Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Show us - What are you doing this summer?



 
As you begin taking your much needed summer vacations, when you return why don't you make a video to show what you did this summer? You like the idea but don't know where to start... 

Did you know in Richland School District Two every teacher, student, and staff member has access to WeVideo? It is an amazing cloud video editor. All you have to do is go to the WeVideo website and click login at the top right of the page. Then simply log in using your Google login (same thing you use for email). The best part is if you are logged in to your district google account all you have to do is click login and it connects your account with 2 clicks. :) Easy peasy!

Now you are saying, "But I have no idea on how to use WeVideo!" They have that covered too. Just simply learn on demand with the WeVideo Academy. This is a wonderful YouTube channel filled with tutorials and examples of all of the things you can do with WeVideo. 


https://www.youtube.com/user/WeVideoMarketing

So here is a challenge for you .... I will share my summer if you share yours... Join me on this blog again in August with your video links ready to share. Have a great summer!



Monday, June 23, 2014

Richland Two's SC Midlands Summit - AWESOME!



This year's SC Midlands Summit was AWESOME. We had roughly 600 participants representing not only Richland School District Two but 31 other school districts and 9 states. What a great opportunity to expand your network! 

We would like to thank everyone who attended, presented, and volunteered for the SC Midlands Summit. Also a special thank you to the staff at Blythewood High School the facility and staff were amazing.  Mrs. Melody Cooke-McDuffie kept the facility moving and met all of our needs with enthusiasm and joy. She made it easy for us!

Over two days there were over 130 sessions and 3 amazing keynote speakers. Attendees had an opportunity to earn up to 14 hrs of renewal credit.  What were people saying about the SC Midlands Summit?
"I loved the plethora of choices for all of the sessions. There was also a wonderful variety between the sessions. It was hard to pick just one to go to, as there were so many sessions that interested me!"
"There were ample areas to choose from!!! For me, a special needs teacher, there were LOADS of sessions that I felt could benefit my classroom and students. This doesn't usually happen unless I'm at a conference specifically designed to help Special Educators. I loved that there was also lots of vendors there to talk with and begin networking with as well."  
"I like the vast amount of sessions that were offered. It was really hard to choose. There was no way you attend just one! :)"
 Please be sure to join us next year! Follow us on Twitter and Google+

Be sure to check out the Flickr Album!


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Congratulations to Marriah Schwallier, DEN Star

Congratulations to Marriah Schwallier for becoming a DEN Star with the Discovery Education Network! 

What is a DEN Star?
A global community of education professionals that are passionate about transforming the learning experience with digital media, the Discovery Educator Network (DEN) connects members across town and around the world through social media, virtual conferences and in-person events — fostering valuable networking, idea-sharing and inspiration.

If you are passionate about transforming learning experiences with digital media, sharing resources, collaborating, and networking we invite you to take the next step in the DEN. Become a STAR Discovery Educator. It's easy. Just remember STAR:

– Share something you've learned  about using Discovery Education resources with your colleagues

– Teach your colleagues about this idea or strategy

A – Assist your colleagues as they implement this idea or strategy

– Report what you've done

Would you like to be interested in becoming a DEN Star? Log in to your Discovery Education Account and click on Discovery Education Network on the left navigation.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Archiving Your Google Data

The great thing about Google Drive is your data is stored in the cloud and accessible from anywhere.  But in the world of education teachers move and students graduate or transfer out of district and their accounts are deleted. And when the account is deleted there goes the data. What can you do to easily save all of your Google Drive data? 


If you are leaving Richland Two and want to take your data with you follow these simple steps to save your data.

Google has made the process of archiving your data very easy.  All you need to do is go to Google Takeout.  If you go to Google Takeout while you are logged in you will automatically be taken to where you need to be to archive your data.  Select the products you want to archive. In the image below I selected Drive.

After you have selected your Google product to archive, click on the Create Archive button and the archive process will start. Once you start the process you do not need to remain on the page. 




 It will archive in the background and you will receive an email when complete.



You can now download your data to an external drive.  In my situation all of the files were downloaded as Word, Excel and PowerPoint files. Note that the archive needs to be saved or it will automatically be deleted and you will need to run the archive process again.



If you do not receive your email in a timely fashion you can go back to Google Takeout and select My Archives to access your file for download.  


 Remember to never save your files to a public computer.  You should save these files to an external storage so you can take it with you.  

