.  Access is a bit different depending if you have Windows 7 vs. Windows 10.  Check out this document to learn how to access Gradespeed from home.



Quizlet Live

Quizlet Live

Quizlet Live – Want to check for understanding in the learning process in a fun and engaging way? Try Quizlet Live. Quizlet Live is an in-class, team-based learning game. Students work together to correctly match a Quizlet set’s terms and definitions. Students are automatically grouped by their “power animal.” The first team to match 12 in a row wins!


Professional Resources

Connected Classroom

Connected Classrooms Workshop Google Community is a Google Community designed to empower educators to collaborate with one another, share resources, develop best practices, and bring their big ideas to life through technology. Share your big ideas, connect with classrooms across the world, and reimagine how technology can be utilized to enhance education.


Social Media – Who to Follow

Brad Gustafson@GustafsonBrad: Dr. Brad Gustafson is a National Distinguished Principal, author, and speaker. He shares a belief that schools should be spaces where relationships, creativity, and innovation thrive. He has a passion for leadership and learning. Brad is a 2015 Digital Innovation in Learning Award (DILA) winner.

EdSurge @EdSurgeEdSurge helps educators find and use the right tools to support all learners, through content, community and tools.


Shelly S. Terrell

@ShellTerrellShelly tweets a consistent stream of fantastic new resources for bringing technology into the classroom. An expert on webinars and global education collaboration, following her is one of the most direct routes you can take to get connected with other like-minded educators around the world.


*Interested in getting started on Twitter?  Contact your ITS!


Professional Development

TIP: you can always search for professional development opportunities offered by Instructional Technology by browsing the “Online/Web,” “Technology Services,” or “Webinar” categories in Eduphoria.

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