Category Archives: Digital Literacy

New Features Coming to Gmail!

I recently got word that Google is planning some changes to Gmail in the near future.  While I’m not sure of the timeline, some of the new features sound pretty cool!  In addition to giving the interface an update, it … Continue reading

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Staff MacBook Update for Summer 2018

It’s time to start planning for new certified staff MacBooks!  As I said in my previous post, we plan to update about 25% of the staff fleet each year.  When we started this back in 2014, all staff had computers … Continue reading

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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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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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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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CCSD Featured in IPTV Documentary

Earlier this fall, Iowa Public Television contacted Prairie to ask if we would like to be featured in a documentary on digital learning along with three other Iowa schools.  IPTV just released the final version this week.  There’s great content … Continue reading

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Color Enhancer

On last week’s episode of Friendly Disruption, we talked about the impact of color blindness on learners. I realize that not everyone enjoys podcasts, so I thought this bit of information deserved its own blog post.   I had no idea that … Continue reading

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