June 2015

June Edition at a Glance

  • JuneTons of good news and recognition Inside BCPS including Common Ground Recap Part 2!
  • Food for Thought on empowering student inquiry and meta-cognition
  • “I Spy” Contest results
  • Use our Tips, Tricks, and Tools, Upcoming Events, and Folks to Follow to prepare for summer break
  • Read more In the Media about the power of librarians

Inside BCPS

Digital Learning University Class of 2014-2015LargePD

Congratulations to our very first graduates of Digital Learning University!  The people listed below completed at least fifteen hours of professional learning this school year, earning them one CPD credit.  If you are interested in professional growth through Digital Learning University, you can find out more information on the ODL Resource Wiki.  Workshop modules for the 2015-16 school year begin July 5.

Pamela Bass Jennifer Buchman Lynell Butler-Williams Dorothy Chapman
Marian Chaprnka Sara Cohn Denise Cutair Sarah Dennis
Elyse Evans Kircher Kathleen Fox Carol Frigo Cara Gay
Lisa Giguere Tara Greenwood Mary Caroline Hemling Rachelle Horn
Lynn Kief Andrea Laubner Erin Ledford Dawn Lew
Heather Lundy Samantha Maile Shawn McNulty Niamh McQuillan
Jenna McRae Jennifer Meltzer Theresa Mohr Emily Moore
Lindsey Rattet Laurie Rosenberg Erin Rossetti Liza Rudick
Victoria Ruzicka Mary Salemi Christina Schiech Michelle Schnell
Karen Spurrier Adrienne Sutton Jill Taylor Tanya Tindall
Sharon Wiseniewski

Congratulations to BCPS’s “American Graduate Champions”

Our colleagues Joquetta Johnson, LMS at Randallstown High School and Eric Manko, LMS at Loch Raven High School, were recently named “American Graduate Champions” by Maryland Public Television. “MPT is proud to share the stories of dedicated American Graduate Champions from Maryland” like Joquetta and Eric, “who are going the extra mile to help youth succeed in, and out, of school. Through the American Graduate initiative, public media stations across the country are shining the well-deserved spotlight on local heroes who encourage and support youth education and help students stay on a positive path toward graduation. Help us celebrate our Champion’s good work, and honor and recognize these dedicated and passionate individuals for all they do.”

BCPS Student Independent Research Symposium

The third annual BCPS Student Research Symposium showcased the results of independent research conducted by students at seven BCPS high schools. At this public event at Randallstown High School on May 18, 2015, students shared their research projects either by presentation or poster session. Check out the list of students and their research topics and video highlights of this event on BCPS-TV. Thirteen students from Catonsville, Franklin, George Washington Carver, Parkville, Patapsco, Perry Hall, and Randallstown high schools applied to participate in the BCPS Independent Research Seminar elective course; students were selected based on applications, interviews and their commitment to following an advanced research process to conduct in-depth original research. Student researchers worked independently under the guidance of their library media specialists, faculty advisors and expert mentors to generate a research question, conduct a literature review, engage in discipline-specific research and synthesize their findings to create a presentation for an audience. Research topics covered a variety of subject areas and were based on the students’ own areas of interest. The Research Framework used by student researchers and their faculty advisors can be viewed at http://www.bcps.org/offices/lis/researchcourse.

Summer Reading 2014sneaks

As part of our SAIL partnership with the Baltimore County Public Library, BCPS is encouraging all students to read and learn over the summer. School library media specialists at each school are introducing students to the BCPL Summer Reading Clubs for elementary, middle and high school students. At a Summer Reading Kickoff event at the BCPL Essex branch on June 10th, BCPL mascot “Super Sneaks,” BCPL Director Paula Miller, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, and BCPS Superintendent Dr. Dallas Dance will join students and staff from Middlesex Elementary school to proclaim “Sneaks Day” and celebrate the launch of the BCPL Summer Reading Clubs. This summer’s SRC theme is “Every Hero has a Story,” so capes will fly and dignitaries will share stories of their own personal heroes.

