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4-4:05 - Overview (PLE) - Classroom Tech request & Eled Schoology (WO, TIS Building Sessions, Q & A parking) 

  • Any questions unable to answer - ask a participant to post on the Parking Lot 

4:05 - 4:25 

  • Google Session OR Independent Exploration or Q/A (Conference Room) - Everyone


  • KMS / KHS - Schoology Session (Conference Room w/Dan) 
  • Eled - Clever Session (P-1 w/Tom), supported 


  • KMS / KHS - Skwyard to Schoology Sync then Skyward Session (Conference Room w/Kevin) 
  • Eled - Clever / Skwyard Q & A (P-1 w/Tom) *Parent Portal overview, reinforcing parents accessing 
    • Q & A about other programs; ALEKS, Reading Eggs, Math Seeds 

5:15-5:45 - Work Sessions with Support (Conference Room) 

  • Review Needs Assessment to address questions remaining from feedback 

Last 15 - 20 minutes - Action Plan / Support Moving Forward 

  • WO to submit for training for individual class tech, TIS, 
  • Review additional materials 
  • Parking Lot - What are the next steps? 
  • Explore Google Apps, Schoology, Skyward Support Page

  • Schedule a debriefing session with Kevin, Tom and Dan 
  • Schedule and room configuration 
  • PLE PD - Goal is to address 100% of individual goals  
  • Parking Lot Discussion & Follow-up Sessions 
  • Skyward & Clever - (from 4:45-6pm) - ALL Reinforcing all teachers on Parent Portal
    • Elementary teachers need far less time Skyward More time Clever- Student information
    • KMS & KHS - More gradebook, Schoology Passback 
April 4th 2019


Objective: Identify what "Good Instruction" is and evaluate how current strategies, tools and resources can be implemented effectively to create a more personalized learning environment for our students.

4- 4:15pm - Group Research, Collaboration & Presentation

#1 - When you arrive, collaborate as small groups to answer the question; What is good instruction?

#2 - Share your response on the Google Slide and be prepared to present to the group. Keep an eye on the timer!

*Be creative & effective! Think of your audience and the purpose of the activity.

#3 - As a group, collectively determine What Good Instruction Is.

4:15-5:35 - Group Discussion & Breakout Sessions

#1 - Strategies (see right) and District technology tools supporting Good Instruction, creating a more 

Personalized Learning Environment (PLE)

#2 -Choose Your Own Adventure Breakout Sessions! - Review path objectives and locations (Back in library by 5:40)

*Schoology Session - Room M6 (Towards back door to right)

5:40-6pm - Closing Group Discussion & Moving Forward

#1 - Group Reflection and Q & A

#2 - Where do we go from here?

*Continue to identify and share strategies & resources that support good instruction, (see New Tools).

Building Staff Needs Assessments

Upcoming Schoology WebEx Sessions

April 10th - 25thApril 29th - May 9th

April Web Trainings


  • Monday, April 29th - 2:45-3:45pm

  • Tuesday, April 30th - 3:45-4:45pm

May Web Trainings

  • Wednesday, May 1st - 3:45-4:45pm

  • Thursday, May 2nd - 7:30-8:30am

  • Tuesday, May 7th - 2:45-3:45pm

  • Wednesday, May 8th - 3:45-4:45pm

  • Thursday, May 9th - 2:45-3:45pm

Roundtable Resources

 “The differentiation is what the teacher does, and personalization is what the student does.”

-Karen Beerer, VP of Professional Development at Discovery Ed

When applied correctly, personalized learning can move mountains for students. It means that assignments and instruction are tailored to individual students’ interests, needs, and skills. It allows the teacher to bring in more robust, useful, and varied material into the classroom. It opens up probabilities for strategic groupings to allow students to learn better from one another.

-Kelli Marshall, "Why Personalized Learning is Important"

 "Allowing students to choose a topic of further study within a unit is a good start; you can also allow them to design assessment projects that harness their strongest skills to show their learning."

