• Where We are Focusing our Learning Together Now

    Kirkwood Core Apps and Technology for Learning

    Collaborative Instructional Design A “passion project” for teachers– take the opportunity to focus on specific technology and learning integration goals that you have set for yourself directed at a specific lesson or unit of study with structured support that begins this summer and extends into the new school year as I provide:
    • Dedicated time and opportunity. Focus on, explore and design instructional learning experiences and the resources to support them.
    • Flexible approach. Work one-on-one or within teams with the promise of extended and connected supports from colleagues.
    • Continuous and consistent support: We will prepare for planned rollout, practice a supported implementation followed by scheduled debriefs and reflective discussion to evaluate how the learning goals are being met and adapt for next cycles.

    iWork Smarter & the new Schoolwork    With the latest iOS and OS updates- Apple has advanced potential even more in the feature-rich Pages, Keynotes and Numbers. We’ll explore these major improvements and their ability to figure meaningfully in your instructional design and student learning. Additionally, we’ll dive into the new Schoolwork app and its ability to coordinate and support both individual and collaborative learning on student iPads. 

    Tap the Potential– working with digital text in macOS and iOS   While our own learning experiences as K-12 students centered almost exclusively
    around print resources, today’s students are natives of a digital world. As educators, we have a responsibility to experience, evaluate and respond to the vastly expanded interactivity presented in electronic resources and the devices we use to interface with them. We will explore the diverse options and variety of experiences working with and authoring digital text in the macOS and iOS.

    Schoology Foundations- First Steps with our new LMS    Prepare for the new school year designing course elements and preparing materials
    in our LMS. Your materials are the backbone of your course– let’s look at the tools you need to build diverse materials designed to engage students- develop folders, assignments, and quizzes to fit specific needs within each class. Explore the role files, links, discussions, pages and media albums play within the course, along with individual strengths and engagement methods.

    Schoology Next Steps: Courses, Workflow, Feedback & Engagement      Dive deeper into our LMS to prepare materials, design course elements, explore the
    gradebook, and consider how you'll engage students to advance learning in the year ahead. We'll give you the tools available to build diverse materials. Develop folders, assignments, and quizzes to fit specific needs within each class. Explore the role files, links, discussions, pages and media albums play within the course -- and begin thinking about how we may teach students to use Schoology effectively.

    Keynote for Student Learning- Drive Intentional Interactive Instruction (or Goodbye ActivInspire, Hello Keynote)     For the first time users are able to draw, sketch or write using a stylus or their finger in the Pages , Keynote, Numbers and Notes apps. These "smart" annotations are anchored to the text and remain fully editable as you share and collaborate. These iWork apps cross the full spectrum of interactivity from personalized annotations with individual student work to shared collaborations and whole group instruction.  Additionally, Keynote provides the opportunity to animate drawings like any other object via Magic Move or other effects.  Whether your initial goal is to transition from ActivInspire flipcharts or to build interactive, flexible presentations that can instantly become learning resources, we will explore everything from best practices for design and visual presentation elements to the diverse instructional strategies that Keynote supports.

    Dive into iCloud Sharing & Collaboration The move to a managed Apple ID environment     Collaboration is built into the iWork apps on the iPad, Mac and Share and/or invite others to your Pages, Keynote, Numbers and Notes and work on the same file together — no creating copies, sending attachments, or managing versions.  Pages, Keynote, Numbers and Notes offers unparalled feature sets of interactivity, multimedia and crossover application that extend far beyond word-processing, presentation and spreadsheet software. Fully explore each individually while also establishing new connections between each as well.

    From Clips to iMovie: the Power of Visual Storytelling     Our students’ facility for and expectations to learn visually have never been higher with the advent of the mobile built-in camera.  Our constant communication in pictures can become an integral part of the student learning experience where alternative ways to provide evidence of learning and check for understanding are supported by core tools like Clips and iMovie.  These resources offer incredible flexibility, ease of use and responsiveness to varying levels of need.  From field trips to formative assessments we’ll explore how to tap into the visual realm

    Developing Executive Function Skills and Tapping into Accessibility tools      Executive Function Skills are tied to three types of brain function: working memory, mental flexibility, and self-control.  They are highly interrelated and the application of each asks for coordination with another.  When students struggle with executive functioning it affects their learning; planning, organization, memory, time management and flexible thinking are all impacted.  We will dive into core iOS apps like Calendar, Reminders, and Notes to see how their use - with students and teachers - can support executive functioning and benefit to learners.  

