Digital Footprint & Reputation is April’s Theme

digi_footprintHave you ever walked on a sandy beach or a muddy trail, turned around only to see your footprints clearly left behind? The same thing happens when you enter the web world but the difference is your online activity can leave a permanent trail… a digital footprint that is a reflection of who you are. As every digital citizen has a significant amount of control over what is shared and how it is shared, what kind of footprint do you want to create as you walk in your daily digital path?

Don’t sweat! Your digital presence and reputation is in your hands. Choose to build a positive online identity – one that truly represents the kind of person you want to be. Before you share, stop and think about the identity you are choosing to build and maintain, and reflect on how it will affect your reputation now and in the future. Take pride in your digital footprint at any age. People in all walks of life will respond well to a positive online representation of you whether you are 10 or 110! Click here for classroom activities. Visit our Digital Citizenship blog for additional information and resources.

Our Digital Citizenship Contest continues this month! Click here to learn more. Check out the great student work from our February and March winners too!

iPad Apps that Enhance your Language Arts Program

Pete the CatJoined by a group of enthusiastic K-12 teachers and principals, we explored a number of apps at our District Pro-D session on February 21st. The feature story was Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin. After listening to the story and the oh-so catchy song, we used a strategy called Milling to Music to move around the classroom to share connections with different partners. Great energizing strategy to use across the curriculum!

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This image was created using Thinglink, which takes images and embeds interactivity.  For more on using this in your class, click here.

Click here for a copy of the handout.

Click here for ideas on how to use Popplet.

We would love to hear how your students are using some of these apps.

Time Saving iPad Sync Process

Are you one of the schools with a number of iPads at your disposal? How do you get all your iPads mirrored with the same apps without having to download every app? This process is not only time consuming but adversely affects the district-wide network.

Learning Technologies has a cost effective and time-saving solution that may fit your needs. If you were able to attend our “iPad Management Sync Process” session, you would have seen how we can manage apps through iTunes, using an authorized computer. Our secret? A special USB hub (aka “mini-sync station) that connects a computer to a group of iPads for the sync process.  To purchase the “mini-sync station”, contact Sherry Lethbridge at ITS. For more information on this process, contact our Learning Technologies team.

Click here for a step-by-step guide to Syncing iPads.