Weekly Update – November 30, 2018

Hello! There are some big updates this week: iOS 12 is available, building Tech Ambassadors announced, and some ideas of discussions in class.

iOS 12 is Here

This week, Tech Services opened up all district iPads for the iOS 12 update. Students were prompted thorough Self Service to update when they had time. Teachers, you can also perform this update when you’re ready. In one week, Tech Services will force anyone who hasn’t updated to the newest version.

With any update, there are some changes you need to know about. We wrote up a blog post with details about changes in the new iOS version. The biggest change is in wireless projection. Instead of swiping from the bottom of the screen, you now swipe from the top right..

NEW: Building Technology Ambassadors

We are excited to announce the addition of Technology Ambassadors to each building. These teachers are new instructional supports, embedded right where you are. Their expertise in instruction, integrating technology, and engaging lesson design will help us continue to grow as professionals.

Here’s the post with all the details.

Discussions: Ideas to Get Kids Talking

Getting students to talk about their learning is a great way to promote metacognition, connect ideas, and to gain insight on how to help students correct misconceptions. But, getting students to talk can be a challenge, especially if you want to carry the discussion out online.

We took some resources from the University of Central Florida and broke down some easy ways to think through building a discussion prompt and how to give students varied opportunities to respond both in person and digitally.

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