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3. What technology is helping new teachers?

Now that we're halfway through the year, Diamond DLC Howard Wolke thought it would be nice to check in with some of the new LPS staff to find out their favorite and most useful tech tools. In this episode, he interviews new teachers Alyssa Campbell (6th grade English), Daniel Karanja (8th grade math), Kelly Lawlor (7th grade English) and Rohen Sundaram (7th/8th grade health) and asks what technology they have found helpful as new teachers. Lisah shares about the new Service Desk. They share how they use PearDeck, Canva, Google Calendar and Jamboard.

2. How can technology help high school students?

In this episode, Ann interviews LHS Senior Megan and asks about the ways teachers and students use technology. Megan shares tools that are helpful, and ways teachers help students access curriculum. She also shares how she keeps her technology organized.

11. DLC Roundup!

In this episode, the DLCs share a positive from this year that they would like to see continue into next year, as schools hopefully return to more "normal". We finish off the year with Summer Tech Bingo. To provide some motivation for those tasks we never have time for, amazing DLC Dave Wininger put together this Summer Tech Bingo list. Many of the tasks take 30 minutes or less so that you can try and do one or two a week and be in great shape for next year. Prizes will be offered from a random drawing for most cells completed (%) and for each bingo.

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.

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.