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Volume 20, Issue 19
Mini Grants for Collaborative
STEM Programs

The National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) awards mini-grants to girl-serving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)–focused programs to support collaboration, address gaps and overlaps in service, and share exemplary practices. The mini-grants are a small amount of seed funding and are not intended to fully fund entire projects. The maximum mini-grant award is $1,000. Mini-grants are designed to build collaboration between existing programs and organizations to encourage girls to pursue STEM-related educational programs and careers. Preference is given to applications that are innovative and involve collaboration between at least two programs or organizations that have not previously collaborated together. Mini-grant programs must last longer than one day unless the one-day project is part of a larger event, such as a one-day STEM conference for middle school girls included within a weeklong summer camp.

Teachers will find Mini-Grant Application Resources on the NGCP website. These include mini-grant project ideas, along with guidance for incorporating exemplary practices into mini-grant projects and creating measurable, well-aligned objectives. The site also provides the NGCP Style Guide and Glossary to help mini-grant applicants fill out their application and the rubric that reviewers will use to evaluate the applications. The mini-grants are ongoing, so apply anytime: https://ngcproject.org/mini-grants.

Promethean ActivPanel Help Videos

Do you or someone you know have a new Promethean ActivPanel and want to make the most of it? Kelli Deranger from AXI has created a video series customized for CPSB ActivPanel users. These videos are also available in the CPSB marketplace at www.cpsb.org/marketplace to be accessed at your convenience, making it easy to follow along with your own ActivPanel. Sessions videos include the following help topics:
Session 1: ActivPanel Orientation  
Session 2: Connecting, Configuring, and Caring for your ActivPanel
Session 3: Recapturing Your Teaching Space with the Promethean Whiteboard App  
Session 4: ActivPanel Unified Menu and OPS-G 

Digital Citizenship
Ambassador Workshop

On Saturday, January 11th, CPSB Digital Citizenship Ambassadors representing each school in the district were invited to participate in a workshop promoting digital citizenship. Ambassadors participated in a game of DigCit Would You Rather?, held DigCit conversations, reviewed EdTech tools & resources, and developed a plan to facilitate a student lesson for their home schools.

Digital citizenship conversations and lessons can be planned, but they often occur with those teachable moments that happen in the classroom. Simple Would You Rather prompts can encourage meaningful conversations to promote positive digital behavior. For example, "Would you rather go without internet access for the rest of your life or never drive a car again?" Prompts can be adjusted to suit the needs of the grade level. To help promote DigCit conversations, we'll share a few topics here in Tech Connect in the coming weeks to encourage a more widespread conversation throughout the district.

If you or anyone you know has a DigCit conversation worth sharing, here's a way to do so. Complete and submit this DigCit Conversation Highlights Form to be considered for a featured article here in Tech Connect. Submissions can be in the form of a Word document, audio file, or video file. If you have any questions, please contact meredith.boullion@cpsb.org.  

Common Sense Education's
Best EdTech of 2019

Every December, the Common Sense Education editorial team puts together a list of the best edtech tools they reviewed during the year. This exclusive list includes selections that represent "the kind of boundary-pushing, student-centered, and teacher-supporting tools" the team thinks make for great learning experiences. Check out the list here.

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Keyboard Shortcuts for Outlook

Keyboard shortcuts for Outlook can help make managing email more manageable. Here are a few to try:

  • Reply to a message: Ctrl + R

  • Create a new message: Ctrl + Shift + M

  • Open a message: Ctrl + 1

  • Open a calendar: Ctrl + 2

  • Open contacts: Ctrl + 3

  • Open tasks: Ctrl + 4

For more information and more shortcuts, visit the Microsoft Office Keyboard shortcuts for Outlook support site.

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