Education Technology


Contact

If you have any questions or need any further information about the integration of technology into instruction, contact the OSDE's EdTech Department.

Karen Leonard
Director of Education Technology and Virtual/Blended Instruction
karen.leonard@sde.ok.gov
405-521-3364

Welcome to the launch pad for Education Technology information and support for Oklahoma educators and students! 

We promote and support the integration of technology into teaching and learning through professional development, policy development, the administration of state and federal funding, and strategic planning.

This page is devoted to supporting Oklahoma teachers and school districts with the successful implementation of education technology.

The Oklahoma State Department of Education collaborates with Oklahoma educators to develop and identify high-quality resources for teachers and districts. Oklahoma resources include virtual professional development modules and access to instructional communities for professional growth.

If you are an Educator or Administrator in Oklahoma, explore all of the resources available to you using this OKEdTech Toolkit.

The links below will take you to various topics related to Education Technology in Oklahoma. 

Points of Contact

Education Technology questions-email Karen Leonard at karen.leonard@sde.ok.gov 

Computer Science questions-email Karen Leonard at karen.leonard@sde.ok.gov

Listserv questions-email Troy Rhoads at troyrhoads@clevelandtigers.com  

E-rate questions-email Maura Shortt at maura.shortt@occ.ok.gov  


Monthly Education Technology Meetings

In order to provide an opportunity for professional development and collaborative discussions related to the use of digital educational tools and educational technology integration, there will be monthly education technology meetings.  All sessions will be recorded and information shared during these meetings will be posted here for those who are unable to attend. You must register to attend in order to receive the join information for these Zoom sessions. You will only need to register one time, as the Zoom information will be the same for all future sessions.

Past Meeting Topics

Tech Tool Tuesdays

OSDE previously offered a professional development series related to commonly used Education Technology tools. Recordings of all previous sessions can be found https://sde.ok.gov/instructional-technology-pd 


SketchUp Pro License Changes

As of July 2022, SketchUp will discontinue the SketchUp Statewide License Grant program and will instead offer a fully web-based application. The current licenses will be usable until then. 

Since its launch in 2010, the Statewide License Grant program has been the primary distribution channel for SketchUp Pro to public K-12 schools. Throughout the course of the program, the company's guiding principle has been the belief that every K-12 school should have access to free and intuitive 3D modeling tools that enable creative expression and skill development.

SketchUp for Schools 

With the launch of SketchUp for Schools, they now have a K-12 specific product that is available free to schools worldwide. SketchUp for Schools is a web-based 3D modeling app available through Google Workspace (formerly G-Suite) and Microsoft education platforms. Since it's built on these educational platforms, SketchUp for Schools is accessible to millions of students around the world without the need for software licensing.

As a web app, SketchUp for Schools is compatible with Chromebooks and features built-in training tutorials and curriculum to help students and teachers quickly gain confidence and improve their 3D modeling skills. SketchUp for Schools is built on the same 3D modeling platform as SketchUp Pro and can be used to design anything, from parks and skyscrapers to 3D-printable action figures. For more information, please visit: https://www.sketchup.com/products/sketchup-for-schools

MicroGrant Program from Educators of America

If you are a teacher that is in need of an effective technological tool that will assist in bettering student achievement, not only in your classroom, but throughout your entire institution, take the time to fill out this grant application. Classroom technology grant applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis and responses are given accordingly (April, July, October, January).


Statewide Canvas Contract and Pricing

In April, the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) secured a statewide contract with Canvas for pricing for the use of their Learning Management System (LMS). There is not a state mandate to use this tool, nor is the OSDE paying for the use of the software and/or portal. However, OSDE has negotiated an equitable pricing structure for all districts in the state. Please see the linked documents below for more information on the contract and pricing structure. 

Oklahoma OMES Pricing Instructure

Fully Executed Addendum 1 Instructure


Oklahoma Society for Technology in Education (OKSTE)

The Oklahoma Society for Technology in Education (OKSTE) provides instructional support, innovative leadership, and professional development as learning communities fuse the science of teaching and learning with EdTech.  OKSTE is an ISTE affiliate and will use that relationship to create cadres of learning communities that are innovation leaders in the authentic integration of EdTech in Oklahoma classrooms. Their goal is to determine what challenges districts face and assist in providing little or no-cost solutions to meet those needs.  To that end, OKSTE will be hosting regional “tech talks” or “meet-ups” in each quadrant of the state (divided by I-35 and I-40) in order to collaborate with district tech directors, tech integration specialists, teachers, and administrators. If your school district is interested in hosting one of these events, please contact Donna Campo via email or 918-779-5530.  

