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Learnings about technology integration in education from a local ed tech head in the Monterey Bay.

Student Data Privacy Workshop for K12 Educators

Is your school institutions ready for Student Data Privacy? If not, Join us on August 7th, at the Santa Clara County Office of Education!, the Berkman Center at Harvard University, and the Santa Clara County Office of Education are hosting a free student data privacy workshop for K12 educators in Northern California.

This one-day workshop will update you about student privacy in the digital age, help you understand and respond to parent concerns, and increase your confidence in edtech products you choose for your students and schools. We encourage you to bring several leaders from your district (superintendent, curriculum director, tech director, communications director) or school (principal, curriculum director, professional development leader, tech specialist).

Through a series of presentations, discussions and break-out groups, we’ll explore:

What you need to know about new student privacy laws;
Ways to respond to parent concerns;
Getting the information you need from edtech vendors;
How to measure and improve your data privacy practices; and
Privacy Training – for students, staff and parents.
 The workshop will also include an introduction to new iKeepSafe FERPA and COPPA badges, which will help you find edtech products that have been assessed by independent privacy experts -- a key step to complying with existing laws and increasing parent confidence in your edtech tools and strategies.

This is one of only two regional workshops scheduled in California (the next will be September 21 in Ventura County.) We hope you can make it! Register today!


Communication in a BYOD Classroom

It's that time of year folks! Schools all around are gearing up for the new school year. Many of our schools are moving forward with the digital demands of the Common Core by introducing new workflow to teaching and learning. BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device, environments are also being tested throughout. You know what that means, new digital workflows equals new tools. 

If communication is to be a critical component of this new environment at your school site, you might want to look at the FREE tool Classflow. The webtool allows the teacher to create and upload lesson plans and share them with students no matter what type of internet enabled devices they have for learning. That is right, whether your school is using Chromebooks, iPads, or other laptops, the workflow is made simple with Classflow

I know there are many more tools out there that can do similar things, but remember, you can never have too many ingredients in y9our kitchen of teaching and learning:-)

I'm Connected...Now What?

I'm an Academic Technology Specialist. I help educators learn how to use technology tools, applications, resources to enhance their pedagogy. I have been doing this for over a decade and I keep enjoying discovering new tools, gadgets, resources and everything in between. I basically jump up out of bed everymorning with the excitement that I'm going to learn at  least 3 thrings in tech that teachers can use in the classroom to support students reach their potential academically.

Every know and then I run into family, freinds, colleagues and people in general who want to expand their minds using the web. They always ask me where they can go to find....(Fill in your topic). Most of all, they want to know how to get better at a certain skill. So, I knormally poke at them with various questions and send them to few resources that i know off the top my head. The following is a list of places I normally venture where I just want to be inspires, learn something new, or learn how to do things differently:-)

Enjoy the ride people:-)


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