Showing posts from April, 2015

#bsd220slowchat is THE place for BSD220 Twitter Professional Development

Twitter continues to grow as an impactful source for professional development and networking for teachers in Barrington 220. Teachers have added Twitter to their repertoire of tools to improve their instructional practices, resources, and ideas. Thanks to pioneering teachers in the district, teachers not on the original Twitter bandwagon have embraced its value to the point that we now have our very own Barrington 220 slow chat, #bsdslowchat.

In the past couple of weeks, teachers across Barrington 220, and a couple of out-of-district teachers, have accessed questions shared by the #bsdslowchat moderator, Mrs. Caroline Milne (@MrsMilneBiology) and shared their answers the past couple of weeks.

Once or twice a week, Caroline posts the questions of the week:

Anyone on Twitter can respond with their own answers using text, links, photos, or videos: As Tim O'Connor (@toconnor851),
Janet Woods (@jancwoods),

Vanessa Fennig (@MrsFennig), and more did this just this past month. 
You too, c…

Infinite Campus Teacher Web Training Opportunities

This summer Infinite Campus will be saying goodbye to the older Java Grade Book. Teachers across the nation will be joining the Barrington 220 teachers in using only the Campus Instruction grade book. Infinite Campus will be announcing new capabilities within Campus Instruction and they have scheduled numerous free training opportunities for teachers to learn more about Campus Instruction.

IN Course 9010: Using the New Campus Instruction

We will cover the new and redesigned tools available to users, specifically:
Accessing the Campus Instruction ApplicationSetting and configuring preferencesNew seating chart toolNew looks for Roster and AttendanceNew Grade Book overview and configurationNew Planner Tool for curriculum managementAvailable reports Please note that if you do not have an ICU account, you will need to create one in order to sign up for one of the free training sessions, and then go back and register for the session that you wish!

If you don't have an ICU account, crea…

Gmail Tips from the District Tech Committee

In a recent District Technology Committee (DTC) meeting, DTC members shared both comments and tips about Gmail that they had learned since the transition. DTC members pointed out that the transition went smoothly, were happy that the Gmail is very stable and consistent in and out of the district, and enjoyed the seamless integration among Gmail, Google Calendars, and Google Drive. A few DTC members shared some specific tips:
Reorganize the Labels (similar to folders) in the left column to improve email organization. In the left column, click More and Manage labels (at the bottom). Drag and drop attachments from your Desktop or folders directly into and out of emails (great for photos and other images).If you type the word “attachment” as part of your email and you forget to include an attachment, Gmail automatically asks you to add the attachment.Use the Undo Send feature in Google Labs to retract an email within 10 seconds after sending. Click Settings (upper-right corner "gear&q…

Apply for PK–5 "LaunchPad" Initiative Beginning 4-23-15

Teachers of students in Grades Pre-Kindergarten through 5 will soon have the opportunity to apply for next year’s iPad launch, referred to as “LaunchPad.” On Wednesday, April 22, 2015, each PK–5 building’s District Technology Committee (DTC) representative will share some basic LaunchPad information. The following day, Thursday, April 23, 2015, PK–5 teachers will receive a link to the application process for LaunchPad.

Interested teachers are asked to apply as Building Grade Levels. Building Grade Level classroom teachers who apply are encouraged to include the Specials (art, music, PE) teachers, Librarians, and Special Education teachers they work with regularly in the application process.

The DTC has worked to create a series of application questions for the LaunchPad initiative. The selection committee intends to include all eight elementary schools and the ELC in the LaunchPad initiative and have every grade level represented. In addition, the DTC has developed a vision statement …