    Both the iPad’s iOS and the Mac’s OS offer a diverse and powerful array of accessbility tools that can benefit every learner.  From speech to text to speech and keyboard/gesture shortcuts to display options and Siri commands we’ll explore the full range of options for teachers and students to utilize regularly.


  • iPadOS 13 Update Highlights

    Posted by Nick Strecker on 10/18/2019
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  • Welcome Back to School...ogy!

    Posted by Nick Strecker on 8/12/2019

    (re)Start your Schoology Engines!

    10 Top Tips for Reengaging with our LMS

    1. Place your Courses in the order you want by Reordering them.
    2. Differentiate by Individually Assigning your Course Materials.
    3. Sort your students into Groups to support differentiation. 
    4. Message parents as a group or individuals to improve communication and awareness.
    5. Tap into Assessments 12+ question types for both summative and formative feedback.
    6. Connect and collaborate with colleagues via Group Resources.
    7. Add items from new Gale databases directly in your Courses.
    8. Find excellent materials and inspiration via the Public Resources.
    9. Repopulate new year Courses from last year’s Courses via Archived Course OR Saved Course to Resources.
    10. Personalize your Profile Photo- now available: animated gifs : )
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  • Schoology End of the Year and Rollover Info

    Posted by Nick Strecker on 5/6/2019
    For handy reference, please see this linked resource to help ensure you are following best practice with Schoology to 
    • end the school year;
    • prepare for summer work;
    • roll it out for the new school year..
    Please don't hesitate to let me know if you I can provide any additional information or clarification.


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  •  Summer Technology & Learning Opportunities

    Posted by Nick Strecker on 4/30/2019
    The KSD Summer Learning Calendar features two full weeks of learning opportunities focused on maximizing the potential of our 1:1 on student learning.   I hope you will consider joining me and our colleagues in collaborating either the week of June 24-27 &/or July 23-25,30.
    Registration is open in MLP now and full descriptions are always available on our Technology webpage and attached here.  
    Our session focuses include:
    • kicking off a "passion project" with dedicated support in Collaborative Instructional Design to make that major shift with technology & learning that you have been thinking about;
    • exploring and applying major advances in iWork (Keynote, Pages, Numbers) and iCloud collaboration with the new Schoolwork;
    • knowledge and skills to embrace a more paperless system that taps into the full potential of working with digital text from .pdfs to eBooks.
    • twin paths for Schoology- building foundations to get grounded in the LMS or exploring advanced features to take the LMS to the next level for your instruction.
    Please don't hesitate to let me know if I can provide any additional information or clarification.  Enjoy these final weeks!  See you soon...Nick
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  • Spring Ahead with a quick tip from each!

    Posted by Nick Strecker on 3/29/2019

    image.pngComing this summer!  Look forward to professional technology and learning opportunities focused on: teacher creation and student interaction with digital text in macOS/iOS; supporting and developing executive function skills utilizing Calendar, Reminders and Notes in macOS/iOS via our Apple IDs; twin paths in Schoology supporting both those in their first steps with Course Materials and those diving deeper with Course workflow, feedback and student engagement; and, finally a brand new approach to claiming ongoing support in the coming school year- Collaborative Instructional Design.  Begin collaboration and progress in a specific area of focus or goal set by YOU in developing the technology component of a unit, lesson or classroom skill begun this summer andcontinuing through implementation and debrief in the next school year.  

    image.pngApple just announced and released new and improved features across iWork continuing to provide teachers and students with the most progressive capabilities available in docs, spreadsheets and presentations to engage, demonstrate learning and collaborate.  Updated versions should release automatically via FileWave today- check them out in Pages, Numbers, and Keynote to see what’s new! 
    image.pngManaging your access to and participation with multiple Groups in Schoology? You can reorder/rearrange your Groups! After clicking on the Groups tab, select My Groups screen right and then the Reorder Groups button also screen right. The same option has been available for Courses as well, so if you have not yet, you can affect the same change there, too.
    As always, please don't hesitate to reach out for additional support and information I can offer on these and all technology and learning focus areas!  Enjoy the weekend...Nick


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  • Addressing & Advancing Digital Citizenship