All students will have an opportunity to check out books from their school libraries for the entire summer, and students may have an opportunity to register for BCPL Summer Reading Clubs online at their school library. Some school libraries (including those in Title 1 schools) plan to be open for students on selected dates over the summer for book exchange and other reading and learning activities. A listing of school libraries with summer hours will be published in a BCPS news release and on our Summer Reading web portal.
BCPS students have will also have summer access to eBooks and other digital content. Library media specialists are providing students with the remote passwords for our BCPS-licensed databases so that they can access articles, videos, and other digital content during the summer. Students will also have access to their schools’ Destiny online library catalogs, where they can log on with their BCPS usernames/passwords and read a variety of eBooks included their own school library collections.

The Office of Digital Learning has published a Summer Reading web portal for BCPS students, families, and staff. This portal provides links to a variety of summer reading resources, including the BCPS Digital Content Portal; school Destiny catalogs; and a BCPL Summer Reading Club promotional video, registration links, program dates and guidelines, prizes, and branch locations. In addition, keep an eye out for “Glick’s Picks” on the BCPS public website this summer, where our ODL Supervisor Fran Glick will once again be recommending great summer reading books for all!

Other Highlights:


Food for Thought

In our quest to develop globally competitive students we use the P21 skills as the foundation, a rigorous, accessible, and relevant curriculum as the means, and a highly competent professional group of teachers to facilitate learning.

Consider this:

“Would you rather teach: A- students who are proficient at memorizing facts in a textbook and answering multiple choice questions, or B- students who are curious about the world around them and want to grow intellectually?”

Five Methods to Get Students Asking Essential Questions

Global Digital Citizen Foundation · June 3, 2015

Our gut reaction is probably an emphatic B! However, how many times have you seen or done what I call “tennis questioning” where the teacher lobs a question, a student returns an answer, the teacher lobs another question, another student returns an answer, etc.

Students are better served when they can think for themselves. Arthur L. Costa thinks a thought-filled curriculum should contain five themes about thinking.

The Thought-Filled Curriculum

Educational Leadership · Arthur L. Costa · February 2008

“How do you know that your students need to learn how to think?  When I have posed this question to teachers of all grade levels in countries around the world, teachers have given surprisingly similar and consistent descriptions of their students’ thinking…”


Puzzle Responses: I Spy

Congratulations to our four “I Spy” contest winners.  Click here to download a print version with the answers: I_Spy_Answers.

Winners from each grade level were drawn from those with the most correct answers:

  • Melissa Banister, New Town High School (100% Correct!)
  • James Hemming, Stemmers Run Middle School (24/25 Correct)
  • Stacy Barry, Rodgers Forge Elementary School (22/25 Correct)
  • Gerri Otto, Office of Social Studies (20/25 Correct)

Special Runners Up:

  • Tamara Yost, Stemmers Run Middle School (24/25 Correct)
  • Heather Jennings, Loch Raven High School (23/25 Correct)
  • Susan Ciaccio, Orems Elementary School (19/25 Correct)
  • Tricia Stokes, Office of Innovative Learning Projects (18/25 Correct)

Tips, Tricks, and Tools

Saving Those Important Paper Documents

Need to save an important paper but don’t have a scanner…there’s an APP for that!  “TinyScan” is available for free in both the Apple App Store and on Google Play.  With TinyScan your phone’s camera becomes a document scanner allowing you to click a picture and save the document as a PDF file.

Save Digital Documents To the CloudOfficeAccount

OneDrive allows you to save all of your files to the cloud giving you 24/7 everywhere access.  To upload to your OneDrive visit www.bcps.org/onedrive and log in using your BCPS credentials.  Be sure to select “Organizational Account” when logging in.  Select “upload” and begin uploading your files.

Upload

Summer Learning

Follow the Office of Digital Learning on Pinterest for great ideas from around our county and the world.  Boards include ideas on creating learner centered environments, MakerSpaces, the Daily 5, and so much more.   Pinterest


In the Media

This is How Librarians Can Lead the Digital Transformation

eSchool News · Mary Reiman ·  May 4, 2015:

“Recently, as I was serving on a panel at the Texas Library Association’s 2015 Annual Conference, one attendee explained to us how she is trying to keep up with the new technologies coming into her school. How, she asked, could she implement them successfully while continuing to provide the same services for which her library is known?

