TIES Learning and Technology Newsletter - February 2016

February 2016

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Are you looking for new ideas to keep your students motivated during the long months of winter? Our Learning and Technology team put together a few resources we think you’ll find inspiring and easy to use in the classroom. Do you have a favorite technology tool you’re using and want to share it with the TIES teaching community? Send your ideas to landt@ties.k12.mn.us! Don’t miss all of the new TIES classes and our awesome upcoming special events! 

February is Black History Month

Below is a set of resources to help you lead informative lessons on Black History Month across content areas and grade levels


Our Favorite Things

Formative is an online student response system/formative assessment tool that can be used on any device. Create questions or upload a PDF or Word documents where students can answer the questions with short answers, multiple choice, or drawings. Get instant feedback on how students are doing and respond back to them quickly and easily. Check out the Formative YouTube Channel to learn more!


Google Street View
Short on funds to take your class on a field trip? Take them there virtually using Google Street View. You can travel to major world landmarks, natural wonders, and even inside buildings with the 360° images on Google Maps with Street View. Not only can you travel to these exciting places, you and your students can now make your own 360° pictures using the app! Combine the Street View app with Google Cardboard and make it a true virtual reality experience.


Safer Internet Day
Safer Internet Day was February 9, but safe internet practices should be exercised all year long. Hosted by ConnectSafely.org, Safer Internet Day began in Europe more than 10 years ago but is celebrated in more than 100 countries today. Google celebrated the event by offering an additional 2 GB of drive storage for completing their “security checkup,” and announced a new set of warnings that pops up when users send or receive emails without transport-layer security. SaferInternetday.org has lesson plans for many ages, and Common Sense Media has many helpful resources as well.


Register Today for TIES Spring Classes

The spring classes for the TIES Training Center are open for registration. Take a look at the new TIES February-May 2016 Catalog, which includes several new courses including Computational Thinking in the Elementary Classroom, Novel Engineering, Creating a Google Site, and Thinking Critically with Data. Don’t forget to register and join the waitlist if the class you want is full as we often schedule additional sections based upon demand. 


Upcoming TIES Events

AppSmash for All Devices
April 23, 2016
Discover ways to unleash the creative potential of your students via technology. This hands-on event will explore a variety of workflows that combine multiple apps into a final product. You can showcase student learning whether you’re using an iPad, Chromebook, Smartphone, or computer. AppSmashing is now for all students regardless of their devices!
TIES Institute: Featuring Google Apps for Education
June 15-16, 2016
August 3-4, 2016
Learnshops - August 3, 2016
iPadPaloozaMN Learning Festival - August 4, 2016

TIES 2015 Keynote Online Book Study
TIES has scheduled two online book studies this spring. Following the overwhelmingly positive response to our keynote speakers at TIES 2015, we will be reading and discussing books by Sylvia Martinez and George Couros. In addition to the asynchronous discussion in Moodle, each author will host a short online discussion/Q&A session that you can join live or view as a recording.

The Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity by George Couros
March 8 - April 5

Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom by Sylvia Martinez
April 5 - May 3

Register for one or both and be sure to have your copy of the book! (found on page 7)


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