Category Archives: Features

Friendly Disruption — Episode 14: Daniel McNulty and Kelli Suding

There’s a new Friendly Disruption podcast available.  In this episode, we talked to Daniel McNulty and Kelli Suding from Indiana’s Patins Project.  There was great conversation about what it means to be a reader.  Patrick shared some Chrome extension to … Continue reading

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17-18 Staff Survey Results

Thank you to everyone who took the time to give the technology team feedback this year.  This type of input is really critical to helping our team improve.  When looking at the charts, here’s our methodology: we count “4s” and … 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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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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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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New Look Technology Office

This fall has been a time of rapid change for the CCSD Technology Department.  In addition to adding a new team member, we’ve re-envisioned, redesigned, and re-organized our office space.  The space is much more open, (and we hope) welcoming, … Continue reading

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Introducing Mary Corrigan — New CCSD Technology Team Member!

As almost everyone at Prairie now knows, we’ve had an open technician position for about the six weeks. We have such a small, tightly knit department that adding a new team member is both exciting and scary.  So, we took … Continue reading

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