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MONTHLY MEGABITE April 2016

10th Annual Southside Virginia Regional Technology Consortium Banquet Superintendent and the Division Leadership award that was presented to Dinwiddie County Schools.

The mission of ITTIP is to transform teaching and learning in K-12 classrooms in Virginia through the use of technology by providing highquality professional development for educators, in order to maximize the learning experiences and opportunities of K-12 students for a globally competitive workforce.

The 10th year banquet program included a welcome by Dr. Paul Chapman, Dean of Above: Dr. Jamerson, SVRTC cochair, is pictured with Dr. Grasty, recipient of the 2015-16 SVRTC Technology Leadership Award.

the College of Education and Human

Upcoming events

Services and a history of SVRTC presented

April 5 TES-MMW, Spring Online Course Starts

by Dr. Paula Leach, ITTIP Director. Blackwell Hall was also particularly festive for the 10 year of the event highlighting th

The Southside Virginia Regional Technology Consortium (SVRTC)

pictures in the centerpieces of past SVRTC award banquets and awardees.

April 16 IMPRES Summit, Sussex Central Elem. April 20 SVRTC Meeting, Nottoway April 30 PISTEM II Summit, Longwood University

celebrated the 10th annual SVRTC Technology awards banquet on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 in Blackwell Hall at Longwood University. Twentytwo SVRTC school divisions were

in this issue

represented with over 140 SVRTC

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members in attendance. There were fifty-five awards presented to SVRTC members who have promoted technology in their divisions. The two competitive awards included the Division Leadership

March 2015 Megabite – Longwood University’s ITTIP

award presented to Dr. Dorinda Grasty, Appomattox County School Division

Above: Dinwiddie County Public Schools celebrates receiving the 201516 SVRTC Division Leadership Award.

A full list of awardees can be found on page three of this publication.

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April 2016 Megabite – Longwood University ITTIP March 2015 Megabite – Longwood University’s ITTIP

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IMPRES: Cohort 1, Final workshop On Monday, March 14th,

and Dr. Patrice Waller, Virginia

Innovative Mathematics Partnership

State University.

for Rural Elementary Schools (IMPRES) participants completed their last webinar in the mathematics webinar series for their cohort. The webinar focused

Pistem II: Final summit

Recruitment for cohort 2 is now active. Eligible teachers include K5 mathematics teachers in Brunswick and Sussex counties.

on the importance and relevance of

More information, including

professional learning communities,

registration can be found online. If

both virtual and face-to-face, in

you participated in cohort 1 of

order to strengthen teaching and

IMPRES, you are still eligible to

learning.

register and participate in cohort 2.

Cohort 1 for IMPRES will end on Saturday, April 16th, with a culminating workshop on formative

Participants of Problem-based Interdisciplinary STEM Learning II (PISTEM II), will be joining to celebrate their accomplishments in a learning summit at Longwood University on April 30th. Participants of the program have been integrating Hummingbird Robotics into their classrooms this school year. During the summit, teachers will share their learning experiences with integrating problem-based learning through interdisciplinary STEM learning plans, digital artifacts, assessment, challenges and successes. ITTIP staff also looks forward to this learning.

Register Here! https://www.surveymonkey.com /s/IMPRES16-17

assessment. The workshop will be held at Sussex Central Elementary School and lead by Highly Effective Services, independent consultants, experience.

LightUp Are you looking for an inexpensive way to teach circuitry, coding, and creativity? Check out LightUp! LightUp is a magnetic tool kit that allows creators to snap together robotic parts to create circuits. It is used in conjunction with an Apple device and its free application to program creations. They currently have three different kits available that vary in components and USB and Bluetooth capabilities. Kits, such as the Telsa Kit (USB version), have getting started and project guides to assist you or your students in starting! They also have a collection of community projects to spark your creativity. The kits begin at $50 and range up to $130 in price. If this hasn’t sparked your interest, watch their video to learn more!


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Award Descriptions SVRTC Technology Teacher Award -This award recognizes a classroom teacher who advances learning through integration of technology into the curriculum. SVRTC Instructional Technology Support Award - This award recognizes an instructional support person who advances a school division’s technology environment through providing crucial instructional technology support. This individual may be anyone who supports maintaining an environment where technology assists all school division’s stakeholders in accomplishing their educational goals. Examples of instructional support personnel include ITRTs, Library Media Specialists, Lab Coordinators, STEM Coordinators, Technology Coaches, Robotics Coaches, and Instructional Technology Coordinators SVRTC Technology Support Award - This award recognizes a technology support person who advances a school division’s technology environment through providing crucial tech support. This individual may be anyone who supports maintaining an environment where technology assists all school division’s stakeholders in accomplishing their educational goals. Examples of instructional support personnel include Network Administrators, Computer Specialists, IT Managers, Technicians, and Supervisor of Information Services.

ITTIP April 2016  

This is the Institute for Teaching through Technology and Innovative Practices (ITTIP) April 2016 newsletter.

ITTIP April 2016  

This is the Institute for Teaching through Technology and Innovative Practices (ITTIP) April 2016 newsletter.