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In working with PLC groups yesterday the topic of digital citizenship came up.  The following is a slides presentation that I created in response to the question, "What does it really mean?"  I am hoping to share this with that PLC group this Friday and eventually roll it out to the rest of the staff at some point during our second semester tech trainings.  In creating this I found a lot of resources out there and decided to just pull a few of them together.
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Here is another opportunity for those of you on Kauai that want to up your technology skills. It is offered at Waimea High School on Saturday, January 30 by HSTE. This is a BYOD event so if you register you need to have your own device that can connect to the internet. It looks like a great way to find how to integrate technology into your classrooms.
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It has arrived. EdTechTeams 2016 Hawaii Summit Featuring Google Apps for Education. Soak it in!
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I cannot wait for this summit. We had such a great time at last year's event. Will PD credits be offered for this one? Also, will the zombies be there again? :D
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World domination. 
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Excuses, excuses.
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Is this from the Onion? Half of these claims are patently false. The other half are irrelevant and prove Microsoft doesn't "get" education. 
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I thought the same thing, +Justin Bourque!
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Built in failure. Love this talk about all the mistakes they made.
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We just started our second semester technology breakout trainings for our school. For those that asked about ways on how to integrate into their classroom I created a slides presentation that gives them a few ideas to start with. I also included the SAMR model to get them to think about where they currently are in using technology and what their goals might be for this new semester/year. There are helpful tidbits on technology usage and websites that they can check out as a starting point. Side note the websites that I listed as starting points are either free or our school pays to have the program. In sharing this presentation with them I told them to pick one or two things to try and see how it goes and not to do everything that was suggested. 
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The Leeward District Spelling Bee will be on January 27 at 4:30 at Waipahu Intermediate School.  With spelling bees just around the corner, I recommend an app called Learn that Word.  Students set a goal such as Spelling Bee or SAT words and select their level, from grades 1 through graduate school.  The app consolidates words lists from Paideia, Spell it, and from national spelling bees.  Words are sorted by frequency, so a student will get the most common words first and work up to exotic words.  If a student misses a word, it goes onto a personal spelling list to be reviewed over three subsequent lists.  The goal is lasting learning.  The fast-paced quizzes include images, audio, videos, and links to other websites.  This multi-sensory approach helps make words stick.  Also, students can tap into their competitive drive by forming teams and earning points.  I like that the program supports many different learning goals and strives for automaticity.
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I created another slides presentation for our staff on the New Google Forms. In our 45 minutes of time teachers could stay on the presentation with us or move at their own pace. We even offered a self guided extension activity for those that wanted to look at Flubaroo. The image below is not a live link, but rather a screen shot of the first slide in the presentation. Just type the goo.gl in and it should take you there. Hope this is useful.
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Interesting. These topics should be part of any digital citizenship program.
A report by the UK's telecoms and Internet watchdog Ofcom says that children are too trusting of what they find on the web, a surprisingly high percentage of them taking search results on trust, an...
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Looks like Microsoft is terrible at cloud computing...and lies to their customers. 
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Yep - Nadella is a smart guy but it'll take more than that to overturn an entrenched corporate culture.
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Michael J. Fox is a National Treasure. 
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Watching Back to the Future movies with my sons is fun on so many levels.
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