It’s not an easy question to answer, but it’s one that the panelpart of Follett’s Project Connect, which is aimed at shedding light on how librarians can be a solution to the many challenges that arise from a digital transformationwas well-poised to answer.”  Read More…

Why Librarians are Awesome #TLchat

Blogging About the Web 2.0 Connected Classroom · Steven Anderson · May 12, 2015:

“Librarian
Media Coordinator
Teacher-Librarian
Superman
Whatever you call them, those folks who work in our libraries and media centers are amazing.  And you should be paying more attention to them.”   Read More…


Folks to Follow

TwitterSummer Conferences

ISTE Conference (#iste2015)

Keynote Speakers:

BCPS Presenters:

MSDE College & Career Readiness Conferences (#mdccrc)

MSDE Offices:

  • Maryland State Department of Education – @MdPublicSchools
  • MSDE Professioanl Learning – @MD_ProfLearning
  • MSDE Formative Assessment for Maryland Educators Project (FAME) – @MDFormative
  • MSDE Office of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics – @MDSTEM4future
  • MSDE Health and P.E. – @MD_HPE
  • MSDE Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services – @MDSpecialEd

Upcoming Events:

(check the Online Registration System for registration information and availability)

  • Now – June 14, 2015: BCPL Summer Reading Club Pre-Registration online or register @ Baltimore County Public Library branches. Participation dates: June 15 – August 10
  • June 9: LibraryTrac for Secondary Librarians Workshop, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. @ George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology
  • June 10: “Sneaks Day” and BCPL Summer Reading Club Kickoff – Librarians, wear your Sneaks T-shirts!
  • June 11: LibraryTrac for Secondary Librarians Workshop, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. @ George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology
  • June 22: S.T.A.T. School Library Summer Institute, 8:30 – 3:30 PM @ Mays Chapel Elementary for all elementary school LMS & seven lighthouse middle school LMS
  • June 23 – August 12: S.T.A.T. Teacher Workshops, Click here for more information
  • July 5 – August 1: Tools and Strategies for Learning and Teaching with the Read/Write Web (CPD Course), @Online
  • July 6:
    • Audio Tools in Instruction Workshop, 9 – 11 a.m. @Pulaski e-classroom
    • Leveraging Technology in a Learner-Centered Classroom Workshop, 1 – 3 p.m. @Pulaski e-classroom
  • July 6 – 10:
    • ActivInspire and the Interactive Whiteboard – Level 1 (CPD Course), 8:30 – 11:30 a.m., @Dundalk High School
    • ActivInspire and the Interactive Whiteboard – Level 1 (CPD Course), 12:30 – 3:30 p.m., @Oakleigh Elementary School
  • July 7:
    • Screenshots and Screencasts Workshop, 9 – 11 a.m. @Online
    • Developing Flipped Learning Experiences Workshop, 1 – 3 p.m. @Online
  • July 7 – August 13 (Tuesdays & Thursdays): Integrating Web 2.0 Technology into the K-12 Classroom (CPD Course), 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. @Pulaski Suite 307 Training Lab
  • July 8:
    • Transforming Instruction with SAMR Workshop, 9 – 11 a.m. @Online
    • Introduction to Social Media Workshop, 1 – 3 p.m. @Online
  • July 9:
    • Infographics in the Classroom Workshop, 9 – 11 a.m. @Pulaski e-classroom
    • Office Mix Workshop, 1 – 3 p.m. @Pulaski e-classroom
  • July 10:
    • Creating Interactive Assignments in BCPS One Workshop, 9 – 11 a.m. @Pulaski e-classroom
    • Communicating with Students and Parents in BCPS One Workshop, 1 – 3 p.m. @Pulaski e-classroom
  • July 13 – 17:
