The Department of Technology is pleased to highlight a global event, the Hour of Code! Last year, our division reached over 5,000 hours of code!
We encourage teachers to have their students participate in coding activities this Friday, December 11, as part of their asynchronous work. Visit our Hour of Code website to access resources by grade level. If you would like support in implementing Hour of Code activities, please reach out to your school’s assigned LTI.
Monday, December 14, 2020 | 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. | Registration
Attention all K-5 teachers: You’re invited to the fourth meeting of our Content Opportunities Course on December 14 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. The course, which we will offer monthly, aims to support implementation of inquiry-based curricula in science and social studies as outlined in the pacing guide. A great group of teachers, coaches and LTIs are collaborating to support this work, and participants are eligible for recertification points. Continue reading →
Did you know that Albemarle County Public Schools has processes for interpreting and translating that can help staff bridge the gap with parents whose primary language is not English? Check out our Communicating with Multilingual Families: A Guide for Teachers & Staff (ACPS login required) to access helpful online resources, learn how to get started with (and pay for) interpretation and translation services, and get the help you need. Continue reading →
Wednesday, November 19, 2020 | 4:30 to 6 p.m. | Register
ACPS will offer its November session of Teaching in Unpredictable Times this Wednesday, November 19, at 4:30 p.m. Please register to receive a Zoom link to join the session.
In this workshop facilitated by Jeremy Nesoff of Facing History and Ourselves, participants will explore approaches to teaching the election that focus on the history of voting, the health of democracy, factors that shape our civic decision-making, and the power of youth agency and voice. Continue reading →
The Department of Technology has created a new and exciting interactive website, the ACPS Technology Resources Library, where you will find a comprehensive collection of approved and/or recommended technology resources for ACPS.
Teachers: When technology tools you rely on for virtual learning don’t work, learning can continue if you are prepared with a contingency plan. To assist you, the Department of Technology has created a Virtual Learning Contingency Planning Guide with suggestions to help you develop alternate plans for when our major virtual learning tools experience technical issues. If you have questions or need support with planning, please reach out to your school’s assigned Learning Technology Integrator.
In today’s classroom, it is more important than ever to share video content from YouTube safely. Though YouTube is a resource filled with credible and engaging content, like many other online tools, it should be used carefully and thoughtfully with students. Seesaw and Schoology provide teachers with a safe environment in which to share video content from YouTube. ACPS teachers should embed videos directly into Schoology or post videos in Seesaw via Google Slides. Not only do these strategies legally strip videos of distracting advertisements and thumbnails, they also leverage tools supported and managed directly by the Department of Technology. Continue reading →
With the purchase of the student platform in Savvas (Math Investigations), we will continue to offer opportunities for professional learning. Implementation and usage within the platform will be vital in order to review the usefulness of the purchase.
Based on teacher feedback, the upcoming training this Friday, October 23, is a follow-up to the training on September 3. This one-hour session will focus on student resources, assignments, and feedback. All elementary teachers are encouraged to attend. Please register in order to receive the link to the session. Continue reading →