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10. How can tech support the world language classroom?

In this episode, Rachel interviews Ryan Casey, LHS Spanish teacher, who shares how he and his students use technology in new ways in the pandemic. Ryan shares how the students chat with native speakers in other countries with TalkAbroad and uses GiveThx for students to give each other appreciation and build community. He also shares his Borderland project using FlipGrid, Slides and bookmarks for a virtual museum tour. Lisah reminds us about single sign on and Ann shares tips on how to use FlipGrid.

9. How has this year affected Executive Functioning

In this episode, Rachel interviews three Diamond teachers: Kate Desjardins (Reading teacher), Roseann Thebado (Skills teacher) and Cecelia Vosland (Skills teacher) who tell us about middle school students working on their executive functioning skills in middle school and during the pandemic. Last summer, they created a website for this year, Executive Functioning for Remote Learning. Their website has slides with videos and tips on time management, task initiation, choice board strategies and more. At the top of the episode, Lisah shares new Screencastify updates and reminds us to update our extensions. Ann closes the episode with two websites that highlight executive functioning.

8. How are libraries functioning in the pandemic?

Season 2, Episode 8 - How are libraries functioning in the pandemic? is available for listening. In this episode, Rachel interviews an LHS (and occasional Harrington) librarian Sarah Anderson. Sarah tells us how the library is helping students and staff access materials during the pandemic, and about available digital resources. Lisah reminds us to check the LPS Technology website for updates and Ann shares directions for borrowing eBooks online.

7. How has technology supported remote music classes?

Season 2, Episode 7: How has technology supported remote learning classes? with Angela Carpenter, is ready for listening. Angela is a music teacher at Harrington Elementary and shares how she has been using tools to teach music during the pandemic. Lisah shares updates on Padlet and upcoming password requirements, and Ann shares Sodaphonic.com, a free website for recording and editing audio files.

6. Tech Year in Review

In this episode, we share our top ten list of tools for 2020. Click here to see Chris Szajaner’s YouTube channel. Some recommended podcasts to listen to Google Teacher Podcast, Cult of Pedagogy, Shake Up Learning. Also, visit the staff website for the Read & Write training website.

5. How can I make the most of SeeSaw?

In this episode, Rachel interviews two elementary Digital Learning Coaches, Traci Jansen (Bridge and Harrington) and Julie Spang (Estabrook, Fiske and LCP) to discuss the best ways to utilize SeeSaw, the communication tool Lexington is using in grades PreK-2. Ann shares tips on Jamboard (Google's collaborative whiteboard) and Lisah shares updates on PearDeck

4. How can we work smarter, not harder with Google Sheets

n this episode, Rachel interviews Dave Wininger, one of the DLCs at Lexington High School. Dave is great at workflows, and tells us ways to be efficient using Forms and Sheets, and how to plan your questions in Forms to get the data you want. Lisah shares updates to Zoom settings, such as authentication, and we share TeacherMade, a free website where teachers can create worksheets out of PDFs and photos, and post them to Classroom.

3 How can technology support DEI? with Johnny Cole

In Episode 3, Rachel speaks with Johnny Cole, the LPS Director of Equity and Student Supports. Johnny shares ways technology has been supporting DEI, along with updates to the Equity at LPS website. We also take a look at Google Form quizzes for the lockdown feature and questions based on answers.

2 What did we learn during ESY that will help us during the school year?

In Episode 2, Rachel asks Kelly about lessons she learned from teaching during Extended School Year and for advice for new teachers. Kelly is a veteran teacher who is teaching for the first time in Lexington.

1 How has COVID impacted our Technology Use? with Caitlin Ahern

In season 2, we start with How has COVID impacted our Technology Use? with Caitlin Ahern, Director of Professional Learning and Special Projects. Rachel asks Caitlin about the changes in professional learning due to the pandemic and the courses that LPS offers. Lisah updates us with information on required tech tools, and Ann talks about EdPuzzle, a website that allows you to upload videos and add questions to make them interactive.