Education Technology


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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.

EdCampOKC 2020

Calling all Oklahoma City and #OklaEd Area Educators!

The 8th annual EdCampOKC professional development day will be held on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at Southeast Middle School in Oklahoma City Public Schools. It will start at 8:30 am and wrap up by 4:30pm. EdCampOKC is open to ALL area teachers, administrators, and educators. More information and free registration via EventBrite is available on EdCampOKC.org 

EdCampOKC is a free “un-conference” for educators to share ideas, collaborate and network together. EdCamps are based on the BarCamp and TeachMeet conference models. The EdCamp Foundation supports EdCamps worldwide like this.

Please register online and invite other educators you know to attend! edcampokc.org/registration

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.  The first meeting will be in the Northeast Quadrant on February 5th at ImageNet in Tulsa. You can register for this free event at OTA North East Meet-Up.

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 athttp://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: Keeping Student Data Private

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. As we move through the remainder of the school year, each month we will examine a strand of these standards and how it relates to both student and teacher interactions. The focus for December was related to copyright laws. This month, the focus is on keeping personal data safe while online.

  • ISTE Teacher Standard 3c-Mentor students in safe, legal and ethical practices with digital tools and the protection of intellectual rights and property.
  • ISTE Teacher Standard 3d-Model and promote the management of personal data and digital identity and protect student data.

It has become almost a daily news story, yet another company victimized by an online data breach. People’s personal data was shared or confiscated. Unfortunately, many educational apps and websites follow this protocol as well, often without the realization of teachers or parents. As educators, it is our responsibility to make sure students’ personal information is kept private. ConnectSafely is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating users about safety, privacy, and security when using technology. Their site has numerous resources, not only for educators but for parents and seniors as well. To learn more about keeping student data private, you may want to read “The Educator’s Guide to Student Data Privacy” by Gallager, Magid, and Pruitt or watch CommonSende Media’s webinar, Online Security, Privacy, and Risk: How to Avoid Becoming a Headline. (You may need to scroll toward the bottom of the webpage to find the link to this webinar.)

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

EdWeb Webinars

EdWeb offers numerous free webinars each month related to educational technology. If you are unable to watch the webinars live, all are recorded and shared with anyone who registered to attend the webinar. That way, you can watch it at a time that is convenient for you. You can also find recordings of all previous webinars at Edweb.net

2019 Googe Resource Roundup

The Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) not only sponsors the well-known TCEA Convention, but also has a website loaded with a variety of educational technology resources for educators; from podcasts to blog posts. Google is always making tweaks with its products, and it can often be difficult to be aware of the newest updates or tools. The TCEA’s Tech Notes blog recently shared a post in which they reposted their favorite Google Tricks and Tips from 2019. Even if you feel you are a Google ‘expert’, this site may provide you with a new trick or two.

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.


Communicate with Others Regarding Educational Technology

If you are an Oklahoma school teacher/librarian/EdTech coach/administrator interested in using technology to engage students, sign up for the OSDE EdTech listserv. This listserv is set up so that you can send messages to the group to ask for help or to provide suggestions for others. Once you have been added to the listserv, you can send a message to the group by sending an email to edtech@listserv.sde.ok.gov.


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 January 22, 2020