First off, a huge thanks is due to all the amazing administrators, educators, support staff, parents, and students who helped make my first weeks with SPUSD amazing. It is a powerful thing indeed to feel welcomed and appreciated. As I wandered the elementary school sites this week and had the opportunity to support multiple teachers with their classes, several suggestions emerged:
Start with Google Classroom ASAP! Even if you're not super comfortable with Google Classroom, it is a great way for you to organize and push content to your students. Need a place to share videos or links? Google Classroom is the answer. Want to waste less paper? Google Classroom is there. Easy way to grade with comment banks, embedded rubrics, and feedback in real-time? Yep, you guessed it. The Google Teacher center has a great "First Day of ____" series where they walk educators through the basics and some intermediate skills with various apps. Check out the page for Google Classroom. You may also love the First Day of Google Forms page to get you started with easy formative assessments that can auto-grade. Click the images to the right to learn more.
Digital Citizenship is a crucial skill in tech literacy for ALL GRADE LEVELS. Visit the Digital Citizenship link above or click the button to the right for SPUSD's Scope and Sequence for each grade level. I will also be available on your school's TOSA days to present model lessons to your classes and get students started on the path toward being safe, responsible, and respectful with their technology both at home and at school.