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2018-19 Tech Academies

Update:

IMPORTANT:  Due to high interest in the Tech Academies, our availability is limited to just the Productivity, Communication, and Multi-media Tech Academies for the rest of the school year.  If your teachers are interested in the Coding, Video Production, or Virtual Reality Tech Academies, stay tuned for more information on signing up for this summer or the 2019-2020 school year.   

What is it?

PVUSD’s Technology Innovation Coaches are now bringing professional development opportunities to your site! Choose a Tech Academy from our menu of options (below), and learn how to integrate that technology into your curriculum.  The tech coaches will work with your site for about 4 weeks to provide you and your colleagues with the PD to learn how to use the technology, and then be with you in the classroom while you learn to integrate it into your curriculum.  For example, the Coding Academy listed below requires 4 hours of PD time with the Tech Coach outside of the classroom, and then assistance in the classroom for at least one lesson with a Tech Coach.  And the best part? Once you’re done, your site will get to keep whatever technology is associated with your Academy (think coding robots, video production tools, etc).  See the flyer here.

How do I sign up?

3 or more teachers at your site decide as a group which Academy they would like to participate in.  The group of teachers will need to decide on a time to have a 30 minute introductory meeting with the Tech Coach.  During this meeting we will discuss the logistics of the Academy, including deciding on dates for the professional development.  The Academies require professional development time with the Tech Coaches (Wednesdays, release time, supplemental pay (if out of contract time)- you choose), and the Tech Coaches will then support you while you use the technology with your students (model lessons, co-teaching, background support- again, you choose).  Interested? Tell your principal today!  Principals will need to complete this form to register for a Tech Academy, which will include reporting your date and time for the 30 minute introductory meeting.

See our current Tech Academy calendar reservations.

Tech Academy Menu:

All academies require a minimum of 3 teachers.

Academy: PD time required:

Productivity:  Become proficient with productivity tools such as Google Drive, Calendar, Gmail, Google Classroom, and parent communication tools. *Minimum of 2 teachers for this Academy.  Curriculum guide

Recommended level: Novice- Intermediate

Approx. 2 hours/ topic     

Communication: Use tools such as blogging, video-conferencing, and social media to communicate beyond the walls of the classroom.  Upon completion of this Academy, you will get to keep any software subscriptions associated with the communication tools (for example, Kidblog). Curriculum guide

Recommended level: Intermediate to Advanced (or completed the Productivity Academy)

8 hours + lesson in classroom

Intro to Coding:  Learn to promote critical thinking skills by integrating simple coding activities into your curriculum.  Upon completion of this Academy, your site will get to keep the devices used in the coding activities based on your grade-level (Ozobots, Code n' Go Mice)  Curriculum guide

Recommended level: Novice- Intermediate

8 hours + lesson in classroom

Coding:  Learn to promote critical thinking skills by integrating coding activities into your curriculum.  Upon completion of this Academy, your site will get to keep the devices used in the coding activities based on your grade-level (Ozobots or Dash Robots)  Curriculum guide

Recommended level: Intermediate- Advanced

8 hours + lesson in classroom

Video Production:  Learn to use video editing software and filming tools such as a green screen to have you and your students create videos to support their learning in any content area.  Upon completion of this Academy, you will get to keep a video production kit which includes mini-iPads, green screen, and more!  Curriculum Guide

Recommended level: Intermediate- Advanced

8 hours + lesson in classroom

Virtual Reality (part 1):  Learn how to use Google Expedition Virtual Reality to support your curriculum!  Upon completion of this Academy, your site will get to keep the iPods and viewers used to view the virtual reality scenes.  Curriculum guide

Recommended level: Novice- Advanced

4 hours + lesson in classroom

Virtual Reality (part 2):  Learn how to use virtual reality to support your curriculum by having students create their own virtual reality tours!  Upon completion of this Academy, your site will get to keep the iPods, 360 cameras, and viewers used to create and view the virtual reality scenes.  Curriculum guide

Recommended level: Intermediate- Advanced (or completed the VR-Part 1 Academy)

8 hours + lesson in classroom

Multimedia Projects:  Learn to use tools such as screencasting, Google slides, and more so you and your students can create multi-media projects and presentations that enhance their learning in all content areas.  Curriculum guide

Recommended level: Novice-Intermediate (or completed the Productivity Academy)

8 hours + lesson in classroom

BreakoutEDU: Use the BreakoutEDU game to promote collaboration, communication, and critical thinking skills with your students.  This game can be integrated into all curriculum areas and grade levels.  Upon completion of this Academy your site will get to keep BreakoutEDU school bundle. 

Recommended level: Novice- Advanced

4 hours +lesson in classroom

 

Contact:

Have more questions?  Then contact one of the Technology Innovation Coaches below.

Janie Islas

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