-Elizabeth Trach, "Know Your Edu; Personalized Learning vs. Differentiated Instruction"

 Technology — when employed properly and meaningfully — can help educators deliver differentiated, individualized and personalized instruction. It can help facilitate timely interventional responses, involve parents more in their children’s learning, empower school leaders with data to support teachers, and either break down problems or make those problems more complex, based on the individual needs of the student. It’s up to savvy teachers to connect the appropriate tools with the right students.

"Personalized vs. differentiated vs. individualized learning"; ISTE, 1/24/2018, by Dale Basye 

Schoology Learning Management System, K-12 - Web Ex Session

Schoology Web Ex Session

with Kristen Gregory, Schoology Associate Professional Development Specialist

Session Objectives

 Participants will be able to: 

  1. Create a "Test Course" and add one other teacher participating in the session as a "Member"
  2. Create & Edit Grading Groups 
  3. Create, assign and grade an assignment within Schoology and embed a Google Doc, hyperlink, image, video and voice recording 
    1. Assign activity to whole class or Grading Group 
  4. Create a Test/Quiz within Schoology 
  5. Create, moderate and respond to Class Discussion question and assign discussion questions to specific Grading Groups
  6. Be prepared to share your findings with the group and identify next steps moving forward


Why Schoology is effective?
  • Integrates existing District resources and programs, as well as manages assignment, assessments, discussions, calendars and groups, creating a "one-stop shop" for teachers, parents and students.

District Implementation Goals (2018-2021)

Google Apps

GSuite for Education - Choose your path wisely!

Session Checklist

  1.  Select an Google Product to learn more about (based upon your needs) *Discuss with Dan if needed
    1. Be sure to select "Start from Scratch"

    2. Save useful pages as Bookmarks for easier reference later, especially the "Cheat Sheet pages"

  2. After learning about the features and functions of the product, click "Try it Now" to work with an actual file

  3. Check out the "Learn by Job" , "Learn by Task" and "Tips Library"

  4. Investigate "Team Drives" as it's been an incredible resource for sharing and collaborating with other professionals

  5. Check out the other Resources listed below
  6. Be prepared to share your findings with the group and identify next steps moving forward


Why GSuite for Education is effective?

  • Robust collection of Apps; Docs, Sheets, Slides, Sites, Gmail, Drive, Calendar
  • Create, share and edit in real time. Multi-user collaboration on any document at same time
  • Auto-saves as you work
  • Drive allows for simple management and sharing of documents and folders
  • Calendar functionality provides incredible flexibility and simplicity, and integrates seamlessly with Classroom and Gmail
  • Web-based, device agnostic, accessible 24/7
  • Free resource, accessible by everyone withe the District

SMART Exchange & SMART Notebook

SMART Exchange & SMART Notebook - What is it?

Session Checklist

  1.  Identify your needs based upon instructional and/or administrative objectives.
  2. Explore SMART Exchange - Online collection of free, peer-reviewed digital resources that can be downloaded and modified to best meet instructional needs.
  3. Go to SMART Exchange and create an account if you haven't already, (use district email)
    1. Click "Sign in" in the top right corner
    2. Users can search without having an account
    3. Begin editing the Notebook and bring your questions to the session
  4. Search for a Notebook for an upcoming unit of instruction and download to your desktop (Contact Dan if having trouble)
  5. Before editing, learn more about SMART Notebook 17.1 then begin editing Notebook to meet your needs -
  6. Connect to the interactive board in the classroom and practice utilizing Notebook and interactive function
    1. *For those using SMART Notebook on a Polyvision Board; Polyvision eno icon Strip
    2. *For those using SMART Notebook on an EPSON Interactive Projector: Epson Interactive Tools
  7. Be prepared to share your findings with the group and identify next steps moving forward

For those with existing SMART Notebooks with Flash Content


Why is it effective?

  • Interactive resources are standards based and created & reviewed by educators 

  • All content can be easily previewed, downloaded and modified in any way

  • Notebooks can be utilized on any interactive board 

  • Interactive means of introducing concepts and engaging students

  • Integration of audio & video, in addition to linking to online resources

  • Notebooks can be exported and posted to wiki for later reference, absent students, etc.

  • Resources can be easily shared among team members

  • District subscription to SMART Notebook for the next 3 years

  • SAVES TIME by eliminating the need to start Notebook from scratch
  • Already installed on all Teacher laptops

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