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SAMPLE: Digital & Media Literacy School Map

plan for rolling out to the teachers parent planning transparency (?) calendars, email, docs, iPad syncing student/parent access, ATLAS Rubicon integration, iPad integration etc.

Digital Resources


Online Grade Books, Engrade (within Google Apps), Jupiter Grades, Skedula

MindMeister Graphic Organizer

Diigo bookmarking



Screencapture & image annotation: Jing

shared Twitter accounts @bsi686, "micro" blog by kids, lessons learned, take-aways, quotes, news... by kids for the parent "followers" and to archive learning over time., format teaches brevity


Google Docs, Google Presentations (like powerpoint), Google Forms, leave a survey for your kids on your class blog -- display results as a graph, students post quizzes for classmates, Flubaroo auto-quiz assessments, Store photos of

Google Custom Maps

Google Apps

BSI Google Apps for Education, can forward to other email accounts, conversations are grouped

Google Sites, The place to share finished resources with students & parents, (TBD) organized by unit, and resources from Google Docs are linked, photos, forms, newsletters, student work

Google Calendar, staff events, public events, personal/class calendars (optional)

Google Docs, within accounts, using "conversations" feature in the margins while collaborating on documents (try it by highlighting some text and clicking "Insert + Comment"., creating a "portal" of shared folders called curriculum resources"collections"

future: Student Portfolios using Apps Accounts, 3rd Grade Google Docs Spring 2012?, start account with Docs, might allow them to blog on the class website, goals, typing practice, allow to work from home, manage all digital work from any computer, 4th grade pilot in 2012-2013?, students manage limited accounts, all written work is archived in docs, Sites could be where they showcase their best work -- teachers would make recommendations for what to include in the portfolio site., images of any written work can be photographed and uploaded to Docs, Docs & Sites to start

PD: How to use your Apps, Getting everyone Logged in to Google Apps, first initial + last name (i.e., click "Login to Apps" on left side of, Google Apps Hands on Work, Gmail, Forwarding: click Settings in upper right (little Cog icon in upper right) + Mail Settings + Forwarding and POP/IMAP, Signature (?): i.e. Nicole Nelson Assistant Principal (718) 621-5730, Chat, Google Docs, Adding new comments, Resolving Comments, Comment/Email Connection (it sends you one), Sharing & Publishing Docs, uploading Word Docs to Google Docs, Filing new Docs in Shared "Collections", PD: Google Docs Curriculum Collections (folders), How they are organized, How to open them, How to Find and File them, hands-on work below, Structure Example:, Grade Levels, Content Areas, Lesson plans, Curriculum Maps, Rubrics & other resources, Examples of annotated student work (?), Copy/Paste skeleton into ATLAS, Copy/Paste CCSS from ATLAS, Calendar, Cog + Calendar Settings + Notifications, set up email notifications so you don't forget about this calendar, optional set up mobile phone alerts, show how to look at different calendars by clicking on/off, show how to set colors, all-day events vs. hourly, repeating events, More Actions: copy to _____ calendar, Google Sites: Class Pages, review Class Sites, create unit pages "announcement page template" (optional); description of unit at top and links to Docs resources, blog posts for related student work, newsletters, activities for kids, photos of field trips, etc., extension activities, Example: Middle School Art site (worksheets, powerpoints, etc. for students). This teacher's Google Site will be a online back up for kids, and potentially a paperless bank of resources for her class. She can also think of this as a teaching portfolio of exemplary work. See the setup on on of her Unit pages (click the arrow for the link), add page, edit page, insert (image, maps, calendar, docs, etc.), links, Sites, student accounts, publishing to school website, using sites/docs as class portals (students turning in work, managing portfolios, pushing out assignments, handouts, etc. on class sites), QUICK TIPS, Any docs, calendars, etc. can be shared with outside Gmail/Google accounts, ALL ARE CONNECTED TO GMAIL ACCOUNTS & CAN SEND TEXT ALERTS



Interactive White Boards



Digital & Media Literacy overview

Definition of MLE

critical thinking & literacy extended to new media: core principles, 1: MLE requires active inquiry and critical thinking about the messages we receive and create., 2: MLE expands the concept of literacy to include all forms of media., 3: MLE builds and reinforces skills for learners of all ages and requires practice., 4: MLE develops informed, reflective and engaged participants essential for a democratic society., 5: Media are a part of culture and function as agents of socialization., 6: People use their individual skills, beliefs and experiences to construct their own meanings from media messages.

you are already experts if you boil it down to basic communication: who's author, what is their intention, and what audience is this for?

production = "writing" in new media, not hard for kids to pick up skills, communication tool box, kids can be empowered through SCHOOL to use these tools to communicate with the quality/effectiveness you try to teach them with writing

Relevance to CCSS

fit them into existing work to help connect with standards/goals

new media can be included as "texts", "informational texts", "nonfiction", etc.

media projects can demonstrate communication skills, comprehension, meaning-making, etc.

Internet research best practices


Digital Citizenship Contract

Privacy Policy


NYCDOE Acceptable Use

Need to develop BSI policy


staff website (TBD)



office communications

links to all staff documents



public website on Wordpress

HOME, Random photo and Menu, will the photos be pulled from Wordpress? would be nice to pull from our Picasa account

NEWS, Calendar (Google Embed), Announcements: index of "News" tag, Photo Slideshow from Picasa (add to a widget roughly 400px wide)?, Twitter Feed (add to a widget?), Link to Video Archive (optionally embed in the future), other tags they might be looking for

ABOUT BSI, Initiatives (HOW WE GROW), static intro text identifying current initiatives, Stemlab, Grants, partnerships, BHS, BCM, partnerships: text about why we partner, and list of partners (blurbs on partners & links to websites and tags on our site), Reach the World, Violin, CURRICULUM, Literacy (on site page), what is the curriculum based on, playlist of videos, link to common core, Math (on site page), Science (external site), Tribes (external website), Media Literacy (on site page), Contact & Location, About Text, Admissions, how to get a seat, open house info, NOTE: link to news in the blog

CLASS SITES, links to external websites in Google Sites, a submenu widget in sidebar?, Add an RSS Feed of all Class Site Student Work Posts, and a slideshow of all class images (Kelly manages)

RESOURCES, Parent Resources, link to BSI PTO website, Student Resources

hosting 1&, ~$6/month, domain registration info (private), $750 Deposit, customer number/password (

WHAT OUR STAFF IS LEARNING ?, PD VIDEOS, Rubrics for quality teaching, Danielson graphics, etc.

grade level websites in Google Sites (or other)


blogs of student work

photo slideshows managed by Kelly

Who's Doing What: Innovation Crew


project-based learning

utilizing digital resources, tools & people outside the building to enhance communication and access to info.

grade team collaboration planning, goal-setting, unit/project/activity planning, PD: to build skills and resources, PD: in-class modeling and assisting




Tech Support & Management Strategies

their has to be a discussion element to this. we need input from teachers as to what is reasonable.

acknowledge limitations of technology, lots of new laptops, limited tech support

student tech leaders in each class

teacher maintenance roles & team-approach, sign out routine: Google Calendar? Spreadsheet?, commitment to learn best practices for maintenance (your knowledge, student help)

BSI personnel devoted to this now, Kelly: knows what you have, limited tech support time, Rhys: troubleshooting, limited time to fix things, ?: organizing checkout and management, Parents

parent volunteers

tech cluster teacher (i.e. Ariel)

Staff Data Organization

Drop Box (phasing out)

Google Docs


unit maps drafts

File Maker Pro

Also can be


report cards


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