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Digital Ambassadors

Following are meeting notes from Fall 2016:

SAMR

Defining the use of SAMR is a model that is used to interpret the use of digital technology for learning; it helps us understand if we are using technology as a substitute for paper or if we are using technology in more engaging ways to support learning.

The BC Digital Classroom online resources have been re-organized for easier use by teachers and students. Go to our library software, http://destiny.sd34.bc.ca to access the online resources or http://learn34.com/. Of particular note is the vast number of curricular video resources available in Learn360; this does not include licensing for mainstream feature films or TV shows (animated or otherwise)

Chromebooks

Use the "Chrome Store" to install apps; this has been customized for our Learn34.com Google Education Suite; students can do this on their own or teachers can email Gary Toews who can add apps for the whole class. When a District Chromebook lid is closed, students are logged out right away (as a security measure). Everything a student does with their learn34.com account can be "seen" by the District.

Great Apps

  • Adobe Spark works on iPads and Chromebooks; every Elem division has their own login - contact Gary Toews.
  • Seesaw, ClassDojo, and FreshGrade are also excellent apps that work on computers or iPads.
  • FreshGrade is specifically recommended at the Elem and Mid levels and there are 7 teachers in the District testing the Enterprise (paid) version of FreshGrade; a decision will not be made until later this school year as to whether the paid version will be available at all Elem and Mid schools starting next school year; an iPhone 4S is available to teachers who are using FreshGrade so that they can avoid having any student images, video, or audio on a personal device
  • Epic Books is very popular, particularly at younger grade levels https://www.getepic.com/educators.
  • Learn34.com http://learn34.com continues to be the main launch point for our Google Education Suite of apps for teaching and learning; look in the FAQ documents for more details on process

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

  • For Mid and Sec schools
  • Any use of BYOD must be approved by the IT Manager and Digital Learning Administrator; a discussion related to implementation is needed as well as a bandwidth performance analysis
  • There is a consent form for student BYOD

Additional Tools/Resources

  • SelectSurvey is a survey tool that is located on District servers making it an excellent choice for anyone needing to collect student data to be FOIPPA compliant; contact Gary Toews for an account and training if needed
  • The new version of Google Sites is recommended for websites
  • Moodle continues to be available for teachers who want to use a more full-featured LMS (learning management system) with their students (compared to Google Classroom which is more basic); contact Zhi Su

Mail and Calendars

  • webmail.sd34.bc.ca or Outlook on the computers continues to be our main email and calendar platform
  • Please do not use Learn34.com Google for work email that contains any private data
  • If you are using Google Classroom with students (who must have signed consent forms) then Learn34.com mail is intended to be used primarily for notifications

Fraser Valley Regional Library

  • There are some excellent digital resources available through the FVRL for anyone who has a library card
  • The District will not be purchasing Lynda.com licenses this year as Lynda.com is available through the FVRL
  • Tumblebooks is also available through the FVRL along with many other digital resources

MyEducation BC

  • Pop-Up blocking should be turned off so that report cards can be printed (Elem and Mid levels at this time)
  • The Teacher Help Page is regularly updated; contact Deirdre DeGagne for more information

Elementary Digital Toolkits are now ready

iPads

  • See the "iPads in the Classroom" document in the Elementary Digital Toolkits folder
  • The SD34 app catalogue is on all iPads; any app listed can be installed; after clicking "install" leave the iPad or iPads running (plug them in and leave them)
  • If other apps are needed contact Gary Toews
  • iPads can be customized with folders and apps that can't be moved around; contact Gary Toews

Role of the Digital Ambassador

  • Ideally the role is one of instructional coach
  • It's okay to help with tech issues if it only takes a few minutes (do not do the work of an IT Technician)
  • Some DAs speak or demonstrate at school staff meetings
  • Communication to staff and being the "go to" person for digital learning and tech questions is important
  • Identify the difference between tech and hardware issues (ITC, work orders, etc.) vs. education support (Digital Learning dept., Helping Teachers)

Redbird continues in our District

  • Available at no cost to the school for all new DAs; contact Zhi Su for an account
  • For anyone interested in doing Redbird as professional development paid for with their ProD funds contact Zhi Su