Author Archives: Craig

Technology Department Summer Plans — What are we buying this summer?

While there are still some questions marks, I can share some of the technology team’s plans for the summer.  We intend to stick to the device plan we started back in 2014.  This means around 60 Chromebooks for each elementary … Continue reading

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Friendly Disruption Episode 13 — Ruth Ziolkowski

For those of you who enjoy podcasts (If you’ve not listened before this might be a good weekend to do so!), there’s a new episode of Friendly Disruption. In this episode, Maggie, Patrick, and I visit with Ruth Ziolkowski, president … Continue reading

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Read and Write Dictionary and Picture Dictionary

 Read and Write has so many awesome features!  One that I haven’t shared here yet is the Dictionary and Picture Dictionary.  The brief video above gives a great description of what each tool does and how you might consider … Continue reading

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Apps in Google Classroom

Here’s another excellent, short video from Google on app integration into Google Classroom.  The discuss how tools and apps like Khan Academy, Ed Puzzle, and Workbench nicely integrate into Classroom.  If you have questions, drop me a line.  I would also … Continue reading

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Friendly Disruption Episode 12 — OCR and Noreen Bush

There is a new episode of Friendly Disruption now available for those of you who enjoy podcasts.  This month we talk in depth about optical text recognition (OCR) software — the tools teachers can use to make paper text into … Continue reading

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Winter IPI Data

IPI (Instructional Practices Inventory) is part of the CCSD Strategic Plan under Focus 3.  The goal is that 30% of our IPI observations will reflect higher order, deeper thinking.  In the IPI model, a code 6 or 5 indicates higher … Continue reading

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Online Registration Update

I realized that most people probably don’t know what’s happening with online registration.  So, here’s a quick update.  If you all recall, when I came to your building last fall I announced that we would be going to online registration … Continue reading

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When You Teach to “the Average Student”, You Teach to No One…

This was another take away from ATIA.  This is an older video, but if you have not seen it, please budget the 18 minutes to watch it.  Rose makes a compelling case for personalized learning.  I’m hearted by the vision … Continue reading

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New Paper to Digital Tool

As I posted earlier, I had the privilege of attending the ATIA conference last week.  I learned a ton!  One of the most high-impact takeaways is that Google has a really good and simple to use OCR product.  OCR stands … Continue reading

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Spies in Florida!

Last week, the 31st through the 3rd, I was able to attend the ATIA — the national assistive technology conference in Orlando with other members of our AEM team here at CCSD.  The Iowa DoE paid for the trip as part … Continue reading

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