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Visit Our Website | january 4, 2024
Volume 24, ISSUE 17

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The Tech Training Center’s spring Tech Class Calendar is now open for registration and offers a wide variety of course topics with new formats including interactive Open Mic Monday and Tech Trivia webinars. 

January webinars:
Open Mic Monday: Microsoft webinar - 1/8
Microsoft Translation Tools webinar - 11/11
OneNote: The Ultimate Tool for Teacher Organization webinar - 11/18
Microsoft Collaboration Tools webinar - 1/22
What’s New in Microsoft webinar - 1/25
Tech Trivia Tuesday: Microsoft webinar - 1/30

January online self-paced month-long courses:
Introduction to OneDrive/Outlook 
Introduction to PowerPoint/Word
Empower and Engage Student Learning with Flip (Flipgrid)
Makerbot Sketch Classroom 3D printer
Tech Points
Dell teacher laptop
Tech Points
Dell student laptop
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Apple iPad
Tech Points
littleBits Base OR Electronic Music Inventor kit
Sphero Bolt robot
Sphero Indi robot
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Apple Pencil
Apple TV 
AVER document camera
Makey Makey educator kit
Noise-cancelling headset with microphone
Ozobot Evo Educator Entry kit
Tech Points
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Makerbot filament roll
Tech Points
Tech Points Program
Teachers who participate in Tech Training Center courses earn a 
Tech Point for each independent hour of PD completed outside of school hours. Tech Points are redeemed in the Tech Point Store where there are currently 14 different items available for the classroom.
Click anywhere to visit Tech Classes to learn more and to register.
Learn more about the Tech Points Program at www.cpsb.org/techpoints.
Contact pam.nicholson@cpsb.org with any questions.

In observation of January as International Creativity Month, check some ideas for providing students with the opportunity to be creative. If you decide to try it anytime this school year, share what they created for a chance to win a bag of teacher swag! Bag contains:
If you decide to participate in this activity with students at any time this school year, share what your students created and submit in the form found in the Win a Bag of Teacher Swag OneNote notebook accessed with the QR code or by clicking HERE.
an assortment of teacher conference swag 
a Sphero Bolt robot
classroom posters
custom 3D printed teacher gift 
a voucher for a student Makerspace Field Trip or Classroom Experience
Winners will be selected at random from all entries by the end of each month through May. Participate when you want, as often as you'd like for your chance to WIN!

This month, learn how easy it is to use coding to support student creativity in your classroom.
win a bag of teacher swag!
5 reasons why creativity in the classroom is important
1. Creativity motivates kids to learn.
2. Creativity lights up the brain.
3. Creativity spurs emotional development.
4. Creativity can ignite hard-to-reach students.
5. Creativity is an essential job skill of the future.
ideas for tech-infused creative assessments
Use a coding site like Scratch to communicate learning objectives.
Use PowerPoint to create an infographic about a topic related to a lesson.
Use Canvas Studio to create a video to explain a math concept.
Use Forms to collect data and then share results in a Sway.
Use iPads to create documentaries using the iMovie app.
Use Flip (formerly Flipgrid) for students to create a podcast.

If you like the idea of infusing creativity to support learning objectives but aren’t sure where to start or what tools would work best, reach out to a Tech Facilitator at www.cpsb.org/bookme to brainstorm and for support.
“5 Reasons Why It’s More Important than Ever to Teach Creativity.” ISTE, iste.org/blog/5-reasons-why-it-is-more-important-than-ever-to-teach-creativity. Accessed 19 Dec. 2023.

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