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Spencerport Instructional Team

Winter Newsletter 2017-18

Spencerport’s New On-Demand Course Offerings Provide Teachers With Flexible Opportunities To Further Their Learning


Spencerport Instructional Team Newsletter

Winter 2017-2018

Technology continues to play an increasingly large role in our personal and professional lives. Because it has become such an essential part of society, it is necessary to integrate its innovative use in education in ways that engage students and ultimately improves achievement. The Fall issue of the SIT Times Newsletter will share some of the instructional resources, as well as current concepts and trends in education technology. Learn about some of the ways that technology has helped redefine learning. As always feel free to contact your building Technology/ Enrichment specialist to receive assistance in successfully integrating instructional technology projects in your classroom.


Spencerport Instructional Team Newsletter

Winter 2017-2018

APP SPOTLIGHT Quizlet is a website which provides opportunities for students to study vocabulary through several different fun and interactive activities. Teachers can either create their own set of flashcards (known as Study Sets) or they can browse through a library of thousands of teacher created Sets as well. There's an excellent chance that you'll be able to find Sets for nearly every lesson you teach. Quizlet Live is an interactive and collaborative game built inside of Quizlet.com. It is a fun way to introduce new content and bring fresh energy into the classroom. Teams of students work together, racing to learn the material in a Quizlet study set. Correct answers move teams ahead, but wrong answers send teams back to zero. In order to win, students need to communicate with each other to make sure they choose the correct answer.

Did you know that you can now embed content directly from Quizlet directly inside your Schoology course? Just select Add Materials > Quizlet Then search for a topic and a click on a Study Set to review. From there, choose which type of activity you would like and then click "Embed."


Spencerport Instructional Team Newsletter

Winter 2017-2018

I Love New York... Fifth graders in our four elementary buildings, as a part of their Instructional Technology special class, have been busy creating PowerPoint presentations to increase tourism in New York State. Students were asked to provide a focus for places of interest to them. Some chose to highlight outdoor activities, others provided well-known athletic stadiums to visit for sports enthusiasts, while still others wanted to share their passion for the arts by directing visitors to some of the many museums located in our state. These PowerPoint presentations were designed to provide information to travelers about the destination which could include, but is not limited too; location, things to do, pictures, links and even admission price if required. The object was to spark interest and bring more people to our beautiful state.

ABOVE: After their New York State initial research project, theses 5th Grade students try to learn by doing! In the photos above, teams of students utilize the resources within a maker space to solve an authentic transportation challenge!


Spencerport Instructional Team Newsletter

Winter 2017-2018

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In an attempt to keep our state looking and smelling beautiful, there was a second task presented to those students. Students were asked to use the materials available within our maker spaces to design an environmentally friendly vehicle to transport tourists across our state. Materials included; wheels, axles, straws, balloons, magnets, index cards, aluminum foil and so on. The caveat to this project is that students are unable to physically touch their vehicle and must be able to make it move independently. A challenge indeed!


Spencerport Instructional Team Newsletter

Winter 2017-2018

Empowering 6th Grader One of the highlights of the 6th grade InfoTech Course is the final video making project! Students (in groups of 1-4) must make a “How To� video teaching their audience how to do something. This project gives students the opportunity to demonstrate command of all of the tech skills learned up until this point, such as image editing, video editing, copyright and fair use, and digital citizenship. Although students previously learned the basics of Adobe Premiere Elements earlier in the semester, they were given the option to use the app or program of their choice. Many students took advantage of the choice and used mobile apps such as iMovie on their personal devices. Students were provided guidance on planning, filming, editing, and publishing but were ultimately allowed the freedom to make their video as unique as they are! They used a large tracking chart in the classroom to communicate their progress. This project continues to be a fan favorite. It ties into their own personal interests while giving them a platform to showcase their skills. This semester alone, we had students teaching others how to bake, play sports, dance, draw, and of course, make slime!

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Spencerport Instructional Team Newsletter

Winter 2017-2018

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Spencerport Instructional Team Newsletter

Winter 2017-2018

Take Control Of Educators are lifelong learners – professionals always looking to improve their knowledge, competence, skill, and overall effectiveness. For that reason, professional development is a vital component for any high performing school district. However, it is also necessary for schools to be mindful of new ways to deliver staff development which meets both their professional and personal needs. Recently the Spencerport Central School District announced the start on OnDemand courses. Starting on March 1, 2018, four new courses will be offered as online professional development. Each course will be self-paced and allow participants to complete the material at a time and place that best meets their needs. Upon finishing the course, each participant will be given four hours toward inservice. Historically school districts have offered two different type of staff development for teachers: training during the school day or training afterschool. While these face-to-face courses were extremely beneficial for teachers, attendance could sometimes be a challenge given a variety of factors. To complicate matters, the recent substitute teacher shortage in our region, has made it difficult for schools to find coverage while teachers train during the school day. Spencerport’s online course model helps eliminate some of the logistical challenges associated with delivering professional development. Instead of having classes at a set time or date, participants can complete the course at a time or location that works best for them. They can decide how much of the course they want to complete at any given time. Teachers have between March 1st and May 26th to complete an entire online to receive credit.


Spencerport Instructional Team Newsletter

Winter 2017-2018

Your Learning Using Schoology’s Student Completion features, participants will complete parts of each course in sequential order. By selecting the “Student Completion” button, a participant can get an idea of their progress. Individual requirements for items within a course will be listed underneath icons as well.

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Are you interested in registering for an online course offering? To register in any of the available online courses, please visit Frontline Professional Learning. Or click below to watch the video:


Spencerport Instructional Team Newsletter

Fall 2017-2018

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Spencerport Instructional Team Newsletter

Winter 2017-2018

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Spencerport Instructional Team Newsletter

Winter 2017-2018

Add Students or Teachers To Your Course As an instructor in Schoology, you have full control over which teachers and students have access to your course. There’s no need to contact the tech staff to make adjustments to your enrollment for staff and students, including giving co-workers admin right to your course. Follow the five steps detailed below:

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Locate the MEMBERS section to the left hand of your course. You’ll be able to view your course enrollment. Select ADD MEMBERS to begin to choose who you want to add to your course.

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Then consider who you want to add. If it’s a Spencerport teacher they will be in the group titled SPENCERPORT PD. Students are under their building’s name (ex Cosgrove Middle School). Search for the student and then click on their name. Remember you can add 4 more than one name at a time, by simply clicking multiple names. You will notice that selected names will turn green and have a check mark next to their name. Once finished select ADD MEMBERS.

5 If you want to change a teacher’s status from student to course admin, go back into the MEMBERS menu (Step 1) click on the gear next to their name and choose MAKE ADMIN.

SIT TIMES - Winter 2017-2018  
SIT TIMES - Winter 2017-2018  
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