International Dot Day Is September 15th-ish

International Dot DayInternational Dot Day, a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration, began on September 15, 2009, when teacher Terry Shay introduced his classroom to Peter H. Reynolds’ book, The Dot, a story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities. Each year on International Dot Day (on or around September 15), the inspiration continues as people of all ages rediscover the power and potential of creativity in all they do.

Sign up to celebrate International Dot Day and download a free Educator’s Handbook! Get started, get inspired, and get connected »

Wow in the World: A Podcast for Curious Kids & Their Grown-ups

Wow in the WorldNPR’s Tinkercast presents Wow in the World, a podcast aimed at kids ages 5-12 (and their grown-ups). Every Monday and Thursday, hosts Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas take their listeners on a journey away from their screens, inside their brains, out into space, and deep into the coolest new stories in science, technology, and innovation. Listen »

#GlobalMakerDay Coming October 24

Global MakerspacesThe next #GlobalMakerDay is coming up on October 24, 2017. Register now »

#GlobalMakerDay is an opportunity to Learn, Share and Play. Educators: Connect virtually and watch makers discuss various projects, learning spaces, creations, coding, 3D designs, art lessons, and more in a live Google Hangout (in YouTube Live). Each half hour will yield another session with a connected challenge. Your class will have the opportunity to solve problems, be creative, and PLAY. Learn more »

Global Read Aloud 2017 Kicks Off October 2

Global Read AloudGlobal Read Aloud 2017 kicks off October 2, 2017! Since its launch in 2010, more than 2,000,000 kids from more than 60 countries have participated in this free event!

What is the Global Read Aloud (GRA)? The premise is simple: Educators choose one of the selected books to read aloud to their students between October 2 and November 10, and during that time, they connect with one or more classrooms around the globe. Continue reading

Call for Proposals – VSTE 2017 Annual Conference

VSTE LogoVSTE’s 2017 Annual Conference, SuperEmpowering Kids & Learning, will be held December 3-5, 2017, at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center. The Call for Proposals is open now through September 15.

Are you a classroom teacher who is using instructional technology in an interesting and engaging way? Are you transforming how technology is used in education? Are your students creating and sharing their learning in ways that other students and teachers would want to hear about? The 2017 VSTE Presentations Committee is seeking proposals from educators of all levels and backgrounds. Learn more »

How to Request Blackboard Classes for 2017-18

BlackboardACPS Educators: The integration between Blackboard and PowerSchool is now running and you can begin requesting Blackboard classes. Use the Blackboard Class Request Form as a reference for submitting your class creation requests to your school’s student information system (PowerSchool) contact. Your request will impact how your classes are created in Blackboard, and the form will help you pick the option that will best meet your needs.

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In a Community’s Most Difficult Moments: A Guide for Educators

Bernard HairstonDear Colleagues:

The impact from the events of this past weekend will continue to be felt well into the future. Many of the comments in the media this week referred to these events as being a teachable moment. I know all of you are thinking deeply about how you will engage students around this topic when they return to the classroom next Wednesday. Continue reading

Grade Precision: PowerTeacher Pro & Calculating Grades

Matthew Haas, Ed.D.Greetings, Teachers:

I am writing to advise you of a central decision regarding how the PowerTeacher Pro gradebook will calculate grades. This decision was based on an operating principle for ACPS that we will have fair and equitable grading practices.

With the introduction of the PowerTeacher Pro gradebook, PowerSchool has moved the control of rounding/truncation and rounding precision from the teacher level to the school level. Continue reading