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  • Fall eLearning PD schedule features refresher sessions (a review of topics presented during the Summer Institutes), open labs, and sessions to help you meet the demands of OTES/eTPES.  There's also new session that focuses on enhancing productivity - a quick 15 minutes that showcases several time-saving tech tips.  Check the eLearning PD calendar below for dates, times and descriptions. 
  • Win a prize for attending eLearning sessions!  For every PD session you attend, you will be entered into a raffle drawing for all sorts of prizes (gift cards, technology, etc.).  The more sessions you attend the better your chances to win!  And, there might be some hidden "tickets" within the pages of this eLearning site and eLearning sure to read any eLearning news that comes your way. 

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  • Fall Teacher Feature - Cathy Callahan Cathy offers some great advice about how to manage the use of technology in the classroom and shares some of her current favorite tech resources that she is using to ...
    Posted Nov 5, 2013, 8:50 AM by Betsy Hood
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Great Sites for Free, Creative Commons Images
In search of a source for images and clip art?  Consider Compfight, which has a fairly extensive search feature and a huge gallery of images.  Also try Pics4Learning, a free image library for education or   If you are interested in learning more about what Creative Commons really means, take a look at some videos from or Flickr's Creative Commons explanation.  Common Sense Media has some great lessons (grade -12 and grade 6-8) to help teach students the basics of copyright and using others' creative works.

iGoogle shutting down on Nov 1 - looking for a replacement?  Try START ME.  This is a free home page service that puts all of your most-used bookmarks and RSS feeds (a great way to stay connected to educational news) on one nice, neat, clean start up page.  You can import all of your content from your iGoogle page into START ME, so it's simple to make the switch.  Click here for an overview of START ME and click here for directions on how to push your iGoogle content to START ME.    a free start page / home page service that puts all of your most-used bookmarks and most-read RSS feeds on one clean page. Start Me even offers an option to import all of your bookmarks and RSS feeds from iGoogle. Click here for the directions on how to migrate from iGoogle to Start Me. 

eCONNECT: Supporting Teaching AND Learning - Thank you to the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation for supporting Eastwood eLearning efforts! We received a grant for $14,235 to help cover costs for the Summer Institutes and the follow up PD in Fall/Winter. So where did we begin? The 2013 eLearning Summer Institute were all about figuring out the best uses for tech in YOUR classroom…to make it work for YOU! Last year the focus was on learning about the tech…this year the focus is on when and how to include it in instruction so that it enhances purposefully enhances learning. Institute sessions will target specific classroom applications of technology – exploring examples of effective practices to help you identify ways to use tech to support (not add to) your curriculum goals – Common Core, New Learning Standards and PARCC. .  

Request a Tech Tool or Topic for a PD Session
If you have a great idea for a PD topic, please let us know by completing an eLearning Professional Development request form.

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Using QR Codes in the Classroom
QR stands for Quick Response - it's a quick barcode graphic that links to an online destination.  The online destination could be a website, a worksheet a document saved in your Google Drive, a video, an image, a bookmark or anything else that has a url address.  Any mobile device (e.g. smartphone or tablet) that has a camera and QR scanner/reader app, can be used to scan the QR code, and then you will be immediately sent to the specified online destination.  There are many free QR code reader apps to download for Android and Apple devices.  If you want students to get to a resource quickly, without having to type in a url address or search on some website, QR codes are a great way to go.  Edutopia has a great article titled "Twelve Ideas for Teaching with QR Codes" that offers several classroom ideas for using QR codes.  Click here to read this brief article OR scan the QR on the left, with your mobile device, to be sent directly to the article.   


Video 101 - Looking for some tips for improving the quality of your videos?  Whether you are taping a classroom lesson or capturing student work, or whether it's you or your students holding the camera, there are some great ideas to help you get the right shot every time!  Produced by Teaching Channel 

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Tech Spotlights

  • Add Speech Bubbles to Images is an easy-to-us tool that allows you to tell a story with your own pictures. It does not require registration so students do not have ...
    Posted Sep 23, 2013, 6:26 AM by Betsy Hood
  • 3-D Book Creator Zooburst is a 3-D pop-up book creator. Authors can arrange characters and props within a 3D world that can be customized using uploaded artwork or items found in ...
    Posted May 7, 2013, 3:06 AM by Betsy Hood
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Student Spotlight

How are students using technology for learning?  Our students and teachers are becoming quite creative in using technology to capture learning and demonstrate knowledge! Check out our latest spotlights with Mrs. Delaney's German students creating videos with Xtranormal and Go!Animate and Mr. Wagner's students using WeVideo to create PSAs.  Read More