Category Archives: For Teachers

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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New Episode of Friendly Disruption

If you enjoy podcasts, there’s a new episode of Friendly Disruption now available.  This month’s guest is UDL guru and instructional designer, Kirk Benhke.  We also share a couple of cool Chrome extensions, NoCoffee and Wave.  NoCoffee is used to … Continue reading

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Using Google Classroom to Differentiate/Personalize Instruction

This is a really brief video from the Google EDU in 90 team on how to differentiate and personalize learning using Google Classroom.  There are powerful and simple to use ideas in this two and a half minute video.  I … Continue reading

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Talk & Type with Read and Write for Google

I’m guessing that most people know that Read and Write had a builtin speech to text tool called — Talk&Type.  Even if you know about this tool, I strongly recommend watching this 5 minute tutorial on how to use it. This … 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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Google’s Classroom Hub

Google has setup a great resource for using Google Classroom — the Classroom Hub.  There are tons of great videos and other resources (PDFs) located here for all levels of users– beginners to advanced users.  So, whether you are just … Continue reading

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Read and Write for Google Troubleshooting

I was delighted to hear that a lot of the learning that happened on last Monday’s PL day involved the use of Read and Write for Google.  I’m thrilled that this tool is getting used in this setting.  My hope … Continue reading

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