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Technology for Learners

Blog: Technology for Learners

This blog focuses on the effective integration of technology in K-12 schools with special emphasis on Sonoma County. It offers ideas and resources to support purposeful use of technology in relation to the Common Core Standards and 21st century learning.

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Smarter Balanced Assessment Reporting
06.06.17
Over 3 million California students took Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) end of year tests this spring. The SBAC measures California Standards achievement for grades 3 through 8 and 11 in English and mathematics. The annual state tests are one measure districts, parents, and communities can use to check school achievement. This blog post offers information on 2017 SBAC reports including report elements, types of reports, and timelines for release of information. Read More...


2017 Sonoma County Robotics Challenge Results
05.15.17
Over 400 elementary and middle school students from grades 4-8 took part in the 2017 Sonoma County Robotics Challenge on May 6 at Elsie Allen High School. This blog post offers video excerpts from the event and summarizes results. Read More...


Information Literacy and Critical Thinking
03.21.17
The world has never had as much news and information as it does today. Sources of information include traditional print materials (books, magazines and billboards) and electronic resources (web pages, blogs, social media and videos). We are constantly receiving information of one kind or another—and so are young people. Teaching young people to think critically about information is a job for both parents and educators. This blog post offers resources to help promote information literacy and critical thinking. Read More...


Apple K-12 Technology Forum
03.18.17
Apple Computer is teaming with SCOE on April 13 to offer a free educational technology forum. K-12 learning specialists from Apple will be at SCOE for a day focused on how Apple technologies can support 21st century learning and the effective integration of technology. A range of different topics are being provided specific to iPads, the latest Macintosh operating system, and wireless device management. Read More...


Preparation for the 2016-17 CAASPP Administration
03.10.17
The 2017 testing window will be opening soon for California State summative assessments. Tests for 2017 include: Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) test for English and mathematics involving students in grades 3-8 and 11 California Science Test pilot for all students in grades 5 and 8 along with one assigned grade at the high school level California Alternate Assessment (CAA) for intellectually challenged students administered among students in grades 3-8 and 11 This blog post offers resources and information to help support schools in preparing for the 2017 assessments. Read More...


Launch of California School Dashboard
02.05.17
A new electronic tool called the California School Dashboard is being viewed by educators, parents and communities across the state. The 'dashboard' aims to provide metrics that will help parents, educators, and the public evaluate schools and districts, identify strengths and weaknesses, and provide targeted assistance. Indicators on the California School Dashboard are based on elements of California’s new K-12 school accountability system. Read More...


High School Coding Contest Results
12.14.16
The Sonoma County Office of Education sponsored a high school coding contest that culminated on Saturday, December 10. The contest challenged students to use programming and creativity skills with low-cost credit card sized computers known as a Raspberry Pi’s. This blog post shares information about the contest and its outcomes. Read More...


Breakout EDU- Activating Collaboration & Critical Thinking
12.03.16
Critical thinking and collaboration are key skills for 21st century citizens. Working to promote these skills, McKinley Elementary School teacher Matthew De Lucia-Zeltzer (Mr. D-Z) has been providing ‘Breakout EDU’ activities with his 4th & 5th grade students. Breakout EDU is a new game based activity where students collaborate to solve puzzles and unlock codes within a 45 minute time period. Finding answers to ‘Breakout EDU’ activities requires brainstorming and teamwork to arrive at solutions. This blog post describes Mr. D-Z’s Breakout EDU game efforts with students at McKinley Elementary School. Read More...


Guiding 2016-17 CAASPP Activities
11.12.16
As schools advance work in the 2016-17 school year, it’s wise to plan specific actions focused on California Assessment of Student Progress and Performance (CAASPP) tasks. Along with delivering the Smarter Balanced ELA and mathematics tests for grades 3-8 and 11, schools will also be piloting the new California Science Test. The California Science Test pilot will be administered to all students in grades 5 and 8 along with one assigned grade at the high school level. This blog post shares steps which can support readiness and positive student outcomes. Read More...


Promoting Access and Expression with Technology
10.18.16
California Standards require many learning ‘shifts’. One important shift involves differentiation for varied learning styles and abilities. Technology can play a key role in this differentiation. Digital learning materials can be personalized for learners according to their needs and interests. Technology can also provide different ways for students to demonstrate their understanding of standards and express themselves. This blog post offers ideas to support personalized learning with technology. Read More...

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