    • Microsoft Office 2013 Overview (CPD Course), 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. @Pulaski e-classroom
    • ActivInspire and the Interactive Whiteboard – Level 2 (CPD Course), 12:30 – 3:30 p.m., @Pulaski e-classroom
  • July 14:
    • Feedback and Assessment Tools Workshop, 9 – 11 a.m. @Online
    • Developing Flipped Learning Experiences Workshop, 1 – 3 p.m. @Online
  • July 15:
    • Kidblog Workshop, 9 – 11 a.m. @Online
    • Transforming Instruction with SAMR Workshop, 1 – 3 p.m. @Online
    • Developing Flipped Learning Experiences Workshop, 4 – 6 p.m. @Online
  • July 16:
    • Screenshots and Screencasts Workshop, 9 – 11 a.m. @Online
    • Feedback and Assessment Tools Workshop, 1 – 3 p.m. @Online
  • July 20:
    • Classflow Workshop One Workshop, 9 – 11 a.m. @Pulaski e-classroom
    • Discovery Education Streaming and Board Builder Workshop, 1 – 3 p.m. @Pulaski e-classroom
  • July 21:
    • Communicating with Students and Parents in BCPS One Workshop, 9 – 11 a.m. @New Town Elementary School
    • Elementary – Facilitating Instruction in BCPS One through the Lesson Tiles Workshop, 1 – 3 p.m. @New Town Elementary School
  • July 22:
    • Creating Interactive Assignments in BCPS One Workshop, 9 – 11 a.m. @New Town Elementary School
    • Discovery Education Streaming and Board Builder Workshop, 1 – 3 p.m. @New Town Elementary School
  • July 22 – 23:
    • Using Pixie and Wixie in the Teaching and Learning Process (CPD Course), 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. @Pulaski e-classroom
  • July 23:
    • ActivInspire Workshop, 9 – 11 a.m. @New Town Elementary School
    • Classflow Workshop, 1 – 3 p.m. @New Town Elementary School
  • July 24:
    • Elementary – Facilitating Instruction in BCPS One through the Lesson Tiles Workshop, 9 – 11 a.m. @Pulaski e-classroom
    • Introduction to Wixie Workshop, 1 – 3 p.m. @Pulaski e-Classroom
  • July 27 – 28: Using Pixie and Wixie in the Teaching and Learning Process (CPD Course), 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. @Pulaski e-classroom
  • July 28:
    • Infographics in the Classroom Workshop, 9 – 11 a.m. @New Town Elementary School
    • Office Mix Workshop, 1 – 3 p.m. @New Town Elementary School
  • July 29:
    • Leveraging Technology in a Learner-Centered Classroom Workshop, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. @New Town Elementary School
    • Audio Tools in Instruction Workshop, 1 – 3 p.m. @New Town Elementary School
  • July 29 – 30:
    • Using Pixie and Wixie in the Teaching and Learning Process (CPD Course), 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. @Pulaski e-classroom
  • July 30:
    • Introduction to Wixie Workshop, 9 – 11 a.m. @New Town Elementary School
    • What’s New in Wixie Workshop, 1 – 3 p.m. @New Town Elementary School
  • July 31:
    • Discovery Education Streaming and Board Builder Workshop, 9 – 11 a.m. @Pulaski e-classroom
    • What’s New in Wixie Workshop, 1 – 3 p.m. @Pulaski e-classroom
  • August 10:
    • Secondary – Facilitating Instruction in BCPS One through the Lesson Tiles Workshop, 9 – 11 a.m. @Pulaski e-classroom
    • Office Mix Workshop, 1 – 3 p.m. @Pulaski e-classroom
  • August 10 – 14:
    • ActivInspire and the Interactive Whiteboard – Level 1 (CPD Course), 8:30 – 11:30 a.m., @Pulaski Suite 307 Training Lab
    • Using Pixie and Wixie in the Teaching and Learning Process, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. @Pulaski Suite 307 Training Lab
  • August 11:
    • ActivInspire Workshop, 9 – 11 a.m. @Pulaski e-classroom
    • Classflow Workshop, 1 – 3 p.m. @Pulaski e-classroom
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