On behalf of the Oklahoma Society for Technology in Education, they would like to cordially invite you and/or your organization to join OKSTE (online membership forms are available at OKSTE Membership).  More importantly, they need your voice in determining the needs of our students and school districts so our association can be responsive to those needs.  Exciting innovations are in the works – join now! If you have questions, please contact Donna Campo, OKSTE Executive Director  

Digital Citizenship: Fake News

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is known for its leadership in the field of educational technology. One tool they created to help teachers and students become empowered learners and users of technology is the ISTE standards. Over the past few months, we have examined strands related to copyright laws and keeping student data private. This month, the focus will be on fake news.

     ISTE Student Standard 3b - Students evaluate the accuracy, perspective, credibility, and relevance of information, media, data, or other resources.

     ISTE Educator Standard 3b - Establish a learning culture that promotes curiosity and critical examination of online resources and fosters digital literacy and media fluency.

When I was in the classroom, I loved to teach the concept of fake news to my elementary students using the Save the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus website. At first glance, my students were astonished to learn that there were octopi that lived in trees. There were photos and even videos of this fantastic creature. It took time to examine the site and follow some of the links before my students began to realize they had been victims of fake information. 

Common Sense Media recently shared a lesson plan for teachers of 10-12 grade students called Real Fake News: Exploring Actual Examples of Newspaper BiasEven younger students can learn to find accurate and reliable information on the web. Another Common Sense Media lesson, Finding Credible Sources, was directed toward teaching this topic to sixth-grade students. Many times educators also need lessons on how to fact-check information. If you need clarification on how to fact-check information, you may find this video, Help your Students Fact-Check the Web like Professionals, helpful. Try to test your knowledge of fake news by playing FakeOut. You may be surprised at your results. 

Another resource for teachers of all ages can be found at Games for Change Student Challenge. This site provides information for students, teachers, and even parents. 

Here are some things to keep in mind when trying to determine if the information found online is authentic and real.

  • Are you familiar with the source? Is it legitimate? Has it been reliable in the past?
  • Look at the URL's ending. If it ends in .gov., .edu., .mil., or .org, it is more credible than sites that end in .com or .net.
  • Does the site have a current date? 
  • Do hyperlinks on the site take you to other credible sites?
  • Does the site contain any information about the author or the organization sharing the news? You may need to do some additional research to determine the validity of the people and/or organization's credentials.
  • Is the same general information available on other websites? If so, there is a higher chance it is valid.

You can also visit fact-check websites such as FactCheck.orgPolitiFact.com, the International Fact-Checking Network, or Snopes.com

 

Common Sense Education Recognition Program

Common Sense Education offers a complete K-12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum. See the variety of materials and lessons available along with the application process on how your school and teachers can become part of the Common Sense Education Recognition Program:

Professional Development

edWebinars

edWeb.net provides its members with numerous webinar opportunities each month. If you are unable to watch the webinar live, you can view it at a time that works best for you at their webinar archive. Here are some of the upcoming webinars related to educational technology:

Best of all, joining edWeb.net is FREE!


Technology Resource Guides

Starting a new job can be stressful. It can be even more stressful for first-year teachers or teachers in a new school or district. Not only are you planning for instruction, but you also may need to become acquainted with new tools and software available at your school. It can both overwhelming and frustrating! 

The School District of Oconee County, South Carolina developed a great solution. During their presentation at ISTE 2019, leaders presented a guide that new and veteran teachers might find helpful. Here is a link to their district's technology resource guide: SDOC Technology Resources Guide. You may want to consider creating a guide like this for teachers at your school to help them navigate the available technology and even use it as a reference.


Augmented Reality in Classrooms

The use of Augmented Reality (AR) has become more prevalent in schools. While some teachers may see AR as a passing fad or just another 'game', other educators may look for guidance on how to optimize the use of this tool with students. What do you know about the use of Augmented Reality in the classroom? AR is a type of technology that takes interactive digital elements and meshes them with the physical environment surrounding the user. Students can use AR to view skeletons as 3D models or travel through outer space, providing them with images that go beyond those in textbooks. They are able to see images from all angles, promoting a better understanding of concepts. Today's apps even allow teachers and students to create their own Augmented Reality experiences. You can learn more about using this technology in the classroom by reading "Top 10 Augmented Reality Tools for the Classroom". 


Technology Integration Standards

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) creates standards for the use of technology to enhance education. Oklahoma has adopted the International Society for Technology in Education's Student Standards for the Oklahoma Academic Standards. (View Oklahoma State Statute 210:15-3 part 23)

You can view the four different types of standards on the ISTE website:

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Last updated on June 6, 2022