    Posted by Nick Strecker on 2/4/2019
    We are fortunate to be connected and supported by both ISTE and CommonSenseEducation who in turn share in Digital Citizenship mission and vision, purposefully partnering and mutually supporting each other's work and resources.  
    Read on for new releases this week on both fronts– updated curriculum in CommonSenseEducation and new online coursework for educators at ISTE.
    • The response to Digital Citizenship needs has expanded immensely in recent years to include an essential number of focuses that have responsibly progressed well beyond the online safety and social etiquette focus of ten years ago.
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    CommonSenseEducation's customizable resources, lesson plans and support videos are purposefully designed to function either as stand-alone pieces OR more beneficially as "overlays" to be applied when learning experiences and focuses in the curriculum merge in meaningful ways.
    Here are direct links to each grade level band: 
    K-23-8 (brand new updated curriculum), 9-12


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  • Your Courses, their Materials & continued Access

    Posted by Nick Strecker on 1/2/2019


    It's the end of our first semester with Schoology.  Here are some handy resources to help provide information to be aware of and answer potential questions about end of course actions in our LMS.  For all of KSD this is essential info for the end of the school year to come, but for colleagues at KHS, as well as many at Nipher and NKMS, this is timely now for classes ending and beginning anew in Infinite Campus for second semester.
    👉  Revisiting essential information from our Schoology Foundations PD this past year- here is a link to my slide with handy graphics on how to Reuse Course Materials.  
    👍 By default, Schoology archives all courses after the grading period end date; however Archived Courses do not expire and can be accessed indefinitely.  Additionally in KSD, we have extended the ability for all instructors to Access Archived Courses.  
    👊You can Save an entire Course &/or specific folder, files, assessments or any other materials you've created to your Resources at any time.  The end of school year/semester is typical, but consider doing it throughout the year as you plan for future classes as well as providing the means to Share Resources with your teammates and department.  
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  • Three Productivity Tips for your MacBook

    Posted by Nick Strecker on 12/18/2018
    These final days of the semester heading into a winter break are a great opportunity to share three tips that I put to use on a daily basis helping me work more efficiently and productively.
    The first two make use of gesture shortcuts on your laptop's trackpad OR via a Bluetooth-connected Magic Trackpad.  You can access those settings via System Preferences.
    • Mission Control allows you to create virtual desktops that you can allocate application windows to and move between easily in multiple ways.  (It's also very handy to use in coordination with Extended Desktop if your MacBook is connected to your classroom display).
    • App Exposé, Launchpad and other additional gestures allow you to more easily work with multiple applications open.
    • Finally, Kiwi for Gmail is a free third-party app now available in the staff laptop App Portal that provides you quick access to all of your Google Apps from your Gmail window while also offering additional settings option for Gmail not readily available via the standard Google Mail interface.
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  • Updating Apps & Checking Current Versions

    Posted by Nick Strecker on 11/5/2018
    The Schoology app for iOS updated (v. 5.7.0) at the end of last week and should have made its way out to all connected iPads via FileWave this morning.
     👉To double-check that you are running this new version (v. 5.7.0) as well as confirm the current version of any app in use follow this Tap Path™: go to Settings >> General >> iPad Storage. Apps display in descending order of space they use on your device, find the app and tap on it, you will open a screen with app version, app size, etc.
    👍The Schoology update addressed several issues that we had ongoing tickets/feature requests submitted for with their engineering team.  Revisit any issues that you have experienced in the past and let us know if those still persist for you.  We'll be clearing several tickets by week's end from our end.

    Look for First Semester Schoology Summits coming up in district over these remaining weeks.  We will offer an after school session at Hough for each building level to come together and share best practice, seek resolution to issues experienced and explore previously untapped features.


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  • Understanding Display Options for your Classroom

    Posted by Nick Strecker on 10/16/2018
    Across the district conversations are in process regarding the various display options that are available to to us in supporting our 1:1 learning classroom environments.  
    Whether your classroom currently features a Promethean Board with projector, an Epson Interactive projector and whiteboard with or without an Apple TV, or a mobile flat screen television with Apple TV, the time is ripe to better understand how Airplay and interactive annotations work in each setup.
    Linked here and attached is a 7 min. screenflow that presents and details each option- let me know if I can offer any additional information and enjoy!
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