Thursday, May 31, 2012

Presentation for Board Tech Meeting 5/31/2012

This is the presentation to be given by our Department at today's meeting. Select the version that is best for your device:

If you have a laptop download this version: 5/31 Board Tech Update Presentation as a Powerpoint


If you have an iPad download this version: 5/31 Board Tech Update Presentation as a PDF


Wednesday's Drop-in Inservice-Thanks!!

Thank you all for making our Wednesday Drop in In-service a success this year!  Last night was our last night of workshops and we had 50 attendees!!  We have really enjoyed meeting you all and being able to provide you with this valuable service.  We hope that you have found the workshops helpful and informative. In preparation for next year we would love to hear your feedback!  Please post to this blog with your thoughts, comments and suggestions to help us serve you better.


If you still need to complete your PD hours we are holding 2-days of staff development at CHS on June 14th and 15th.  The training will be self-paced thorough a Moodle course, with plenty of trainers on hand to answer questions and offer help.  There will also be a representative from LACOE on hand to show the resources that are available for teachers through their website.


Thanks again and see you on campus!


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

You're Invited - Tech. Meeting Thurs. at D.O.

We are in a planning session for the Board Technology meeting happening this Thurs. May 31st from 2-4pm at the District Office. The focus of the presentation will be on the Ed Tech Departments vision for the next five to ten years. As you may guess 1-1 wireless will be a major topic. If you are interested in the direction of technology for the district vision, we invite you to come to the meeting.

Last Regular Technology Drop In Inservice This Wednesday 3:30-6:00 P.M.

Hi Team,

This week's topics are:

Web Sites

If you have not attended the 1.5 hours of professional development at our site and can not make it this Wednesday,  you may attend 1.5 hours on the 14th or 15th of June at Calabasas High School between the hours of 8:30-4pm.



Wednesday, May 23, 2012

SMART Tool for flipped classrooms, SPED students & more

The SMART recorder allows teacher to record both the activity on the SMART board as well as the presenters voice. These lessons can be easily uploaded to youtube and posted to your webpage, blog, or emailed out to your students. Of course, these could be used for years to come.  This tool can be useful for several reasons, a few I will outline in this post as well as provide a video tutorial of how to use this feature.

First, the flipped classroom. The SMART recorder allows you to record a lesson that you want your students to watch for homework. You could record before hand, in your classroom on your board or in your own home with a slate-like tool or using an iPad to the draw on the Notebook workspace.

Second, the SPED student or students with different modalities. Recording direct instruction during your lesson allows students with learning disabilities the ability to review your lesson at their own pace. Independent learners, and students that are uncomfortable asking for help will also benefit from being able to access the lesson on demand.

Third, students that are absent may view the lessons prior to returning to the classroom allowing for little to no catch up time.

Finally, students can be given the product key for the Notebook software and create their own mini-lesson that can be presented to the class or in a station activity.

NOTE: The software can record several hours, but it is recommended that video’s last from 5-15 minutes.

Watch a tutorial on how to use the SMART recorder and upload to

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

LVUSD Board Meeting Tonight

Hi Team,

This evening I will be discussing technology Acceptable Use Policies for staff and students. For the last two years I have attended the Ventura County Office of Education AUP Task Force Meetings. Tonight will be the second reading of the new policies by the LVUSD Board of Education.

Here are my speaking points:

• Review of Best AUPs
•Review of Local AUPs

2. 15 Person Committee 2 Years Work
•Draft / Legal Review / Draft Cycle
•LVUSD Student Counsels at Secondary Level
•Middle Schools
•AC Stelle Student Liability
•Questioned Meaning of Legal Words
•High Schools
•Partnership in Technology
•Did not like the administrative you will be punished if…
•If it goes down we all suffer
•We are ahead of the game with technology
•Tell us the rules in plain language
•Would like all teachers and admin on the same page. (ie: Cell phones, iPads, laptops)

3. LVUSD School Board Input
4. CIPA Language – June 30
5. Two Year Cycle for Review

High School Reading List


Many have been requesting a summer reading list for their high school students. It is finally here!  Click here to visit the California Department of Education's recommended reading list.