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Richland School District Two is honored with the 2014 ISTE Sylvia Charp Award

Award Winners Will Be Recognized at ISTE 2014 in Atlanta, June 28-July 1
WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 6, 2014 – Today the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) announced its 2014 award winners. Each year ISTE recognizes individuals who are transforming learning, teaching and leading in the digital age. The winners will be honored at ISTE 2014, one of the biggest, most comprehensive ed tech events, to be held June 28-July 1 at the Georgia World Conference Center in Atlanta. 
South Carolina’s Richland School District Two is the winner of the 2014 Sylvia Charp Award for District Innovation in Technology. Presented by ISTE andT.H.E. Journal, in honor of the magazine’s founding editor, this award recognizes a school system for exhibiting effectiveness and innovation in the application of technology. Richland School District Two is honored for bringing innovative practices to its classrooms, through both a 1:1 and BYOD programs that are being implemented with a focus on ensuring that the proper policies and procedures to support learning are in place. Technology integration coordinator Donna Teuber and the Technology Integration team will attend ISTE 2104 to accept the award on the district’s behalf. 
What is the Sylvia Charp Award for District Innovation in Technology?
Presented by T.H.E. Journal and ISTE, this award recognizes a school system larger than one individual school (school district, school board, secretariat of education, education organization) that exhibits effectiveness and innovation in the application of technology.
Honoring Dr. Sylvia Charp, the founding editor of T.H.E. Journal, and her groundbreaking contributions and extended service to the education technology community, this award has two focuses:
  • Widespread implementation: The winner will ensure equitable and appropriate technology use for all students in the system, aimed at improving learner outcomes and increasing learning opportunities.
  • Innovation: Progress in education, as in all endeavors of our society, depends on new ideas.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Don't miss this summer learning opportunity - SC Midlands Summit COMING SOON!




Richland School District Two's SC Midlands Summit featuring Google for Education is scheduled for June 11-12, 2014! The SC Midlands Summit is a two day conference focused on the use of Google for Education, research tools, Web 2.0 tools, and technology integration in the classroom.  Over 100 unique sessions will be offered! We have a great lineup of featured speakers on hand to share their expertise with us. Steve Dembo, Catlin Tucker, Leslie Fisher, and Tim Childers are all confirmed presenters! Check out our featured speakers page for more information. 

Registration is only $35 for Richland Two employees and $50 for Non-Richland Two employees for TWO days of Professional Development and up to 14 hours of renewal credit.  Registration is open!

Sessions have been posted on the sessions page. There is something for everyone no matter what level or ability. 

If you have any questions, please comment below.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Congratulations to our new DEN Stars!

Congratulations to Emily Herbig, Chuck Holland and Lisa Knoche to the Discovery Education Network family! 

What is a DEN Star?
A global community of education professionals that are passionate about transforming the learning experience with digital media, the Discovery Educator Network (DEN) connects members across town and around the world through social media, virtual conferences and in-person events — fostering valuable networking, idea-sharing and inspiration.

If you are passionate about transforming learning experiences with digital media, sharing resources, collaborating, and networking we invite you to take the next step in the DEN. Become a STAR Discovery Educator. It's easy. Just remember STAR:

– Share something you've learned  about using Discovery Education resources with your colleagues

– Teach your colleagues about this idea or strategy

A – Assist your colleagues as they implement this idea or strategy

– Report what you've done

Would you like to be interested in becoming a DEN Star? Log in to your Discovery Education Account and click on Discovery Education Network on the left navigation.



Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Blogging and Skyping Through the Middle Ages: Learning Takes on New Meaning Using 1TWO1 Computing



Guest bloggers: Mr. Atkins, Muller Road Middle and Mr. Abernathy, Blythewood Middle
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Students in Mr. Atkins’s third period Honors Language Arts class at Muller Road Middle School (MRMS) and Mr. Abernathy’s Honors Social Studies classes from Blythewood Middle School (BMS) collaborated together as students researched and wrote about the Middle Ages.  Titled Blogging Through the Middle Ages, students in both classes researched topics and concepts about the Middle Ages based on Common Core Standards.  Students from both schools researched and wrote blogs constructing topics, event, and concepts about the Middle Ages. Students from each school read and responded to students’ blogs from the other school.


The culminating activity was a Skype Meeting between the sixth grade classes.  Mrs. Brandon, the Media Specialist from Muller Road and Mrs. Swetnam, the Media Specialist from BMS set up the Skype event.  Students collaborated using Socratic Seminar methods--students from each school were given ten minutes to discuss assigned topics they wrote about and the other school had five minutes to summarize what students from the other school discussed.  

Student examples: Blog 1; Blog 2; Blog 3


During the last five minutes, students reflected on the experience.  All of them responded to the experience.  Comments included the following:  
"It was nice to learn from students rather than teachers."  
"I enjoyed working with students from another school."  
"I enjoyed getting criticism from other students.  It made me a better writer."  
"Learned a lot from reading the other blogs."


Three or four years ago, students would have read about the Middle Ages and completed a project.  One-to-one computing has enabled them to become researchers, writers, reporters, and collaborators with students at other schools.   

Monday, April 28, 2014

Richland 2 Film Festival

Are you interested in participating in the 1st Annual Film Festival? If so, it's not too late! All the information needed for the Film Festival is located on the Film Festival blog.
The deadline for the entry form and parent permission form are due this week. You have until May 16th to submit your completed video using WeVideo!