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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 Computer Science
karen.leonard@sde.ok.gov
405-521-3364

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.

Points of Contact

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

Computer Science questions-email Karen Leonard

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

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

 

EngageOK in the Cloud-Digital Citizenship Session

With the recent increased use of technology comes the need to make sure students are safe when online. Join educators from across the state July 16 from 1:00-2:30 for the EngageOK in the Cloud session "Keeping Students Safe Online through Digital Citizenship". For more information about this and the other EngageOK in the Cloud sessions visit http://engage.ok.gov/in-the-cloud/

 

 

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

Technology Incentives for COVID-19

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has requested telecommunications and internet service providers nationwide sign the Keep Americans Connected Pledge. The companies in this document have responded to the pledge. The list is informational only and not intended to endorse any product or company.

Technology Incentives Document

 

 

Oklahoma Technology Association

The Oklahoma Technology Association (OTA) provides instructional support, innovative leadership, and professional development as learning communities fuse the science of teaching and learning with EdTech.  OTA 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, OTA 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.  

Also, please save the date for the 2020 OTA/Encyclomedia Conference at Cox Convention Center on October 28-29th.  Don’t forget to join OTA to save on conference registrations!  The OTA/Encyclo-Media conference has boasted an attendance of close to 2,000 educators from across the state and nearly 200 vendor booths.  In addition to nationally renowned keynote speakers, break-out sessions at the conference cover a wide range of topics. The 2019 conference at-a-glance can be viewed at http://www.ota.wildapricot.org to get an idea of the impressive slate of sessions offered at the conference.

On behalf of the Oklahoma Technology Association, they would like to cordially invite you and/or your organization to join OTA (online membership forms are available at http://www.ota.wildapricot.org).  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, OTA 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

ISTE EdTech Problem of the Week

Many times, educational technologists find themselves working isolated without others in their school or district to share ideas and talk through issues. ISTE has a new way to connect educational technologists while helping create a plan for the future.  Blair Mishleau has created a Google Slide presentation containing a series of EdTech Problems of the Week. Once a problem has been presented on the ISTE website, Mishleau will post the problem and several strong solutions in this Google Slide presentation. These solutions may be useful to you as you plan the direction of your school’s technology program. Check back weekly for new information.


Chromebook Auto Update Expiration-Measured Progress

Chromebooks are used in numerous Oklahoma schools and many are aging to the point where they can no longer receive OS updates. You may be wondering what effect this will have on spring testing with Measure Progress. 

eMetric/Cognia officially supports the three latest versions of ChromeOS.  The kiosk installer will not prohibit the use of unsupported ChromeOS versions, but there may be risks involved when using older versions.

 According to eMetric, please see below pointers as possible risks for using an unsupported version of any operating system, not just ChromeOS though. 

  1. They do not QA unsupported versions of operating systems and therefore cannot guarantee if the kiosk will work or the tools and accommodations will work properly.
  2. Students testing on devices that do not meet the technical guidelines are likely to encounter performance-related issues during testing.
  3. If users encounter technical issues eMetric may require them to update to a supported version of the operating system before they can assist them in resolving the issue. 
  4. When manufacturers stop supporting a version of an operating system, there are always security risks as they would not be releasing updates, patches, and bug fixes.

eMetric updates their technology guidelines as soon as their compatibility testing is done on the latest stable versions. 

 Also, Emetric recommends visiting this Google link (https://support.google.com/chrome/a/answer/6220366?hl=en) to know which of their devices, based on manufacturers and models, will no longer be getting latest Chrome OS updates by the time 2020 Spring testing window begins.  

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

Coaching Beyond the Tools-Twitter Chat

#ETCoaches will hold their next regular Twitter chat at 12:00 CST on February 25. They will take the questions from the 12:00 chat and lead a repeat chat at 7:00 pm for those who cannot make the 12:00 chat. The guest moderator will be Leticia Citizen.

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!

Tulsa Area Schools Technology Symposium

Union Public Schools is proud to present the 8th Annual Tulsa Area Schools Technology Symposium on March 5-6, 2020.  The main focus of this symposium continues to focus on a strong need and desire to understand new advances in security (physical and cyber) and various infrastructure innovations.  There will be numerous breakout sessions (Vendor sponsored as well as local school Technology leaders) as well as keynote speakers covering topics such as security, infrastructure advances, the technology supporting personalized instruction, and many other related topics.  The two-day event is divided between vendor breakout presentations and hands-on workshops such as learning how hackers attack a network, configuring VLANS and a routed network, and how to configure/setup a WiFi network.  

For more information and to register, please visit  http://tasts.unionps.org.  

Thanks to many great vendors, they continue to offer this event as a FREE opportunity for all participants and vendors.  Breakfast, snacks, lunch, and beverages will be provided.   As the event continues to remain at no cost, they would request you to register for the event. If you have additional questions, please contact Todd Borland.


Grant Opportunities

If you are a teacher (or know of 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). Learn more HERE.

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).

SketchUp 

SketchUp is a drawing software that is ideal for computer labs. Best of all, SketchUp facilitates a grant program that provides FREE licenses to all Oklahoma public schools. Educators can use this software with a variety of grade levels and content areas to create 3D models of anything. Please email Karen Leonard to apply for this grant which will allow you to install SketchUp on your school/district computers and labs.


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. (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 May 21, 2020